By Josiah HughesAs is customary this time of year, the folks of the Recording Academy have put their brains together and come up with their list of nominees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. And, as always, the list proves that they don't like to rock the boat with their listening choices.
The list, which covers albums released from October 1 of 2008 through August 31 of 2009, is chock full of big sellers and safe choices. Beyoncé leads the group, with ten nominations for her lukewarm I Am... Sasha Fierce album. Other big prospects include Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, Kings of Leon and a plethora of other artists that likely count your parents among their fans.
Thankfully, there are a few interesting choices in the mix. The award for best new artist could go to MGMT, the Ting Tings or Silversun Pickups. And the award for best alternative music album could go to Death Cab For Cutie, Phoenix, David Byrne and Brian Eno, or Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Canadian boy wonder Drake is amongst those up for best rap solo performance for his epic "Best I Ever Had." It appears, however, that the award committee was running out of ideas in the rap section, as the Lonely Island's goofy collaboration with T-Pain, "I'm On a Boat," was nominated for the best rap/sung collaboration. Sure, the song was amazing, but is that some kind of joke?
The big award noms are below for your perusal. If you want to subject yourself to the mammoth list in its entirety, click here. The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on January 31.
Record of the Year:
Beyoncé "Halo" Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" Lady Gaga "Pokerface" Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me"
Song of the Year:
Lady Gaga "Pokerface" Maxwell "Pretty Wings" Beyonce Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me"
Album of the Year:
Beyoncé I Am... Sasha Fierce Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. Lady Gaga The Fame Dave Matthews Band Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King Taylor Swift Fearless
Best New Artist:
Zac Brown Band Keri Hilson MGMT Silversun Pickups The Ting Tings
Best Rock Album:
AC/DC Black IceEric Clapton & Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square GardenGreen Day 21st Century Breakdown Dave Matthews Band Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King U2 No Line On The Horizon
Best Rock Song:
Pearl Jam "The Fixer" U2 "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" Green Day "21 Guns" Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" Bruce Springsteen "Working On A Dream"
Best Alternative Music Album:
David Byrne & Brian Eno Everything That Happens Will Happen Today Death Cab For Cutie The Open Door Depeche Mode Sounds of The Universe Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" Bon Jovi "We Weren't Born To Follow" The Fray "Never Say Never" Hall & Oates "Sara Smile" MGMT "Kids"
Best Rap Solo Performance:
Drake "Best I Ever Had" Eminem "Beautiful" Jay-Z "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" Kid Cudi "Day 'N Nite" Mos Def "Casa Bey"