Published Dec 02, 2010Apparently, hitting the top of the Billboard charts was enough for Montreal indie rockers Arcade Fire to capture the attention of the United States' National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, as the band's The Suburbs has earned the group three Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year.
The list of nominees was announced by the academy on Wednesday (December 1), and Arcade Fire also picked up nominations for Best Alternative Music Album, as well as Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their track "Ready to Start." The band likely stands to beat out Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, the Black Keys and Broken Bells for the alternative nod, but we're willing to wager that Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum are more likely to nab Album of the Year.
Other artists who got some notable nods were Florence + the Machine and Mumford & Sons, who stand to lose Best New Artist to Justin Bieber. Robyn, La Roux and Goldfrapp are up against Rihanna and Lady Gaga for Best Dance Recording.
The smaller categories also include some notable mentions. Flight of the Conchords got a nod for their sophomore comedy album, while Devendra Banhart's What Will Be was nominated for Best Recording Package and the Pixies are in the running for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for their sprawling Minotaur set. Danger Mouse is in the running for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
The full list of nominees is available here. Give it a glance, and start planning your betting pools for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, which airs on February 13. Here's a tip: opt for the most middle-of-the-road choices.
In case you have been living under a rock, you can stream the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs for free here on Exclaim.ca.