Breaking Down The 2010 Grammy Nominations

Dec 3rd, 2009 // 11 Comments

LL Cool J hosted the The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!—Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night on CBS last night, while Nick Jonas debuted new song “Who I Am” and the Black Eyed Peas, Sugarland and Maxwell all performed in between nomination announcements. (Hey, wait—BEP, Sugarland and Maxwell all got Grammy nods, too. What a coincidence!)

Hop below to check out a few observations and key points about the 2010 Grammy nominees.

Smokey Robinson and Ringo Starr announcing Record Of The Year and Album Of The Year nominees

* Whitney Houston—whose most recent album I Look To You saw its release bumped up a day early in late August to make the cut-off for Grammy consideration—was snubbed.

* Possibly the most awesome nomination ever: The Lonely Island & T-Pain’s “I’m On A Boat” for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

* Beyonce received the most nods, with ten in all (including Album Of The Year for I Am… Sasha Fierce, Song Of The Year for “Single Ladies” and Record Of The Year for “Halo”)

* Taylor Swift: eight nominations (including Album Of The Year for Fearless, Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year, both for “You Belong With Me”)

* Kanye West, The Black Eyed Peas and Maxwell all received six nods.

* Lady Gaga is a five-time nominee this year, in the Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album categories.

* The-Dream didn’t seem to happy with “the ignorant voters” not recognizing him for Album Of The Year. Check out his Twitter rant:

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* Jordin Sparks, on the other hand, took the high road:

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* Number of our Best New Artist predictions that came true: three out of five (MGMT, Zac Brown Band and Keri Hilson)

* Our Best New Artist predictions that didn’t come true: Owl City and David Cook

* It didn’t turn out to be too shabby this year for the Brits—Adele, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Coldplay and the Ting Tings were all nominated

* Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles sure can sang:

Catch the list of 2010 Grammy nominees here. The ceremony airs on January 31.

  1. Emmy

    I KIND of agree with The Dream…he had maybe one of the best pop/r&b albums of the year, and he should have gotten nominated. but I certainly dont think it was some elaborate scheme against him. besides that, he should feel amazing knowing that he wrote the most popular song of the fucking decade for Beyonce.

    Jordin Sparks…its nice that you know your work is mediocre and shouldn’t be nominated. it’ll help you sleep better at night, I promise.

  2. ComeOnEileen

    3 out of 5 on BNA predictions ain’t bad. Neglect of Owl City suggests we haven’t quite reached the moment when the dude working in a basement can compete with major labels (though it may be coming). With David Cook, there are rumors that the sophomore album will have a harder-rock sound, so the nominators may have done him a favor in not defining him this early in his career. Here’s one that’s reputedly likely to make the album-in-progress:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMhxhPxBAKk

  3. I have not watched the Grammy’s in years its so prestigious but the most boring music related event on television the fact that “Im On Boat” is even nominated shows that the integrity of the Grammy’s are out the window.

    Colbie Caillat & Whitney Houston majorly snubbed, and LOL I specifically remember thinking Jennifer Nettles was really doing her thing up there, but I do not think Owl City should have gotten a nom I’m satisfied with that atleast.

  4. Connie

    I am a little disappointed with the Best New Artist category this year.

    One of the artists nominated charted with single of their 2006 album. New? Not really but I guess due to Grammy rules they qualify although I think they are a WTF nominee. One of them had tons of singles outside the U.S. but only one here. One of the nominees collaborated on almost every one of her songs with well established artists. Something about that just doesn’t strike the right cord with me. Did SHE sell those singles or did her collaborators? One nominee I just know nothing about. And only one of the nominees had a platinum selling cd and I am okay with their nomination. But…

    On the other hand, I am very curious about how the other one of only two new qualifying artists this year to have a platinum cd (containing two platinum singles & another charting single) was not nominated. David Cook. He also is one of the hardest working new artists. His first solo tour was extended an EXTRA 7 1/2 months due to high demand. Then, right after finishing this huge tour, he immediately hopped a plane to go write & record new music.

    Here is the new song linked above with much better audio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBPGuUdFaEM&feature=related

    Side note: Owl City, while their (his) song is REALLY cool, did not do enough IMO to warrant a nomination.

    Maybe next year the industry (Grammy voters) will actually pay attention like the cd buying/concert going public did.

  5. djrj

    The Dream album of the year… NO WAY. I agree that the Grammy’s are a farce. And on the Whitney Houston issue.. come on .. if this album, and i am speaking vocally, was anyone other than Whitney Houston it would not be considered. What about the fact that Chrisette Michele was totally left out, considering how tight her album is? What about the fact that several talented people past and present do not have a Grammy; Diana Ross, Minnie Riperton, Phyllis Hyman.. I could go on and on. What about the fact that Bobby Brown won a vocal performance Grammy over Luther Vandross? Johnny Gill no Grammy.. Come on this Grammy mess is just an all-star concert which means nothing. Beyonce ten nominations.. come on this is a joke.

  6. moe

    I’m hoping that the Grammy Academy does the right thing by not voting because of record sales, but artistic excellence. Most of the other award shows are losing credibility among viewers.

    And my prayer is that Taylor Swift does not win Country Album of the Year over George Strait’s TWANG–which is incredible.

    As much as I’m not crazy over Beyonce, i’d rather see her win the grammies.

  7. You heard it hear first

    How the heck is Beyonce nominated for ten grammies and Chrisette Michelle and Amerie aren't nominated for any? This is a travesty.

  8. Blomidon7

    That talentless freak, Taylor Swift, shouldn't have gotten even ONE nomination, let alone 8..Has the world gone completely mad ? One would think that the Grammys would have a little more integrity and be a bit more discerning. Hope she doesn't get even one stinking award. These awards are supposed to be about talent, not teen popularity or inflated album sales. The Grammys have become a joke…

  9. Sai

    Dave Matthews was at an all time high with the Groo Grux King written in memory of a band member who died of cancer. If you want to give a pity award, they’re the ones who deserve it (and they have the talent to boot)! Swift is 21 for godsake! She shouldn’t be writing for tweens. And her writing isn’t even that good. Even Jewel knew that! The industry just wanted to peddle their critical darling. At least this year somebody got the award that actually deserved it. (and please Gaga, BEP, and Beyonce do NOT need another stinking award.)

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