Home Uncategorized Bubblegum Backlash: Justin Bieber Yields Not One Grammy Nomination

For once, the Grammy committees have gotten it just about right. Not one single nomination for the junk that Justin Bieber has foisted on the world. Five really good choices for Album of the Year from Mumford and Sons (my choice to win), Black Keys (excellent), Frank Ocean (cutting edge), Fun (stupid pop), and Jack White (real rock). Plus “Call Me Maybe” is the Song of the Year- Ken Ehrlich should make the entire audience become a flash mob at the Staples Center. And Record of the Year is “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

It’s interesting that the Best Pop Solo category– now gender free–is all women. I’m a little disappointed that One Direction’s “You Know You’re Beautiful” didn’t make Best Group Performance.  That may be taking the bubblegum backlash too far.

Best New Artists are actually five good acts. There’s no junk, Bruce Springsteen got a couple of important nods. They certainly had to nominate Bruce since he’s the MusiCares Person of the Year two nights earlier. But these nominees, plus near likely appearances by Justin Timberlake, maybe the Rolling Stones, and a few others could make this Grammy show next February one of the best in history. And no Bieber means a triumph of substance over inanity. He can stay home and work on his haircut or drive his borrowed $100,000 sports car around Beverly Hills.

Big snubs: Paul McCartney’s “Kisses on the Bottom,” John Mayer’s “Born and Raised,” Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee,” albums by matchbox twenty, Green Day, and No Doubt. I have never heard “Adorn,” by Miguel’ but I’ll check it out right away.

Record Of The Year:
“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” — Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye featuring Kimbra
“Thinkin Bout You” — Frank Ocean
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — Taylor Swift

Album Of The Year:
El Camino — The Black Keys
Some Nights — Fun.
Babel — Mumford & Sons
Channel Orange — Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss — Jack White

Song Of The Year:
“The A Team” — Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
“Adorn” — Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
“Call Me Maybe” — Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
“We Are Young” — Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)

Best New Artist:
Alabama Shakes
Fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards’ other 29 Fields:

For Best Pop Solo Performance, the nominees are “Set Fire To The Rain (Live)” by Adele; “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson; “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen; “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry; and “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna.

The nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are “Shake It Out” by Florence & The Machine; “We Are Young” by Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe; “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra; “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO; and “Payphone” by Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa.

For Best Dance/Electronica Album, the nominees are Wonderland by Steve Aoki; Don’t Think by the Chemical Brothers; > Album Title Goes Here < by Deadmau5; Fire & Ice by Kaskade; and Bangarang by Skrillex.

The nominees for Best Rock Performance are “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes; “Lonely Boy” by the Black Keys; “Charlie Brown” by Coldplay; “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons; and “We Take Care Of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen.

For Best Alternative Music Album, the nominees are The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple; Biophilia by Björk; Making Mirrors by Gotye; Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. by M83; and Bad As Me by Tom Waits. 

The nominees for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration are “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida featuring Sia; “No Church In The Wild” by Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream; “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” by John Legend featuring Ludacris; “Cherry Wine” by Nas featuring Amy Winehouse; and “Talk That Talk” by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z.

For Best Country Album, the nominees are Uncaged by Zac Brown Band; Hunter Hayes by Hunter Hayes; Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran by Jamey Johnson; Four The Record by Miranda Lambert; and The Time Jumpers by the Time Jumpers.

The nominees for Best Americana Album are The Carpenter by the Avett Brothers; From The Ground Up by John Fullbright; The Lumineers by the Lumineers; Babel by Mumford & Sons; and Slipstream by Bonnie Raitt.

This year’s Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Dan Auerbach, Jeff Bhasker, Diplo, Markus Dravs, and Salaam Remi.

8 replies to this post
  1. I can’t believe that the Grammies and the AMAs, the awards that Stevie Wonder, MJ, Elton John, and all those superb music legends have won, that Katy Perry, Fun., and Carly Rae Jepsen, all those mediocre, talentless phonies, are in the same place?

    Popularity and quality are not at all the same thing.

  2. While I am no Bieber fan, obviously many are, and it’s ridiculous to just mock them. Let them love him without all those “hate” clicks on youtube and elsewhere. It seems to annoy a lot of males that tiny girls like someone who is as girlie as Justin. ;) Just learn from that that macho doesn’t win at the end of the day.

  3. Justine singing,”baby, baby, baby” as in a whole song does not qualify her to be nominated. It was composed in 5 minutes beginning to end. How can you qualify when all the other nominations spent time, blood , sweat and te4ars to make a recording?

  4. Mariah: Turn off your Caps Lock key. You are yelling. Also, there’s something called punctuation! Check into it. And you meant minutes (not “MINUETS”). The minuet is a 17th century court dance. Well, maybe the Bieb is going try that next.

  5. popularity should not warrant an award for artistic merit or every record would be nominated…remember the grammys are voted on by the industry, not the public,,,insiders don’t always get it right on the other hand but touring is not a basis for the grammy nominations

  6. I AM SOOOOOOOO ANGRY THAT JUSTIN WASN’T NOMINATED FOR ANY GRAMMYS HES HAD TWO SOLD OUT TOURS, SOLD OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 4 TIME BACK IN 2010 IN UNDER 2 MINUETS AND IN 2012 IN UNDER 30 SECONDS, HIS ALBUM WENT PLATINUM, HES HAD OVER 1 BILLION COPIES SOLD OF HIS ALBUM BELIEVE AND HES HAD 10 VEVO CERTIFIED THAT’S MORE THAN ANY OTHER ARTIST OUT THERE GRAMMYS YOU DID JUSTIN WRONG THIS YEAR AND LAST YOU #STAYSTRONGJUSTIN YOU DESERVE A GRAMMY AND YOU DON’T DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE THIS I CALL BULL CRAP ON HIM NOT BEING NOMINATED BUT WHAT CAN I SAY THE GRAMMY OFFICIALS OBVIOUSLY DON’T SEE HARD WORK WHEN THEY SEE IT..

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