The Grammy nominations came out this morning. Eeesh. It’s a pretty grim list, although I admit to liking Lady Antebellum, whose “Need You Now” is up for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (and which also makes an interesting mashup with Alan Parsons’ “Eye in the Sky”). I would love to see “Fuck You” by Cee-Lo Green win Record of the Year just to see how they’ll talk about it on TV—although it ought to win on its own merits. Its audacious lyrics shouldn’t distract anybody from its pop brilliance, which would have made it a hit in any era. “The House That Built Me,” up for Song of the Year, is a fine piece of work, although Miranda Lambert’s voice is an acquired taste I have yet to acquire. And if anyone other than Justin Bieber wins Best New Artist, given the field of complete unknowns he’s up against, it will be an upset on the order of Super Bowl III.
I’m a bit more familiar with the pop field nominees—but only a bit—enough to say that I like “Chasing Pirates” by Norah Jones, and “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles would have been a contender for Song of the Year and/or Record of the Year had it come out a generation ago. I also like “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé, although Bublé hasn’t got a chance to win the pop male vocal category. That one will be a duke-out between John Mayer, whose pallid “Half of My Heart” has the advantage of featuring a guest vocal by Taylor Swift, and Michael Jackson, whom voters will be unable to resist choosing for a posthumous lifetime achievement award.
The rest of it I don’t care about at all, except to note that Rosanne Cash’s magnificent The List has been shunted off to the Americana category when it damn well ought to be up for Album of the Year.
Recommended Listening: Over at AM, Then FM, Jeff is doing 12 Days of Christmas this month, and he started last night with some holiday sounds from Motown artists. I had half a mind to blog about Motown’s Christmas output myself today, having listened to The Season for Miracles and Stevie Wonder’s Christmas album last night, but it’s better to just listen for yourself. Listen also at Any Major Dude With Half a Heart, where the Dude has put together a fine mix of soul Christmas tunes featuring some you may know (the O’Jays and Booker T, for example) and some you may not (like Rotary Connection and the Salem Travelers), with a few Motown tunes sprinkled in, too. At Popdose, Mellowmas has begun again, and may the gods have mercy on us all. Barely Awake in Frog Pajamas watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the other night and ponders 60s reindeer culture, with seasonally appropriate tunes. And here, you can download Paul Simon’s “Getting Ready for Christmas Day,” a song from his forthcoming album So Beautiful or So What.