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Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominations

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Lil Wayne received 8 grammy nominations for his album, "Tha Carter III!

"Following close behind during the Grammys' first-ever nominations ceremony/concert combination was Coldplay, with seven nominations. The Chris Martin-led British group's "Viva La Vida," one of the year's best-selling CDs, is in album of the year contention along with Radiohead's groundbreaking "In Rainbows"; singer-songwriter Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman"; and Robert Plant's collaboration with Alison Krauss, "Raising Sand."

Adelle, Duffy and the Jonas Brothers were nominated for Best New Artists.

Read More at the Associated Press

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It's shame crap like that gets all the attention and awards.

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It's shame crap like that gets all the attention and awards.

Surprisingly, the nominees seem to mirror album sales... Here is Bob Lefsetz's comment:

Fire Neil Portnow.

We're at an historic point in the music business. The decline of the power of the major labels. Only two albums went double platinum last year and the four remaining majors look more like Lehman Brothers than Apple. They've mismanaged while extracting untold profits and sky-high salaries, bitching all the while that it's not their fault. Believe me now when I tell you that Ticketmaster is the new major label. Because Irving controls all the acts.

So, NARAS must stop looking to the four families. Must stop acting like someone who's extracted protection from these ancient mobsters. It's time for NARAS to escape its handlers, spread its wings and truly execute its mission. Which is to spread music throughout the land. Getting people exposed to what they might enjoy if they knew it existed, helping artists create and reach an audience. NARAS shouldn't be about a TV show, but music itself.

As for that TV show... It's about awards.

The nineties are over. Michael Greene's plan was to add so many categories that it would drive up membership. We've still got the categories, but membership is declining, significantly. The only way to rescue this, to increase membership, is to increase the prestige of the awards. And that's by eliminating almost all of them.

No more categories than the Oscars. If you made an album no one bought in a genre no one cares about you're not entitled to the same statuette a gigantic star gets. Just like student movies are not awarded at the Oscars. It devalues a Grammy when anybody can win one. And believe me, anybody can. If you can't get nominated for a Grammy, you didn't make an album. There's a category for everybody! So, twits in penguin suits hold little statuettes while big stars go home empty-handed. Huh?

So, your minor masterpiece is better than the mainstream crap. Maybe I'll buy that. Which is why NARAS should take a clue from the CMAs. There should be an ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD! You reward one of the big five sellers/grossers, everybody is interested in that. Kenny Chesney wins because he's got the biggest grossing tour, year after year. Whereas Herbie Hancock gets the biggest Grammy for reinterpretations of old Joni Mitchell songs. I played that album. Once. Because I'm a huge Joni Mitchell fan. If you think that Hancock album deserved the Grammy, you never heard "Head Hunters". Certainly not Miles Davis. Never mind the phenomenal work of Joni Mitchell herself.

Speaking of rewarding the oldsters, ONLY ONE A SHOW! There's only one Irving Thalberg award. Stop parading endless has-beens across the stage. It looks like a casting call for a wax museum.

So, the Grammy Awards show should have few awards, a lot of music and the script should be written by the guys who do the tutorials for Rock Band. Get rid of those old hacks. Irreverence and honesty are in. Not lame jokes akin to sixties variety shows read off prompters by squinting stars who can barely read themselves.

Make the show a show. Not a big tent, but an arena spectacular. Think of one band headlining the Staples Center, not a cavalcade of who gives a shit stars performing for charity.

But the Awards and the show are secondary... Grammy must be a year-round thing.

That Elvis Costello TV program? The Grammys should have done that. There should be a Grammy TV show, EVERY WEEK, showcasing new talent and classic talent. Immediately viewable on YouTube the next day. With FREE downloads of the live material available right away on iTunes.

There should be a Grammy store on each and every online service. If a major label wants to be featured there, it's got to give up twenty percent of the action. Indies get featured for free.

Bottom line, it's time to bring NARAS into the twenty first century. Make Steve Jobs honorary chairman. Let Eddy Cue preside. Maybe even give Shawn Fanning a title. Show the world that you're not beholden to the old masters anymore. That you're truly about music. Stop worrying so much about spreading the brand, just worry about spreading the music. Enough with the fucking museum and all that crap. It just smells of rank commercialism.

You want to make the Grammys work? Put a strong-willed emperor in charge. Someone like Jimmy Iovine, but who is hip and tech-savvy. Cancel the perks. Like those idiotic meetings in Hawaii. If you don't see it on the screen, if it doesn't directly help expose music, it goes. Only the charitable foundation remains.

The image of NARAS sucks. In a world where Twitter is on the cutting edge and may be eclipsed at any moment, there's no Grammy tweets, telling us honestly what great new acts exist.

If people were that fucking interested in Mariah Carey, her album would have gone double platinum. Get rid of those old phony nineties Tommy Mottola hypes. You say you're about music? Only expose great songs.

There's incredible opportunity here. If only NARAS would stop genuflecting towards the calcified major labels and stop seeing itself as a serf on the CBS plantation.

Fuck Ken Ehrlich. You're better off having the show run by Cirque du Soleil. If Ken Ehrlich had a show in Vegas, no one would go.

Enough with the usual suspects.

Where's the online Grammy radio station?

God, you'd think the Internet didn't exist listening to these Grammy fucks.

Who gives a shit about your low-rated TV nominations announcing show. TOM RUSH got more hits on YouTube!

Wake up. The tools are extant.

If only someone familiar with today's musical landscape was in charge, instead of someone beholden to the old fucks.

Hell, I'm willing to let Portnow keep A job. Demote him. Make him an administrator. Make him earn his exorbitant pay. But put someone who understands all of the above in charge. PLEASE!

Check out the Lefsetz Letter

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I just can't believe the likes of Coldplay, Katy Perry, and The Jonas Brothers are nominated, when I have heard hundreds of albums released this past year that are a thousand times better than they could ever dream of making.

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Right. They glorify sales and not talent. And they don't even include artists that aren't associated with the RIAA. You have to be under a major label to even be considered. Keep on pushing that mass produced crap and next year there won't be any platinum albums. Bunch of tone deaf asshats and studio made artists.

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I'm not a Coldplay hater, but I agree with both of your sentiments.

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I like Coldplay too. Just because they are popular doesn't mean their music is bad. They have been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize before, which is known for favouring independent artists.

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Coldplay has been making the same album over and over again....

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Duffy and Adele weren't bad choices. Al Green and Daft Punk were were deserving, too. On the other hand, the indies -- what everyone basically listens to -- were totally ignored.

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I'm no hater. But just because they might get one or two right, doesn't lend validity or credibility to the organizations or the spectacle.

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Here is the complete list - thanx to Idolator for compiling it.

BEST NEW ARTIST

Adele

Duffy

The Jonas Brothers

Lady Antebellum

Jazmine Sullivan

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Raising Sand

Coldplay, Viva La Vida

Ne-Yo, Year Of The Gentleman

Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

Radiohead, In Rainbows

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Beck, Modern Guilt

Death Cab For Cutie, Narrow Stairs

Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple

My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges

Radiohead, In Rainbows

BEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS

Kenny Chesney & George Strait, "Shiftwork"

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, "Killing The Blues"

George Strait & Patty Loveless, "House Of Cash"

Sugarland, Jake Owen, & Little Big Town, "Life In A Northern Town"

Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban, "Let The Wind Chase You"

BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP

Brooks & Dunn, "God Must Be Busy"

Lady Antebellum, "Love Don't Love Here"

Rascal Flatts, "Every Day"

The Steel Drivers, "Blue Side Of The Mountain"

Sugarland, "Stay"

BEST DANCE RECORDING

Daft Punk, "Harder Better Faster Stronger"

Hot Chip, "Ready For The Floor"

Lady Gaga & Colby O'Donis, "Just Dance"

Madonna, "Give It 2 Me"

Rihanna, "Disturbia"

Sam Sparro, "Black & Gold"

BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM

Brazilian Girls, New York City

Daft Punk, Alive 2007

Cyndi Lauper, Bring Ya To The Brink

Kylie Minogue, X

Moby, Last Night

Robyn

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE

Disturbed, "Inside The Fire"

Judas Priest, "Visions"

The Mars Volta, "Wax Simulacra"

Motley Crue, "Saints Of Los Angeles"

Rob Zombie, "Lords Of Salem"

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE

Dragonforce, "Heroes Of Our Time"

Judas Priest, "Nostradamus"

Metallica, "My Apocalypse"

Ministry, "Under My Thumb"

Slipknot, "Psychosocial"

BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS

Alicia Keys and John Mayer, "Lessons Learned"

Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland, "4 Minutes"

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Rich Woman"

Rihanna and Maroon 5, "If I Never See Your Face Again"

Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, "No Air"

BEST POP PERFORMANCE, FEMALE

Adele, "Chasing Pavements"

Sara Bareilles, "Love Song"

Duffy, "Mercy"

Leona Lewis, "Bleeding Love"

Katy Perry, "I Kissed A Girl"

Pink, "So What"

BEST POP PERFORMANCE, MALE

Kid Rock, "All Summer Long"

John Mayer, "Say"

Paul McCartney, "That Was Me"

Jason Mraz, "I'm Yours"

Ne-Yo, "Closer"

James Taylor, "Wichita Lineman"

BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS

Coldplay, "Viva La Vida"

Eagles, "Waiting In The Weeds"

Gnarls Barkle, "Going On"

Maroon 5, "Won't Go Home Without You"

OneRepublic, "Apologize"

BEST RAP ALBUM

Jay-Z, American Gangster

Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

Lupe Fiasco, The Cool

Nas

T.I., Paper Trail

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP

Big Boi feat. Raekwon & Andre 3000, "Royal Flush"

(Taylor couldn't pronounce "Raekwon" quite right. Aw.)

T.I. feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne, "Swagger Like Us"

Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z, "Mr Carter"

Ludacris feat. T.I., "Wish You Would"

Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West, "Put On"

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION

Estelle feat. Kanye West, "American Boy"

Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, "Low"

John Legend feat. Andre 3000, "Green Light"

Lil Wayne feat. T-Pain, "Got Money"

Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos, "Superstar"

BEST R & B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS

Boyz II Men, "Ribbon In The Sky"

Anthony David feat. India.Arie, "Words"

Al Green feat. John Legend, "Stay With Me (By The Sea)"

Jennifer Hudson feat. Fantasia, "I'm His Only Woman" b

Raphael Saadiq feat. Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton, "Never Give You Up"

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Coldplay, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

Kid Rock, Rock N Roll Jesus

Kings Of Leon, Only By The Night

Metallica, Death Magnetic

Raconteurs, Consolers Of The Lonely

BEST ROCK SONG

Bruce Springsteen, "Girls In Their Summer Clothes"

Radiohead, "House Of Cards"

Death Cab For Cutie, "I Will Possess Your Heart"

Kings Of Leon, "Sex On Fire"

Coldplay, "Violet Hill"

BEST SOUNDTRACK

American Gangster

August Rush

Juno

Mamma Mia!

Sweeney Todd—The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

BEST SONG FOR A MOTION PICTURE, TV SHOW, OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA

"Down To Earth" (Wall-E)

"Ever Ever After" (Enchanted)

"Say" (The Bucket List)

"That's How You Know" (Enchanted)

"Walk Hard" (Walk Hard—The Dewey Cox Story)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL

Danger Mouse

Nigel Godrich

Johnny Karkazis

Rick Rubin

will.i.am

BEST SHORT-FORM MUSIC VIDEO

Erykah Badu, "Honey"

Gnarls Barkley, "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"

Alicia Keys & Jack White, "Another Way To Die"

Radiohead, "House Of Cards"

Weezer, "Pork & Beans"

SONG OF THE YEAR

"American Boy," William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray & Kanye West, songwriters (Estelle Featuring Kanye West, artist)

"Chasing Pavements," Adele Adkins & Eg White, songwriters (Adele, artist)

"I'm Yours," Jason Mraz, songwriter (Jason Mraz, artist)

"Love Song," Sara Bareilles, songwriter (Sara Bareilles, artist)

"Viva La Vida," Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay, artist)

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Adele, "Chasing Pavements"

Coldplay, "Viva La Vida"

Leona Lewis, "Bleeding Love"

M.I.A., "Paper Planes"

Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, "Please Read The Letter"

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