The GRAMMY nominations have been announced!
This will be the 54th annual GRAMMY awards to be celebrated.
54th annual, boys and girls. 50 + years in which the music industry has recognized artists in categories such as Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Wednesday night was the GRAMMY Nominations Concert hosted by LL Cool J and including performances from some of the nominated musicians.
Lady Gaga, Rihanna (via satellite), Common, Lupe Fiasco, The Band Perry, Sugarland, Jason Aldean, Ludacris and Usher all took part. There were also tributes to Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (who were inducted into the 2012 GRAMMY Hall of Fame) and deceased songwriters Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber.
My favorite of these was the Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five tribute performance of “The Message.” Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) grew up in the Bronx (my hometown) and as a native Bronxite, I’m a huge fan and am excited that they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. I have to say there was not a lot of surprises when it came to who was nominated this year. Adele, received a well-deserved six nominations. Bruno Mars and Foo Fighters also received a total of six nominations, and Kanye West received seven.
Since I listen to most, if not all, of the artists nominated — from Adele and Mumford and Sons to Nicki Manaj to Foster the People — it will be interesting to see who wins this year.
Soooo, do you know where Hear It Now will be on music’s biggest night of the year? I’ll be at home in front of the television dressed up in my finest sweats watching the big show.
Who are you excited to see win?!