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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Midwest Tape Weighs in on Grammy Nominees

Our new Music and CD Standing Order expert Danielle Desmond marks her debut into New & Views blog posts with a recap of the 2012 Grammy nominees.

‘Tis the season for Grammy Nominations! The 54th Annual Grammy Nominees were announced Wednesday, November 30, on CBS. Grammy Winner and Hip Hop legend LL Cool J hosted the concert event, which included performances by Lady Gaga and Jason Aldean, who did a revamped version of “Dirt Road Anthem” with guest star, Ludacris.

Kanye West led the nominees with lucky number 7; behind him with a tie for 6 noms were Adele, Bruno Mars, and the Foo Fighters. 

Critics everywhere were buzzing that Kanye was snubbed for the biggest nomination of them all, Album of The Year, for his highly praised My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Thus, the big question on everyone’s mind: Will Kanye rush the stage on February 12 when Album of The Year is announced and declare that he had one of the best albums of all time?

Check out a few of the nominees below. The bold nominees are our Staff Picks for the winners. For a full list of Grammy nominees, visit

Album of the Year
Adele, 21
Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Rihanna, Loud

Record of the Year (Artist Award)
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Katy Perry, “Firework”

Song of the Year (Songwriter Award)
Kanye West, “All of the Lights”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Pop Vocal Album
Adele, 21
Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Rihanna, Loud

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, “Someone Like You”
Lady Gaga, “You and I”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Katy Perry, “Firework”
Pink, “F***in’ Perfect” 

Even if she doesn’t win all six of her nominations (Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Short Form Music Video), Adele Blue Adkins deserves every nomination.
Midwest Tape Staff Pick: Overall Favorite

New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J Cole
Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
Midwest Tape Staff Pick: Best New Artist

Rock Album
Jeff Beck, Rock n Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown
Red Hot Chili Peppers, I’m With You
Wilco, The Whole Love

Red Hot Chili Peppers, I'm With You
Midwest Tape Staff Pick: Best Rock Album

R&B Album
Chris Brown, F.A.M.E.
El DeBarge, Second Chance
R. Kelly, Love Letter
Ledisi, Pieces of Me
Kelly Price, Kelly

Chris Brown, F.A.M.E
Midwest Tape Staff Pick: Best New Artist

Rap Album
Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
Lupe Fiasco, Lasers
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Country Album
Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
Eric Church, Chief
Lady Antebellum, Own the Night
Blake Shelton, Red River Blue
George Strait, Here for a Good Time
Taylor Swift, Speak Now

Lady Antebellum, Own the Night
Midwest Tape Staff Pick: Best Country Album

So those are our Grammy picks. What are yours? Share your thoughts on the Grammy nominations below in the comments section. You can also shop the full list of 2012 nominees on our website now.

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