2011 Grammy Nominations surprises and snubs: Lady Gaga, Sade, 'Glee'
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards finally has its nominees, and -- as is custom -- there's some real duds, shockers and pleasant surprises on the list. Here's a breakdown of what we found in the popular music categories, from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to Ray LaMontagne and Esperanza Spalding.
The Album of the Year category should feature an asterisk in its name, considering it’s just letting “Collections of Songs Roughly the Length of an Album” and “EP” waltz right in there. Katy Perry made some unforgettable singles this year, but – as I wrote in my review – Katy Perry doesn’t really make great albums. And perhaps the voting Academy felt bad that “The Fame” didn’t win in 2009, so Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster" gets a pass before she even puts out a real sophomore set. PATIENCE, voters, you can coddle her all you want after “Born This Way” drops.
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As Melinda Newman predicted, there were no standout geezer acts that crept into Album of the Year, but there’s Neil Young and – a little more surprisingly -- Jeff Beck all over the place, for rock songs and rock album categories. Elton John and Leon Russell snuck one in for Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Eric Clapton, who I forget is even up to anything these days, scored a nod for Rock Vocal Performance (alongside another live song performance, Paul McCartney on the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter”).
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will air on Feb. 13.