2012 Grammy nominations Surprises & Snubs: Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Bon Iver
What's up with the Skrillex nominations? How did Drake make the list?
SURPRISE: Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" is, this year, what Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" was last year to the Album of the Year category. This is a collection of singles that collectively -- granted -- make up an album. Grammy voters have a hard time letting much "genre" into this category, and it shows. Mars occupies what could be a much more serviceable and appropriate spot for album-albums, like dark horse "Bon Iver," Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" or Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night." Even he seemed surprised. -KH