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posted Friday, December 2, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 48
Grammy nominations: West leads, Seattle acts nab three
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Grammy nominations: West leads, Seattle acts nab three

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Guess who crashed Adele's banner year-in-music party? Kanye West.

The American rapper edged the British singer-songwriter by one, leading the nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards with seven. Adele collected six, as did rock band Foo Fighters and pop star Bruno Mars.

But Adele will likely outshine West when the actual hardware is handed out February 12, especially since she's up for three of the four most coveted trophies - Record, Album, and Song of the Year. West's 'All of the Lights,' written by a collaborative team, goes head-to-head with Adele for Song of the Year.

Nominations in the four General Field categories - the three already mentioned and Best New Artist - were announced live on a special Grammy concert on Wednesday night. Lady Gaga opened the show with a performance of 'Marry the Night' that was more freakish than it was enjoyable. Still, she's Lady Gaga, and whatever she does gets our attention.

Nicki Minaj, who earned an expected Best New Artist nod, unveiled the nominations for Record of the Year, which included the memorizing 'Holocene' by Bon Iver, and four predictable pop-rock numbers: Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep,' Mars' 'Grenade,' Katy Perry's 'Firework,' and Mumford & Sons' 'The Cave.'

Rihanna, via satellite from the O2 Arena in London, provided the most festive performance of the one-hour telecast by singing her newest single 'We Found Love' to a packed stadium full of bouncy fans who were spritzed with confetti.

Besides Adele and West, nominees for Song of the Year went to Bon Iver's 'Holocene,' Mars' 'Grenade,' and Mumford & Sons' 'The Cave.'

Country artist Jason Aldean, who spoke with Seattle Gay News a few years ago when his career was just on the rise, performed an interesting duet of his single 'Dirt Road Anthem' with hip-hop biggie Ludacris. Aldean received his first three Grammy nominations, including one for Best Country Album (My Kinda Party).

Mars, whose ego appeared to be larger than his smile throughout the night, announced the five nominees for Best New Artist. In the running with Minaj are Bon Iver, The Band Perry, J. Cole, and Skrillex. The fifth nominee in that bunch was the shocker - no one had Skrillex on their predictions list. A dubstep-electronic performer, his Seattle concert a few months ago was completely sold-out. Skrillex, by the way, received five total nominations.

Perry, in a rosy pink dress with partially shaven head and the other half dyed to match her gown, unveiled the nominations for Album of the Year, which were a disappointment. Adele's 21, though not consistent enough to be a masterpiece, is at least well-written and owned the charts in 2011, but the rest of the pack seems out of place: Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Foo Fighters' Wasting Light, Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and Rihanna's Loud. Look, I'm a fan of Gaga and Rihanna, but neither of their albums is even a contender for the year's best. Better records by West, Bon Iver, Taylor Swift, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Paul Simon would've at least made the category somewhat credible.

Gaga, in a fluffy black dress with a giant bow and panda-like eyes, and over-the-top country duo Sugarland made a mess of 'You and I' to close out the televised special. It was purely awful.

On the bright side, congratulations are in order for three Seattle acts who earned Grammy nods. Death Cab for Cutie is once again vying for Best Alternative Music Album (Codes and Keys), and Fleet Foxes nabbed their first for Helplessness Blues in the Best Folk Album category and will compete with another Emerald City artist, Eddie Vedder (Ukulele Songs).

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