Remember the 50th Annual Grammy Awards? Alicia Keys duetting with the ghost of Sinatra? rapping nonsense? Album of the Year River: The Joni Letters??? It’s easy (and fun!) to make fun of the Grammys, but last year they really deserved it, and viewers voiced their discontent by watching Extreme Makeover instead. For ceremony #51 NARAS shook things up by revealing the nominees in a prime time concert tonight.

The first award’s announcement kicked off with a montage of YouTube screens and an acknowledgment that “today it’s a digital world, and we’re all players in it … websites connect young artists and fans in a way never before imagined.” Which doesn’t explain why Katy Perry was snubbed for Best New Artist, but hey that’s a promising start. More importantly, Radiohead and Lil Wayne were nominated for Album of the Year. And Foo Fighters played “You’re So Vain”? You’re full of surprises, 2009 Grammys. Nominees after the jump.

The Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Ne-Yo – Year Of The Gentleman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Radiohead – In Rainbows

Alicia Keys and John Mayer – “Lessons Learned”
Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland – “4 Minutes”
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Rich Woman”
Rihanna and Maroon 5 – “If I Never See Your Face Again”
Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown – “No Air”

Brooks & Dunn – “God Must Be Busy”
Lady Antebellum – “Love Don’t Love Here”
Rascal Flatts – “Every Day”
The Steel Drivers – “Blue Side Of The Mountain”
Sugarland – “Stay”

Big Boi feat. Raekwon & Andre 3000 – “Royal Flush”
T.I. feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne – “Swagger Like Us”
Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z – “Mr Carter”
Ludacris feat. T.I. – “Wish You Would”
Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West – “Put On”

Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love”
M.I.A. – “Paper Planes” (“I played the cash register on that song” -John Mayer.)
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Please Read The Letter”

UPDATE: Some more nominees in categories not announced on TV:

Estelle Feat. Kanye West – “American Boy”
Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”
Sara Bareilles – “Love Song”
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”

Bruce Springsteen – “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”
Radiohead – “House Of Cards”
Death Cab For Cutie – “I Will Possess Your Heart”
Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
Coldplay – “Violet Hill”

Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
The Eagles – “Waiting In The Weeds”
Gnarls Barkley – “Going On”
Maroon 5 – “Won’t Go Home Without You”
OneRepublic – “Apologize”

Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Kid Rock – Rock N Roll Jesus
Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
Metallica – Death Magnetic
The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely

Jay-Z – American Gangster
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
Nas – Nas
T.I. – Paper Trail

Beck – Modern Guilt
Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Radiohead – In Rainbows

Daft Punk – “Harder Better Faster Stronger”
Hot Chip – “Ready For The Floor”
Lady Gaga – “Just Dance”
Madonna – “Give It 2 Me”
Rihanna – “Disturbia”
Sam Sparro – “Black & Gold”

Brazilian Girls – New York City
Daft Punk – Alive 2007
Cyndi Lauper – Bring Ya To The Brink
Kylie Minogue – X
Moby – Last Night
Robyn – Robyn

AC/DC – “Rock N Roll Train”
Coldplay – “Violet Hill”
The Eagles – “Long Road Out Of Eden”
Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
Radiohead – “House Of Cards”

Danger Mouse
Nigel Godrich
Johnny Karkazis
Rick Rubin

Peter Gabriel – “Down To Earth” (From Wall-E)
Carrie Underwood – “Ever Ever After” (From Enchanted)
John Mayer – “Say” (From The Bucket List)
Amy Adams – “That’s How You Know” (From Enchanted)
John C. Reilly – “Walk Hard” (From Walk Hard — The Dewey Cox Story)

Metallica – Death Magnetic
Hawk Nelson – Hawk Nelson…Is My Friend!
No Age – Nouns
Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation
The Ditty Bops – Summer Rains

Ne-Yo – “Closer” (StoneBridge Radio Edit)
MGMT – “Electric Feel” (Justice Remix)
Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake – “4 Minutes” (Junkie XL Remix)
Mary J. Blige – “Just Fine” (Moto Blanco Remix)
Morgan Page Feat. Lissie – “The Longest Road” (Deadmau5 Remix)

Erykah Badu – “Honey” (Erykah Badu & Mr. Roboto, video directors)
Gnarls Barkley – “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” (Christopher Milk, video director)
Alicia Keys & Jack White – “Another Way To Die” (PR Brown & MK12, video directors)
Radiohead – “House Of Cards” (James Frost, video director)
Weezer – “Pork And Beans” (Mathew Cullen, video director)

Check out all the nominations here. Weezy leads with eight.

Comments (64)
  1. Thom & Co. have it in the bag

    • I doubt it Ryan. I mean In Rainbows wasn’t nominated for best rock album… it is clear Coldplay has it in their bag.

      • Radiohead are never up in the Rock category. They are always nominated in the Alternative category, which they are again this year.

        • Ahh, that category wasn’t there when I posted that. Thanks for clarifying, I’m not really up to speed with Grammy noms history. To be honest.

          I didn’t know Nouns had a cd worth buying, it didn’t strike me as such when I had it in my hands so I ended up with a digital copy. I rarely buy cds because they are rarely worth physically owning them.

      • gustavo  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2008 0

        but hell, in rainbows is way better than viva la vida. and i just can’t understand why is house of cards running for best rock song. Reckoner or jigsaw falling into places are a lot better songs..

  2. Robert  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2008 0

    Robert Plant and Allison Krauss is a great nomination. Grammy voters have a history for the surprise Album of the Year pick, a la O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, Herbie Hancock. Don’t count them out.

  3. rayne215  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2008 0


  4. jimm  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2008 0

    it’s going to raising sand….that’s pure grammy’s right there….god these songs/albums are fucking old…i hate this ceremony

  5. Dani  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2008 0

    Wow… I must say I’m pleasantly surprised by the nominees overall. I’m willing to look over the Jonas Brothers. *I really really really hope In Rainbows wins.* And if it doesn’t, it better not be Coldplay. That would piss me off. Viva La Vida was good but it would be a slap in the face to Radiohead if they won. But if say, like, Ne-Yo won, then we could just have a laugh about the Grammys and call it a day, no hard feelings.

  6. Congrats No Age!

    • internet gangsta  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

      YES. All the cool bands totally get nominated for Best Recording Packaging.


  7. Every time I look at the nominations, I see an artist that I would never expect to see. Before it was Menomena, and now it is No Age.

    • yeah, but neither of those nominations were/are really based on the music, just the package that the music was/is being delivered in…although the menomena really should have won last year….

  8. Zach  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2008 0

    Daft Punk – “Harder Better Faster Stronger??
    Didn’t that song come out like 7 or 8 years ago?

  9. lex  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2008 0

    didn’t in rainbows come out in 2007?

    but also… no age and the jonas brothers nominated at the same grammys? really?

  10. ohh yeah.. and I’ll just go on record right now with Plant & Krauss winning. It’s the typical grammy pick.

  11. Lil wayne haaa. he is the best like him or hate him. and do not forget The (F). Cash money records / dreams come true.

  12. Elliott  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    Is it entirely possible that radiohead got nominated for best album just so that the industry could spit in their face by giving it to coldplay?. Basically telling the major labels to f-off and releasing it themselves was probably not well-received by those higher up in the industry. In this sense the industry has an easy way of f-ing Radiohead back for the way they turned their back on the industry is by giving the best album of the year to what would politely be considered as a “knock-off brand radiohead” or “radiohead lite” (I can think of more appropriate terms). Maybe its just me but with all the Coldplay nominations, it seems like they’re being setup for “their night” with one band winning most of the major awards.

    Or maybe I’m just paranoid and they give it to robert plant as a make-up for past sins by the academy…

  13. Lonnie Pigford  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    Lil Wayne is terrible. The only people I’ve met that like him are morons. As intelligence decreases the likelihood for Lil Wayne fandom goes up in direct proportion.

  14. workitmakeitdoitmakesus  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    SRSLY. why is daft punk nominated? that song is almost a decade old! wtf grammys, get with it.

  15. Except for Lil’ Wayne (overrated) and Ne-Yo(?!), they pretty much got it right this year. Kudos. But how do Radiohead get a “Rock Song” and an “Alternative Album” nod?


    (also, who cares about the Grammys?!)

  17. matthew  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    im so fucking proud of MMJ

  18. Will2  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0


    Maybe, just maybe, the actual music industry genuinely liked both In Rainbows and Viva La Vida? They respect the as-always flawlessly-executed work of Radiohead as well as the successful change-up in sound from Coldplay.

    Why is this argument always so polarizing? Am I not allowed to like both Radiohead and Coldplay? And honestly, NOTHING on In Rainbows sounds like anything on Viva La Vida…

    Thank God U2 didn’t make an album last year.

  19. Scott  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    what is the difference between ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’?

    And also, didn’t MIA come out in summer ’07?

    • andrew  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

      Song of the year recognizes song writing, record of the year is for the actual recording/performance.

  20. VERY surprised Cut Copy wasn’t even mentioned, especially for ‘BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM’. What a crock. But then again, this is the Grammys, and they couldn’t find someone better than Kid Rock for ‘BEST ROCK ALBUM’. meh

  21. Robyn for best dance/electronic album! Maybe she’ll win because the competition against her is pretty sad… :)

  22. Dave The Brit  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    Are you sure these aren’t The Brit award nominations?

    Best New Artist – 2/5 Brits
    Best Album – 2/5 Brits
    Best Record – 3/5 Brits
    Best Song – 3/5 Brits

    Don’t get wrong, Radiohead deserve all they bag from the awards but Adele’s Chasing Pavements is barely a Song Of The Album let alone an entire year. Didn’t realise you yanks loved her so much.

  23. I don’t get why out of all the tracks on In Rainbows, House of Cards is the big nominee. I think that’s the most boring song on the album.

  24. dan  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    ^^^ i think it’s b/c that was the single…i concur though i think most people think house of cards is the most boring on the album….

    no way they’ll nominate radiohead for best rock album b/c they won’t show up to the ceremony. best alternative is an award given in the preshow (or whatever it’s called) and so none of those bands will get invited to the show.

    • seth  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

      house of cards is my second favorite of the album.

      • Dani  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

        Ehh calling one of the songs on In Rainbows boring is just strange to me… because that must mean you would have to think the whole album is boring. Most of the songs are similar tempo and overall style (except the first two which are faster).They kind of blend into one another… I don’t see how you can single one out as bad or boring. But whatever. I love House of Cards.

        • your logic confuses me. Its not that its a slow tempo. All I Need is even slower, and I love it. House of Cards just doesn’t go anywhere. It meanders around until it ends. For me, its basically Treefingers with words.

  25. matt byrne  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    who the fuck is adele?

  26. it's me here  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    someone please tell me that Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire nominated as BEST ROCK SONG is an illusion of mine… please!

    What a joke!

  27. bebe rebozo  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    In Rainbows is far from Radiohead’s best album and Viva La Whatever is hardly Coldplay’s best, either. The 2 rap albums will split the vote. The Krauss/Plant record is pretty amazing. I think it deserves to win.

  28. ladydanger  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    John Mayer is so stupid

  29. Michael  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    Robyn gets a grammy nomination.
    Obama is president-elect.

    Maybe 2008 didn’t suck as much as I remember it.

  30. OH NO  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    i REALLY REALLY REALLY hope radiohead doesn’t win because i love ‘em, and honestly, just don’t want that attention drawn to them. as HUGE as they are, there is still quite a bit of element to them that much of the mainstream doesn’t know or get and i like it that way. yeah, the days of them not being known are gone, and i can finally point my fingers to my friends who used to make fun of me for liking them in the 90′s, but enough is enough.

    on the other hand, i feel like if there is one way the grammy’s could essentially get a ‘sure thing’ and not get criticized, second-guesssed, or blasted anymore for their decisions, then picking in rainbows would be the call to easily correct that. ugggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

  31. internet gangsta  |   Posted on Dec 4th, 2008 0

    If Tha Carter III wins album of the year, I’ll shoot myself.

  32. You know what pisses me off? R.E.M’s album Accelerate was not nominated for album of the year, and none of the songs received nominations. Accelerate was SUCH a great comeback for REM and Supernatural Superserious is DEFINITELY song of the year material.
    …Pisses me off >.>

  33. George Jefferson  |   Posted on Dec 5th, 2008 0

    Ya know if Stipe died in a plane crash in 84 his poster would be on the wall next to Bob Marley…

  34. jimster  |   Posted on Dec 5th, 2008 0

    fuck yeah, john c. riley

  35. zap  |   Posted on Dec 5th, 2008 0

    in a world gone mad…

  36. love radiohead and glad in rainbows is getting the recognition it deserves…but why house of farts for all these grammies? it’s possibly the worst song on the album….zzzzzz

    YAY thievery corp!!!!

  37. gaby  |   Posted on Dec 5th, 2008 0

    any award taht considers the jonas brothers musical talents worthy of an award are a waste of time, space and existence.

  38. Zooma  |   Posted on Dec 7th, 2008 0

    Are they not all British artists for song of the year?

  39. Zooma  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2008 0

    Oops record of the year!

  40. Charlie  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2008 0

    First off the grammys is an insult to musicians everywhere. The godamn Jonas Brothers, Were’nt they created in the a**hole of MIcheal Eisner and Walt Disney…But that’s beside the point. It;s gonna be Lil Wayne(overrated), Jonas Brothers(The new Monkees), and Rascal Flatt(pop not country). It’s just a way for the music business to keep everything the same so a truly talented musician or group can’t break through
    ….Also Radiohead digitally released In Rainbows in 2007 but the actual CD came out January 1, 2008…
    Even though the Grammy’s are a sham, good luck to all the nominees, namely Pop, country, rap, and hip-hop because they’ll implode on their own ego if it isn’t reinflated with a grammy or award.

  41. lemon  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2008 0

    if any other album besides in rainbows is chosen for best album of the year it will show just how flawed the grammy’s are. In rainbows is clearly the best album, musically, but the other albums may be more popular. Awards should be given to musicians because of their music, not because of their popularity, that’s retarded. If Lil wayne win it will show just how retarted and meaningless these awards are.

  42. Blue  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2008 0

    Honestly, Radiohead is so far from “underground” that I can’t even tell you….

    In fact, Radiohead has already won ‘Best Alternative Album’ twice, in 1998 and 2001. Kid A and OK Computer were also both nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Bob Dylan and Steely Dan. However, in this case, it’s pretty fucking clear who deserves the album of the year, at least in my humble opinion.

    Winning album of the year isn’t going to convert the Lil Wayne fans to Radiohead fans. If anything, it will just put a nice label on Radiohead’s already-earned place amongst the all-time musical greats.

    • Blue  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2008 0

      Oh, this was supposed to be a reply to the person who didn’t want Radiohead to win because it would hurt their “street cred.” Damn you computers.

  43. Blue  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2008 0

    Honestly, I will be the most shocked if NE-YO wins. Does mooching off of ‘Flashing Lights’ with the same song title as a fucking Kelly Clarkson song really deserve the album of the year???

  44. Kilgore  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    I hope Danger Mouse gets recognized as ‘Producer of the Year’. He worked deep-fried magic on that Black Keys album. Delicious!

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