Bon Iver Holocene Single

The 54th annual Grammy Award nominations were announced tonight, and then our blog server exploded. I blame Skrillex. Anyway, by now you’ve heard the big news… Bon Iver was acknowledged in three of the four General Field (i.e., important) categories: Record Of The Year (for “Holocene”), Song Of The Year (“Holocene”), and Best New Artist. Does this make Bon Iver the Christopher Cross of our generation? Only if he wins. He’ll also compete for Best Alternative Music Album against The King Of Limbs. Tune in February 12th, 2012 to find out what Justin will wear, and who else wore the same thing, and who wore it better. Here was Justin’s tweet upon learning the exciting news, btw:

And here’s the competition, followed by some other notable category noms (Radiohead are up for 5 total):

Record Of The Year
“Rolling In The Deep”
Paul Epworth, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Mark Rankin, engineers/mixers
Track from: 21
[XL Recordings/Columbia Records]

Bon Iver
Justin Vernon, producer; Brian Joseph & Justin Vernon, engineers/mixers
Track from: Bon Iver

Bruno Mars
The Smeezingtons, producers; Ari Levine & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers
Track from: Doo-Wops & Hooligans

“The Cave”
Mumford & Sons
Markus Dravs, producer; Francois Chevallier & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers
Track from: Sigh No More
[Glassnote Records]

Katy Perry
Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Sandy Vee, producers; Mikkel S. Eriksen, Phil Tan, Sandy Vee & Miles Walker, engineers/mixers

Album Of The Year
Jim Abbiss, Adele, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T. Smith, Ryan Tedder & Dan Wilson, producers; Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Fidelman, Dan Parry, Steve Price, Mark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T. Smith & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
[XL Recordings/Columbia Records]

Wasting Light
Foo Fighters
Butch Vig, producer; James Brown & Alan Moulder, engineers/mixers; Joe LaPorta & Emily Lazar, mastering engineers
[RCA Records/ Roswell Records]

Born This Way
Lady Gaga
Paul Blair, DJ Snake, Fernando Garibay, Lady Gaga, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Jeppe Laursen, RedOne & Clinton Sparks, producers; Fernando Garibay, Bill Malina, Trevor Muzzy, RedOne, Dave Russell, Justin Shirley Smith, Horace Ward & Tom Ware, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
[Streamline/Interscope/Kon Live]

Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Bruno Mars
B.o.B, Cee Lo Green & Damian Marley, featured artists; Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee, Needlz & The Smeezingtons, producers; Ari Levine & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Stephen Marcussen, mastering engineer

Drake, Eminem & Nicki Minaj, featured artists; Ester Dean, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Alex Da Kid, Kuk Harrell, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mel & Mus, Awesome Jones, Makeba Riddick, The Runners, Sham, Soundz, Chris “Tricky” Stewart, Sandy Vee & Willy Will, producers; Ariel Chobaz, Cary Clark, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Alex Da Kid, Josh Gudwin, Kuk Harrell, Jaycen Joshua, Manny Marroquin, Dana Nielsen, Chad “C-Note” Roper, Noah “40″ Shebib, Corey Shoemaker, Jay Stevenson, Mike Strange, Phil Tan, Brian “B-Luv” Thomas, Marcos Tovar, Sandy Vee, Jeff “Supa Jeff” Villanueva, Miles Walker & Andrew Wuepper, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
[Def Jam]

Song Of The Year
“All Of The Lights”
Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
Track from: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
[Roc-A-Fella; Publishers: Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978]

“The Cave”
Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
Track from: Sigh No More
[Glassnote Records]

Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Track from: Doo-Wops & Hooligans
[Elektra; Publishers: Mars Force Music/Bughouse, Music Famamanem/Toy Plane Music/Art For Arts Sake/Late 80s Music/Westside Ind. Music/Studiobeat Music, Warner Tamerlane, Andrew Wyatt, Downtown DMP Songs]

Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
Track from: Bon Iver
[Jagjaguwar; Publisher: April Base Publishing]

“Rolling In The Deep”
Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
Track from: 21
[XL Recordings/Columbia Records; Publishers: Universal-Songs of Polygram/EMI Music Publishing]

Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys
Foster The People – Torches
My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Radiohead – The King Of Limbs

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Deadmau5 – 4×4=12
David Guetta – Nothing But The Beat
Robyn – Body Talk, Pt. 3
Skrillex – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites

Best 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

Best Rock Performance
Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”
Foo Fighters – “Walk”
Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”

Best Rock Song
Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”
Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
Foo Fighters – “Walk”

Best Folk Album
The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest

See ’em all at

Comments (87)
  1. Comment party!


  3. somebody please holds me. i can’t breathe

  4. The Grammy’s don’t get a lot right, but they definitely got this right. Holocene is easily the song of the year. I could listen to that song on a loop forever.

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  6. …. but he isn’t a new artist? just because the ignorant Grammy people have just now heard of him, that doesn’t make him “new.”


  7. What are the Grammys? Are they anything like the Billboard Music Awards?

  8. The Dance field has both Cut Copy & Robyn. This should be good, and Thom’s dance video for Best Short Form please <3

  9. blahblah blah blah the grammys suck so much pop music too much pop music blah blah blah blah bblah lets complain about pop music rah rah arhrhrhrhrhr im seeing watch the fucking throne tomorrow!!

  10. Kanye not nominated for record or album of the year? Every year I tell myself I will stop complaining about the Grammys, there is no point to it, but they keep making it impossible. Especially because it seems like they are trying to become a little more sophisticated or something with their picks, with Arcade Fire winning and now Bon Iver. I’m happy that these guys are getting recognition, but overlooking MBDTF almost completely diminishes the Grammys’ credibility more than nominating Bon Iver boosts it.

    • Agreed, MBDTF getting snubbed is ridiculous but at least Kanye has some solace in knowing he got the most nominations.

    • honestly, I don’t get why they nominate bon iver for record of the year without nominating him for album of the year. in my opinion, the album worked much better as a whole than as the individual parts. meanwhile, all the albums that are nominated here are pretty much hits-and-filler. MBDTF and Bon Iver were cohesive albums.

    • i’m confused, didn’t MBDTF come out last year?

    • I know I’m not supposed to care about the Grammys, but that made me legitimately mad, probably because I so expected it to at least get a nod. Number one debut, multiple hit singles, and a great artistic statement? I guess Kanye can’t compete with Bruno Mars.

  11. i was confused by the Best New Artist nom at first because it’s not like Bon Iver are exactly /new/

    apparently the award stipulates: “for a new artist who releases [...] the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist”

    marks for effort i guess?? but next time try and submit your homework on time.

  12. The Bon Iver nom was expected, though, no? I knew it was coming.

    Whatever, this isn’t really my type of music and I’ll restrain my opinions about Bon Iver for another place and time. Wake me up when Trash Talk, Ceremony or No Age get a nod (and not for best album art or something weird.)

    • From Vernon’s MTV rant a few months ago:

      “don’t we seem dumb? didn’t MTV lose the fight against themselves? Didn’t Rock’n’Roll STOP? Why are the lights so bright? isn’t our talent as artists enough? Why do we try SO hard? Does a moonman mean what it did back then? Should we feel pumped when we get one? Should our mom’s cry? I am not even thinking about it that hard. I will close my eyes in 90 seconds and have total peace… But, seriously. Why are we waving around so much? Why do we NEED this shit so bad? Why don’t we just have MUSIC? DO music? soul? I don’t know. I don’t mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV.”

      You could swap out “MTV” and “moonman” with Grammy (Giving the Album of the Year to Arcade Fire once doesn’t make up for the continuous dribble like Herbie Hancock over the past few years,) and so I think it’s kind of silly to see Justin getting excited about being nominated all because these awards included him in a token “indie” sort of way.

      • Herbie is not “Dribble.”

        • A jazz album of Joni Mitchell covers winning Album of the Year is against the likes of Kanye West’s Graduation and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black sure sounds like a dribbly pick of a winner to me.

          • I would say it’s not as much dribble as it is picking the least offensive MOR album they can find out of the picks. Sometimes, that works out, like when they picked Graceland. Oftentimes it doesn’t.

          • I understand that those two albums were more relevant to fans of pop music, but Herbie Hancock is one of the most incredible most prolific musicians of the 20th century, so I’m not really too upset that a mediocre album by an egocentric prick and a throwback (see: borrowing chord changes arrangements and production styles from 40 years ago) album performed by a self-destructive ninny lost to a guy who has more talent in his pinky fingers.

            Also, have you listened to that album? It isn’t bad. If the Grammy’s want to keep giving the award to the best musicians and not to “entertainers” they should go ahead and doing that. Honestly, that is one of the least offensive albums they’ve ever selected. This is an award that once went to Carlos Santana.

          • I can respect your opinions based on artistic merit, but It’s a pointless debate with me, to be honest. You probably have gotten a good picture of my tastes based on my posts here and my writing elsewhere, which shows that intricate musicianship and detail doesn’t always equal my acclaim, while a band who recorded an album in less than a week and it sounds like garbage ends up on my top 5 albums of the year.

          • Right, and this is my point – the guys who recorded an album in a week that sounds like shit probably don’t deserve any awards for their effort. But the reason they can make an album like that speaks more to their ability as songwriters and musicians. And they are good at both. And there’s a difference between “favourite” and “best” because my favourite movie is not the best.

            As an example, my favourite movie to watch is either the Sting or Groundhog’s Day – both very well-executed movies, and both with artistic merit. If they are magically on TV at the right time of day, I’ll sit down and watch either even sitting through commercials, when I own both on DVD. It’s stupid. But whatever, that’s the degree to which I love those movies.

            But to answer the question of what I think the best film of the last 50 years is, it’s neither. It’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. I have no doubt in my mind that that film is the best film that was made in that time span. I’ll stake my life on it.

            So this is my problem with the Grammys – they don’t pick what it is they are doing. If they want to go with Most Entertaining, then for sure Amy Winehouse or Kanye deserved to win, and I’m pretty okay with either of those choices.But if they are selecting the BEST album of that year, then neither of those artists are in the same league as a lot of what’s out there. Maybe not even Herbie Hancock’s Joni Mitchell album, but it’s certainly closer to a concept of the “Best” thing than Kanye, who is not a particularly talented musician or artist. I mean, you might as well just give all the awards to Lady Gaga then, because who gives a fuck.

    • No Age did get a nod once. Their album packaging must have been really nice.

      • responding to dj freshie, there is no “best” best is subjective to what people like no matter what, its someone labeling an opinion.

  13. If they make Bon Iver perform with Mumord and Sons I will shoot myself.

  14. I DON’T UNDERSTAND!!!! *head explodes*

  15. Best new artist? LOL

  16. go cut copy! go wilco! go lotus flower!

  17. Adele is probably gonna sweep the big three, right? I’d be fine with that.

    • Me, too. But IMO a really fair partition would be: Bon Iver -> Record, Adele -> Album and Kanye -> Song (“All of the Lights” blew me away last year!).

      • Am I the ONLY one who is sick to death of adele? If she never made another song, or album, and just in general was gone from the musical face of the Earth I would be happy. I cannot believe with how overplayed everything by adele is people still enjoy her. Yeah I thought someone like you and rolling in the deep were pretty good too, but they are not songs that can be played 15 million times and still sound good. There are plenty of songs that stand up to being played on repeat forever and still sound good. Nothing on 21 is that good, and it drives me nuts that people act like adele’s new album is the fantastic work of art. It’s a lot of filler, some ok songs and that’s about it.

        • Artists like Adele, Foster the People, and even Coldplay (I hate to admit it) are pretty talented, but they’re so ubiquitous that I can’t even stand to listen to them anymore.

  18. Bon Iver was a new artist in 2007. Not in 2011. Four years to late.

  19. TEAM BRUNO MARS. No, I’m kidding.

  20. Am I the only one who thinks it’s curious that Mumford and Sons is getting all of these nomintations for a song that first appeared on an album in October of two-thousand-and-NINE?? I mean, I do love “The Cave” and the band, but that especially seems tardy.

    • If they released it as a single between, like, mid-2010 and mid-this year (don’t know the exact cut-off dates), then that’s why it counts.

  21. Wouldn’t be surprised if “Down by the Water” won those rock song awards. It is just a really well-done four minutes of music.

  22. I wonder if his acceptance speech will diss the awards show for being out of touch…..except kanye.

  23. “Holocene” huh? I’m going to have to change the Bon Iver track on my mom’s Christmas mix CD.

  24. But seriously, what happened to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? That is an insult to almost every musician, everywhere.

  25. My head explodes in sheer frustration every time the Grammys announce their selection.

  26. Has anyone brought up how surreal it is that Memory Tapes “Yes I Know” video was nominated?
    How strange is that?

  27. Anyone else notice that the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song are the same, but in a different order? Is it bad that i can’t tell whether this is a misprint or if the Grammys are literally tying to package the same thing in two different ways?

  28. oh they are considering this year’s Wilco album rock and not americana or alternative? cool

  29. After last year’s “Who the fuck is Arcade Fire?”, back by popular demand, an all new installment of: Who the fuck is Bon Iver?

  30. Even though there new album can hardly be called folk, I really hope Fleet Foxes win. They really deserve it.

  31. A delightfully snarky review of the Grammy Nominations Concert(!):

  32. Denis Schröder  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2011 +1

    Yo, Justin, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish… but the album you helped me out with last year was the greatest album of all times. All times.

  33. What is a Bon Iver?

  34. According to Pitchfork Rosie O’Donnell likes the song Perth. Coincidentally it’s the first song on the album so I’m guessing that’s all the further she got. Still, Justin Vernon has come a long way since getting high with Kanye West.

  35. Lucas Knapp: LOVE IT!! GO THOM.
    Scott: Watched your “Holocene” one, and was listening to “Hex Girlfriend” by Neon Indian, and it was going to the beat. Thought it was perfect.

    I hope Bon Iver and Radiohead win, and Wilco too. That’s my desired trio.

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