Since the announcement, the headlines have been just as focused on the notable snubs as the emerging young talent being recognized. While breakout artists like Carly Rae Jepsen and Frank Ocean are being recognized for their phenomenal freshman efforts, people can’t help but bring up some major names who are notably missing, specifically Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and One Direction.
Unlike last year’s Grammys, where Adele took home six statuettes, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year, in this year’s field, there is no dominant presence.
Familiar names like Jay-Z and Kanye West are competing for Grammys in six different categories, but they are joined by lesser known artists like Dan Auerbach of the blues duo The Black Keys, Frank Ocean, fun., and Mumford & Sons, all of whom join the two hip hop icons in leading the pack with six nominations.
The nominations, specifically for Album of the Year, reflect what appears to be a resurgence of rock music. In recent years, nominations have favored mainstream pop stars like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, and Rihanna. This year, with the exception of Frank Ocean, the nominations have all gone to rock-based acts, and at this point, Mumford & Sons’ indie-folk masterpiece “Babel” appears to be the early favorite.
Tune in to see who will walk away with the Golden Gramophones when The Grammys air on CBS, Friday Feb 10th at 8:00 p.m.