Did you watch the Grammy nomination show? Me neither. After the tooth-pulling scene in Rudolph, I knew it was going to be way too much for my delicate constitution to hear the Black Eyed Peas get nominated for anything other than banishment to a spice mine on Charon. Nashville's usual power players of '09 did snap up some attention, though. Paramore got nominated for "Decode," off the soundtrack for that fangst-ridden movie about the girl in an abusive relationship with a glittery depressive (Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media).
And not even the least bit surprisingly Taylor Swift got nominated for everything. I think in a few categories she was nominated twice, except for Tropical Latin and Norteño. (Yeah, it's actually eight, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album. I'm sure lots of people are real angry about the "best pop vocal performance" thing. Tevs.) Also not surprising is the presence of the names Underwood and Lambert--maybe Miranda will look just as pissed and over it as she did at the CMAs! But for Cream readers, the obvious subplot here involves the warhead pointing directly at the musical heart of Adam Gold.
That's right: Kings of Leon vs. Bruce Springsteen AND U2. The category Best Rock Song pits "Use Somebody" against Bruuuuce's "Working on a Dream" and U2's "I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight." This is basically a chance for the Grammy Foundation to strike the single greatest blow against Gold's aesthetic sensibilities since, like, last year, when John Mayer won more than once. But seriously, if KOL beat the Boss and Bono, this will happen, and we'll have to come up with a new idea for our weekend round-up Photoshoppin'. May the best rock song win. Even though it usually doesn't.
Also, props to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for garnering a Best Classical Album noom for Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges.
Read all the nominations at the Grammy site.