And they're up! And now just a mere 73 days until the award ceremony itself, if you can wait that long. Per usual, we're seeing a few artists dominate across the board, particularly Lady Antebellum (which I don't know that much about), Lady Gaga (obviously), Eminem and Katy Perry. I always seem to be a little uneducated about the "Record of the Year", and "Album of the Year" nominees, mostly because I'm not super honed in on platinum selling pop artists - although this year I obsessively listened to Katy Perry's Teenage Dream for about 48 hours and now I can't ever chew bubble gum again. Truly excited for Arcade Fire and the explosive year they've had, with "Album of the Year" nominated, The Suburbs; and couldn't be prouder of Mumford & Sons and their grungy, yet sleek alt-pop masterpiece, Sigh No More, with a nod for "Best New Artist", and their single "Little Lion Man" for "Best Rock Song".
Several summer 2010 Wolf Trap artists picked up nominations, including Jeff Beck for Best Rock Album with Emotion and Commotion, and Best Rock Instrumental Performance with the track "Hammerhead;" Willie Nelson for Best Americana Album with Country Music; and Jackson Browne & David Lindley and Mary Chapin Carpenter in the same category of Best Contemporary Folk Album for Love Is Strange - En Vivo Con Tino, and The Age of Miracles, respectively. Bela Fleck also picked up another much deserved nod for Best Contemporary World Music Album with Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks.
We're currently in the process of booking summer 2011 with three pending announcements in the winter/spring, so there's a strong possibility we'll have a few additional GRAMMY nominated artists as part of the lineup. In the meantime, you've got a lot of good music to process!