2012 Grammy Nominations Announced: FULL LIST


Record of the Year
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Katy Perry, “Firework”

Song of the Year
Kanye West, “All of the Lights”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

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

Album of the Year
Adele, 21
The Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops and Hooligans
Rihanna, Loud

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Someone Like You” — Adele
“Yoü And I” — Lady Gaga
“Grenade” — Bruno Mars
“Firework” — Katy Perry
“F***in’ Perfect” — Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Body And Soul” — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
“Dearest” — The Black Keys
“Paradise” — Coldplay
“Pumped Up Kicks” — Foster The People
“Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Dance Recording
“Raise Your Weapon” — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
“Barbra Streisand” — Duck Sauce
“Sunshine” — David Guetta & Avicii
“Call Your Girlfriend” — Robyn
“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” — Skrillex
“Save The World” — Swedish House Mafia

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

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists
The Gift, Susan Boyle
In Concert On Broadway, Harry Connick Jr.
Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane
What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman, Barbra Streisand

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

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
“On The Backs Of Angels” — Dream Theater
“White Limo” — Foo Fighters
“Curl Of The Burl” — Mastodon
“Public Enemy No. 1″ — Megadeth
“Blood In My Eyes” — Sum 41

Best Rock Album
Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul — Jeff Beck
Wasting Light — Foo Fighters
Come Around Sundown — Kings Of Leon
I’m With You — Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Whole Love — Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver — Bon Iver
Codes and Keys — Death Cab For Cutie
Torches — Foster The People
Circuital — My Morning Jacket
The King of Limbs — Radiohead

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Sometimes I Cry” — Eric Benét
“Fool For You” — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
“Radio Message” — R. Kelly
“Good Man” — Raphael Saadiq
“Surrender” — Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Album
F.A.M.E. — Chris Brown
Second Chance — El DeBarge
Love Letter — R. Kelly
Pieces Of Me — Ledisi
Kelly — Kelly Price

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Party” — Beyoncé & André 3000
“I’m On One” — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
“I Need A Doctor” — Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
“What’s My Name?” — Rihanna & Drake
“Motivation” — Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
“All Of The Lights” — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Performance
“Look At Me Now” — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Otis” — Jay-Z & Kanye West
“The Show Goes On” — Lupe Fiasco
“Moment 4 Life” — Nicki Minaj & Drake
“Black And Yellow” — Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap Album
Watch The Throne, Jay-Z & Kanye West
Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco
Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance
“Dirt Road Anthem” — Jason Aldean
“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” — Martina McBride
“Honey Bee” — Blake Shelton
“Mean” — Taylor Swift
“Mama’s Song” — Carrie Underwood

Best Country Song
“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” — Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy
“God Gave Me You” — Dave Barnes
“Just Fishin’” — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill
“Mean” — Taylor Swift
“Threaten Me With Heaven” — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian
“You And Tequila” — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter

Best Americana Album
Emotional Jukebox — Linda Chorney
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down — Ry Cooder
Hard Bargain — Emmylou Harris
Ramble At The Ryman — Levon Helm
Blessed — Lucinda Williams

Best Blues Album
Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman
Roadside Attractions — Marcia Ball
Man In Motion — Warren Haynes
The Reflection — Keb’ Mo’
Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band

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


  1. JWL says

    my cousin Roseanna Vitro was nominated for best Jazz album. I noticed you didnt list jazz, but you did list three rap categories. May I draw your attention to the overwhelming support of jazz musicians to the LGBT community over rap? Just sayin’

  2. jamesintoronto says

    These nominations seem more current than in years past. Usually the Grammys are littered with nominations for marginal albums by people like Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt or some other dinosaur. At least these nominations reflect what people are really listening to these days, be that good or bad. And hooray for all the Bon Iver love, although I agree that a Best New Artist nod is questionable.

  3. rovex says

    Yet another Grammys shitfest. Is there anyone who doesnt have one? I think i have one of those space wasting things somewhere. Its a joke of an awards show, even by music awards standards.

  4. new-new says

    Rihanna is nominated for Album of the Year? Really?

    Kanye West deserved a nomination in that category. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was an epic album and received universal critical acclaim.

    Also, why was Beyonce snubbed? 4 was a pretty good album with plenty of solid and critically successful songs.

  5. endo says

    Best New Artist is sorta funky: Artists that are eligible are those who’ve released the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist. It doesn’t mean it’s their first album.

    And this thread is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone like Skrillix. EVERYONE hates that crap!

  6. Gregoire says

    Oh look, people are bitching about the Grammys. How EDGY.

    Given that this is an award show that has to embrace many forms of music, they did a pretty good job. The top categories are very pop oriented, but then, pop does stand for ‘popular’, and it’s what most voters would know.

  7. Dennis says

    That’s right – if you say FULL LIST, put the full list! Do you think the other categories don’t exist or matter enough?? Fred Hersch, an out gay man, surviving with AIDS, and all-around poet/genius got two jazz nominations this year. Annoying, this omission!

  8. Jerry says

    I was just talking about my cousin Roseanna Vitro who was nominated, Dennins. She’s great friends with Fred Hersch. My other cousin animated his Coma Dreams show. I don’t know why we should care about three rap categories and not mention jazz, where gays aren’t vilified and slaughtered.

  9. at says

    The people who choose these are obviously not music critics… Bruno Mars, really?

    Bon Iver deserves every win.

    Except Best New Artist… because they are not a new band.

    And a lot of these albums or songs on them (including the amazing Body Talk and MBDTF) came out last year.

    The Grammys are fuckin weird.

  10. James says

    I think the people complaining about the Bon Iver nomination in the Best New Artist category are taking the word new way too literally. One, Bon Iver has only been around for four years or so and two, Bon Iver is new to the pop scene. Which the Grammys tend to please.

    And – wasn’t Bon Iver’s first album released independently? They weren’t signed if I’m not mistaken.

    Either way – these nominations will get Bon Iver more attention. Which the band deserves.

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