Friday, December 05, 2008


The official Grammy nominations have been unleashed and surprisingly they're pretty on-point.

Neyo's Year of The Gentleman and Lil Wayne's Carter III are two of the nominees for the Album Of The Year category, although I think this one will end up in the hands of Coldplay.

The most interesting category to me is the Producer Of The Year, which I'm serially confused by. Here are this years nominees:

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
(A Producer's Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.))

  • Danger Mouse
    • Attack & Release (The Black Keys) (A)
    • Modern Guilt (Beck) (A)
    • The Odd Couple (Gnarls Barkley) (A)

  • Nigel Godrich

    • In Rainbows (Radiohead) (A)

  • Johnny Karkazis (Johnny K)

    • Big Bad World (Plain White T's) (A)
    • The Illusion Of Progress (Staind) (A)
    • Light From Above (Black Tide) (A)
    • 3 Doors Down (3 Doors Down) (A)

  • Rick Rubin

    • Death Magnetic (Metallica) (A)
    • Home Before Dark (Neil Diamond) (A)
    • Mercy (Dancing For The Death Of An Imaginary Enemy) (Ours) (A)
    • Seeing Things (Jakob Dylan) (A)
    • Weezer (Red Album) (Weezer) (A)

  • Will.I.Am

    • American Boy (Estelle Featuring Kanye West) (T)
    • Encanto (Sergio Mendes) (A)
    • Funky Bahia (Sergio Mendes Featuring & Siedah Garrett) (T)
    • In The Ayer (Flo Rida Featuring (T)
    • Pick It Up (Fergie) (T)
    • Picture Perfect (Chris Brown Featuring (T)
    • What's Your Name (Usher Featuring (T)
Don't get me wrong, I love Will.I.Am, he's amazing, but I feel like he is only nominated in support of the "American Boy" Song Of The Year nomination. Bar one, all the credits I see listed below his name are for tracks (not to mention only three of these were singles), so if that is the body of work they're judging by then why are producers such as Timbaland and Stargate and many others overlooked? Lets take a look:

Timbo may not have had as successful of a year as he did in 2007 but he still managed to produce a bulk of Madonna's album, an enormous hit with One Republic "Apologize", singles for Keri Hilson, Ashlee Simpson, Flo Rida & Matt Pakora, and a few tracks for Pussycat Dolls.

Stargate produced the first three singles from Neyo's Album Of The Year nominated Year Of The Gentleman, hit singles for Jennifer Hudson and Rihanna and album cuts for Usher, Michelle Williams, Nas, Jazmine Sullivan, Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, David Archuleta and many others.

Go here for the full list of nominations

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