Grammy Nominations Get Legit: Radiohead, MMJ, Daft Punk, Bela

Grammys Get Real with Nominations

After years of throwing hyper-saturated mainstream poop at the masses, it appears the Grammys have come around to some real dope sounds. In addition to fairly entertaining rockers Coldplay (who will probably win and received seven nominations in total), other artists up for Album of the Year include Radiohead (who nabbed six nominations in total - Grammys be wakin' up yo!), Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Lil' Wayne and Ne-Yo.

But where things really get interesting is down the list a bit. We're all happy - and damn surprised - to see nominations such as the Justice remix of MGMT's "Electric Feel" up for Best Remixed Recording; Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger" live version, recorded on Alive 2007, up for Best Dance Recording as well Best Electronic/Dance Album. Our favorite freaks The Mars Volta are up for Best Hard Rock Performance, David Gilmour and Zappa Plays Zappa are nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Cornelius could win Best Surround Sound Album while M.I.A. got a nod for Record of the Year. And knob twisters Nigel Godrich (In Rainbows) and Danger Mouse (Beck, The Black Keys and Gnarls Barkley) are both up for Producer of the Year. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones got a nod for Best Pop Instrumental Album as well as Best Country Instrumental Performance.

Kings of Leon got three nods for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song for "Sex on Fire." The Best Rock Song category also finds Bruce Springsteen ("Girls in Their Summer Clothes"), Radiohead ("House of Cards"), Death Cab for Cutie ("I Will Possess Your Heart") and Coldplay ("Violet Hill"). The Raconteurs were also nominated in Best Rock Album.

Best Alternative Music Album boasts My Morning Jacket, Beck, Death Cab and Radiohead.

Don't get us wrong, there's still a bunch of stuff we wouldn't dare let our peeps catch up rocking, but still, for the Grammys, this is some next level shit.

You can see all the nominations, including Kanye's and Jay-Z's six each here.

[Published on: 12/4/08]

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phishspread-aholic Thu 12/4/2008 12:52PM
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are these really the bands that are getting grammy's these days?..........damn

Cola21 Thu 12/4/2008 12:55PM
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We don't all enjoy the same bands. But I do find it a little funny and disappointing that Coldplay is referred to as "fairly entertaining." I just hope that's not an attempt to cater to the jam scene's disdain for mainstream music - because there ARE some good mainstream acts, and i think Coldplay's new cd is remarkable as well as their new EP. All the other bands listed are fantastic as well, but I wish Coldplay got some credit where it's due from us all. I think their only shoddy album is X&Y.

schofizzl Thu 12/4/2008 01:12PM
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headline should read "Grammy Noms Get Legit: Radiohead, MMJ, Bela, and.. wait a second, Lil Wayne? wtf"

schofizzl Thu 12/4/2008 01:14PM
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Jenkem_Garcia Thu 12/4/2008 01:19PM
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Coldplay is like the definition of "hyper-saturated mainstream poop at the masses"

Jenkem_Garcia Thu 12/4/2008 01:20PM
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I guess the way I took that phrase, I should have substituted "for" for "at"

DeadBandofPhishes420 Thu 12/4/2008 01:23PM
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This MIGHT make the grammys worth watching...might....also i would have to agree with cola and say that coldplays only shitty album is X&Y, while their other albums have some "hyper-saturated mainstream poop at the masses" a lot of songs are good tunes.

Hope MMJ wins alternative Album OTY and it would be nice to see radiohead win too

peaton Thu 12/4/2008 01:32PM
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1. If the Jonas Brothers win best new artist (which they will), the apocalypse is coming

2. Its kind of funny that Zappa Plays Zappa is nominated for a Zappa cover (Phish did "Peaches en Regalia" too).

3. Kings of Leon finally get nominated for the worst album they have ever released.

4. Go Radiohead, MMJ, Beck, Neil, Bela, and Plant & Krauss.

5. Is that Wayne Brady as in "Don't make Wayne Brady choke a bitch!"?(see best R&B)

6. Good use of "knob twisters" in the article, although I would have used it to describe Coldplay.

mikemac9317 Thu 12/4/2008 01:35PM
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Frank Zappa didn't get nominated. Completely agree with ya peaton.

Jenkem_Garcia Thu 12/4/2008 01:43PM
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If MMJ wins, hopefully they don't fall off the stage

Dankstar starstarstarstar Thu 12/4/2008 01:44PM
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schofizzl I must be from a different generation because that pompass, egotistical, overated ass, Kanye West doesn't represent me at all.

j-bizzle Thu 12/4/2008 01:49PM
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i have mixed feelings on this. On one hand, I'm happy that alot of the bands mentioned in the nominations are bands that I really enjoy, and they are seeing the fruits of their labor on a global scale. On the other hand - who really gives a f*ck what the mainstream Recording Academy thinks?

jacqui1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/4/2008 01:58PM
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Finally Cornelius is being recognized! I can't wait for stupid yuppies to not appreciate this versatile artist.

schofizzl Thu 12/4/2008 02:39PM
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haha somebody must have misunderstood the sarcasm of my 2nd post. kanye is the voice of nobody except maybe egotistical materialistic pompous talentless rap stars.

schofizzl Thu 12/4/2008 02:41PM
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and did somebody really thumb me down for ripping on lil wayne? are there really lil wayne fans out there? i thought it was just an illusion.


no more double posts i promise.

BGsteveBG Thu 12/4/2008 02:49PM
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Look at the bottom of the article. Kanye's got six noms. Kanye is also a d-bag.

rjd999 Thu 12/4/2008 03:00PM
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ol' lil weezy weezy leads the pack with 8 nominations. silly, really.

BRAHnnie_lott Thu 12/4/2008 03:02PM
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djdaddyp star Thu 12/4/2008 03:25PM
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schofizzl Thu 12/4/2008 03:36PM
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BGsteveBG - love the avatar, great episode. anyway my bad i missed that last part about kanye. i was just looking at all the blue highlighted names i guess.


hate on me all you want, but all the thumbs down in the world will never convince me that these ass clowns (kanye and wayne) deserve my respect. although i know it doesn't matter if i don't like kanye, he loves himself enough for all of us.

brooklynite84 Thu 12/4/2008 03:37PM
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The Coldplay comments on here make want to vomit...I am probably the only person here who can say they went to see them live and not only that, but on my 21st B-day. I will admit that their first two albums were good, but who the hell can justify their latest album. I guess it does come down to personal tastes, but the fact that they get more credit in the music industry than Radiohead, whom they ripped off, is ridiculous. Coldplay is for the weakminded girl types who don't know much about music. I think it's great that Radiohead is getting props, but they probably won't win, cause it's the Grammys. Djdaddy, you must've been the only one who didn't see Radiohead on tour this year, because they proved they are the greatest mainstream band going today and they definitely know how to carry the torch. I'm just dissappointed NIN didn't get any props especially with two great albums being released and for free too.

NICU971 star Thu 12/4/2008 03:51PM
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Hey JAMBASE! Rush (really just Alex Lifeson) is also nominated for the Best Rock Instumental Performance for the his solo acoustic peice Hope. Wake the fuck up jambase because Rush is better than all the sad groups you said the grammys are finally realizing exist. I mean Lil' Wayne, Ne-Yo, Kanye West, and Jay-Z ... Who really gives a flying fuck about them!

However I have tons of respect for David Gilmour, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Zappa plays Zappa (just for getting FZ's music back on the road.)

BRAHnnie_lott Thu 12/4/2008 03:56PM
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well all the thumbs down in the world will make you realize kanye is treal

jesposito Thu 12/4/2008 04:23PM
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I absolutely love Radiohead but didn't In Rainbows come out in 2007?

And it's cool that some awesome bands/artists like Radiohead, MMJ, Beck etc are nominated but they probably won't even announce those categories on TV because the Grammys are crap!

chidodger Thu 12/4/2008 04:25PM
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BROOKLYNNITE84--I must agree with you. I was tricked into going to a Coldplay show about 3 years ago by my friend and his wife. They told my girlfriend and I they had 3rd row free tix and even though we were not fans of coldplay and never really listened to them, we HAD to see the show cause it was soooo great(they had seem them a few times before). Got there and found out we were actually in the top row of the United Center, and what followed were 2 of the most miserable hours of my life. I'm very openminded, especially to live music that is new to me, but I must say, COLDPLAY IS OVERRATED.....BIG TIME. And who the fuck names thier kid Apple?????? that's just a really mean thing to do to a child, in my opinion.

garriswh Thu 12/4/2008 04:38PM
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I'm not sure if I understand how Radiohead or Coldplay aren't considered mainstream....

1048 star Thu 12/4/2008 04:49PM
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I started realizing a while back that Jambase was really broadening their horizons in terms of the music they cover. Now I realize they just steal articles from Pitchfork.

RambleOnShelbyRose Thu 12/4/2008 05:11PM
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haven't seen the grammies in years, nice to see they've updated the awards with things like electronic awards and whatnot, this is a good first step

groovatronics Thu 12/4/2008 05:34PM
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garriswh, can you name a band that has the world MORE in the palm of its hand than coldplay right now?

do tell

Deklen Thu 12/4/2008 06:18PM
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Go Daft Punk. Hopefully a Grammy will urge them to tour more often.

Gutterlush Thu 12/4/2008 06:42PM
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Lenox Thu 12/4/2008 06:46PM
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man this site is full of elitists.

jammasterjustin Thu 12/4/2008 08:09PM
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I see that JamBase failed to mention that Mickey Hart has been nominated (along with the rest of global drum project) for Best Contemporary World Music Album. Let's go Mickey, MMJ, Radiohead, and Bela!

jwatson8388 Thu 12/4/2008 08:41PM
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^^^im with this guy....mickey fuckin hart

Jukebox Hero Thu 12/4/2008 08:46PM
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Jukebox Hero


I too have noticed that articles on Pitchfork have a mysterious way of popping up on Jambase several hours later. Like everyday, with only minor changes to the phrasing. I guess most people on this site are not regulars on Pitchfork, so Jambase is still doing a good service, but it seems they should at least give some acknowledgment. It's pretty blatant at this point. Also, it's fun to see people's rants about the stuff posted from Pitchfork, which you don't get to see on that site.

cleemchite Thu 12/4/2008 10:35PM
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i love how it's so trendy to call x&y coldplay's "weak" album. i wonder if everyone who dismissed it after one listen only gave viva la vida a chance because the critics loved it. the songs on x&y are just as progressive but take time to sink in, as is the case with any phenomenal album. anyway, can't say i give a shit about the grammys, but cool and somewhat bizarre to see the mars volta up there. hard rock hahahaha

Cola21 Thu 12/4/2008 10:46PM
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cleemchite...i've listened to X&Y a million times. i'm not ashamed to say i'm a coldplay fan. I dig the songs...but X&Y lyrically really bothered me. I'm too tired to look up the examples, but take a look at the lyrics and some of the rhymes and such are sickeningly dismal. I was most skeptical of Viva la Vida because of all the hype and it took me awhile to accept the fact that they didn't fail, because I expected them to. But they did a great job.

Lenox, I 100% agree with you. The most elitist, illogical comment so far: "Who names their kid Apple?" Well, who names their kid Dweezel, Moon Unit, or Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen? Oh right, Frank Zappa. Get over yourselves. Find a real argument and I'll accept it and maybe respectfully disagree with you, but just grow up.

Flat5 Thu 12/4/2008 10:52PM
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(MY PICKS) Pinetop Perkins for best blues album, Bill Fresell for best jazz album, Mickey Hart and Global Drum for world music (thanks jammasterjustin) , id love to see Robert Plant on stage winning best Country song with Allison while George Strait sits there clapping! haha . I really hope the Eagles dont steal any awards from any viable artists. Steve Cropper for best pop instrumental, Neil Young for solo rock performance, Rush for rock inst., the Boss for rock song, Raconteurs for Rock album, My Morning Jacket!!! and you gotta pull for Wayne Brady hahaha

plantrulz Fri 12/5/2008 02:01AM
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Wayne Brady kicks ass!

jorgemaximus Fri 12/5/2008 03:55AM
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phishspread-aholic Fri 12/5/2008 04:30AM
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besides mmj and bela, i could care less about these awards....radiohead is way overated.

z man starstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 05:38AM
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Ha Ha Coldplay. If you want to surf with the alien you have to "pay" for the price of admission.

GeorgieP Fri 12/5/2008 07:09AM
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I'm not one of the guys that gave schofizzle the thumbs down, but I must say that Lil Wayne is the shit. I know this, because I've actually listened to his material before. While some of you in the Jambase community sip on mint julieps and play crocquet with your cardigans draped over your shoulders, talking about the perils of mainstream music, I'll hang back and listen to the good tunes that you guys are missing out on. I'm with you, Lenox. The 'M' word (mainstream) is like kryptonite around here.

GeorgieP Fri 12/5/2008 07:13AM
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and listening to radiohead makes me want to drive off a cliff. I'm not going to say they're overrated, because they're definitely good musicians, but good lord are they boring.

BehindTheMule Fri 12/5/2008 07:15AM
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Well it's not up on here yet, but Joe Satriani is sueing Coldplay. He said they took the riff from "If I Could Fly." I checked it out and I think he has a good argument.

z man starstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 08:08AM
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How many heads here sip on mint julieps?

Death Cube K Fri 12/5/2008 08:24AM
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Death Cube K

yo jambase, where is the mention of the Brazilian Girls?

jerry07 star Fri 12/5/2008 09:39AM
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This rticle is bull shit

Dredz Fri 12/5/2008 09:46AM
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Some of the stuff they're nominating is kinda going out of favor if you ask me. Not that the music the grammys have nominated is bad, but most of the good material from Daft Punk, Beck, and Radiohead is ten years old by now. I guess that to be nominated for a grammy you must have sold like five or ten million total records, kind of repulsive. But Lil Wayne is the shit, sheeot.

iAMuANDwhatIseeISme star Fri 12/5/2008 10:03AM
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so JAMbase forgets MICKEY HART but serves up a sample of the SONIC FECES REMIX??? and since when i ne-yo dope sounds (or little wayne for that matter, but hey, im probably offending someone with that FACT)? and yes, i typically prefer mint juliep, however, lately i've been a tom collins man seeing as this season's fresh mint has a rather droll bite....

iAMuANDwhatIseeISme Fri 12/5/2008 10:08AM
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iAMuANDwhatIseeISme Fri 12/5/2008 10:20AM
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oh i see....must have been that Lil'Wayne Lobotomy Kit for Kids you got last x-mas (i think it was called the carter or some such shit). shame on your parents for not heeding the recall....tisk, tisk........and how can someone with a picture of one as prolific as danko hold fast to such a statement. now i admit, he has a way of making absolutely hollow and downright counter evolutionary statements and non rhyming words rhyme with almost no real cadence to speak of over a 808 click track, but come on, you could make better raps just as, anyone seen my fox hunting knickers????

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 10:25AM
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2008, the year jambase took over the grammys

schofizzl Fri 12/5/2008 12:46PM
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lil wayne is lil more than a product on a shelf. i love radiohead and i agree they may be boring sometimes but at least what they do takes some thought.

Oh_mander starstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 01:00PM
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This is a step in the right direction! Acheiving Grammy legitimacy isn't going to happen over night, so I think we should be pleased with the progress being made.

SmashySmashy Fri 12/5/2008 01:04PM
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Huh, I actually really like the new Kings of Leon album... But, that is the first that I have been listening to from them. I see why you all dislike it so much because I am starting to listen to the older albums and like them much more. It's just funny how sequence and expectations can have such an influence on how well you like music... I love the Mars Volta first album deloused, and I like each new album less and less relative to the first. But I DO appreciate it when bands try to change there sound and mix things up, just for the sake of something different, even if it flops in the case of KOL.

djdaddyp starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 01:15PM
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Who gives a damn about a grammy? Lame show put on by greedy peeps that know little about the progression of Radiohead or Beck. Best time for rock was the early 90s.

robbot Fri 12/5/2008 03:47PM
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id rather jack off my grandpa than go to a coldplay show

jesposito Fri 12/5/2008 03:55PM
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damn this julep is tasty!

thedrugsdontwork star Fri 12/5/2008 08:08PM
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Um, whoever wrote this article needs to stop writing. Now.

Hamtown Sat 12/6/2008 02:10AM
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Congrats to Justice, but no love for MGMT themselves??? Where did he get the song to remix?

schofizzl Sat 12/6/2008 01:14PM
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^^that remix pretty much ruins the original too. all it does is drop certain parts out and add a bunch of swelling noises, completely taking the flow out of the tune. you can remix songs to make them danceable and that's cool, but you can't take a song that's already dancey as hell and make it... well like that.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/6/2008 08:55PM
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"you just hate kanye cause you could not stay up late enough at bonnaroo to catch the best half hour of your life"

**HAHAHAHHA your stupid ass waited in some field for like 3 weeks just too see Kanye finally get his fuct up ass on the stage....HAHAHAHAHHHAHA i would demand that 10.5 hours of my life back...pfft your ass coulda turned on MTV and saw the same shit hahahahahahahahaha

mateotee Sun 12/7/2008 07:52AM
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Grammys be waste of time,yo!

moonnug Sun 12/7/2008 09:52AM
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Who the hell wrote this article anyway? Using phrases such as "Grammys be wakin' up yo!" and "some next level shit" makes it nearly impossible to take anyone seriously. Job opening...

P.lease_Groove star Sun 12/7/2008 02:12PM
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forget the grammy's just wait for the jammy's

toothpik13 starstarstar Sun 12/7/2008 02:19PM
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The Soulwax remix of MGMT - "Kids" is far far better!!!

Check it out: