The first 20 artists nominated for
For a rundown of the nods so far, keep it at Pop & Hiss. Below, some subjective first impressions:
-- A strategically gathered quadrant tailored to morning show viewership – perhaps why
The best urban contemporary album category includes a few wonderful surprises: the upstart singer Jhene Aiko, best known for her work with Drake on his "Nothing Was the Same," and for her own mixtape "Sailing Soul(s)," earned a nod for "Sail Out." (Aiko's doing a gig at Club Nokia on Sunday night and next Friday.)
Another surprise in that category arrived via Mali Music, the moniker of the inspirational vocalist Kortney Pollard. A breakout who few tipped for recognition here, the artist’s major label debut, “Mali is …” was propelled by the hit “Beautiful.” Also nominated:
-- The Grammy Awards’ country music wing confirmed its good taste with a few surprises in its best country album category. In addition to sure-thing nods to the excellent albums from
And Lee Ann Womack’s comeback album “I’m Living,” which sees her interpreting songs by Julie Miller,
-- Another likely outcome: Prepare for an onslaught of “Year of the Woman” think pieces. In the most prominent category thus far announced, record of the year, four of the five nominees fit the bill. Sia’s excellent “Chandelier,”
Locked out of the category? Fellas including Maroon 5, MAGIC!, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Williams, all of whom had hit singles this year. None, however, resonated like "Fancy" or "Shake It Off."
-- A few minutes later,
With that fifth category arrived the first batch of multiple nominees: Sam Smith leads with three so far, and Sia, Swift and Williams have two.