Bon Iver leads 2012 Grammy nominations

    The nominees for the 2012 Grammy Awards were officially revealed during a live television broadcast on Wednesday night, and Bon Iver was among the most called! Justin Vernon and Co. received a nomination for Best New Artist, while their song “Holocene” is up for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Bon Iver, the album, also was nominated for Alternative Album of the Year.

    Now, before we go any further, let’s first remember this is Grammys and the rules make little sense: 1.) The cut off date for an eligible song/record/album was September 30th, 2011, so Drake’s Take Care won’t receive consideration until next year. However, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which was released in November 2010, was eligible. 2.) To be eligible for Best New Artist, an artist must have released, as a featured performing artist, at least one album but not more than three (which explains why Bon Iver is nominated on album number two.) 3.) The difference between Record and Song of the Year: Record of the Year is given to the artist who performs the song and the people who produce the track, while Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriter who wrote said song. Also, let’s not forget about the 31 categories no longer in existence.

    Along with Bon Iver, Adele picked up a slew of nominations, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Kanye West’s opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy did not receive a nomination for Album of the Year, however, the rapper’s “All of the Lights” is in the running for Song of the Year. In addition, both My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and West’s joint LP with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne, were nominated for Best Rap Album. Foo Fighters also received love, with Wasting Light nominated for both Album of the Year and Best Rock Album.


    Other notable nominees include Radiohead (Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Song), Wilco (Best Rock Album), My Morning Jacket (Best Alternative Album), Robyn (Best Dance/Electronica Album), and The Decemberists (Best Rock Song). You can find the nominees for the major categories below. The entire list is available at

    Winners will be revealed February 12th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Album of the Year:
    Adele – 21
    Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
    Lady Gaga – Born This Way
    Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
    Rihanna – Loud

    Record of the Year:
    Bon Iver – “Holocene”
    Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
    Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
    Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
    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:
    Bon Iver
    J. Cole
    Nicki Minaj
    The Band Perry

    Best Rock Song:
    Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
    The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”
    Coldplay – “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”
    Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
    Foo Fighters – “Walk”

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


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

    Best Rap Song:
    Kanye West – “All of the Lights”
    Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”
    Dr. Dre feat. Eminem – “I Need A Doctor”
    Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne – “Look At Me Now”
    Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis”
    Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”

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


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