Best of the 2010 GRAMMY Nomination List

Of all the music award ceremonies that taint young minds with what “good music” really is, I have to give some credit to the GRAMMYS. Heralded by society as the highest honor in the music industry, the equivalent to winning an Oscar in the world of film, this year the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have at least given some well-deserved credit to indie musicians. While the MTV Music Awards are just straight-up child’s play and the American Music Awards are Beiberfied and drenched with excessively-aired-on-the-radio pop acts, this year the GRAMMYS have graced many of our favorite musicians with some proper nominations (babysteps in the right direction). Now, whether they’re trying to save-face from being pigeonholed as another bogus music awards ceremony fueled by the “dolla dolla bill ya’ll,” or if indie musicians are actually going to triumph through over-produced, auto tune-infested, less-than-mediocre-tryhard pop stars–well, only time will tell.

Until then, we’re stoked that the musicians below have received 2010 GRAMMY nominations (and for some, multiple nominations). Although we favor our indie picks, some musicians on our list are beyond popular and many are even legendary, but still worthy of such honors and we can’t deny their talent. However, I would have liked to have seen a lot more of the lesser-known bands and musicians we’ve featured on Grimy Goods receive a nomination. We all know there are way better acts that should have replaced some of the clowns in those categories. But what can I say, sadly, money talks.

On another note, I will say too many people are quick to jump on the “fuck the GRAMMYS” bandwagon. Let’s not try to be too-cool-for-school now, indie kids. Can you really say any of the selections below suck?

Words: Sandra Burciaga

Props to the following:

  • The Black Keys
  • Arcade Fire
  • Band of Horses
  • Metric
  • Goldfrapp
  • Florence & The Machine
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Broken Bells
  • Flight Of The Conchords
  • Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett
  • Devendra Banhart & Jon Beasley
  • The Pixies
  • Johnny Cash
  • The Doors
  • The White Stripes
  • Danger Mouse
  • Iron Maiden
  • Muse
  • Megadeth
  • Slayer
  • Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible
  • Ana Tijoux
  • Them Crooked Vultures
  • Ray LaMontagne
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Gorillaz
  • The Roots
  • Groove Armada
  • Cee Lo Green
  • Buju Banton
  • Gregory Isaacs & King Isaac
  • Punch Brothers
  • Solomon Burke
  • Buddy Guy
  • Mavis Staples
  • Robby Krieger
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Gerald Albright
  • James Moody
  • Sam Bush
  • Robert Plant
  • Neil Young
  • Los Lobos
  • Willie Nelson
  • Sade
  • Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto
  • Elton John & Leon Russell

To check out the full 2010 Grammy nomination list, click here.

9 thoughts on “Best of the 2010 GRAMMY Nomination List

  1. Shannon

    People need to quit acting badass and hating so much on the Grammys. Sorry but the undergroud indie bands you wished were on that list aren’t on there for a reason! Maybe they just aren’t that good. Get over it.

  2. Will

    I’m more than happy Band of Horses is on there but I’m outraged The National didn’t get any nods! WTF!!!???HIGH VIOLET is a materpiece.

  3. drewtheyours

    Hmmm…there are some goodies up for nomination. Just the same, there are some that make think WTF?…but, you’re right. Money does talk. I guess all i can say is good for them. At least Lady fuck wad and T-Pain (auto-tuned master dip shit) are not included. Haha! Good, honest post. 🙂

  4. Ryan

    I really hope Solomon Burke wins. His music will always live on, unlike most of the bull shit contenders.

  5. Justin

    I must admit, I’m not a fan of the Grammys or any other music awards ceremony for that matter but I agree with you on a lot of the nominations. Too many people definitely are quick to jump on hating on Grammys because it’s “cool.” That’s a fine list of musicians you’ve selected.

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