Florence, Mumford and Sons Up For Best New Artist Grammy

 The Grammy nominations were released tonight (December 1), and as expected, British acts Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons will compete for the Best New Artist Grammy. They will face teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, rapper Drake, and jazz artist Esperanza Spalding in the category. I think Florence will prevail here, but Bieber and Drake will provide stiff competition.

Florence and the Mumfords were hosed in the Record, Song, and Album of the Year categories, but Russell Brand‘s wife Katy Perry received an Album of the Year mention. I guess that’s something. Ummmm….

Mumford & Sons’ “Little Lion Man” and Muse‘s “Resistance” are nominated for Best Rock Song. “Resistance” also received a nod in the Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals field, where the song will compete with Jeff Beck and Joss Stone‘s version of “I Put a Spell On You.” Muse’s album The Resistance is up for Best Rock Album, a category that also includes Jeff Beck’s Emotion & Commotion.

Beck’s “Hammerhead” is nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Let Me Hear You Scream” is up for the Best Hard Rock Performance award.

British band Sade received group performance nominations in both the pop (“Babyfather”) and R&B (“Soldier of Love”) fields. Elton John, Jeff Beck, and Seal were all nominated for their pop collaborations with other artists.

Susan Boyle may have flubbed her vocals on The View the other day, but she has a Grammy nomination as a consolation. She has received a Best Pop Vocal Album nod.

British electronica duos Goldfrapp (“Rocket”) and La Roux (“In For the Kill”) are both up for the Best Dance Recording award. In the Electronic/Dance Album category, four of the five nominees — The Chemical Brothers, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, and La Roux — are British. American producer BT is the sole non-Brit in the group.

Rod Stewart has a Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album nod for his Fly Me To The Moon—The Great American Songbook: Volume V album.

Three of four of the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance nominees are British: Eric Clapton (“Run Back To Your Side”), Paul McCartney (“Helter Skelter”), and Robert Plant (“Silver Rider”). Neil Young (“Angry World”) and John Mayer (“Crossroads”) round out that category.

BBCA fave Craig Ferguson is a Grammy nominee this year! The Late Late Show host is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling) for his audio memoir American On Purpose. Oscar winners Dame Julie Andrews and Emma Thompson will vie for the Best Spoken Word Album For Children Grammy.

The Grammys will air on CBS Sunday, February 13. For a full list of nominees, go to Grammy.com.

Who will win Grammys this year?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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