The Grammy Nominations Rocked This Year

Nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced during a live concert broadcast by CBS from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles last night.  The icon-studded event was hosted by 40-year-old LL Cool J andTaylor Swift, the 18-year-old Joe Jonas ex.

Despite hosting the show, Swift was snubbed by the Grammys this year.

Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, and the Foo Fighters performed while Lil’ Wayne and Coldplay led the pack in nominations.

Luggage freak Mariah Carey kicked off her performance with “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” John Mayer had a duet with blues legend BB King, and Christina Aguilera looked angelic in white as she sang Nina Simone’s “I Love You, Porgy.”

“Lollipop” licker Lil’ Wayne, 29, is up for eight nominations for his five-time platinum album Tha Carter III. Coldplay follows with seven for their disc Viva La Vida.

Other nominated artists for Album of the Year include Ne-Yo, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, and Radiohead.

In the always interesting Best New Artist category, the squeaky clean Jonas Brothers (Nick, 16, Joe, 19, and Kevin, 20) were nominated as well as Adele, Estelle, country group Lady Antebellum, and Jazmine Sullivan.

The Record of the Year nominees included Leona Lewis’ can’t avoid it “Bleeding Love” as well as Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” Adele’s “Chasing Pavements,” M.I.A.‘s “Paper Planes” and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ “Please Read the Letter.”

Why the concert this year?

“We are evaluating everything and, as this new nomination concert show proves, we are very open to doing new things that reach an audience and celebrate music,” Recording Academy President Neil Portnow told the LA Times.

Translation: They’re well on the way of staving off the infamous Grammy boredom of years past.

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