Bud Scoppa's Take on Grammy 2012 Nominations

Dec 5, 2011 1:34 PM, By Bud Scoppa


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And now, select nominees:

Album of the Year
Can you say “shoo-in”?
Adele 21, Foo Fighters Wasting Light, Lady Gaga Born This Way,

Record of the Year
Can you say “shoo-in” again?
Adele "Rolling in the Deep"; Bon Iver "Holocene"; Bruno Mars "Grenade"; Mumford & Sons, "The Cave"; Katy Perry "Firework"

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Danger Mouse Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi Present Rome Meyrin Fields EP (Broken Bells)

Paul Epworth

  • “Call It What You Want” (Foster the People)
  • “I Would Do Anything for You” (Foster the People)
  • “I’ll Be Waiting” (Adele)
  • “Life on the Nickel” (Foster the People)
  • “No One's Gonna Love You” (Cee-Lo Green)
  • “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele)

The Smeezingtons
  • Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Bruno Mars)
  • “If I Was You (OMG)” (Far East Movement featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • “Lighters” (Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars)
  • “Mirror” (Lil Wayne featuring Bruno Mars)
  • “Rocketeer” (Far East Movement featuring Ryan Tedder)

Ryan Tedder

  • “Brighter Than the Sun” (Colbie Caillat)
  • “Favorite Song” (Colbie Caillat featuring Common)
  • “I Remember Me” (Jennifer Hudson)
  • “I Was Here” (Beyoncé)
  • “Not Over You” (Gavin DeGraw)
  • “#1Nite (One Night)” (Cobra Starship)
  • “Rumour Has It” (Adele)
  • “Sweeter” (Gavin DeGraw)
  • “Who’s That Boy” (Demi Lovato featuring Dev)

Butch Vig Wasting Light (Foo Fighters)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Acoustic recordings dominate this crop, and it’ll probably come down to a battle between the LPs from Krauss and Welch, the best-known contenders, with Shipley and Blackwood edging the Andrews/Marcussen tandem, if only because Krauss is a Grammy darling. 

  • Follow Me Down, Brandon Bell & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Sangwook "Sunny" Nam & Doug Sax, mastering engineers (Sarah Jarosz)
  • The Harrow & the Harvest, Matt Andrews, engineer; Stephen Marcussen, mastering engineer (Gillian Welch)
  • Music Is Better Than Words, Rich Breen & Frank Filipetti, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Seth MacFarlane)
  • The Next Right Thing, Kevin Killen, Brendan Muldowney & John Shyloski, engineers; John Shyloski, mastering engineer (Seth Glier)
  • Paper Airplane, Mike Shipley, engineer; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer (Alison Krauss & Union Station)

Best Surround Sound Album

Wilson has won three times in the category, but it would be foolish to bet against perennial all-stars Scheiner, Levenson and Ludwig, especially considering they worked their magic on a certified rock masterpiece.

  • An Evening With Dave Grusin, Frank Filipetti & Eric Schilling, surround mix engineers; Frank Filipetti, surround mastering engineer; Phil Ramone, surround producer (Various Artists)
  • Grace for Drowning, Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Paschal Byrne, surround mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, surround producer (Steven Wilson)
  • Kind, Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Kjetil Almenning, Ensemble 96 & Nidaros String Quartet)
  • Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition), Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Bill Levenson & Elliot Scheiner, surround producers (Derek & The Dominos)
  • Spohr: String Sextet In C Major, Op. 140 & Nonet In F Major, Op. 31, Andreas Spreer, surround mix engineer; Andreas Spreer, surround mastering engineer; Andreas Spreer, surround producer (Camerata Freden)

Best Engineered Album, Classical
I have absolutely no idea. 

  • Aldridge: Elmer Gantry, Byeong-Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
  • Glazunov: Complete Concertos, Richard King, engineer (José Serebrier, Alexey Serov, Wen-Sinn Yang, Alexander Romanovsky, Rachel Barton Pine, Marc Chisson & Russian National Orchestra)
  • Mackey: Lonely Motel: Music From Slide, Tom Lazarus & Bill Maylone, engineers; Joe Lambert, mastering engineer (Rinde Eckert, Steven Mackey & Eighth Blackbird)
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4, Arne Akselberg, engineer (Leif Ove Andsnes, Antonio Pappano & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Weinberg: Symphony No. 3 & Suite No. 4 From “The Golden Key,” Torbjörn Samuelsson, engineer (Thord Svedlund & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra)

Get a full list of the 2012 Grammy nominees.

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