Miley Cyrus song disqualified from Grammy noms; Karen O called up to replace her

Whoopsies. Hope Miley Cyrus can continue to find ways to move her hips like yeah in the wake of today’s discovery that “The Climb” has been removed from Grammy consideration. Initially nominated in the Best Song Written for a Soundtrack category, the Recording Academy has apparently deduced that it wasn’t, you know, technically written for a soundtrack: Although “The Climb” originally appeared on the Hannah Montana movie album, songwriter Jessi Alexander actually shopped it around to several other country artists first. Since Miley didn’t write it (and thus wasn’t actually gonna get a Grammy anyway), we doubt she’ll be too distraught. Still, we hope she keeps in mind her controversial song’s own lyrics: It’s always gonna be an uphill battle. And sometimes you’re going to have to lose.

Meanwhile, stepping up to fill Cyrus’s spot is the next highest vote-getter, and we’re thrilled to discover that lucky lady is none other than the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, who wrote the soundtrack for Where the Wild Things Are as “Karen O and the Kids.” First single “All Is Love” scores the nomination, Karen’s second this year — the YYYs’ It’s Blitz! is up for Best Alternative Music Album. Victory for chicks who used to deep-throat Corona bottles!

What do you think, Mixers? Good swap? PR nightmare? Wondering how come Lady Gaga didn’t get nominated in this category, too? Let us know your deepest most personal feelings in the comments.

UPDATE: The Recording Academy has sent over a statement, now located after the jump.

“The Recording Academy goes to great lengths to review submissions through a meticulous and rigorous screening process, which includes gathering various music industry professionals to evaluate material and ensure the fairness and integrity of this process. Despite this procedure, there are rare occasions where changes are required even after the screenings; this year’s entry of “The Climb” (written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe) has been withdrawn from Category 83 – Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media (a songwriter(s) award) as Walt Disney Records was forthcoming to our Awards department and verified that the song was not written specifically for the film Hannah Montana: The Movie (as eligibility rules state). Based on this information, The Academy has complied with the label’s request. Per our process in this circumstance, The Academy has pulled up the next eligible song in this category, which is “All Is Love” from the movie Where The Wild Things Are (written by Karen O & Nick Zinner). We appreciate the label’s honesty and diligence in bringing this matter to our attention and helping us to preserve the integrity of our awards process.”

The Grammys will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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  • Rio

    The songs from Where the Wild Things Are were haunting, magical, and incredible – far more deserving than the overly dramatic The Climb. Good move!

    • Nick T

      Shut up! I love that song! But then I was angry that “All is Love” didn’t get nominated in the first place.

      • Phoebe

        Get Miley a gum job!! This girl is UGLY!!! Seriously!!!

  • Kelli

    There goes Miley’s chances for EGOTing this year.

    • Doc


    • Menchy

      Where’s Whoopi when you need her…

    • nezo


      • Ajid

        There is no reason for a comma bewteen “black female,” “female or “black female Commas denote a variation in kind. “The bank teller handed me a hundred dollars in five, ten, and twenty dollar bills.

  • Catherine

    The Climb… what a bad song. Every cliché you ever wanted and more.

  • Huh?!

    Totally agree with this move. It’s time we strat rewarding REAL songwriters/singers.

  • mishka

    I don’t like the song but hey, they should have given Miley the nod, knowing that she will not win.

    • Mark

      does this mean she wont pole dance at the Grammys?

  • bruce

    Don’t quite get the reason for disqualification:The CLIMB was ONLY available on the Hannah Montana Movie soundtrack.
    Disqualification sounds pretty petty to me.

    • Rob

      The issue is it’s “Best song written for a movie soundtrack”. Miley Cyrus didn’t write the song to begin with, and it wasn’t written for a movie soundtrack either, since it was shopped around to many artists before it ever even got near the Hannah Montana movie. Miley Cyrus shouldn’t get nominated for this category on the basis she didn’t write the song, nor was it written by the songwriter for the movie.

      • GoMe!

        Miley Cyrus was never nominated for anything. Did YOU READ THE article? Only the songwriters of the song…read the article again…

  • Ugh

    haha I hope no one here is wondering why Lady Gaga is not on the grammy list.

    • Duh

      Um, she is. Look again.

  • HAH

    YAY for Karen O! Congrats on the nomination!

  • Rock Golf

    In about 10 days, The Climb will be the #1 song in the UK and sell hundreds of thousands of copies. It’s been selected as the single to be released by the winner of X Factor, the UK superior equivalent/replacement to Idol.

    • Yeah Right

      Superior my behind

      AI is better than X Factor if only because the show’s focus is a little more on actual singing.

  • Peter

    Kiss that Oscar nomination goodbye as well. The music branch at the Oscars are notoriously relentless when it comes to rules and violations.

  • Jay

    You should not take the EGOT lightly. Show some respect, fools.

    • fancypants


  • Hunter

    I LOVE MILEYS MUSIC AND I WAS GONNA VOTE FOR THIS UGH! I was so excited and now ugh soo wat she didnt write the song most ppl love it aww thi sux :/

    • jk

      Hey Hunter, are you responsible for awarding Grammys? If not, I don’t think it matters if you were going to “vote” for this song.

      • paula

        hahahaha good one!

      • KRibbons

        hahahaha. dumb

  • wac91

    THANK GOD! At least one thing for sure this year will be deserving!

  • Kalie

    Oh, well. Karen O deserves the nomination. At least we won’t have to see Miley performing her song in sparkly short shorts on the awards show.

  • psb1962


    • GoMe!

      apparently you do because you’re here…

      • Yes me!!!!!!

        I need a “blow” so badly I could use a cheap tart like Miley!!

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