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Lady Gaga can't win a Best New Artist Grammy, so who should?

The Grammy Award for Best New Artist is notorious for using a fuzzy definition of the word “new.” Officially, nominees have to have released “the first recording which establishes the[ir] public identity” in the eligibility window — even if their actual debut came out years earlier, which can lead to some confusion. But it turns out the Best New Artist category does enforce certain rules. As Variety points out, this year’s biggest breakout act, Lady Gaga, won’t even get a shot at the award, since her hit “Just Dance” was already nominated for Best Dance Recording last year. Other rules disqualify Kid Cudi and Phoenix. So if none of those artists can even be nominated, who should?

Variety picked out a few possibilities, including Keri Hilson, Owl City, Kevin Rudolf, Diane Birch, and others. With the exception of Keri Hilson, none of those choices quite thrill me, to be honest. How about, say, Grizzly Bear? (Yes, Veckatimest is their third album, but it’s the one that likely put them on Grammy voters’ radar for the first time. They could be this year’s Feist.) Or the Dead Weather, who had an actual debut album that made it into the Billboard 200’s Top 10? Or, taking things in a poppier direction, Jeremih? I can’t be the only person who thinks the genius of “Birthday Sex” deserves to be noted in the Recording Academy’s historical record — or then again, maybe I can.

You must have some even better suggestions, so have at it. Who should get a Best New Artist nomination this year? The nominees will be announced in a live telecast on Dec. 2, so you still have a couple of weeks to sway the Academy’s voters…

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Taylor Swift at the CMA's: Entertainer of the Year, yes -- Female Vocalist, no?

Between her SNL hosting triumph and last night’s total domination at the CMA Awards, Taylor Swift is undoubtedly having the week of her young life. And it’s hard to argue with her Entertainer of the Year prize; Brad Paisley, three-years-running champ Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and George Strait are all superstars of the genre (albeit some of different generations), but none matched the Pennsylvania-bred teen for sheer media domination in 2009. And isn’t what most of these things are meant to recognize, really?

Perhaps more questionable, though, is her statuette for Female Vocalist—won over the likes of Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood. Or as my co-worker Ken Tucker lays it out: Songwriter yes; singer, no. (Though a special dispensation may be made for Best Shakira Yodel by a Not-Shakira On a Network Program).

Watch her CMA performance of “Forever and Always” below, and make your own judgments:

Clearly, she’s nervous here, and perhaps less stair-mastering and hair-whipping would have helped the cause. But is Swift really the vocal powerhouse this award was meant for, or just an industry wunderkind getting the full season sweep from voters desperate to hitch themselves to her runaway pop-crossover success?

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CMA Entertainer of the Year poll: Who will win? Who should win?

cma-awards-performers_lAs anticipation for the 43rd Annual CMA Awards builds (watch it Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC), so does the debate over who will — and should — be crowned Entertainer of the Year. This year’s nominees include four-time winner and reigning champion Kenny Chesney; Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, who’ve each been nominated for five years straight (Urban won once, in 2005); category newcomer Taylor Swift (who is the first solo female artist to be nominated since Faith Hill in 2000); and two-time winner George Strait (who’s been nominated a total of 17 times, but hasn’t taken the title since 1990).

Make your picks in the polls below. Remember: Unlike the ACM’s fan-voted Entertainer of the Year, the CMA’s top prize is selected by “industry professionals.” For more CMA news, read Whitney Pastorek’s rehearsal coverage, and come back to Music Mix on Wednesday night, when she live blogs from Nashville.

Photo credit: Chris Hollo/ABC; Strait: Daniel Locke/PR Photos

Monday CMA rehearsal Not-Quite-Liveblog: Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, and more!

Pull up your britches, Mixers: The full breakdown from day two of CMA rehearsals is finally here for your enjoyment. (Read yesterday’s report here!) There was a long, empty break in the middle of my day due to closed rehearsals from Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn, but we’ve got your Lady Antebellum, your Kenny Chesney, your Sugarland, your Jason Aldean, and your Darius Rucker. Plus, just enough preview scoop to keep you kids interested, but prevent the show’s producers from hanging me by my ankles off the Nashville Visitor Center. Yay!

10:05 a.m. Two men talking in Sommet Center hallway. One with ponytail says to one without: “She will never set foot on another awards show stage without him next to her.” I have no idea what they are talking about, but in my mind, “she” is T-Swizzle, and “him” is a giant abominable snowman wearing a tiny, tiny cowboy hat.

10:07 The Lady Antebellum set is gorgeous: video screens with shadowy branches and winter street scenes, white Christmas lights strung everywhere. It looks like sadness and longing, which I guess is what “Need You Now” — the song they’re performing — is all about. Well. Sadness, longing, and booty calls.


Sunday CMA rehearsal Not-Quite-Liveblog: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and more!

From deep inside the ice-cold environs of Nashville’s Sommet Center, it’s the 2009 CMA Awards… and the Music Mix has your ticket to all the hot action!!

Did you like how I did that? “Ice-cold” environs and “hot” action? Yes, that is the kind of quality writing you will come to expect from me as I sit here inside this hockey arena and pirate wi-fi while watching country music’s best and brightest prepare for Wednesday’s show. Things are rolling right along on this first day of rehearsals: When I got here this morning, the white and red boards of the hockey rink were still visible, but they’ve been masked over the course of the afternoon; now the only way you’d know this is the home of the Nashville Predators is the giant saber-toothed tiger head hanging from the ceiling. Out of which, I am told, the Predators skate at the top of every game. Stay classy, Nashvegas!

This is the first of a series of Not Quite Liveblogs (patent pending) that I will be filing over the course of the next three days, bringing you a preview of what to expect from the telecast, and featuring some short interviews with your favorite musicians as they wander by. Today on the program: Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, and your charming hosts, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Plus, scoop on the performances, and an answer to the most anticipated question of the night: How many different dresses will Carrie wear this year? Read on… READ FULL STORY

American Music Awards noms announced; Taylor Swift, Eminem, Michael Jackson lead the pack

Today in Los Angeles, Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul, and Snoop Dogg (what a delightful trio!) unveiled the nominations list for the 37th annual American Music Awards, and announced a preliminary list of performers, including Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and, yes, Glambert himself, making his pre-album, post-Idol performance debut.

Taylor Swift leads the pack this year with six  noms, followed by Michael Jackson with five, Eminem with four, and Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon and T.I. with three apiece.

The show, set to air Sunday, November 22, will have its winners determined by voting at,, and See the full noms list after the jump.


Kanye West MIA at BET Hip Hop Awards

Kanye West was a no-show at last night’s 4th annual BET Hip Hop Awards, where he was nominated for nine awards, including best live performer.

Also absent from the shindig was rapper T.I., who’s currently serving time in an Arkansas prison on a federal weapons charge. The Atlanta rapper was nominated for six awards and took home two, including Album of the Year.

Other wins of the night went to Ice Cube, was presented with an icon award, and Degrassi alum Drake, who won “Rookie of the Year.” The show also acknowledged the minds behind the turntables, giving a posthumous DJ of the year award to DJ AM.

The awards are set to air on October 27.

BET Hip Hop Award nominations announced; will top nominee Kanye show?

The collective universe (current and former presidents included) may still be hard at work condemning Kanye West’s actions at this past Sunday’s VMA Awards, but someone still loves him.

The divisive hip-hop star leads the pack of BET Hip Hop Award nominees this week with nine — including Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, CD of the Year, and MVP of the year, as well as People’s Champ (a.k.a. Viewers Choice).

Ice Cube will be honored as this year’s “I Am Hip-Hop” Icon Award recipient, and the late DJ AM garners a nod for for DJ of the Year. Two new categories have also been added: “Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)” and “Best Hip-Hop Blog Site.”

Will Kanye’s current mea culpa tour be sufficiently wrapped up for him to attend the show, slated for October 10 in Atlanta? When reached for comment, a BET spokeswoman said, “Most guests start confirming next week or the first week in October, so we wouldn’t really know yet. But we would love to have him there!”

What do you think, Music Mixers — a nice opportunity for ‘Ye to make nice, or better that he stay away and focus on “taking the time off and just analyze” his recent behavior? What do you think of the other nominations?

See the full list after the jump:


Brad Paisley leads CMA nominees. Did your favorite get a nod?

The nominees for the 43rd Annual CMA Awards were announced this morning, and you should get excited! It’s country music’s biggest night! Except for that other one with rearranged letters that happens in April! (Will I ever stop making fun of that? No! It amuses me!)

There are more or less exactly zero surprises here: Brad Paisley leads with six SEVEN* noms surrounding his American Saturday Night, including “Then” for Song/Single of the Year — it’s only made me cry like six dozen times, I fail to see what is the big deal — and Entertainer of the Year, which he will probably lose to Chesney again, despite the fact that these people obviously find Brad entertaining enough to let him host the show. (Paisley and Carrie Underwood will resume their duties as emcees on the Nov. 11 telecast.)

Elsewhere, all kinds of men crawling all up in this here dancerie: Chesney, Urban, Strait, Randy Houser (really?), Jamey Johnson, Jake Owen, blah blah blah. It’s a good thing they gave Taylor Swift an Entertainer nod — yes, I do mean that in all sincerity, she’s earned it — just to break up the sausage party. (Did your current ACM EOY, Carrie Underwood, get snubbed here? I say no: ACM EOY was fan voted, so of course she won… but she hasn’t been touring, new album’s not out yet, etc. We’re between cycles for Ms. Underwood. Calm yourselves, psycho fans!)

I also enjoy the dueling frat parties of Darius Rucker and the Zac Brown Band vying for Best New Artist; both went (somewhat unexpectedly) platinum this year, and it should be interesting to see which way the votes swing. I say Zac — just cause Darius came in with a pre-existing fan condition — but I’m probably wrong. And you knew I’d bring this up eventually: Thank god someone finally nominated Sugarland’s Love on the Inside for Album of the Year.

Other questions: Will Lady Antebellum end Rascal Flatts’ reign of terror to win their first Vocal Group Award? Will Brooks & Dunn win their last award for Duo? How much do you think Letterman’s BEST SONG EVAR ZOMG endorsement of Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy” helped that song get its Song/Single nods? How weird is it that they gave Randy Travis a Song of the Year nom for Carrie Underwood’s sledgehammery cover of his “I Told You So”? And, as always: Keith or Kenny, people, Keith or Kenny… or Taylor?

Check out the full list of nominees after the jump, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

*UPDATE 9/10: Paisley scored another nod alongside Keith Urban today, when the CMA realized they’d left the pair’s “Start a Band” off the list of nominated Musical Events. Oopsy.

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Florence and the Machine, Kasabian lead Mercury Prize short list

florence-kasabian_lFinalists for the U.K.’s presitigious album-of-the-year award the Mercury Prize have just been announced, and amongst the lesser-known names (Sweet Billy Pilgrim, the Invisible, Led Bibb) and surprise omissions (Lily Allen,Doves) are several acts already well-known to Stateside indie fans.

The alleged frontrunners?  Anthemic rockers Kasabian and Kate Bush-y art-pop acolytes Florence and the Machine and Bat for Lashes (both perennial Music Mix favorites), though strutting Scottish outfit Glasvegas and electro duo La Roux may just steal the title as well.

Since its establishment in 1992, the prize has gone to names like Portishead, Pulp, and PJ Harvey, as well as Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Antony and the Johnsons, and last year’s winners Elbow.

Click here for a full list of Mercury nominees and odds, and tell us what you think, Music Mixers — are these the best acts that the U.K. had to offer this past year? Who would you cast your vote for?

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