All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored big overall, leading the pack with seven separate nominations.
But the big reveal had its share of surprises, too, especially for indie rock fans -- Radiohead tied Adele for five nominations, including Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, while Foo Fighters somehow managed to be nominated for both Best Rock Performance and Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance among several other nods.
The biggest score regionally was by Justin Vernon and the entire Bon Iver crew, who swept three of the four major categories -- Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and the always-a-bit-fuzzy-with-the-timeframe Best New Artist, in addition to being up for a Best Alternative Music Album award against Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Foster the People, and My Morning Jacket. Pitchfork was immediately beside themselves, humorously reporting almost exclusively on Bon Iver's nods while glossing over every other nominee, while legions of Twin Cities musicians close to Vernon took to Twitter and Facebook to share their excitement.
Other locals in the mix were Brian Setzer, whose Setzer Goes Instru-Mental! was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album, and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition, who is featured on Kelly Price's single "Not My Daddy," which received nominations for both Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.
As the Current's Mac Wilson aptly tweeted, this year's list of nominees seems to signify a further tipping toward bands popularized by the Current Effect, as indie rock is pushed more toward the mainstream. A look at the Best New Artist category is especially intriguing, given that only two of the artists are Top 40; dubstep artist Skrillex is included alongside Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, and country act the Band Perry.
One last item of local interest is Dan Wilson's inclusion on the list of producers for Adele's 21, which is nominated for Album of the Year. Wilson's biggest contribution to that record was the single "Someone Like You," which he co-wrote with Adele, but the Recording Academy seemed to prefer her single "Rolling in the Deep" for the Record of the Year category (which recognizes songwriting) while naming "Someone Like You" as one of the choices for Best Pop Solo Performance. Wilson previously won a Grammy for Song of the Year for his work on the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice."
Here's a rundown of the nominations for the four largest Grammy categories: