Pick up the Grammy nominees on vinyl

News / February 12, 2012

With the Grammy awards being held tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS (eastern time), you may be wondering to yourself during the telecast if some of the nominees or performers are available on vinyl. Well, Modern Vinyl’s got you covered, so hit the jump to see our complete guide and award predictions.

Links show you where you can pick up the song or record on vinyl. Most of the links are through Amazon, but if you find a cheaper alternative, leave it in the comments and I’ll change it.

Album of the year
21, Adele (winner)
Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars
Loud, Rihanna (only available on CD)

Will win — Mark this one down for Adele (along with a slew of other awards tonight).

Should win — Out of those albums? And no, those aren’t the best albums of the year, but if I had to choose, it would go to the Foo Fighters for just an incredible consistency in their music.

Record of the year
Rolling In the Deep, Adele (winner)
Holocene, Bon Iver
Grenade, Bruno Mars
The Cave, Mumford & Sons
Firework, Katy Perry

Will win — Mark another one down for Adele. It was her year, especially in terms of commercial success. And the Grammys love rewarding artists who have sold a good amount of records.

Should win – “Holocene” is a work of pure beauty. I could drive home in a snowstorm (which I’ll probably do tonight) and as long as this song was playing, I’d still be happy. It’s just that kind of track.

Song of the year
All of the Lights (performed by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie)
The Cave (performed by Mumford & Sons)
Grenade (performed by Bruno Mars)
Holocene (performed by Bon Iver)
Rolling In the Deep (performed by Adele) (winner)

Will win — (This award goes to the writer in case you’re wondering what the difference between record and song is) I may sound like a broken record here, but I just don’t see anyone topping Adele tonight in the major categories.

Should win — Again, “Holocene” should take the prize, but unfortunately I don’t see it happening. “All Of The Lights” is another deserving track, as it was the highlight from the best rap album of the year.

Best new artist
The Band Perry (not available on vinyl)
Bon Iver (winner)
J. Cole (not available on vinyl)
Nicki Minaj
Skrillex (only vinyl I could find, but sold out)

Should and will win — This category seems like a toss up to me. I hope to god that Skrillex and Nicki Minaj don’t win, so I’m going to go with Bon Iver. He’s received several major nominations and I think they’ll give him something. This is his best shot in the major awards.

Rock album
Rock ‘N’ Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul, Jeff Beck
Wasting Light, Foo Fighters (winner)
Come Around Sundown, Kings of Leon
I’m With You, Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Whole Love, Wilco

Should and will win — This is the Foo Fighters’ award to lose. They’re recognized for nearly every album they put out and they’ll take home the win tonight.

Rock performance
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, Coldplay
Down By the Water, The Decemberists
Walk, Foo Fighters (winner)
The Cave, Mumford & Sons
Lotus Flower, Radiohead

Should and will win — I think they’ll give Mumford & Sons some love in this category and it’s well deserved. “The Cave” was one of the rare rock-radio songs I could really enjoy every time it came over my car’s speakers.

Alternative album
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie
Torches, Foster the People
Circuital, My Morning Jacket
The King of Limbs, Radiohead

Should and will win — Despite an excellent effort by Death Cab, Bon Iver deserves to take this category, as well. Just please god, don’t let Foster The People win.

Rap album
Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco
Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West (winner)

Should and will win — Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” should have been nominated for album of the year, but he’ll have to make do with taking home the rap award. Watch the Throne could be a surprise winner, but I doubt they award Kanye’s lesser work of the two.

I didn’t cover every category, mostly because I don’t feel I should talk about genres I’m not familiar with. So my apologizes to the country and heavy metal fans out there. You can see the entire list of nominees, here. Make sure to follow us on Twitter tonight (@modernvinyl) as I’ll be talking about the award show.


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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.






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