The 2008 Grammy nominations were announced earlier today, and there are some names among the nominees who TV fans will likely be familiar. The 51st edition of the Grammys will take place on Sunday, February 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The program will air on CBS. Though the Grammys have recently been criticized for not embracing more modern music in its prestigious categories, this year’s nominees belie a transition into more modern fare. For instance, hip hop artist Lil’ Wayne received the most nominations this year with eight. For TV fans, The Jonas Brothers (Camp Rock) were nominated in the Best New Artist category, Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album, and Flight of the Conchords were nominated for Best Comedy Album with their self-titled debut.
The Jonas Brothers will face strong competition in the Best New Artist category, as they go up against Duffy, Adele, Lady Antebellum and Jazmine Sullivan. Even tougher competition faces Colbert, who will compete against big names like Steve Martin, Sidney Poitier and David Sedaris. Flight of the Conchords, as well, are up against icons such as Lewis Black, Harry Shearer and the late George Carlin.
Thought teens and tweens everywhere will be rooting for The Jonas Brothers, my hunch is that Welsh newcomer Duffy is the favorite in the Best New Artist category. Colbert, however, has an excellent chance of winning, though Steve Martin is a formidable opponent. Flight of the Conchords likely has no chance, as all awards shows like to posthumously honor greatness, this case in the form of George Carlin, who probably deserves the award anyway for his final comedy special “It’s Bad for Ya.”
Other notable nominees include Coldplay, who garnered seven nominations, plus Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Ne-Yo, each of whom were nominated six times.
For the complete list of nominations, click here.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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