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Let’s Hear it For The Boys – The Grammys a-Go

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It’s dubbed as “music’s biggest night” and while a woman may have dominated the proceedings last year, this year, the guys are the ones with the most nominations. 6 of the top nominees, with 6 nods each, are male artists: Frank Ocean, fun., The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Mumford & Sons lead the nominations, but which one will actually rule the night? It seems that Fun. is the band this year with the most to win – being nominated in the 4 major categories of of Record, Album and Song of the year, as well as Best New Artist. No mean feat there.

But what about that coveted category Song of the Year? This category, given to songwriters, will more than likely recognize that Call Me Maybe was the most ubiquitous ditty of this past year. While I personally love The A Team from British newcomer Ed Sheeran, it wasn’t half as popular a track. Record of the year (which is awarded to a single) surely looks set to be won by Gotye for Somebody That I Used to Know, which was the best-selling single of the year.

As for nominees beyond the “sexy six” categories, I’m rooting for Hugh Masekela. Even though he kind of told me not to. He’s up for Best World Music Album, along with the likes of Rav Shankar, who is also up against his daughter Anoushka and Mali’s Amadou & Mariam. I caught up with BraHugh in DC during events around Obama’s Inauguration, and ever the humble artist, he said all credit is due to those with whom he worked on his album, Jabulani

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Hugh, who once performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, was last nominated in 1968. So I’ll still be cheering on the jazz trumpeter – along with the talented artists who helped make Jabulani the Grammy-nominated work it is.

Hugh, who once performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, was last nominated in 1968. So I’ll still be cheering on the jazz trumpeter – along with the talented artists who helped make Jabulani the Grammy-nominated work it is.

The Grammys takes place this Sunday.

[Pic: Grammys.com]

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