Chance the Rapper, David Bowie top nomination list for 59th annual Grammy Awards

Chance to Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Chance the Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning, ramping up excitement for the February 12th ceremony.

As expected Adele has received several nominations including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hello,” while her third LP 25 is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Chance the Rapper and Anderson.Paak will vie for Best New Artist, with the former appearing again on both the Best Rap Performance shortlist for “No Problem” and the Best Rap Album shortlist for Coloring Book, while the latter’s Malibu appears in the Best Urban Contemporary group against Firefly Music Festival stand out Gallant and his Ology.

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Digging through the WXPN archives for sessions with Grammy Award winners


Congratulations to Adele, Bon Iver, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Booker T, Alison Krauss, and The Civil Wars, who all won Grammys during last night’s awards ceremony. Below, listen to the World Cafe sessions that some of the bands recorded with Cafe host David Dye, as well as Booker T’s full performance at last summer’s XPoNential Music Festival and The Civil Wars’ appearance at last May’s Non-Comm music conference.

Listen to Adele’s World Cafe session here.
Listen to Bon Iver’s World Cafe session here.
Listen to Alison Krauss and Union Station on World Cafe here.
Listen to The Tedeschi Trucks Band here.
Listen to The Civil Wars from last year’s Non-Comm here
Listen to Booker T’s set from last summer’s XPoNential Music Festival here.


Who we hope wins the big four Grammy Awards

Tonight millions of eyes will be on the Grammy Awards when they are presented from the Staples Center in Los Angeles starting at 8PM ET on CBS. The most prized awards are for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist however 108 awards will be given out in total. Philly is well represented this year in the nominees. The Roots, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby McFerrin, Bilal, and the late Solomon Burke are nominated for awards. In the category for Spoken Word Album for Children the locally produced album Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough to Eat features contributions from XPN hosts Kathy O’Connell, Gene Shay and Helen Leicht.

In the four big categories here are the nominees and who we hope win those awards.

Best New Artist: The nominees include Drake, Justin Bieber, Florence & The Machine, Esperanza Spalding and Mumford & Sons. Serious money predicts Bieber to take this prize, however our hearts are with Mumford & Sons.

Album of the Year: The nominees include: Eminem, Recovery; Arcade Fire, The Suburbs; Lady Antebellum, Need You Now; Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster; Katy Perry, Teenage Dream. Eminem should easily walk with this award even though he’s facing challenging competition from Lady Gaga. Our sentimental hope is that Arcade Fire win this award.

Record of the Year: The nominees include: “Nothing On You” by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars; “Empire State Of Mind” by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys; “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum; “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna; “F– You” by Cee Lo Green. We think this is going to be Eminem’s year and he’ll win this category. There’s a slim chance the Academy voters will get a little risky and opt for Cee Lo Green’s viral video hit of last summer which would be our pick as well.

Song of the Year: The nominees include: “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna; “F– You” by Cee Lo Green; “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum; “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert; “Beg Steal of Borrow” by Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs. Our emotional favorite to win would be Ray LaMontagne song. But that’s not going to happen. Since we’re picking Eminem to win Record of the Year and Album of the Year, we’d be surprised if he walked with Song of the Year as well. That leaves us with the confounding nomination of Lady Antebellum to win this award. Their winning for Song of the Year would represent everything head scratching about the Grammy Awards that both makes us curious enough to watch and furious enough to recognize the awards for being completely out of touch with what we think is great about music.