His self-titled debut record may be one of the only music-business success stories this year, but members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences just couldn't bring themselves to nominate Chris Daughtry for Album of the Year today. And Bruce Springsteen's Magic may actually be one of the year's best albums — plus he's old, which Grammy voters usually love — but neither of those things helped him either. Daughtry and Springsteen, both once considered shoe-ins, will each have to settle for a Best Rock Album nomination.
So who won't they be competing with? Foo Fighters, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, and Amy Winehouse were nominated for Album of the Year. Honestly, we had no idea that Herbie Hancock put out a record in 2007, or even that he was still alive, but we'd imagine he's now the most obvious front-runner since the Grammys probably won't get a chance to reward him again (his Wikipedia page says he's 67). In the slightly hipper Record of the Year category, Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" will battle it out with Foo Fighters' "The Pretender," Rihanna's "Umbrella," JT's "What Goes Around … Comes Around," and Amy Winehouse's "Rehab." What are Foo Fighters doing in there? We don't know!
Kanye West earned eight nominations, more than any other artist, meaning we have a fantastic tantrum to look forward to when he inevitably loses in all categories. Also, Grammy voters gave Winehouse six noms, presumably because they thought it would be funny to see a drunk person try to carry home that many awards.
See what the major categories look like — after the jump!
Record of the Year: "Irreplaceable," Beyoncé; "The Pretender," Foo Fighters; "Umbrella," Rihanna feat. Jay-Z; "What Goes Around … Comes Around," Justin Timberlake; "Rehab," Amy Winehouse.
Album of the Year: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, Foo Fighters; These Days, Vince Gill; River: The Joni Letters, Herbie Hancock; Graduation, Kanye West; Back to Black, Amy Winehouse.
Song of the Year: "Before He Cheats," Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins (Carrie Underwood); "Hey There Delilah," Tom Higgenson (Plain White T's); "Like a Star," Corinne Bailey Rae (Corinne Bailey Rae); "Rehab," Amy Winehouse (Amy Winehouse); "Umbrella," Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius "Dream" Nash, and Christopher Stewart (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z).
New Artist: Feist, Ledisi, Paramore, Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse.
Pop Vocal Album: Lost Highway, Bon Jovi; The Reminder, Feist; It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Maroon 5; Memory Almost Full, Paul McCartney; Back to Black, Amy Winehouse.
Rock Album: Daughtry, Daughtry; Revival, John Fogerty; Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, Foo Fighters; Magic, Bruce Springsteen; Sky Blue Sky, Wilco.
Rap Album: Finding Forever, Common; Kingdom Come, Jay-Z; Hip Hop Is Dead, Nas; T.I. vs T.I.P., T.I.; Graduation, Kanye West.
Country Album: Long Trip Alone, Dierks Bentley; These Days, Vince Gill; Let It Go, Tim McGraw; 5th Gear, Brad Paisley; It Just Comes Natural, George Strait.
The full list of Grammy nominations [Official site]