rops to Mariah Carey, for her well-deserved Grammy coup this morning, earning eight nominations to lead the list, alongside fellow eight-time nominees John Legend and the ever-modest Kanye West. (You can read a list of nominees in the major categories here.) EW.com will be posting an in-depth analysis of the nominations later this morning, but here are my two cents.
For the most part, I’d say this is a not too surprising list, though as usual, there are a few inexplicable quirks. Paul McCartney for Album of the Year? Gorillaz up for Record of the Year? A country act (Rascal Flatts) up for Song of the Year? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Big-sellers Coldplay shut out of the major categories? (They got three in the Rock field, though.) And where’s the love for Fiona Apple’s Extraordinary Machine? Finally, if Kanye’s ”Gold Digger” wins an award, do we have to hear collaborator Jamie Foxx do his Ray Charles impression again?