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The GRAMMY® Awards

The GRAMMY® Awards

A NJ transplant living in SoCal, Nicole Standley, digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley

The evening of The GRAMMY® Awards is my favorite night every year. It is a dream come true over and over for a music lover like myself because the moment I walk inside the vestibule of the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the way to my seat, and move past the sea of beautiful gowns and men donned in black tie, it immediately dawns on me like a ton of bricks and delivers chills up my spine unlike anything else…I am amongst musical legends that have paved a well-defined path in the minds and hearts of all our lives.

There is no way not to be starstruck at The GRAMMY® Awards. You are simply surrounded by greatness. Sir Paul McCartney literally has a receiving line that rivals Her Majesty the Queen. Rock stars, rap moguls, pop icons and country music legends all wait patiently in a line that wraps around the audience between each commercial break with hopes to pay respects to the man who gave the world  songs that my grandparents still sing today and my child and their children will continuing singing tomorrow and for a very long time to come.  Geniuses whose music was with each one of us every day, at our weddings, birth of our child(ren), accompanied us on road trips, GNO, college parties and other mischievous adventures. Within the first few notes of a familiar song, we are transported like a time machine back to a place and time as if we are living it all over again.

Without a doubt, the best I attended was the 51st GRAMMY® Awards. What a night. This was when social media was still uncharted territory to many and who was scheduled to perform was still under wraps. From start to finish, act upon act, the show was filled with iconic legends who came to celebrate the fundamentals of music the only way they knew how…flawlessly.

And it went a little something like this…get ready for a ton of name drops and these were just the performers! The presenters were just as off the hook: u2; Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and Boys II Men; Chris Martin and Jay-Z; Coldplay; Kid Rock; Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus;  The Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder;  Katy Perry; Estelle and Kanye West; T.I., Lil’ Wayne, M.I.A. Jay-Z and Kanye; Carrie Underwood; Jennifer Hudson;  Kenny Chesney;  Dave Grohl drumming for Paul McCartney (YES, VIRGINIA…TOGETHER!!!); Sugarland; Adele; Radiohead with the USC Marching Band (another OMG moment!); Duke Fair, Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson; NEIL DIAMOND (singing Sweet Caroline…and the crowd went nuts); John Mayer, BB King, Keith Urban and Buddy Guy; Lil’ Wayne and Robin Thicke; and finally, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Yes, it was about 40 hours long, but I did not care. It was incredible.

If you can’t figure out why I turned into a big fangirl blob of goo on the floor after seeing these other acts perform, then I’m not sure what else to say. Oh, well I can tell you all about how one of the performers in the photos above is a real a**hole, but I’ll save that for the next time we clink our glasses. Can you guess who the bad apple is?

The thrill continued the next day during lunch at Chateau Marmont on Sunset. Of all the tables in the joint, Thom Yorke stopped at ours to ask if he could have my extra chair… SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. You are Thom Yorke…THE Thom Yorke, you can have my appetizer, butter knife and car if you ask nicely!!  I’m sorry, but if someone has brought me that many hours of pleasure over the years, and never expected a favor in return, then you deserve more than just my car. But did the whole Radiohead band have to sit at the table next to me?! RADIOHEAD people. R-A-D-I-O-H-E-A-D. I was so excited I couldn’t swallow another piece of my lunch. Check please!

I have a feeling this year is going to be off the charts as well. In addition to my boys, the Foo Fighters performing and being up for six nominations along with Adele and Bruno Mars (Radiohead earned five and Kayne West leads the race with seven,) LL Cool J is hosting this year’s 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards and he always does a perfect job.

The 54th annual Grammys air Sunday, February 12, on CBS. Here are some of the nominations and who I’d love to see take home the award:

Album of the Year
» Adele – 21
» Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
» Lady Gaga – Born This Way
» Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
» Rihanna – Loud

Record of the Year
» Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
» Bon Iver – “Holocene”
» Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
» Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
» Katy Perry – “Firework”

Best New Artist
» The Band Perry
» Bon Iver
» J. Cole
» Nicki Minaj
» Skrillex

Song of the Year
» Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie – “All of the Lights”
» Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
» Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
» Bon Iver – “Holocene”
» Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

Best Pop Solo Performance
» Adele – “Someone Like You”
» Lady Gaga – “Yoü and I”
» Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
» Katy Perry – “Firework”
» Pink – “F***in’ Perfect”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
» Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse – “Body and Soul”
» The Black Keys – “Dearest”
» Coldplay – “Paradise”
» Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
» Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera – “Moves Like Jagger”

Best Dance Recording
» deadmau5 and Greta Svabo Bech – “Raise Your Weapon”
» Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand”
» David Guetta and Avicii – “Sunshine”
» Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend”
» Skrillex – “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”
» Swedish House Mafia – “Save The World”

Best Rock Performance
» Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”
» The Decemberists – “Down By the Water”
» Foo Fighters – “Walk”
» Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
» Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
» Dream Theater – “On The Backs of Angels”
» Foo Fighters – “White Limo”
» Mastodon – “Curl of the Burl”
» Megadeth – “Public Enemy No. 1”
» Sum 41 – “Blood In My Eyes”

Best Rock Album
» Jeff Beck – Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
» Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
» Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
» Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
» Wilco – The Whole Love

Best Alternative Music Album
» Bon Iver – Bon Iver
» Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
» Foster the People – Torches
» My Morning Jacket – Circuital
» Radiohead – The King Of Limbs

Best Rap Album
» Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne
» Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
» Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
» Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
» Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» Beyoncé and Andre 3000 – “Party”
» DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne – “I’m On One”
» Dr. Dre, Eminem and Skylar Grey – “I Need a Doctor”
» Rihanna and Drake – “What’s My Name?”
» Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne – “Motivation”
» Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie – “All Of The Lights”

Best Pop Vocal Album
» Adele – 21
» Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
» Lady Gaga – Born This Way
» Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & The Hooligans
» Rihanna – Loud

Best Rock Song
» Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
» The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”
» Coldplay – “Every Tear Is A Waterfall”
» Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
» Foo Fighters – “Walk”

While I’d love the Foos to take home all six, let’s face it, Adele’s album 21 is pure perfection and deserves to be acknowledged. HOWEVER…was Adele’s album done in the garage of her house? I think not! And that makes Wasting Light even more deserving. So I’m splitting my vote: Best Pop Vocal Album – Adele and Album of the Year – Foo Fighters.

Now having said that… LET’S DO THIS BOYS!

Not who you predict will win, but who do you WANT to see win? 

– Nicole


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Founder + Editor-In-Chief, Nicole is a NJ transplant living in SoCal, who digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley


  1. Foo baby. All Foo. <3

    • Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand.

  2. Have to go with my girl ADELE for Album of the Year!

    • It is a great, great album. It is going to do a mad sweep this year.

  3. I am a huge Bon Iver fan. I am not sure I’m cool with all the beef Justin Vernon has going on about the Grammy’s but the music is still insane. Saw them live in LA and they are just ridiculously musically talented. I hope they win something but not all of them since it doesn’t seem like it means a lot to him. I love when you can tell from the acceptance speech that the award is truly appreciated by the artist. Jay Z and Kanye for the rap category. Are you going this year?

    • I agree with you about BI & JV. I hope they secure the Best New Artist award. I had decided in January that I wasn’t going to attend this year because I have a huge *so excited I might cry* event on Wednesday, (stay tuned because it is AWESOME!!!! ) but now something came up and I might be GRAMMY bound again. I’m trying to work out all of the logistics, but my dress is ready just in case.

      If I do not go, I’ll definitely be seeing you at the BB event!!

      I’m also sick as a dog so I’m trying not to spread myself too thin.

      Thank you for commenting!

  4. I love reading your perspective because I know what a true fan you are! I PRAY production plays a factor in deciding album of the year. While I love Adele, I’d really really love to see Foos take home the Grammy. Wasting Light is stellar from top to bottom.

    As for the bad apple, I’m guessing Mayer but maybe Kid Rock. We must dish!

    Have a great time! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Wasting Light is an incredible album. From start to finish. So is Adele. Not sure how the two can be judged or compared – so it will be interesting.

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