Grammy Nominations: The Odd and The Snubbed

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While Rock Daily mostly agrees with this year's class of nominations in the important categories, the Grammys also had their share of head scratching nominations this time around. For instance, over in the Best Hawaiian Music Album category, Wayne's World actress Tia Carrere managed to get a nod for her third album 'Ikena (we weren't even aware this was a category, or that Tia Carrere is so dominant a name in the genre). Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is also up for an award in the Best Spoken Word Album For Children category, with Scarlett Johansson and her album of Tom Waits covers getting no love from the voters. Knocked Up director Judd Apatow and actor John C. Reilly are both also up for an award for the Walk Hard title song in the Best Song From A Motion Picture category, where the unlikely duo will face off against John Mayer's "Say" and Peter Gabriel's> Wall-E contribution "Down to Earth."

The Best Recording Packaging award features a David vs. Goliath matchup between Metallica's Death Magnetic versus No Age's Nouns. Perhaps the most heated competition is in the Producer of the Year category, with Danger Mouse, Nigel Godrich, Johnny K, Rick Rubin and Will.I.Am all battling each other. Ringo Starr also locked up a nomination for Best Surround Sound Album with Ringo 5.1. Among the biggest snubs is the lack of Santogold in the Best New Artist category, Brian Eno's absence among the Producers of the Year (despite Coldplay's seven nominations) and a lone nomination for M.I.A. (though the nomination for Record of the Year for "Paper Planes" ties Justice's nod for their MGMT remix for weirdest mention). We'll find out who wins, who goes home empty-handed and how the Grammys can possible alienate even more people when the 51st annual ceremony takes place in February.

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