Week In Review: Grammy Nominations Announced and Analyzed

Plus: Michael Stipe, Sonic Youth, ZZ Top and More

December 2, 2011 4:10 PM ET
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Bruno Mars speaks at the Grammy Nominations Concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
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It was a big week for Adele, Bruno Mars and Foo Fighters, who each collected a bushel of nominations for the 54th annual Grammy awards. Kanye West scored too, in spite of the fact that his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was left out of the Album of the Year category: 'Ye still led all comers with seven nominations. Rolling Stone took the opportunity to predict key winners in the major categories, talked to Trey Parker about The Book of Mormon's nod and noted the fact that a certain "iconic group" said to be reuniting at the nominatins concert never materialized. 

Photos: 2011 Grammy Nominations Concert

Rolling Stone also talked to Michael Stipe about the newly disbanded R.E.M., Lee Ranaldo on the future of Sonic Youth and Billy Gibbons on ZZ Top's upcoming album with producer Rick Rubin. We caught up with Jackson Browne as he unveiled a new protest song at Occupy Wall Street and checked in with Adam Lambert, who is preparing to release his dance-heavy next album. We also analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, reviewed all the week's biggest releases.

In pop culture, Peter Travers tossed the worst movies of November in the Scum Bucket, and Rolling Stone recapped the latest episodes of Glee and The Sing-Off.

Photos: Random Notes

We also posted the results of our last Weekend Rock Question: What is the best Christmas song of all time? Our question for you this week: What is the best Britney Spears song? You can answer on our website, at facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag. 

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