The 55th Grammy Awards are scheduled to take place on February 10th on CBS.  This year, as in years past, artists on the Earbits roster are strongly represented as nominees for awards in various categories.  The Earbits artists nominated by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences come from diverse backgrounds and genres— from pop superstar Paul McCartney to jazz percussion mastermind Bobby Sanabria.  We even have an artist nominated for “Record Of The Year,” the award ceremony’s highest honors.  Check out the entire list of Grammy-nominated Earbits artists from this year below, and click to listen to each one.


It would’ve been nearly impossible to be a fan of music or pop culture in 2012 without hearing the song “Sombebody That I Used To Know,” the ultra-catchy mega-international hit from Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Gotye and his female companion from New Zealand, Kimbra.  The two are nominated for that song in two categories— Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.  Listen To Kimbra>>

Nominated for: Record Of The Year (“Somebody That I Used To Know”), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Somebody That I Used To Know”)

Alabama Shakes

The Alabama Shakes wasted no time becoming one of the most successful indie bands in the country.  Their debut album, Boys & Girls, was released via ATO Records in April, and it landed at number 8 on the Billboard charts (#3 on the UK charts).  The band’s brand of Southern blues-rock, dominated by lead singer Brittany Howard’s powerful voice, also landed the group two Grammys this year.  Listen to Alabama Shakes>>

Nominated for: Best New Artist, Best Recording Package (“Boys & Girls”)


Wiz Khalifa

Last year Wiz Khalifa’s hit single “Black And Yellow” catapulted him to the forefront of popular hip-hop.  In 2012, he proved that he’s going to be sticking around (as in on the charts) for a while.  The rapper is nominated for two more songs this year.  One is for his collaboration with pop-funk band Maroon 5 “Payphone.”  The other is for “Young, Wild & Free,” the song made by Wiz and Snoop Dogg for their film Mac And Devin Go To High School.  Listen to Wiz Khalifa>>

Nominated For: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Payphone” by Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa), Best Rap Song (“Young, Wild & Free” by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars


Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney was a member of the biggest rock band to walk the earth, so you’d think he, like Marshall Mathers, wouldn’t give a damn about a Grammy.  But, still, the artist is nominated this year for his album of pop song covers entitled Kisses On The Bottom.  Listen to Paul McCartney>>

Nominated For: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Icelandic musician Björk released her latest album, Biophilia, in an unusual manner— via a “series of apps” in conjunction with Apple.  Björk’s never been one to shy away from experimentalism, and her newest project is no exception.  Deservedly, it landed her two Grammy nominations.  Listen to Björk>>

Nominated For: Best Alternative Music Album (Biophilia), Best Recording Package (Biophilia)


Gregory Porter

Jazz singer Gregory Porter received a Gramy Nomination after the release of his first album, 2010’s Water.  He’s received similar accolades this year in response to his newest album, Be Good’. While the artist’s first album was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal, a track called “Real Good Hands” from this newer one is up for Best Traditional R&B Performance.  Listen To Gregory Porter>>

Nominated For: Best Traditional R&B Performance


Michael Brant DeMaria

Michael Brant DeMaria is an musician with a Ph.D.  And, possibly, he’ll soon be a multi-Grammy award winner too.  DeMaria was one of the artists on the children’s album All About Bullies… Big And Small, which won an award at last year’s Grammys.  This year, his own album has been nominated in the Best New Age Album category.  Listen to Michael Brant DeMaria>>

Nominated For: Best New Age Album


The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band

Clare Fischer is an esteemed musician and composer that, unfortunately, passed away early in 2012.  His latest album, ¡Ritmo!, has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Latin Jazz Album.  Fischer did a lot to contribute to Latin music (especially within more traditionally pop albums) throughout the years, and it’s unfortunate that this will be his last official release.  Listen to The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band>>

Nominated For:  Best Latin Jazz Album (¡Ritmo!)

Bobby Sanabria

Bobby Sanabria recorded the drums, percussion and vocals for MULTIVERSE, his latest album.  That particular project has been nominated for two Grammys— Best Latin Jazz Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement (“Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite For Ellington”). Listen to Bobby Sanabria>>

Nominated For: Best Latin Jazz Album, Best Instrumental Arrangement

The Original Wailers

The Wailers are best known as Bob Marley’s band.  But since the passing of that legendary reggae musician, they’ve continued touring and recording.  Their latest work, an EP entitled Miracle, was nominated for a Best Reggae Album Grammy.  Listen to The Original Wailers>>

Nominated For:  Best Reggae Album (Miracle)


Rebecca Pidgeon

Rebecca Pidgeon is a prolific singer-songwriter and actress.  Her latest album, Slingshot, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category. Listen to Rebecca Pidgeon>>

Nominated For:  Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (Slingshot)

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