7 Grammy Nominees Worth Hearing

It’s that time of year again. The time when the prodigy, the popular, the pious, and the profane of the music world get rewarded, for better or worse. To find out what Banner reviewers thought of some of the nominated albums, click on the appropriate title.

Ashes and Fire by Ryan Adams—one nomination for one of the lesser-known categories: Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Babel by Mumford and Sons—four nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Americana Album (a recently instituted category that is obviously not only for Americans) and two nods for the song “I Will Wait.”

The Carpenter by The Avett Brothers—with one nomination, they are also up for Best Americana Album.

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond produced by T-Bone Burnett—one nomination each for the songs “Safe and Sound” (Taylor Swift with The Civil Wars) and “Abraham’s Daughter” (Arcade Fire).

He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes—one nomination for Best Historical Album for this combination book and CD.

I Win by Marvin Sapp—three nominations, including Best Gospel Song for “My Testimony.”

Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen—three nominations, including Best Rock Album and two nominations for the song “We Take Care of Our Own.” Interestingly, a song named after him, “Springsteen,” by country singer Eric Church, also received two nominations.

Want more? Read up on some other nominated acts—The Alabama Shakes, Britt Nicole, Kari Jobe, and Rhett Walker Band—in our “Great Music of 2012” lists.

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