Katy Perry has already tweeted a stream of thank yous today after Teenage Dream got a Grammy nomination for Album Of The Year. It’s a smart move, since judging from backlash Katy’s victory got on the Twittersphere, it doesn’t seem likely she’s in shooting range of winning (shouting “hell yes!” before clasping her hands in prayer probably won’t help either). But is it really so strange that she got a nod? Here are five reasons this shouldn’t be so much of a surprise.
- Anything released after September 30th wasn’t eligible. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? Not eligible. Shakira‘s highly praised Sale El Sol? Not eligible. Single of the year nominee Cee-Lo‘s album? Not eligible. Kings Of Leon? Not eligible. 2009 Grammy nominee Jamey Johnson‘s Top 10 critic’s pick The Guitar Song? Released just two weeks before the cut-off. Meanwhile, Song Of The Year nominee Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 barely made the September 1st ’09 cut off—we’re impressed voters remembered it was eligible for Best Rap Album!
- She’s hardly the first bubblegum act to be nominated. Really, is this any more absurd than The Backstreet Boys being nominated in 2000 for Millenium? Or The Black Eyed Peas for The E.N.D. last year? In 1990, they nominated MC Hammer and Wilson Phillips. No offense to any of the esteemed artists above, but their journey to the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame will probably be a long one despite the NARAS accolades.