First up is Lady Antebellum, who as you may recall, were invited to take part in our Jell-O Wrestling With The Stars battle for the best new artist Grammy along with Adele, Duffy, Jazmine Sullivan, and the Jonas Brothers. The Georgia-spawned country trio's "Love Don't Live Here" is also up for best country performance by a duo or group with vocals.SteelDrivers, a Nashville-based bluegrass quintet. Check out the SteelDrivers' track and Lady Antebellum's video below.
Sam Sparro, whose "Black & Gold" is nominated for best dance recording along with "Just Dance" by Who's Nexter Lady GaGa, and a bunch of tracks by artists such as Madonna and Rihanna, but never mind them. Let's get down and get funky to Sparro's "Black & Gold" video. Maiysha. Her album, This Much Is True (and it is, by the way), includes a cover of Peter Gabriel's '80s smash "Sledgehammer," but she's nominated for "Wanna Be." Groove to the video below. Janelle Monae, a Kansas City-spawned singer with ties to OutKast and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. She was featured on the former's Idlewild soundtrack and the latter signed her to his Bad Boy label, which released Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase. The EP features "Many Moons," Monae's Grammy-nominated performance. Check out the video below.
Since they have their own TV show on HBO, Flight Of The Conchords might seem like old hat, but in fact the New Zealand-transplants released their self-titled album in 2008 and they're nominated for best comedy duo against of a bunch of comedians, most of whom don't sing. Nonetheless, enjoy FOTC's "Ladies Of The World" video below.
Finally, we bring you Flight Of The Conchords' Sub Pop label mates No Age. They're not comedians and aren't from New Zealand, but they are nominated for a Grammy, even if it's only for best recording package for their finely packaged Nouns. We think this L.A.-based duo's music and videos are pretty groovy as well. Check out the clip for "Eraser" below.
- Lady Antebellum