Fountains of Wayne's nomination for the Best New Artist award is an outrage. There's absolutely no point in having an award called Best New Artist if you're going to nominate a band with three major-label albums under its belt for that award. Never mind that they're several hundred times better than all four of the other nominees combined; they shouldn't have been eligible in the first place. They released their first album in 1996, and reached number 14 on the Modern Rock chart with their first single from that album, "Radiation Vibe." How does that not "establish their public identity"?
In other travesties, Hymns Through the Centuries II, the Cathedral Choral Society album released during the last eligibility period, failed to be nominated in any of the categories in which it was eligible. I really thought we had a shot at Album of the Year.
I'll have more to say about the nominations tomorrow, after I have a chance to study the list of nominees in greater detail.