The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (2011) nominations were made in Los Angeles on December 1 and, just like every year since the show began (and could have a contestant entered), American Idol has a few alumni representing. This year, those receiving nods from the The Recording Academy were Adam Lambert, American Idol Season 8 runner-up; Carrie Underwood, Season 4 winner, and Fantasia Barrino, Season 3 winner.
Adam Lambert said he was awakened by his manager in Paris while on his European Tour and given the news. He told The Hollywood Reporter, “Much more effective than my usual cup of coffee to wake me up. I was so excited!”
And he had every reason to be. “Whataya Want From Me,” the second single from Adam Lambert’s debut album, “For Your Entertainment,” received a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Carrie Underwood, already the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and who would later pick up a CMT Artist of the Year Award as well as six of the fan-voted American Country Awards, was nominated for her eighth Grammy Award for February’s ceremony. “Temporary Home,” a #1 song (Billboard Hot Country Songs chart) off her third album, “Play On,” was given the nod for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
Carrie Underwood has won five Grammy Awards since her first nomination (actually, three) in 2007. She has won the Best Female Country Vocal Performance three times: “Jesus, Take The Wheel” (2007), “Before He Cheats” (2008), and “Last Name” (2009).
Fantasia Barrino, who released her third studio album in August, was nominated for her ninth and tenth Grammy Award. That album, “Back To Me,” is nominated for Best R&B Album. The first single from the album, “Bittersweet,” is up for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Unfortunately, even with all those nominations, Fantasia has yet to win one. Perhaps 2011 will be her year.
One American Idol alum that many thought would be a 2011 Grammy Awards shoe-in, especially since his hit “September” has become a radio mainstay, got snubbed. But, then, the Best Rock Performance nominations this year were cornered by geriatric rockers (except fro John Mayer) — Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and Paul McCartney.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS Television.
Shirley Halperin, “Adam Lambert on his Grammy nomination: ‘I Earned My Success,'” TheHollywoodReporter.com
“2010 — 53rd Annual Grammy Awards,” Grammy.com