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December 6, 2010

Indies score over half of Grammy nominations for first time

More surprises from the Grammys. Arcade Fire wasn't the only indie band to snag a Grammy nomination last week. In fact, the Canadians' nomination for best album of the year was one of 273 indie artists and record labels received, the first time independent releases have taken up over 50 percent of the nominations. A2IM, a trade group that follows the independent music industry, perceptively pointed out the landmark last week. At least in this regard, the Grammys reflect an actual industry trend: the passing of the major record labels. Maybe this makes up for Janelle Monae, Big Boi and Sade being (mostly) ignored.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:18 PM | | Comments (1)
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no one cares about the grammys. They are a joke.

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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