Grammys 2015: First impressions on the first batch of nominations

December 5, 2014 3:38 PM

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The first 20 artists nominated for Grammy Awards serve as a tiny sample of the volume to come. Part of a day’s worth of staggered announcements that will roll out through television and social media, "CBS This Morning" teased the new format by announcing four categories out of the gate: best country album, best pop vocal album, best urban contemporary album and record of the year. Then they started tweeting more nominees.

-- A strategically gathered quadrant tailored to morning show viewership – perhaps why Ed Sheeran didn’t announce best metal album? -- the categories offer a big-tent glimpse of where we are as pop music consumers. We like our pop music upbeat and innocuous -- no biting commentary here -- our stars ...

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