The 54th GRAMMY Awards will be held this Sunday, February 12, 2012. As always, the awards cover all genres, resulting in nominees from a variety of different backgrounds.
Here are a few of the nominees … and the schools they attended before making it big.
Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon – Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Alternative Music Album
Vernon founded Bon Iver in 2007, and the band has released two critically-acclaimed albums since. Their 2011 self-titled album has received nominations in four categories. Before seriously pursuing music, Vernon attended college at the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire, where he majored in religious studies and minored in women’s studies.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea – Best Rock Album
One of the founding members of RHCP, Flea had a rough upbringing. He originally skipped college to devote time to the band. However, Flea eventually decided to go back to school. In 2008, he enrolled at USC to study music theory, composition and jazz trumpet in order to widen his appreciation and understanding of music.
Lady Antebellum lead singer, Charles Kelley – Best Country Album
This country-pop trio from Nashville, Tennessee formed in 2006 and went on to win their first Grammy just four years later. Last year, they left the Grammy’s with five awards. Before co-founding Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley went to the University of Georgia where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in finance and worked briefly as an accountant before heading to Nashville to pursue music.
Lady Gaga – Best Pop Solo Performance
Lady Gaga has been a prominent figure in music since the release of her debut album, The Fame in 2008. In fact, she’s already the proud recipient of five Grammy awards. Before she decided to give music her full attention, Gaga gained early admission at the age of 17 to the Collaborative Arts Project 21, a musical theatre training conservatory at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Seth McFarlane – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best known for being the creator and primary voice talent of Family Guy, McFarlane drew on his training and love for big band era music to release his debut studio album, Music is Better Than Words. Before he went on to become the world’s highest paid television writer and a Grammy nominee, he earned his bachelor of fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied film, video and animation.
Patton Oswalt – Best Comedy Album
An album is an album, so, yes … even spoken word recordings receive Grammy awards. Patton Oswalt – who also recently earned critical acclaim, starring with Charlize Theron, in Young Adult - is nominated for Best Comedy Album. Oswalt attended the College of William and Mary, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and majored in English.
Who is your favorite musical artist of 2011? Who do you think will win this year? Will any of these nominees take home a Grammy?
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