Whether you agree with the Recording Academy or not, the GRAMMY Awards do give closure to the past year in music. And, anytime an indie-name star gets a nod, we can’t help but cheer.

In preparation for the GRAMMY Nominations Concert on Nov. 30th 2011 (10pm ET/9pm CT on CBS), this whole week we’re highlighting GRAMMY Award-winning artists as well our friends who are still GRAMMY-less,  plus a few other cool surprises. Did we mention all come with a Free MP3?

The GRAMMY Nominations Concert will once again be hosted by LL Cool J.  In addition to performances from Rihanna, The Band Perry, Usher and Lady Gaga, nominees in several of the categories will be announced at the show.

So until we reach the big night on TV, dig some of the music from recent nominees and past winners! We sure did.

Naughty By Nature

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In 1996 New Jersey’s own rap trio Naughty By Nature won an award for Best New Rap Album. Known for hits like the “O.P.P” and “Hip Hop Hooray,” the hip hop legends return with their long awaited 20th anniversary album Anthem Inc. Get a taste of their new single below and tell us what you think!

℗ 2011 E One Entertainment


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The electronic pioneer has been nominated for several GRAMMYs in various categories including Best Alternative Performance for his unstoppable album Play, Best Instrumental Rock Performance for Body Rock as well as many others. Here’s hoping this year he’ll get nod for his recent album Destroyed.

℗ 2011 Mute Records


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From his bratty beginnings to his more mature and orchestrated work, the GRAMMY Awards has given Beck three awards from 12 nominations. As a unique treat, below you can download a free MP3 from Beck’s mother Bibbe Hansen.   

Junkie XL

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In 2008  he garnered his first-ever GRAMMY nomination in the “Best Remixed Recording (Non-Classical)”  category for his remix of Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake‘s “4 Minutes.” The song appeared on her chart-topping album Hard Candy.

℗ 2011 Nettwerk Records

That’s it folks! Come back tomorrow for another Spotlight feature around the GRAMMYs!

And then don’t forget: the GRAMMY Awards themselves will be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, also on CBS.


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Artists: Beck, Moby

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