It’s that time of year. No, not the holidays…GRAMMY nominations, duh!

Wednesday night, LL Cool J and Taylor Swift hosted the nominations concert and now that we know who will contending for music’s biggest prize, Carson’s weighing in.

One major observation? Album sales didn’t necessarily translate to GRAMMY nominations.

“I think that they rewarded albums like the Black Keys and artists like Frank Ocean collectively, and this isn’t a diss on Carly Rae Jepsen, let’s say, who a lot people thought should’ve had more or Justin Bieber who got none,” Carson said. “I think it just says a lot about the people that run the organization that they had a good year for music this year.”

As for snubs, everyone’s buzzing about Justin Bieber’s zero nominations, but Carson pointed out some other artists who deserved some more recognition.

“I thought Ed Sheeran was snubbed. Although, this wasn’t his year. It’ll be 2013 when his record came out. It’s about timing when these records come out. The closing date for qualification for the 2012 GRAMMYs is I think it’s September of last year covering through this previous October.”

Sheeran wasn’t completely ignored. He received one nod for his song, “The A-Team.”

“You may not think The Wanted or One Direction had a big year. One Direction really poked their head out there this year through sales. They sold five million copies. People are saying they could’ve gotten a nom for Best Artist or ‘What Makes You Beautiful,’ [which] was an enormous song this year, but they were totally left out.”

For some reason, female musicians weren’t feeling the love when it came to Album of the Year. Only men were nominated in this category.

“You look at what females maybe should have, could have been there. Hard not to mention Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, who was well-represented this year in the GRAMMYs, but not in this category…Nicki Minaj, you know, the Roman Reloaded record, Fiona Apple had a good record this year…call it what you will!”

Fun. was the only group nominated for the “big four,” Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Carson called that feat “pretty impressive.”

As for his fellow Voice co-horts, Blake Shelton got one nomination and Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5 received two.

“Adam was closely linked with so many hit singles this year,” Carson pointed out. “I was a little surprised that Overexposed or “One More Night” or some of the other songs he had this year, he had [two] nominations this year. I thought it might’ve been a little bit more.”

Listen to the rest of Carson’s thoughts about the GRAMMY nominations below:

The GRAMMY Awards will air February 10 at 8/7c on CBS.

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-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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