The Grammy Awards Nomination Concert aired last night on CBS, and I sat through it to hopefully catch a glimpse of the reunited Van Halen. I know it was reported that it wasn’t likely they would be a part of the show, but I held out hope even though as the concert continued, it became apparent that this wouldn’t be the right forum for them to announce the new album and tour. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow tried to explain, in a response to fan inquiries about Van Halen’s absence, how the rumors started and why the appearance didn’t happen.

Portnow’s statement: “In the world of creativity, everything is fluid. In the process of discussions that we had been having with an expectation that perhaps we would be at a point tonight where the artist involved and we, moving forward, would be ready to announce [a reunion], they weren’t quite at that point. So it’s live television, we go on to the next act. It’s rock and roll and so on. That being said, we were genuine about the intention and we are genuine about the discussion.”

Van Halen need to hold a press conference, like Black Sabbath did recently at the Whisky A Go-Go. Maybe their original stomping grounds of the Pasadena Civic is available?

The broadcast featured pop and country acts for the most part. Most of the rock nominees were not mentioned on the show, but you can check them out below. Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Beck, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting and Kings of Leon were among the nominees in various catagories. Foo Fighters are up for Album of the Year, competeing against Adele, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga. Up for Best Blues Album, is three members of the Allman Brothers Band: Greg Allman, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks, who are all nominated for their most recent solo efforts. Up for Hard Rock/Best Metal performance are Foo Fighters, Megadeth, Mastodon, Dream Theater and Sum 41.

The Grammy Awards, takes place Feb. 12, 2012 on CBS. Go to the official Grammy site for a complete list of nominees. www.grammy.com/nominees

Best Rock Album:
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul’ — Jeff Beck
‘Wasting Light’ — Foo Fighters
‘Come Around Sundown’ — Kings Of Leon
‘I’m With You’ — Red Hot Chili Peppers
‘The Whole Love’ — Wilco

Best Blues Album:
Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman
Roadside Attractions — Marcia Ball
Man In Motion — Warren Haynes
The Reflection — Keb’ Mo’
Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Americana Album:
Emotional Jukebox — Linda Chorney
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down — Ry Cooder
Hard Bargain — Emmylou Harris
‘Ramble At The Ryman’ — Levon Helm
Blessed — Lucinda Williams

Best Historical Album:
‘Band on the Run’ (Deluxe Edition) — Paul McCartney & Wings,
The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music
Complete Mythology (compilation)
Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s
Young Man With The Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters

Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package:
’25 Years’ — Sting
‘The King of Limbs’ — Radiohead
‘The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story’ — Bruce Springsteen
’25th Anniversary Music Box’ — Tim Burton and Danny Elfman
‘Wingless Angels’ (deluxe edition) – Wingless Angels (Keith Richards: Executive Producer)

Best Recording Package:
‘III’ — Chickenfoot
‘Good Luck & True Love’ — Reckless Kelly
‘Rivers and Homes’ — J. Viewz
‘Scenes from the Suburbs’ — Arcade Fire
‘Watch the Throne’ — Jay-Z and Kanye West

Best Surround Sound Album:
‘An Evening with Dave Grusin’ — Dave Grusin
‘Layla and Other Love Stories’ (Super Deluxe Edition) — Derek and the Dominoes
‘Kind’ – Ensemble 96
‘String Sextet In C Major, Op. 140 & Nonet In F Major, Op. 31′ – Louis Spohr

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
‘On The Backs Of Angels’ – Dream Theater
‘White Limo’ – Foo Fighters
‘Curl Of The Burl’ – Mastodon
‘Public Enemy No. 1’ – Megadeth
‘Blood In My Eyes’ – Sum 41

Best Rock Song
‘The Cave’ – Mumford & Sons
‘Down By The Water’ – The Decemberists
‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ – Coldplay
‘Lotus Flower’ – Radiohead
‘Walk’ – Foo Fighters