grammy noms Grammy nominations: Tina Fey, Betty White, Seth MacFarlane and moreThe big Grammy awards were announced Wednesday night (Nov. 30) via the Grammy’s concert on CBS. Kanye leads all nominees with seven, followed by Adele, Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters with six apiece.

But what about the lesser-publicized Grammys? There are always some fun names on those nomination lists.

“30 Rock” star Tina Fey is nominated for her first Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her work on “Bossypants,” the audio book version of her memoir. Fey faces off with fellow funnywoman Betty White, also a first-time Grammy nominee, who is in the same category for her audio book “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t).” They are also both up against actor Val Kilmer for his work on “The Mark of Zorro.”

Seth MacFarlane is up for two Grammys and involved in a third. THe “Family Guy” creator is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Music Is Better Than Words” and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Christmastime Is Killing Us” from “Family Guy.” His album “Music Is Better Than Words” is also nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Actor Michael Rapaport is nominated for Best Long Form Music Video, as he directed “Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.”

The “South Park” fellow, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are up against “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe for Best Musical Theatre Album, while several TV shows and movies are up for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media – “Boardwalk Empire,” “Glee” and “True Blood” go up against “Burlesque” and “Tangled.”

And of course, Best Comedy Album is always a fun category. “Weird Al” goes up against three stand-up comics in Patton Oswalt, Louis C.K., and Kathy Griffin, plus comedy troupe The Lonely Island that includes “SNL” star Andy Samberg.

The Grammys are great. 80+ categories. They air live Feb. 12, 2012 on CBS.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."