Friday, December 08, 2006
In praise of the Grammys
Criticizing the Grammys isn't even like shooting fish in a barrel -- it's more like shooting fish sticks in a supermarket freezer.

That said, the awards occasionally get it right: Naming "Sgt. Pepper" the best album of 1967, for example, or all the deserved honors Stevie Wonder received during the '70s.

Yesterday's nominations also picked out some winners among the usual OK works, big-selling mediocrities and inoffensive ballads. To wit:
  • Gnarls Barkley picked up a nomination for album of the year, which "St. Elsewhere" may actually be.
  • The producer of the year category includes Rick Rubin (Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Diamond), Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley) and T Bone Burnett.
  • Death Cab for Cutie and the Fray earned nominations.
  • James Hunter's "People Gonna Talk" received a nomination. (For best traditional blues album -- it's really more R&B -- but what the heck.)
  • Rhino's brilliant packaging of "A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box" (a box set complete with leather corset) and "One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Groups Lost and Found" were selected.
None of them will win, of course, but hey -- it's an honor just to be nominated.
I would just like to say of the nominations for the Grammy's that it is about time that Peter Frampton starts getting the recognition he deserves with two nominations for his first instrumental cd Fingerprint. Best instrumental album and best song for Black Hole Sun. His fans and Peter himself waited 30 years for this album and these nominations prove it was well worth the wait! Hopefully they will broadcast them being given away so we can see him when them as I know he will.
The best song best artist is James Blunt. I hadn't been to a concert in 40 years and I'm 62 years old African American I went to his concert and heard a young man who's music will last forever. James Blunt is already a winner among many including American baby boomers. I met so many people my age at the concert. I made new friends and we were teenager for a little while. My children broke me the ticket and the CD. Yes there are good artist this year but only one great artist that's James Blunt.
I was also proud to see Alan Parsons' "A Valid Path" in the Best Surround Sound Album category.

An excellent album and an artist who has been overlooked for far too long.
It was fantastic to see Imogen Heap earn a couple of nods! So deserving and one of the most underrated artists around. It's funny how she is nominated as Best New Artist though...she's been in the biz for over 10 years!

And kudos to the Dixie Chicks!!! One of the year's best albums. I think they've got Album of the Year in the bag.
You forgot to mention darkhorse Lupe Fiasco, earning 3 nods for his stellar debut, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. The future of hip hop is looking back at what came before: social conscience and responsibility.
I am very disappointed about the Grammy Nominations this year. There are too many overrated artists (Mary J Blige, Beyonce, The Pussycat Dolls??), and too many artists that got snubbed (Bob Dylan, Timbaland, Christina Aguilera). To win a Grammy is supposed to be the greatest music acomplishment, but if a song with a title like "Smack That" has a possiblity to be honored...the level of the award almost becomes equivalent to the MTV awards.
You're forgetting Goldfrapp. Even though "Supernature" and "Ooo La La" have been played to death, they deserve a nod.
Shooting fish sticks in a supermarket freezer? Well, I guess some of the better albums are musically excellent and are well-sung but they are so boring that no one but true fans would want to listen to them. I mean, I've never heard of a group called Rhino and I've heard of Peter Frampton but I didn't know he was still making music but I do like his earlier works. It makes me wonder how less famous singers and bands even get nominated for Grammys if hardly anyone knows about them.
These award shows seem like they are getting to be bigger and bigger jokes...who cares anymore
When Tom Petty said he can still "kick some ass" at the Billboard Awards; his two nominations proved that! Way to go Tom!
Rhino is a record label, not a band. Sheesh. Nominations are awful, as usual. The Fray and Death Cab for Cutie should not be used as examples of improved nominations.
The Grammys are boring and outdated, always nominating people that we never even heard of, or like another fellow blogger said OVERRATED..what happen to the really good musicians the ones that actually can read or write music and play instruments, u don't really see those anymore...if they are not going to nominate those that really deserve it then at least go by popularity and nominate popular artist with popular songs , top 10 hits etc... so that young people can watch the show, take a page from the latin grammys that were a total hit...
I think that it is interesting that U2-GrenDay's version of "The Saints Are Coming" was nominated for some Grammys. I wonder how many people are aware of (much less have heard) the original version by the Scottish band, The Skids from 1978. They were on of the best bands to come out of the UK punk scene. Richard Jobson wrote some of the best songs from that era. My Favorite is "A Woman In Winter" from 1980's "The Absolute Game."
Hey I was just overjoyed to see so many rock and alternative artists nominated for Grammies this year, including Snow Patrol, Death Cab for Cutie, John Mayer's "Continuum" which SHOULD get album of the year - there is not a bad track on the whole CD - and some of the others, like Gnarls Barkley and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

This is one grammy show that I WILL stay up late for and I am telling all my friends to watch!
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