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.