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By TK | Music | December 4, 2008 |


I confess that I haven’t watched a full Grammys show in years. I guess if I had to rate it in terms of value, it’s somewhere slightly above the Country Music Awards and the ESPY’s, but below the Oscars, and somewhere in a blurry realm near the Emmys and Tonys. Definitely above the Reality TV Awards, but then, I’d place an award show for snuff films over that shit.

10.-sinead-oconnor-i-do-not-want-what-i-havent-got.jpgThe Grammys are frustrating because sometimes, they get things right — and sometimes they fail miserably. Recognizing that the nominees come from the more popular acts, not necessarily the best, is the key to not losing your mind when watching. But even then, there are some winners. For every major disaster like Evanescence winning Best New Artist, or Bobby McFerrin winning for Song of the Year (over Anita Baker, Sting and Tracey Chapman? Good Lord), there’s also times like the year when Norah Jones swept through like a hurricane. Perhaps the juggernaut of my generation was 1988, when Paul Simon won Record of the Year for Graceland — the competition was fierce, man. Los Lobos, U2, and Suzanne Vega were all legit competition that year. And perhaps the biggest insult was in 1991, when Phil Fucking Collins’s “Another Day in Paradise” beat out SinĂ©ad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” It was the musical equivalent of Titanic beating out L.A. Confidential, just a complete nutstabber to music fans everywhere.

lupe_fiasco01.jpgSo yes, sometimes it feels like the good years are few and far between. Looking through a selected list of this year’s nominees and we see yet another bizarre year. There’s some genuinely fantastic shit nominated this year — Beck versus Radiohead for Alternative Album? Badass. The Mars Volta and Judas Priest for Best Hard Rock? Bizarre, yet awesome (though I’m sure that fucking Motley Crue or Disturbed — who hit their peak four years ago — will win). Lupe Fiasco being nominated for Best Rap Album is sweet, though Jay-Z is a tough row to hoe. Perhaps the thing that makes me happiest? Ministry, y’all. Some days, it feels like fucking Al Jourgensen is my muse, so this makes me smile and start softly humming “The Land of Rape and Honey” to myself in my office. I’m almost as pleased as I was when Slayer recently won a Grammy.

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jobro.jpgAnd yet, the Grammys refuse to halt their war on my sanity. The Jonas Brothers? Ugh. Kill me. Kid Rock? Come on, Grammys. Should we really be encouraging redneck frat-rock any more?

In any event, this appears to be one of the better years, although perhaps a wee bit heavy on the Coldplay (an album I like, but don’t love).

BEST NEW ARTIST
Adele
Duffy
The Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Raising Sand
Coldplay, Viva La Vida
Ne-Yo, Year Of The Gentleman
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
Radiohead, In Rainbows

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
Beck, Modern Guilt
Death Cab For Cutie, Narrow Stairs
Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple
My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
Radiohead, In Rainbows

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE
Disturbed, “Inside The Fire”
Judas Priest, “Visions”
The Mars Volta, “Wax Simulacra”
Motley Crue, “Saints Of Los Angeles”
Rob Zombie, “Lords Of Salem”

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE
Dragonforce, “Heroes Of Our Time”
Judas Priest, “Nostradamus”
Metallica, “My Apocalypse”
Ministry, “Under My Thumb”
Slipknot, “Psychosocial”

BEST RAP ALBUM
Jay-Z, American Gangster
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco, The Cool
Nas
T.I., Paper Trail

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Coldplay, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Kid Rock, Rock N Roll Jesus
Kings Of Leon, Only By The Night
Metallica, Death Magnetic
Raconteurs, Consolers Of The Lonely

BEST ROCK SONG
Bruce Springsteen, “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”
Radiohead, “House Of Cards”
Death Cab For Cutie, “I Will Possess Your Heart”
Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire”
Coldplay, “Violet Hill”

BEST SOUNDTRACK
American Gangster
August Rush
Juno
Mamma Mia!
Sweeney Todd—The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

BEST SONG FOR A MOTION PICTURE, TV SHOW, OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA
“Down To Earth” (Wall-E)
“Ever Ever After” (Enchanted)
“Say” (The Bucket List)
“That’s How You Know” (Enchanted)
“Walk Hard” (Walk Hard—The Dewey Cox Story)

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Adele, “Chasing Pavements”
Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”
Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, “Please Read The Letter”

Your thoughts? Do tell.

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