Monday, February 9, 2009

Quick Grammy thoughts...

Last night was the 51st Grammy awards and what have you. I haven't paid much attention to the Grammy's for some time, least of which the program itself (except for when Gorillaz performed with Madonna a few years ago, that was kinda cool.) But, this year, I was actually pleasantly surprised at the decent nominees, at least in the categories worth looking at. Not only that, but the performances were worthy enough to gain my full attention.

Some of my favorite stuff from the last year or so earned nominations, (and even took home awards!) including Coldplay, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kings of Leon, Metallica, Beck, etc. etc.....

Oh and of course, 

Radiohead, Coldplay, and Plant/Krauss were all up for the big prize of Album of the Year. Sadly, Radiohead did not win this prize. Third time they've been shafted for this award! And each time they lost to some Old School! Observe:

1998: Ok Computer Lost to Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind.....
2001: Kid A lost to Steely Dan's Two Against Nature.....
2009: In Rainbows loses to Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin!) & Alison Krauss' Raising Sand

Jeez! Move over and die already, old dudes! 
Actually, Raising Sand was a phenomenal album, and did deserve it, but not over Coldplay and especially not over the almighty Head of Radio. (Both made my top ten of '07) Infact, am a little confused about why Raising Sand didn't get stuck in last year's Grammy's. I guess I don't know the eligibility rules. Radiohead were included this year and not last because though In Rainbows was available to everyone (for free if you wanted) in 07, its physical release didn't come till 08. 

Aaaaaanyways, also up for album of the year were Lil Wayne and Ne-yo, but I knew neither of them would win cuz Wayne is rap (rap never wins album of the year) and Ne-yo sucks. 

Coldplay and Plant/Krauss actually came out big winners overall in the night, including Viva La Vida (my fav song of last year) winning Song of the Year. 

Radiohead brought home trophies for Alternative Album of the Year (third award in this category), and Best Boxed Set or Limited Edition Package. They were also nominated for Album of the Year, Best Rock Song (House of Cards), Best Rock Performance By a Duo Or Group (House of Cards), and Best Short Form Music Video (House of Cards), while producer Nigel Godrich was up for Producer of the Year and Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood was up for Best Musical Score for Tv or Movie for There Will Be Blood.

There were a surprising number of great performances in the night as well. Besides Radiohead's joyous romp, I was very moved by Jennifer Hudson's emotional performance (keep in mind her brother and mother were murdered recently), and I even enjoyed The Jonas Brother's singing "Superstition" with Stevie himself. Coldplay, Plant/Krauss, and a smooth guitar jam including the likes of BB King and John Mayer, and an ultra prego M.I.A. rocked too. Coulda done without Kanye and his frollet though.
And of course, Neil Diamond.

Couldn't find postable clips of Neil Diamond...but look them all up on youtube. Twas fun. Suppose I should finally post my fav albums of the year now too eh?


Brendo2008 said...

The Grammy's are as fun as watching fly's F%^*^.
No, it was ok..I knew about Metallica's two grammy wins two hours before the show started.

Radiohead was good but I couldn't understand what he was singing.

The beatlefighters where good.

It was better than watching the Jazz getting creamed by Golden State.

Lee said...

Oh wan taco?