came out last week, and I’m not sure why it still interests me. I don’t listen to a lot of the music that gets honored each year.
Yet, I do still care. I want music I like to be nominated and (by some small miracle) win. It’s like being a geek in high school (something I know a little about) and somehow having your friends nominated for the homecoming court- and not have the nominations be a joke.
Also as a big fan of music, the Grammys is in some ways music’s Super Bowl (the main difference being in the real Super Bowl, you see Janet Jackson’s boob, and on the Grammys, it’s more likely to be Lil’ Kim’s. Or was that the VMAs, another award I shouldn’t care about but still do). If you’re a college football fan but don’t like the pro game nearly as much, chances are you at least have a passing interest in the Big Game when it rolls around…
So, with all of that being said, here are my reactions to some of the major Grammy categories. The ones I agree with (hey, I don’t listen to Usher, but I can appreciate his talent) are in green.
Record of the Year (basically Single of the Year, goes to the artist and producer)
Let’s Get It Started- The Black Eyed Peas (too bad the original, Let’s Get Retarded, didn’t get nomininated. I would have like to see al the protesters. This song got overplayed- surprise, surprise- but is catchy)
Here We Go Again- Ray Charles & Norah Jones (would this be up here if Ray was still alive? Do a separate tribute award to honor him, not Record of the Year)
American Idiot- Green Day (Surprising, but nice to see them here)
Heaven- Los Lonely Boys (if I wanted a watered down Los Lobos, I would have asked for one)
Yeah!-Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris (it’s Usher’s year, and if this wins, we get to hear from Lil Jon- worth watching the Grammys for alone)
Album of the Year (goes to the artist and producer)
Genius Loves Company- Ray Charles & Various Artists (ugh- see above)
American Idiot- Green Day (another surprise nominations for the growing-up punk popsters)
The Diary Of Alicia Keys- Alicia Keys (overrated. VERY much so.)
Confessions- Usher (for what he does, he is excellent at it. Plus, if this album wins, all of these people get an award. So he gets the MC Hammer award for sharing the wealth… Bobby Ross Avila, Valdez Brantley, Bryan Michael Cox, Vidal Davis, Destro Music, Jermaine Dupri, Andre Harris, Rich Harrison, IZ, Jimmy Jam, Just Blaze, James Lackey, Terry Lewis, Juan Johnny Najera, Pro J, Usher Raymond, Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Aaron Spears, Arthur Strong, Thicke & James "Big Jim" Wright, producers; Ian Cross, Kevin "KD" Davis, Vidal Davis, Vince DeLorenzo, Jermaine Dupri, Blake Eiseman, Brian Frye, John Frye, Serban Ghenea, Andre Harris, John Horesco IV, Ken Lewis, Matt Marrin, Manny Marroquin, Tony Maserati, Pro J, Donnie Scantz, Jon Smeltz, Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Phil Tan, The Trak Starz, Mark Vinten & Ryan West, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, mastering engineer)
The College Dropout- Kanye West (again, not the rap I listen to, but worthy in it’s own right)
Song of the Year (goes to the songwriter)