Music Matters, but do the Grammys?

Another strange night at the Grammys, but what else is new.  The official site has a list of all of the winners in 110 (!) different categories. 

But honestly, do these awards matter at all?  What are all of these categories anyway? 

I just wanted to call out the Album of the Year, Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. 

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

Critical acclaim has come slowly for Robert Plant.  The Grammys were not too interested in him 34 years ago when Led Zeppelin was at its peak

For those not familiar with Raising Sand, his latest collaboration (and raison d’être for pulling out of a potential Zeppelin reunion), check it out here.

But why would you be familiar with the album?  How many of the other Albums of the Year this decade are in your collection?:

2001 – Two Against Nature – Steely Dan
2002 – O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack – Various Artists (including the heretofore mentioned Alison Krauss)
2003 – Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
2004 – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below – OutKast
2005 – Genius Loves Company – Ray Charles and Various Artists
2006 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – U2
2007 – Taking The Long Way – Dixie Chicks
2008 – River: The Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock

Personally, I’ve been much more interested in the Shortlist Music Prize over the same period of time.  By the way, does anybody know what happened to the Shortlist in 2008?  I seriously have no idea.

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~ by acm213 on February 8, 2009.

One Response to “Music Matters, but do the Grammys?”

  1. I can say I watched most of the Grammys last night (at least the parts I could stand). It was truly a sad state of affairs for popular music. It was the first time I actually heard all of those songs I read about in Entertainment Weekly and I had to change the channel every time (except Radiohead). Some low lights: the new u2 song, Stevie Wonder playing Superstitous with the Jonas Brothers (next year; Miley Cyrus with Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner), “I kissed a girl” why is this popular? It was like having my teeth pulled out. When Radiohead played it was like a breath of fresh air in that stench. Kudos to them for bringing in the USC marching band ala “Tusk”.

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