12 February 2008

The Grammy boycott will continue

So the Grammys were on Sunday, and you know what? No one was watching, not even me. And it's pretty simple why: the Grammys are ridiculous. There's 110 categories, endless hit-or-miss performances, and a crazy eligibility calendar (October 1st of the previous year to September 30th of the current year, yet they will wait til well into the new year to give out awards). And what's more, they continue to honor artists that used to be great, but now simply aren't putting out the quality of music they used to. Get your act together, Grammys. Trim down the performance run time, hand out fewer awards, book better performances, and give stuff to albums people have actually at least heard of.

Worst Choices This Decade:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters over Kanye West's Graduation

BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL: The Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" over Death Cab for Cutie's "I Will Follow You into the Dark"

BEST COUNTRY SONG: Rascal Flatts' "Bless the Broken Road" over Brad Paisley's "Alcohol"

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" over Green Day's American Idiot

BEST NEW ARTIST: Evanescence over Fountains of Wayne (They also nominated Evanescence for ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!)

BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE: B.B. King's "Auld Lang Syne" over Moby's "18"

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack over U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Steely Dan's Two Against Nature over Beck's Midnite Vultures

BEST ROCK ALBUM: Santana's Supernatural over Red Hot Chili Pepper's Californication

These were just the top choices, out of many possible ones. Oy.

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