Okay, I have this Love/Hate thing with the Grammy Awards. Always have. I love how vast the genres of music are and how most years they will put it all on display – even the Jazz and Classical formats. I hate how that vastness can steal reality away from voters. I’m not necessarily talking about country music here, but rather the entire thing. I’m all for non-commercial projects getting the recognition they deserve, but I can’t help but think it is partly about political posturing – both inside the business and out.
There are so many things I disagree with after reading the long list of nominees and I haven’t the time or will to mention them all. Instead I will list some of the nominees I am most happy about and believe deserve every bit of recognition for their work and representation of their respective format:
- Brandon Heath
- Dan Tyminski
- Flight of the Conchords
- Lady Antebellum
- Jerry Douglas
- Kings of Leon
- Leona Lewis
- Alison Krauss
- Al Green
- John Mayer “Gravity”
- George Strait
- The Time Jumpers
- Vince Gill for Album of the Year (all formats).
A couple other quick observations:
- How many individuals does it exactly require to record a Lil Wayne album?
- And is it me, or does it take more people to write a single song these days? Loads of tracks (mostly non-country) with 4 or 5 writers. I mean, c’mon.
- James Taylor gets a nomination for doing covers??