Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Did the Grammy Awards get something right?

For years I haven't watched the Grammy Awards. For the most it's because the awards are more about music that sells a huge number of units or sentimental/political favorites than about truly great music. Like when the Dixie Chicks swept the awards because they were being boycotted by Country music fans for slamming President Bush or when Jethro Tull beat Metallica for the first Heavy Metal Grammy. My faith in the Grammy electorate is extremely low. However, this year they awarded a total of five awards to Robert Plant and Allison Krauss' collaboration "Raising Sand" including Record of the Year for "Please Read The Letter," Album of the Year for "Raising Sand," Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Rich Woman, " Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Killing The Blues," and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for "Raising Sand." I'm really looking forward to the follow up album.

If they aren't careful the Grammy awards might actually become relevant to good music.

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