A Look Ahead At This Weekend's Grammy Awards

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Grammy Awards are notorious for being disconnected from what people – critics and listeners alike – actually think about music. Will the awards be any different this year? Caryn Ganz from Rolling Stone magazine shares her predidtions.

She also plays several tracks for us: songs by the nominees, songs that should have been nominated but weren't, and songs that suggest the Grammys still might have some catching up to do.

Music played during this segment includes:

  • Beyonce: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
  • Animal Collective: "My Girls"
  • Silversun Pickups: "Lazy Eye"
  • John Fogerty: "Change in the Weather"

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Contributors:

Caryn Ganz

Comments [1]

Grammys for your Grammy from Where Brooklyn At

A perfect example of how the Grammy Awards are out of touch and slow on the up-take:

The obligatory Jay-Z nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration was "Run This Town," a lackluster single with a weak hook from Rihanna and a mediocre 16 bars from a bored-sounding Kanye.

"Empire State of Mind," a later single off the same album that blows its predecessor out of the water, was performed at the world series and rivaled even Weezy's "A Milli" for being ubiquitous on radio for weeks, isn't in this category. Why? Because the Grammy Awards, much like the ancient and unwieldy record industry that runs them, are consistently late to the party.

Until the Grammys learn to adapt more quickly to the modern marketplace, where an artist can blow up in a matter of weeks, the annual awards show will be little more than an awkward curiosity among its peers; confounding fans and rewarding dinosaurs and flavors of the month, whose expiration date has long-since passed.

Jan. 31 2010 05:03 PM

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