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Curiosities from the Grammy nominations December 2, 2010

Posted by markgeil in Music, Posts in which I declare myself a Grammy nominee.
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Interesting notes from the recently announced Grammy nominations:

Actual Grammy nominees this year: The cast of Glee. Susan Boyle. Adam Lambert. Justin Bieber.

Zac Brown Band is up against Lady Antebellum in three categories. Time for Grammy to establish some cred. No way ZBB should lose to that insidious Need You Now song, especially since I just learned that it sounds a bit too much like Eye in the Sky by Alan Parsons Project.

There’s a category called Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Do you think that irks the people who spend the better part of a career perfecting an album in hopes of Grammy glory?  “Hey, Herbie Hancock, that sounded pretty good, what you just made up there. Maybe it will win a Grammy.”

There’s a song with all kinds of prominent nominations with the F-word, right there in the title. Pitiful.

Most of the nominees for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album are not too surprising: Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble, Johnny Mathis, even Barry Manilow. The last makes me wince a little: Rod Stewart.

An unexpected nominee for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: El DeBarge. Really? The guy from Who’s Johnny and Rhythm of the Night? Cool.

It’s ironic, in so many ways, that Robert Plant is nominated for Best Americana Album. It is perhaps equally ironic that Green Day’s nomination is for Best Musical Show Album. alongside the likes of Stephen Sondheim and Burt Bacharach.

I did not know Jeff Beck did a version of Nessun Dorma. I’ll have to hear that soon.

I love the Christian album nominees. Excellent choices, and a little unexpected. The rock or rap album slate is:

Church Music – David Crowder Band
For Those Who Wait – Fireflight
Beautiful Things – Gungor
Rehab – Lecrae
Hello Hurricane – Switchfoot

These are fantastic. And, by the way, since I wrote the bio for “Beautiful Things”, does that mean I am, essentially, Grammy-nominated? Maybe just a little?

Here’s the list for Pop/Contemporary:

Beauty Will Rise – Steven Curtis Chapman
Love God. Love People. – Israel Houghton
Pieces Of A Real Heart – Sanctus Real
Mosaic – Ricky Skaggs
Tonight – TobyMac

Not sure how you could award that to anyone but SCC.

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