Kick the Grammy

Grammy nominations came out today. Not much point in kicking ’em around, since everybody knows they’re generally completely out of touch with reality, so complaining about ’em is like complaining about how lame Rolling Stone has gotten or whining about the days when MTV actually had something to do with music. Pointless. But just on first blush, I will note that when you pull aside the veil of dreck, it looks like this might actually be one of those rare years when what’s good and what’s popular and what’s nominated by the Grammy people all amazingly overlap. I speak, of course, of Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (up for Album of the Year) and the “Hey Ya!” single (up for Record of the Year), both of which are absolutely extraordinarily amazingly great works. I speak too, obviously, about Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me in Your Heart” (up for Song of the Year), an unspeakably beautiful song written and recorded under the hardest of circumstances. If Outkast and the late Mister Bad Example kick the snot out of the competition, then I’ll hold onto to the faintest hope that someday the Grammies might mean something again. Elsewise, ehhh . . .

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