Thursday, February 5

Grammys 2009

Ok, so normally, I couldn't care less about the Grammys, but there happens to be a little band called blink-182 reunited and presenting at the show on Sunday night. My favorite band, Angels and Airwaves, was formed after the breakup of blink-182, so I will be tuning in. I'm not a big fan of the immature early blink-182, but I do like the more serious stuff they did late in the band. Angels and Airwaves is totally different from blink, which gives me mixed feelings. I don't want to see blink-182 get back together at the cost of Angels and Airwaves, but it will be interesting to see the three members together, especially since their breakup almost 4 years ago was so ugly. This little addition will surely make this one of the bigger awards in recent years.

While I am on the topic of the Grammys, I will offer my insight to who should win the various awards. I'm not an expert, nor do I endorse any artist and their lifestyle.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Raising Sand
Coldplay, Viva La Vida
Ne-Yo, Year Of The Gentleman
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
Radiohead, In Rainbows

Coldplay should get the nod here, I thought the album was different than much of the music around today, yet it remained popular on the radio. Their use of unusual sounds to create an epic atmosphere made this album really good. The Album art, taken from "Liberty Leading the People", is also a nice touch.

BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
Alicia Keys and John Mayer, "Lessons Learned"
Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland, "4 Minutes"
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Rich Woman"
Rihanna and Maroon 5, "If I Never See Your Face Again"
Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, "No Air"

Rihanna and Maroon 5 were the most unlikely collaboration, and they offered a great mix of their own styles to come up with something totally fresh. Great song to play when you are in a good mood. This was the most original and creative out of the whole bunch.

BEST POP PERFORMANCE, MALE
Kid Rock, "All Summer Long"
John Mayer, "Say"
Paul McCartney, "That Was Me"
Jason Mraz, "I'm Yours"
Ne-Yo, "Closer"
James Taylor, "Wichita Lineman"

John Mayer should win here. His song may have been overplayed, but it was good while it lasted. He captured emotions very well in this song. Sorry James and Paul, your prime passed a while ago. Kid Rock just copied from "Sweet Home Alabama".

BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
Coldplay, "Viva La Vida"
Eagles, "Waiting In The Weeds"
Gnarls Barkle, "Going On"
Maroon 5, "Won't Go Home Without You"
OneRepublic, "Apologize"

Coldplay should win here. To be able to take their indie-sounding song and have mainstream success deserves credit. This was by far the biggest of the songs in this group. The Eagles are still a band? I was unaware.

BEST RAP ALBUM
Jay-Z, American Gangster
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco, The Cool
Nas
T.I., Papertrail

The Jonas Brothers deserve this award.

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Coldplay, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Kid Rock, Rock N Roll Jesus
Kings Of Leon, Only By The Night
Metallica, Death Magnetic
Raconteurs, Consolers Of The Lonely

Coldplay again. I am not some die hard Coldplay fan, the rest of the choices are terrible.

SONG OF THE YEAR
"American Boy," William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray & Kanye West, songwriters (Estelle Featuring Kanye West, artist)
"Chasing Pavements," Adele Adkins & Eg White, songwriters (Adele, artist)
"I'm Yours," Jason Mraz, songwriter (Jason Mraz, artist)
"Love Song," Sara Bareilles, songwriter (Sara Bareilles, artist)
"Viva La Vida," Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay, artist)

Viva La Vida. I can't stand any other choices.

BEST SHORT-FORM MUSIC VIDEO
Erykah Badu, "Honey"
Gnarls Barkley, "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"
Alicia Keys & Jack White, "Another Way To Die"
Radiohead, "House Of Cards"
Weezer, "Pork & Beans"

Weezer's YouTube spoof was incredible. They included my favorite personality, Johnathan the zombie. I don't really like Weezer, but their video was hilarious. Ms. Carolina, GI Joe, Chris Crocker...LOL

Ok, so I reviewed some of the categories I was interested in. There are a bunch of others, and the all do not include Coldplay. There is a serious lack of good music lately, so back off! These are my opinions, you are entitled to your own.