The list of nominees for this year's Grammys was quite underwhelming. U2 swept its awards with an average album (for them) that had only one outstanding song ("City Of Blinding Lights") and one hit that wore out its welcome really quickly ("Vertigo").

The distinction between "song" and "performance" is a false one that dilutes the awards and needs to go. This isn't professional boxing.

Good thing Kanye West win a couple -- after getting jobbed by Maroon 5 for best new artist, I think he'd have gone postal if "Late Registration" had been denied.

Damian Marley's "Welcome To Jamrock" won Best Urban/Alternative Performance. He's good. His best music blends reggae music with hard rap lyrics.

There was something a bit off with a 63-year-old, sober Paul McCartney performing "Helter Skelter" while wearing a suit, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

UPDATE: A conspicuous absence from Kelly Clarkson's list of thank-yous was the crew at American Idol, who are probably more responsible for her Grammy than all of her family, friends and record label personnel put together. Hmm.

UPDATE: I just figured out what was wrong with "Helter Skelter". The drummer didn't scream out "I GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS!" at the end.


A post on the Grammys, yet no mention of Kelly Clarkson? What gives?

It was not Maroon 5 who beat KW for best new artist. It was some female country singer.

Ah, it was Gretchen Wilson beating KW at the American Music Awards that set off KW's notorious complaint.

Maroon 5 beat Kanye at the Grammys. Gretchen Wilson beat Kanye at the AMAs.

Both were pretty egregious snubs, but I hate Maroon 5 a lot more.

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