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We have a welter of Grammy-related posts leading up to the biggest night of the year for the music industry. There is much to chew upon this year regarding the awards themselves and the television show around them on CBS:

Grammys: Plenty of Mammys
Grammy gossip from the New York Daily News: Has Janet Jackson taught us nothing? So many celebrity breasts were popping out at the Grammys that we wondered if they should be re-named the Mammys. Christina Aguilera risked the wrath of…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 11, 2004 02:21 PM

Michel Camillo – Live At the Blue Note
Pianist-composer Michel Camilo’s alternately lively (“Cocowalk,” “Blue Bossa”) and elegantly moody (“Two Of a Kind,” “Twilight Glow”) 2-CD set Live at the Blue Note – from my homeys at Cleveland-based Telarc International – deservedly won the Grammy Award for Best…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 11, 2004 09:09 AM

The Grammy Awards: The Good & the Bad
Justin showed up, won, and apologized. Janet didn’t show up (she would have had to apologize on air – hasn’t she done that twice already). The show was unfortunately scandal free (somewhat boring)’ The show did start off with a…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 9, 2004 09:03 PM

GRAMMY – Janet’s Breast Eats Awards Show
I had a good time wathcing the Grammys last night – I will do a detailed recap later – but I had a weird feeling throughout the show that something was missing. I slept on it for about four hours…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 9, 2004 11:41 AM

Pontificating at the Grammys
The head of the Grammys gave his traditional speech tonight during the ceremony. This year it was about music education and digital downloading.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 9, 2004 12:36 AM

Early Grammy Review
Reactions right after the conclusion of the Grammys: * 50 Cent is a classless thug. That little bit of posturing during the presentation of the award he didn’t win was disgusting. * Foo Fighters and White Stripes each gave one…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 8, 2004 11:50 PM

Grammy Outrage Prediction
Counting down to till the first press release/appearance from a Native American Group upset about the performance of “Hey Ya. . .” 10 . . . 9 . . . 8 The marching band was a nice touch but, I…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 8, 2004 11:34 PM

Performances at the Grammys
I came late to the Grammys (given a choice, I’ll take the Simpsons over much anything else that’s on TV), so I’m picking up about a half hour into the show. Apparently I missed Prince, Dave Matthews and several others.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 8, 2004 11:12 PM

Random thoughts on the Grammys
Justin Timberlake was awarded the Grammy for the best male pop vocal. He had enough awareness of the absurdity of the previous weekend to at least acknowledge it and issue yet another apology. Luther Vandross sent in a taped message,…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 8, 2004 10:52 PM

GRAMMY – My Preview on the BBC
Regardless of the “meaning” of the Grammys, or lack thereof, the show is interesting from a performance, sociological, and mass culture standpoint. I will be on The Weekend News on Radio 5 Live on the BBC today at about 3:55pm…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 8, 2004 01:16 PM

Installing Real One Player for the Grammys (without it taking over your life and computer)
The fine post “Fix RealPlayer for the Grammys” shows you how to patch RealPlayer to prevent a security breach from hackers. I have tried unsuccessfully to ping it so I’ve decided to re-post my article (below) that shows you how…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 8, 2004 12:17 PM

GRAMMY – The Blues of The Blues
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey, the companion CD package to the PBS film series, is nominated for Best Historical Album. The list winds on like the mighty Mississippi to include many of the greatest popular musicians and…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 03:49 PM

GRAMMY – The World of Ghazal
Ghazal’s profound The Rain is nominated for the Best Traditional World Music Album award. Profoundly oceanic, stunningly accomplished, subtle and moving, the new Ghazal live CD The Rain continues the duo’s groundbreaking fusion of the Indian and Persian musical traditions….
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 03:31 PM

GRAMMY – All Hail the Chief
Eddy Clearwater and Los Straitjackets Rock ‘n’ Roll City is nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album, which is kind of funny because, like the title says, it’s rock ‘n’ roll. Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, 69, is a longtime Chicago electric…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 03:07 PM

GRAMMY – Metallica Returns to Metal Spotlight
Metallica is nominated for Best Metal Performance for the title track of St. Anger. Metallica – the most successful musical metallurgists of all time with over 90 million albums sold in a 20-year career – are back after an eventful…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 02:54 PM

GRAMMY – Warren Zevon Gone With The Wind
Warren Zevon, who has never won a Grammy before, is nominated for Song of the Year (a writer’s award) and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Keep Me In Your Heart,” the devastatingly affecting song from his final album, The…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 02:21 PM

GRAMMY – Lovin’ the Louvins
Livin’, Lovin’ Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers is an exemplary traditional country, bluegrass and gospel album in tribute to one of the purist country duos ever to sing high and lonesome. The brothers, Charlie and Ira, recorded in the…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 02:00 PM

GRAMMY – Faith Hill, Nice But Not Country
Faith Hill’s Cry is nominated for Country Album of the Year – it’s good but there is nothing “country” about it, baby. The comely Faith Hill’s Cry also treads far from the beaten path of traditional country, but in the…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 01:53 PM

GRAMMY – Shania Not Happening This Time
Shania Twain’s Up! is nominated for Country Album of the Year. What can one say about five-time Grammy winning country-pop exemplar Shania Twain? In the obsessive hands of her producer, husband and co-songwriter Mutt Lange — who had previously molded…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 01:48 PM

GRAMMY – Lovett Good But Not Great
Lyle Lovett, who has won four Grammys, is in many ways a younger Willie Nelson: a unique Texas singer/songwriter who combines country, folk, Western swing, blues, and Tin Pan Alley popular music into a seamless, personal whole. His latest, My…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 01:43 PM

GRAMMY – Willie Live
Willie Nelson, who has shared the stage with everyone and the horses they rode in on, trots out a staggering array of musical friends on his 70th birthday celebration record, Live and Kickin’, a fascinating testament to Nelson’s place in…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 01:37 PM

GRAMMY – Missy Good But Not Good Enough
Missy Elliott has become the most important woman in hip-hop – the nomination of her Under Construction for Album of the Year reflects that. Missy Elliott’s Under Construction is something of a surprise nomination, though not an unpleasant one. Though…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 01:24 PM

GRAMMY – Outkast Will Rule
Check out your Valentine’s Day message from Outkast here. Outkast will win big at the Grammys tomorrow night – here’s why: Outkast’s double-CD extravaganza, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below their fifth album, the two members of Outkast (winners of three previous rap…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 01:18 PM

Fix RealPlayer for the Grammys
Going to listen to Grammy winners on your computer, using a RealNetworks product? Better patch your software first. RealNetworks says that three separate bugs open up security holes in a number of their products, including RealOne Player, RealOne Player v2…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 7, 2004 08:25 AM

So Janet Jackson will miss the Grammys, well Whoop-de-doo!
Are you as fed up with the Janet Jackson debacle as yours truly? Well there may be justice after all because Janet has been kicked out of the Grammys this year and that’s not all. Justin (the groper) Timberlake is…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 05:08 PM

Janet Jackson Booted from Grammys, and Other Fallout
Janet Jackson has been removed from the Grammy show Sunday night: Sources tell ET that Miss Jackson was scheduled to present the tribute to LUTHER VANDROSS, but since Luther is unable to attend the event due to his health, Jackson…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 5, 2004 09:30 AM

GRAMMY Preview
Although we are all still aghast about abreast (I amuse myself), the Grammys are this Sunday, February 8 on CBS. I have two previews on MSNBC.com, country music and on rap – eclectic, no? The country music preview: The vitality…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 03:11 PM

What Your Taste In Music Says About You Part 1: The Country Grammys
This year’s Country Grammy Nominees actually includes Shania Twain and Faith Hill – two of the most grating, vile, useless, worthless purely fabricated piles of shit stuffed into a Barbie Doll, dressed-up-like-whores, tools of the devil I have ever seen.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 10:51 AM

The Grammy Awards Are Still Out of Touch
Once again, the Grammy’s are out of touch. Despite the fact that this is the year of hip hop at the Grammy’s, the voters just don’t seem to get it. Why do Sting, Aretha Franklin, The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Lenny…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 5, 2003 03:02 PM

The 2003 Grammy Nominations
So much for that whole “rock revival”
Posted in Blogcritics on December 5, 2003 12:29 PM

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