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Verse Chorus Verse: AC/DC – “War Machine”

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Welcome to my Stella McCartney moment in which I proudly declare, "About Fucking Time!"  Okay, so it's not my dad who's been honored for anything but can you believe AC/DC won the first Grammy of their career tonight?  Equally remarkable is that they didn't get their first nomination until 1991 with The Razors Edge.

So their song "War Machine" from their Black Ice record won Best Hard Rock Performance, besting Metallica, Linkin Park and Alice in Chains and I can't help but saying, well, it's about fucking time.  Now make no mistake, "War Machine" wasn't the best Hard Rock song of this past year.  It wasn't even the best song on Black Ice.  I don't know why this matters to me but it does.

The Grammys would mean a lot more if they actually did what they're supposed to and honor the best music in any given year, but I can't bring myself to declare them wholly irrelevant.  I want the Grammys to matter.  I don't like many of the trends I see in the music business.  I feel like music as art is a concept that is eroding in pop culture.  I don't care if my favorites are everybody else's favorites, but I don't want to live in a world where music doesn't matter and some days it feels we're heading that way.  The Grammys could do something about that.

In addition to (allegedly) honoring the best music of a given year, the Grammys function as something of a historian.  When we look back on the careers of the great artists, we should be able to note they were Grammy-winners in addition to whatever other accomplishments they amassed.  Attention must be paid.  AC/DC can now finally be called Grammy-award winners.  About fucking time.

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  • Josh Hathaway

    …and then they give the fuckin’ Album of the Year Grammy to Taylor Swift. I piece of my soul has just died.

    I was 36.

  • http://donaldgibson.blogspot.com/ Donald Gibson

    Considering the other nominees in that category (Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band), who would you have preferred over Taylor? Her winning is not equivalent or comparable to someone like Miley Cyrus winning such an award. Taylor Swift is very talented.

    If you’re dissatisfied with the overall pick of nominees, then that’s an entirely different argument.

  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    i think Taylor Swift is talented but holy cow, she was awful on the first part of the duet with Stevie Nicks. i hear a lot of this on live televised shows…it’s almost like the monitors don’t work properly or something.

  • J. Newcastle

    Taylor Swift’s problem wasn’t with the monitors. As Randy Jackson says, she’s “pitchy” at best as a singer.

  • Rosie

    Unbelieveable that AC/DC hadn’t won a grammy until now. There’s just no excuse for it.

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    “Taylor Swift is very talented.

    *Hack,Cough,Hack* What?! She writes a catchy song which repeats the chorus 10+ times that connects with teeny boppers and it is the only song she ever performs at these shows and she’s talented? LMFAO!!

    Somehow, I am starting to feel that the Grammys are just here to celebrate record sales from the current flavor of the week. Especially when they claim that Beyonce is one of the best artists of our time…Ugh!

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    As for AC?DC… The music industry missed that Rock’N’Roll Train a long f*cking time ago. R.I.P. Bon Scott – The real AC/DC vocalist!