Sunday, December 7, 2014

Miley Was Robbed (And Other Random Grammy Nominations Reactions)

Grammy nominations were announced a couple of days ago. While checking on nominations for Rosanne Cash (she picked up 3, 2 in what seem to be brand new categories) I started to wonder if they will ever have the same set of categories 2 years in a row.

I've felt detached from the music scene recently (thus no songs of the day) so I don't have anything particularly egregious that I'd want to see represented... aside from Miley Cyrus. Her one nomination is for Bangerz for Best Pop Album; she competes against 2 album of the year nominees (although this category has favored albums ahead of those nominated in the higher profile category). My ire really should be directed at last year's nominees since "Wrecking Ball" and "We Can't Stop" were eligible then (she was cock blocked by Imagine Dragons and Katy Perry). But I have a hard time believing that her collaboration with Pharrell, "Come Get it Bae," didn't pick up a nomination somewhere, like contemporary R&B or pop. It's a fucking Pharrell song and he has 30 nominations to his name. So yeah, I feel a little bad for Miley. Especially when Iggy Azalea picked up 4 nominations including Record of the Year. Please. Take a moment to bask in the non-nominated fun...

I suspect this year is Beck's best shot at winning Album of the Year. He's logged a steady run of nominations beginning with "Loser" and made the Album of the Year short list twice. He lost to Celine Dion and Steely Dan. His rivals are Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams. I see it as a race between Beyoncé' and Beck. Both albums have similar metacritic scores (Beck at 81 and Beyoncé' at 85). Beck's return to his somber side against Beyoncé's most acclaimed album (and once with an audacious surprise release and accompanying set of videos). This year Beyoncé took the title of most Grammy nominations for a female artist (53, sorry Dolly, but you can come back) so maybe this is her year for a win (it's her second nomination in the category). I'm good with either outcome but probably should listen to B's album.

I'm fine with "Shake It Off," "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)" and "All About the Bass" picking up nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (which is for the songwriters). In fact, let's enjoy a little Meghan now.

I don't get why "Stay With Me" has that parenthetical in the title (as though it's a remix) but if the song is just the song it should just be "Stay With Me." Interestingly, Darkchild (aka Rodney Jenkins) does not share in the Song of the Year nomination, further convincing me that I'm right (like I needed help).

The Sia song also nominated in those categories is NOT a Rihanna song. Some of you might not realize that.

I'm happy to see nominations for Bastille and Haim among the Best New Artists. Sam Smith probably has this sewn up.

Annie Lennox picked up a nomination for Nostalgia and while I thought some recent comments she made about Beyoncé' and feminism were a little ill-considered, it's always good to see her getting some respect. She competes against OMG-so-overrated Tony Bennett for his collaboration with Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow and Johnny Mathis (who has never won a Grammy [aside from some honorary crap, like that counts]).

Rosanne Cash's three nominations include 2 for "A Feather's Not  a Bird" in new categories Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song. She competes against Greg Allman, John Hiatt and Steve Martin (among others).

The best slate of nominees has James Franco, Jimmy Carter, Joan Rivers, John Waters, Elizabeth Warren and Gloria Gaynor up for Best Spoken Word Album. Both Gaynor and Carter are previous winners.

Neil Patrick Harris could move one letter closer to EGOT with a nomination for the cast album of Hedwig. Cheyenne Jackson is also nominated in the category, as is Jessie Mueller and I'm sure that's who John will root for.

Awesome Mix Vol. 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy is nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, which is awesome, cause it is awesome.

So the most outrage I have this year is Iggy Azalea... why?