Monday, November 19, 2018

Song of the Day: "Wintertime"

When Taylor Swift won the Grammy for Album of the Year for 1989, she triumphantly celebrated herself as the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year twice. And she was, if you don't count Norah Jones, who won for Come Away With Me in 2003, and who shared a Grammy with Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, John Legend, Leonard Cohen, Luciana Souza, Tina Turner, and Corinne Bailey Rae for River: The Joni Letters in 2008. She won her second 2 years before Taylor won her first.

Romper pointed out Norah's wins, and also noted that Lauryn Hill won Grammys for AOTY for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and for Santanna's Supernatural; and Allison Krauss won twice: Raising Sand, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Hill was a producer* on Supernatural and has an AOTY Grammy for Supernatural, just like the other 12 producers, the 23 engineers, and the ~9 members of Santana.

Taylor's PR flack attempted to clarify that she was the first solo female performer to win 2, but if you look at the credits for Fearless, Colbie Caillat received an AOTY Grammy as a featured performer. So it shouldn't count for the same pedantic reason Norah's second shouldn't count.

Luckily for Taylor, Adele stepped up the very next year to do the precise thing her PR person tried to clarify Taylor into doing: 2 Album of the Year Grammys with only one female as the performer. All she had to do was beat Lemonade in one of those "why do we fucking care about the Grammys moments."

OMG what is my point?!!!! I forget. Here's a new collaboration between Norah Jones and Jeff Tweedy (who produces and plays on the track).

* Fun fact: Lauryn Hill is one of only 5 females nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical in the 42 years it's been awarded; it took 15 years before the first female nominee (in 1990 Janet Jackson shared a nomination with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis), and the other 4 all happened in the 90s (Mariah Carey shared a nomination with Walter Afanasieff in 1992; Paula Cole became the first female nominated alone in 1998; and 1999 was crazy, with both Sheryl Crow and Lauryn Hill nominated individually).

Song: "Wintertime"
Artist: Norah Jones

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