When I was a young lad, I used to follow the Grammys, AMAs, and even World Music Awards fairly religiously, to keep my stock of useless music trivia up to date. As I grew up, my tastes changed, my involvement in music and awareness of the music industry expanded, and my interest faded to indifference, and finally, by senior year of high school, apathy. I came to realize that the awards I really cared about were handed out the night before in the untelevised ceremonies, and that I didn't have to suffer through three hours of televised pomp, circumstance and saccharine - I could just check the Internet. My bewilderment at the criteria for choosing the nominees still exists, though I realize it's an exercise in futility. The only really "new" artists in Best New Artist are Chris Brown and Corinne Bailey Rae; haven't Carrie Underwood and James Blunt been out for years now? My hopes for the category: Rae or Imogen Heap. Neither of them will win, I don't think.
The NARAS committee has officially jumped the shark with this category, though:
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
(For established duos or groups, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
- My Humps
The Black Eyed Peas
Track from: Monkey Business [A&M Records] (ow, my brain... this does not belong here, on so many grounds)
- I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Death Cab For Cutie
Track from: Plans [Atlantic Records] (these guys are pop now? Alright...)
- Over My Head (Cable Car)
Track from: How To Save A Life [Epic] (Is this the Gray's Anatomy theme? If not, then I have no clue who they are.)
- Is It Any Wonder?
Track from: Under The Iron Sea [Interscope Records] (Keane put out a new record?)
The Pussycat Dolls
Track from: PCD [A&M Records] (Well, at least there's a discernibly, sung melody on this)