So here’s the thing…
I’m kind of excited for the Grammys. Not because I think they always nominate the best people in every category, not because I support the over-hyped TV production, and definitely not because I think they pick winners in each category based on actual greatness… but because I like music AND because this year I really like a few (just a few) of the artists who have been nominated because their work is INCREDIBLE.
So I kind of think of the Grammy’s as a, Hey–you created something beautiful and we’re letting the world know.
Do what you will with that. And by that I mean, decide to stick to your artistic high ground and opt not to perform because you’d rather play your own music that was nominated for 4 awards than someone else’s with another random band just for production’s sake. Or choose to play with a band you’ve been watching perform since you were 7 and soak up the experience. To each his own. You will find no judgment here.
Maybe it’s because I’m always hoping to create context and give people the benefit of the doubt–but I like to think that maybe there was something of worth in the creation of this whole thing…
like a bunch of dudes sitting around drinking beer and thinking, “Man, what if we, ya know, like made an award to recognize all the awesome music people are making?” And the first actual Grammy’s were held in someone’s backyard by a fire pit and everyone showed up in whatever happened to be clean that day and drank home-brewed beer and smoked pot.
So what if that isn’t true?
All that to say–some of my favorite albums and artists of 2011 were recognized for awesome work. Remember my obsession with Pumped Up Kicks last April? Nice work, Foster the People.
Sure, if I were dishing out Grammy’s I’d probably have axed out a bunch that the Officials selected and stuck in some of my personal favs: James Vincent McMorrow, definitely the Head and the Heart, some Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and AWOLNation for starters…
But since I’m not… I’ll be watching sans fire pit in the backyard because it is like 2 degrees here today (and we don’t actually have a backyard), but definitely with a beer.