Thursday, December 08, 2005

What do Les Paul, Kanye West, Green Day, Martin Scorcese, and the White Stripes have in common?

They're all nominated for those lovable fuddie-duddies: The Grammys!

Nominations were announced today and as always (or, actually just in recent years) there were some major surprises—at least to me.

Among them: Bruce Springsteen snagged five noms!! Song of The Year, Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Contemporary Folk Album (huh?), all for “Devils and Dust,” which just kind of blows my mind. It’s a wonderful, dark and literary piece of work about the war (and distrusting the Bush Ass-ministration, *natch*), failure, family, and…just a little bit of Jesus. I'm not surprised that a white, male, older, very established artist (that I will always adore) is a Grammy darling; it was just strange to see this one get the spotlight. His fifth nom was in the long form music video category--look at this motley bunch (heavy hitters)!!!!

Best Long Form Music Video
• No Direction Home; Bob Dylan, Martin Scorcese
• Trapped In The Closet (Chapters 1-5 );R. Kelly [hahahhahhahahahhahaha. eeeeeeesh]
• End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones
• Devils & Dust; Bruce Springsteen
• Brian Wilson Presents Smile

Some other great surprises include the record of the year category—just a really diverse and worthy of praise bunch (all but Mariah Carey, who I just want to disappear):“We Belong Together” (Mariah Carey); Feel Good Inc.”(Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul); “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”; (Green Day); I wish it were “What You Waiting For”….but it’s: “Hollaback Girl” (Gwen Stefani) and someone who I am fascinated by and just starting to hear more of…“Gold Digger” (Kanye West).

Neil Young was nominated for best Rock Album for "Prairie Wind" (along with U2, Foo Fighters, CLoplay [barf. rock? are you kidding?], and the goddamn Rolling Stones [now that's just cool].

"The White Stripes got a nom for Best Alternative Music Album for "Get Behind Me Satan," as well as Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "My Doorbell." The competition for the Best Alternative Album is pretty sweet: "Funeral," The Arcade Fire; "Guero," Beck; "Plans," Death Cab For Cutie; "You Could Have It So Much Better,” Franz Ferdinand--HELL YES!!!

The Grammys still hold the power to surprise you and be random and great...showing that those ol' coots just might kind of have their finger on the pulse of what's actually going on...

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at the Staples Center in L.A., and on the telly on CBS. Full list of noms is at:

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