The Grammy Awards 2014

American pop and rock (OK, mainly country and hip hop) snorefest The Grammys took place a couple of weeks ago, but the list of awards is so long that it normally takes me a while to put together a response. So here, in the middle of Awards Week 2014, is my post about the Grammy Awards.

The ceremony took place in Los Angeles on January 26th, and it was definitely a night to remember. If you were crazy French robots Daft Punk, anyway, who carried away the Album of the Year and Best Dance / Electronica Album for Random Access Memories and the Record of the Year and the tenuous Best Pop Duo / Group Performance for Get Lucky with Pharrell Williams, as well as Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

In the vaguely interesting dance categories, Best Dance / Electronica Album boasted four other disappointed nominees: Disclosure, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and Pretty Lights. The Best Dance Recording award left Calvin Harris and Kaskade equally disappointed, as well as Duke Dumont and Armin van Buuren, while Zedd featuring Foxes went away happy (well, I assume they were happy with having won it).

The Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical (remember there are always so many great classical remixes that they get their own category) featured nominations for Delerium and Michael Logen‘s lovely Days Turn into Nights, remixed by Andy Caldwell, as well as remixes by Alesso, Sultan and Ned Shepard and Photek for OneRepublic, Bruno Mars, and Bob Marley and the Wailers respectively. The winner was Cedric Gervais‘s remix of Summertime Sadness by Lana del Rey.

In the Best New Age Album category, Brian Eno‘s Lux was fighting Peter Kater‘s Illumination, Kitaro‘s Final Call, and R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman‘s Awakening the Fire, but the final winner was Laura Sullivan, with Love’s River.

David Bowie was nominated for Best Rock Performance for The Stars (Are Out Tonight) and Best Rock Album for The Next Day but failed to win anything (that’s technically known as a “snub,” I believe).

Which is about all I can think of to say. In other news, the remaining half of The Beatles reunited because it’s fifty years since something relating to them and America happened, enabling them to receive one of seven Lifetime Achievement Awards. The others were nabbed by someone called Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell. It would be a lot easier to get excited for Kraftwerk if they were in better company.

Thomas Newman‘s Skyfall soundtrack won the concisely named Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media (for Adele‘s Skyfall). The ever-contemporary Herb Alpert grabbed the Best Pop Instrumental Album for Steppin’ Out, and Ziggy Marley beat Sly & Robbie to take the Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley in Concert.

The full list of nominees and winners is kindly provided by The Telegraph here.


The Grammys 2013

It happened last week and we’re in the middle of Awards Week, but now seems as good a time as any to have a quick shuffle through one of the longest award ceremonies on the planet, the Grammys.

To be honest with you, I started listing all the categories out like what I normally do, but I was bored out of my skull within a few minutes, as will you be if you go to this page and read it in full. But instead, here are some highlights from my point of view…

With 81 different awards altogether you have to wonder slightly why they nominated the same people for every award.

Kelly Clarkson was clearly the darling of the awards this year, having been nominated for every award going, but didn’t do too well, while someone called Fun. (with the dot) got nominated for a whole pile of stuff including Record of the YearAlbum of the YearBest New ArtistBest Pop Duo / Group Performance, and Some Other Award for Turning Up.

Carly Rae Jepsen impressively pulled in a whole pile of nominations despite being pretty rubbish all round. The Black Keys were nominated for Album of the Year and some other bits but failed all round. The Chemical Brothers got a nomination for Best Dance / Electronica Album but lost out to Skrillex.

M83 and Björk managed nominations for Best Alternative Music Album but lost out to Gotye, who also won Record of the YearBest Pop Duo / Group Performance,

John Williams got a nomination for The Adventures of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media category, but lost out to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (rubbish American remake).

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical (because of course those classical remixes need their own category) was noteworthy as Eric Prydz‘s Private Remix of Midnight City by M83 battled against Lie Down in Darkness by Moby remixed by Photek, but neither won.

Bla bla country music, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Best Improvised Jazz SoloMost Tenuous Award Category, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, and finally it was over. And I pity the fool who sat through the whole ceremony. Fortunately, that’s it for another year.