January 25, 2008

50th Annual Grammy Awards are comin' to town!

Hey! I just read some of the nominees for the Grammy Awards this year and was interested. Not only because this is the big five-oh for the most prestigious award show in music (sorry, the MTV music awards really have no class. Plus, they are voted on by the fans! Who cares what they say??). Anyway, since I have no Television and no idea when the actual show is, I will give you my take on the nominees (at least the ones I know), and who I think should win. Honestly, I cant predict who really will win since i have know way to get into the twisted(?) minds of whoever decides. Oh....and this may take more than one post. Enjoy!!

Record of The Year

I have not yet heard the whole album, but the title track is a very soulful and just generally fun to listen to. And I do know Beyonce to have one of the best voices in the biz, on or offstage. Deservingness: 3.5/5

The Pretender-Foo Fighters
Never heard it, unfortunately. But the Foo Fighters have been one of the most entertaining pop bands during the last couple of years, and many of their hits are just about as original as their name. Plus, they are actually performing! Deservingness:4/5

Umbrella-Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
The (slightly overplayed) title track of this album gracefully outdoes the average obnoxious single that whining about boyfriends and booze that you might find from a teenage pop star like Rhianna. Instead, it is a pleasant, catchy, and meaningful song about a good friend, sung in a good voice. Some of her other tunes are equally catchy and un-obnoxious, but I have unfortunately never known somebody in this genre who has been able to get past good singles. Is this any different? I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. You're welcome, Rianna.

What Goes Around…Comes Around-Justin Timberlake
Oh lord....this new album from the worlds most over-rated artist fails to impress. Although I have not gotten far into the album, the singles are overproduced, predictable, and ugly. Despite a fairly large following, J-Tim does almost nothing for his career, and his music reflects that. Deservingness: 1.5/5

Rehab-Amy Winehouse
You have probably heard the breakthrough lyric that opens Amy's 2nd album. "They tried to make me go to rehab/ but I say no, no, no". This merely marks the beginning of a wonderful soul trip along the roads of Back to Black. The style can best be described as very 40's style R&B with modern lyrics. But Amy pours her heart into her music in a way that most artists could not achieve. Songs such as Back to Black and Tears Dry On Their Own pack a serious punch and ooze soulful attitude. Combine that with incredibly tight brass in a kick-ass backup band, and Amy Winehouse puts on a hell of a show. By far the most worthy of album of the year. Deservingness: 5/5

UPDATE: My review of Amy Winehouse's Music also applies (in so many words) to her nomination for Album of the year, Song of the year (Rehab), Best New artist, best female pop vocal performance, and best pop vocal alum, Respectively.

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