So the Grammy nominations were announced. (Corrected from "today." I didn't learn about them until today. The hazards of being on the road.) I was hugely unimpressed. I wasn't surprised because I was in the Grammy pool with a number of people including C.I. who I now owe. She picked every nominee in best album, four of best song and pretty much everything else.
(That wasn't her saying those were necessarily the best, she was just picking who she thought would get nominated.)
I'd give to Lady Gaga on every category she was nominated in. (Gaga fans, be sure to read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: An actual holiday treat" which is about Gaga's Thanksgiving special.)
The rock categories were the most disappointing to me, followed by alternative. Do the Grammys know a thing about either?
I think you could put the bulk of their picks into a category called "4/4 time with drums for those who don't like rock." That especially refers to Coldplay. Coldplay is pop. That's all they are now. Just pretty little pop.
Adele can sing but I think Gaga can sing and that she really ended up shaping the culture. Also I had tickets to Adele's concert that I bought right before "Rolling In The Deep" hit and she cancelled the tour. Due to her vocal chords. Of course, when she rebooked months later, I thought like many, "Oh a club tour gets replaced with an arena tour? Someone's making more money by cancelling." Then she cancelled that tour as well.
So I don't see her as important to the year the way Gaga was. Yes, she can sing and that's fine for best performance, maybe, but record of the year, album of the year, song of the year, etc., you really need to be in the country and influencing moods, in my opinion.
And I don't think she or her album or songs captured America's mood.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"