Admittedly, The Grammys do not thrill me. Unfortunately, moguls like Clive Davis’ seeming influence into the awards over the last few years leaves me very skeptical as to the nominations and the winners.
I mean, WHERE is Amos Lee? Ray LaMontagne?
However, in the spirit of Music comraderie, I made my own Grammy picks. Personally, I think that they could cut out 2/3 of the categories and cut this puppy down to a half-hour show….but, whatever. Here are the 2009 Music Maven Grammy picks.
Record of the year
Please Read the Letter, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
Mainly because Coldplay’s Viva La Vida is so over-played.
Album of the Year
Because of their revolutionary, “name your price” sales strategy….
In Rainbows, Radiohead — Videotape track
Song of the Year
Only one choice for me…loved her from the start. Remember, she debuted her 12-song DC (rather than CD) for $6.99 on iTunes.
Love Song, Sara Bareilles
Best New Artist
For her ’60s vibe….
If Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl wins anythings, I will never turn on a radio again.
In the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category, I’m seriously torn between James Taylor’s Witchita Lineman and John Mayer’s thoroughly emotional Say, from The Bucket List. However, I’m going to have to go with Sweet Baby James on this one. The Glen Campbell kun-NECK-shun is just too strong. The best song lyric of all time:
…and I want you more than need you, and I want you for all time.
Witchita Lineman, James Taylor
(Besides, Say wins a MM Grammy in another category — see below.)
Which, given the choices, leads me to Best Pop Album — JT’s Covers. I was convinced by Seminole Wind and Not Fade Away.
I was intrigued by the nominations within the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (who comes up with these categories?) pitting Sir Paul McCartney’s Amoeba Record performance I Saw Her Standing There against John Mayer’s Gravity performance from Where the Light Is. While I have great affinity for McCartney, the Where the Light Is video is superb and Gravity is one of my all-time favorite songs. Therefore, the award goes to….
Gravity, John Mayer
The only performance in the R&B categories that I feel is worry of any award is Wayne Brady’s Change is Gonna Come. Yes, Wayne Brady of Who’s Line is it, Anyway? fame.
A Change Gonna Come, Wayne Brady
However, I’d like to see Jennifer Hudson win a Grammy, just because she is that good and she deserves it. Note: she is the only American Idol alum nominated this year.
In the Country categories, only two nominations piqued my interest. Brad Paisley’s nomination for Letter to Me in the Best Country Song category and The Del McCoury Band’s nomination for Best Bluegrass Album — Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Love me some Del…
Nashville Cats, Del McCoury Band
John Mayer’s Say is a lock for the Best Song Written for a Motion Picture. I love this song, music & lyrics.
Say, from The Bucket List, John Mayer
Miscellaneous Other favorites:
Best Traditional Gospel Album, Down in New Orleans, The Blind Boys of Alabama
Best Traditional Blues Album, Pinetop Perkins & Friends, 95 year old Pinetop Perkins, with a line-up of Blues royalty.
Best Contemporary Blues Album — THREE New Orleans acts; Dr. John, Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball. Can they simply split a Grammy?
And, finally the BIG category….Best Zydeco or Cajun Album….drum roll please……
Music Maven picks……
Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys