The uproar over Bruno Mars’ landslide at the 2018 Grammys is the latest fiasco and frustration at yet another ceremony. I’ve been around the block a few times and this stuff doesn’t make me crazy anymore but it sure is annoying.
First, let me say I was happy about some well deserved Grammy recognition that went to:
1. Taj Mahal and Keb Mo. Loved their acceptance speech contained here…
2) War on Drugs
3) Christian McBride and his Big Band
The Grammys have always been real hit or miss stuff. And this year there were lots of obvious “misses”. As a young, passionate music fan back in1965 I was stunned when Tom Jones took the “Best New Artist” from my Byrds. Tom Jones, Come on! Then in the late 70s when all the fresh energy of Elvis Costello, the Clash and Peter Gabriel was overlooked I knew I was just wasting my breath. Recently music editor Robert Baird over at Stereophile Magazine laid out the problem and addressed it in a great column.