Sunday, January 18, 2009

COME ON UP LAY YOUR HANDS IN MINE: We've previously discussed what the most embarrassing (in retrospect) Grammy winner for Best New Artist was--but this afternoon's performance of "The Rising" reminds me that it's worth discussing some embarrassments in the Album of the Year category:
  • 2003--"Come Away With Me" over "The Rising" and the Dixie Chicks' "Home."
  • 2002--"O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack over "All That You Can't Leave Behind."
  • 1997--Celine Dion's "Falling Into You" over The Fugees' "The Score," "Odelay," and "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"
  • 1995--"The Bodyguard" soundtrack over "Automatic For The People"
  • 1992--Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable, With Love" over "Out of Time," "Luck of the Draw," and "Rhythm of the Saints."
  • 1985--Lionel Richie's "Can't Slow Down" over "Purple Rain"
  • 1981--"Christopher Cross" over "The Wall"
  • 1963--Vaughn Meader's "The First Family" over "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music"
One of those the biggest crime, or can you do better (or worse, depending on how you look at it)?

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