Well, it's that time of year again...yes, it's Grammy time.
On Sunday night, the red carpet pandemonium, the long, drawn out acceptance speeches and the drunken after parties (or lack thereof) will invade Hollywood for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. Now I am not one for awards shows, but I always like to find out who is awarded the Album of the Year. BP and I were recently discussing how creating an actual album is becoming a lost art. In this day and age, iTunes rules the music industry and kids just want to fill and refill their 160 gb of storage with the song of the minute. In turn, the artists errrr... pop musicians are trying to turn out the next great hit in hopes of being the top download of the day.
Me personally, I still like to listen to full albums. Albums are not just a bunch of songs thrown on a CD. Great albums tell a story, bring out emotion and inspire people. The song order selection is intentional. The production is precise, flowing from song to song. Maybe one day the record industry will value the album again, but in the mean time we will just have to hope that Lil Wayne does not go into history with the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra.
Here is a list of this year's Grammy nominees for ALBUM of the YEAR and the betting odds (for entertainment purposes only):
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay (+165)
Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne (+165)
Raising Sand by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (+300)
Year of the Gentleman by Ne-Yo (+350)
In Rainbows by Radiohead (+450)
At least I am familiar with three of the five albums... I do not know the music of Lil Wayne and I have never heard of Ne-Yo. I will put $100 on Raising Sand performed by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. This combo of Plant and Krauss crossed several music boundaries and seemed to please the masses. Plus, Alison Krauss was my wife's neighbor when she (my wife - the mrs.) was in highschool.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Gone Gone Gone
So who is your favorite to win Album of the Year?