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2011-02-15 10:39
The annual Grammy noms album has become as much of an institution as the ceremony itself. But the albums have often underwhelmed – mostly because they inadvertently reflect the cynicism of the industry that it's supposed to represent.

Sometimes, though, the industry forgets itself and puts forth some really fun, exciting and dare-we-say independently creative works to represent. And it must be said that - notwithstanding the inclusion of industry threats Katy "I'm so impossibly cute" Perry and Lady "I'm so totally interesting" Gaga -  this was one of those years.

A pity that the labels feel that Cee Lo's sanitised version of THAT song is a better financial decision (presumably they couldn't sell it off a K-Mart shelf if "Fuck You" were emblazoned across the label). It's a killer track and one that sets up any album for inclusion on the party pile.

Likewise the overplayed "Nothin' on You" and "Just the Way You Are", both sung principally by Bruno Mars, and the admittedly better-than-good "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem and Rihanna.  

It's a bit silly really to pop on the Michael Jackson track, because it has no real business anywhere near a "best of the year" in anything, and only fans are likely to listen as far as the closer from the Glee cast.

All the rest have their fans and are fine representations of those respective artists' works, particularly the selections from Lady Antebellum, Ray LaMontaigne and the Pariah Dogs and Paramour.

And yes, it's probably no accident that those artists, while nominated for things like "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Performance"  are those who fall vaguely into the "Americana" or "Country" side of the line things. Just sayin'.

Sometimes the industry gets its annual flagship right. This was one of those years.

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