Grammys 2006 - Who deserved to win? - Grammys 2006 - Who deserved to win?

2006-03-30 15:35

(The Winning songs and artists are marked *. )

Category 1 - Record Of The Year
We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green Day *
Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
Gold Digger - Kanye West

AM: For me record of the year should be one that was the most inventive and takes pop music in new directions. On those terms, Gorillaz, no contest. Green Day have made a great record, but this feels like a soft choice.
JB: I'm sure Gorillaz will win next year - when they add the category Best Record by a Cartoon or Fictional Character. Michael Jackson will run a close second for this award.

Category 2 - Album Of The Year
The Emancipation Of Mimi - Mariah Carey
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Paul McCartney
Love. Angel. Music. Baby. - Gwen Stefani
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb - U2 *
Late Registration - Kanye West

AM: The last three all make great cases for themselves. It may be U2's best album in years, but it's no Achtung, Baby.
JB: Chaos and Creation is better than you realise at first, but i would have given the award to Kanye West or Gwen Stefani. I don't get it. 40 rock albums released a day (at least) and they're so short of ideas that U2 gets nominated for absolutely bloody everything?

Category 3 - Song Of The Year
Bless The Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
Devils & Dust - Bruce Springsteen
Ordinary People - John Legend
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - U2 *
We Belong Together - Mariah Carey

AM: I've always been partial to Springsteen, and I feel short-changed on his behalf here. With respect to Bono's personal sentiments on U2's effort, Bruce's song will last longer in the psyche.
JB: I can't even remember what the U2 song sounds like anymore and I really don't care either.

Category 4 - Best New Artist
Fall Out Boy
John Legend *

AM: I'll admit I hadn't given John legend much thought. But I'd still have gone for Ciara. Calling yourself Legend off the bat assumes a bit much.
JB: I'd have gone for Fall Out Boy, for their name, and for the name of this song: "I slept with someone from Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Lousy Song Written About Me". Unfortunately their music lets them down, which is not a good thing in the music business, unless you're Usher or Kelly Clarkson.


Category 5 - Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
It's Like That - Mariah Carey
Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson *
Good Is Good - Sheryl Crow
I Will Not Be Broken - Bonnie Raitt
Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

AM: If I were Kelly Clarkson I'd be flattered. This is a huge coup. I wonder what it cost her to swing the vote?
JB: This is a joke. Then again, the Grammys are a joke.

Category 6 - Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson
Fine Line - Paul McCartney
Walk On By - Seal
Lonely No More - Rob Thomas
From The Bottom Of My Heart - Stevie Wonder *

AM: What, no James Blunt? Oh, of course, his record actually came out in 2004. (So how did he win a Brit Award again?) In the absence of anyone else substantial, I can't disagree with Stevie's nod.
JB: Stevie Wonder's is the only performance in this list that could conceivably win anything. I can't figure out why McCartney was even nominated. Fine Line is feeble.

Category 7 - Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Don't Lie - The Black Eyed Peas
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
More Than Love - Los Lonely Boys
This Love - Maroon 5 *
My Doorbell - The White Stripes

AM: I'll agree with this one. Nobody else really got my feet tapping. And that Levine boy can sing a bit.
JB: What? I'd go for Mr. Brightside by The Killers. Although considering Adam Levine isn't actually much of a singer, I'd certainly give him an A for effort. It's taken him years to learn this song and he really kept on trying until he got it right.

Category 8 - Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Gone Going - The Black Eyed Peas and Jack Johnson
Virginia Moon - Foo Fighters Featuring Norah Jones
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul *
A Song For You - Herbie Hancock Featuring Christina Aguilera
A Time To Love - Stevie Wonder Featuring India.Arie

AM: Norah Jones hasn't done much for me lately, though the Foo Fighters collab was interesting. Christina wasn't Herbie's best duo on that album either. So I'll agree on this choice too.
JB: I'd agree. By far the best pick from this list, definitely and a really hot single too.

Category 11 - Best Pop Vocal Album
Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple
Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson *
Wildflower - Sheryl Crow
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Paul McCartney
Love. Angel. Music. Baby. - Gwen Stefani

AM: Kelly Clarkson must have given away some pretty fantastic - erm... favours. If I were Gwen I'd be writing a very strongly worded letter to the academy.
JB: Ok, I know the Grammys are a joke, but this really just isn't funny any more.


Category 15 - Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Revolution - Eric Clapton
Shine It All Around - Robert Plant
Devils and Dust - Bruce Springsteen *
This Is How A Heart Breaks - Rob Thomas
The Painter - Neil Young

AM: No problems here.
JB: Thank goodness Kelly Clarkson wasn't allowed to enter this category! I couldn't have borne it a third time.

Category 16 - Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Speed Of Sound - Coldplay
Best Of You - Foo Fighters
Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand
All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - U2 *

AM: Oh dear. It's not a bad effort, but I'm not sure it's the best. As much as I hate hate hate Coldplay, I'd have to say that given these choices, they should have grabbed it.
JB: I'm so bored of U2 - when are the 90s finally going to end? Franz Ferdinand should have won it.

Category 17 - Best Hard Rock Performance
Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave
The Hand That Feeds - Nine Inch Nails
Tin Pan Valley - Robert Plant
Little Sister - Queens Of The Stone Age
B.Y.O.B. - System Of A Down *

AM: System are far and away the more interesting band in this category. Tough luck on Audioslave, who are pretty close runners up. Trent Reznor is in the wrong event, and I thought Robert Plant had died.
JB: Robert Plant's latest album is great! But it's not hard rock and B.Y.O.B. is a great winner. Surprising to see a song with anti-war lyrics the Dead Kennedys could have written scoring a prize in a mainstream competition like this.

Category 18 - Best Metal Performance
The Great Satan - Ministry
Determined - Mudvayne
Mein Teil - Rammstein
What Drives The Weak - Shadows Fall
Before I Forget - Slipknot *

AM: Eish. Ministry. Everyone else is a little predictable. Jourgenson and co. can pull a (dead) rabbit out a hat at the worst of times.
JB: Why do metal bands all have such miserable names? Surely if you can afford an electric guitar and an amp and a drumkit, your life can't be so bad that you have to go call yourself "Mudvayne".

Category 20 - Best Rock Song
Best Of You - Foo Fighters
Beverly Hills - Weezer
City Of Blinding Lights - U2 *
Devils and Dust - Bruce Springsteen
Speed Of Sound - Coldplay

AM: I'd have given this to the underdog. Just because everyone else had already won something. Weezer.
JB: Weezer's is a good track. I wonder if Coldplay shouldn't have won, though. The album isn't too amazing but Speed of Sound is an awesome single.

Category 21 - Best Rock Album
X and Y - Coldplay
In Your Honor - Foo Fighters
A Bigger Bang - The Rolling Stones
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb - U2 *
Prairie Wind - Neil Young

AM: This is gonna sound crazy, but I felt that the Stones album was actually better than any of the others. Yep, that damn good. Yeah. Stones.
JB: Crazy. The Stones album had three fantastic songs and the rest just the standard sexist stuff they've been spewing for years now. I think Neil Young should have won - if you're going to give this award to some old man, at least make sure he's a NICE old man.

Category 22 - Best Alternative Music Album
Funeral - The Arcade Fire
Guero - Beck
Plans - Death Cab For Cutie
You Could Have It So Much Better - Franz Ferdinand
Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes *

AM: Whoah, tough one. Can I cop out and make it a tie? Death Cab for Cutie and Arcade Fire made outstanding efforts. Would be a shame for either to lose out. I'm not sure the new Elbow would have qualified as alternative, but that would make a strong run, too.
JB: They're all really good. The Archade Fire and Franz Ferdinand are my picks. I think the Stripes lost a lot of their charm after the first three tracks on Elephant. And are they still Alternative? The real reason they got this Grammy is because of their earlier albums - it's a sentimental win.

So that's what we think. Now it's your chance to post your opinion. Which win are you happiest with? Which makes you mad? Who should have been nominated but wasn't? Do the Grammys mean anything? What did Kelly Clarkson do to deserve it? And have you remembered to include U2 in your shopping list?

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The Americans have voted - for their favourite music, that is... But should they be allowed to? Entertainment / Music Ed. Jean Barker and music reviewer Anton Marshall trade opinions on some of the main category choices for the 2006 Grammy Awards... publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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