Saturday, February 6, 2016

Grammy Awards?

So far as I can remember I've never done a post on the Grammys. I don't think about them a lot. But here goes.

The Grammy Award for Best Album is always off by a year. So, for example, the 1967 release of Sgt. Peppers was awarded the 1968 Grammy. A bit confusing. But keeping that in mind here’s who ought to have won, and who actually did win – including albums that weren’t nominated.

59 Winner: The Music from Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Somethin’ Else by Cannonball Adderley.

60 Winner: Come Dance With Me by Frank Sinatra. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Kind of Blue by Miles Davis.

61 Winner: The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart by Bob Newhart.

62 Winner: Judy at Carnegie Hall. Nominated-should-have-won: West Side Story Soundtrack by Various Artists.

63 Winner: The First Family by Vaughn Meader. Nominated-should-have-won: Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music by Ray Charles.

64 The Barbara Streisand Album by Barbara Streisand. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Live at the Apollo by James Brown

65 Winner: Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto. Not-nominated-should-have-won: A Love Supreme by John Coltrane

66 Winner: September of My Years by Frank Sinatra. Nominated-should-have-won: Help! By The Beatles. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan

67 Winner: A Man and His Music by Frank Sinatra. Nominated-should-have-won: Revolver by The Beatles. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys.

68 Winner: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

69 Winner: By the Time I Get to Phoenix by Glenn Campbell. Nominated-should-have-won: Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Astral Weeks by Van Morrison.

70 Winner: Blood, Sweat & Tears by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Nominated-should-have-won: Abbey Road by The Beatles. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake.

71 Winner: Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel

72 Winner: Tapestry by Carole King. Not-nominated-should-have-won: What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

73 Winner: The Concert for Bangladesh by George Harrison et al. Not-nominated-should-have-won: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie.

74 Winner: Innervisions by Stevie Wonder.

75 Winner: Fullfillingness’ First Finale by Stevie Wonder. Nominated-should-have-won: Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell.

76 Winner: Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon. Nominated-should-have-won: Heart Like a Wheel by Linda Ronstadt. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin.

77 Winner: Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder.

78 Winner: Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones.

79 Winner: Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack by The Bee Gees et al. Not-nominated-should-have-won: The Cars by The Cars.

80 Winner: 52nd Street by Billy Joel. Nominated-should-have-won: Breakfast in America by Supertramp. Not-nominated-should-have-won: London Calling by The Clash.

81 Winner: Christopher Cross by Christopher Cross. Nominated-should-have-won: The Wall by Pink Floyd.

82 Winner: Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Ghost in the Machine by The Police.

83 Winner: Toto IV by Toto. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Avalon by Roxy Music.

84 Winner: Thriller by Michael Jackson.

85 Winner: Can’t Slow Down by Lionel Richie. Nominated-should-have-won: Purple Rain by Prince and Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen (tie).

86 Winner: No Jacket Required by Phil Collins…I got nothing. 1985 was a terrible year for music.

87 Winner: Graceland by Paul Simon.

88 Winner: The Joshua Tree by U2.

89 Winner: Faith by George Michael. Nominated-should-have-won: Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman. Not-nominated-should-have-won: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy.

90 Winner: Nick of Time by Bonnie Raitt. Nominated-should-have-won: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 by The Traveling Wilburys. Not-nominated-should-have-won: The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses and Paul’s Boutique by The Beastie Boys (tie).

91 Winner: Back on the Block by Quincy Jones. Not-nominated-should-have-won: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got by Sinead O’Connor.

92 Winner: Unforgettable…With Love by Natalie Cole. Nominated-should-have-won: Out of Time by R.E.M. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Nevermind by Nirvana.

93 Winner: Unplugged by Eric Clapton. Nominated-should-have-won: Achtung Baby by U2.

94 Winner: The Bodygaurd: Original Soundtrack Album by Whitney Houston. Nominated-should-have-won: Automatic for the People by R.E.M.

95 Winner: MTV Unplugged by Tony Bennett. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Illmatic by Nas.

96 Winner: Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette.

97 Winner: Falling Into You by Celine Dion. Nominated-should-have-won: The Score by The Fugees.

98 Winner: Time Out of Mind by Bob Dylan. Nominated-should-have-won: OK Computer by Radiohead.

99 Winner: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill. Nominated-should-have-won: Ray of Light by Madonna.

00 Winner: Supernatural by Santana. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Play by Moby.

01 Winner: Two Against Nature by Steely Dan. Nominated-should-have-won: Kid A by Radiohead. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by PJ Harvey.

02 Winner: O Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack by Various Artists. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Is This It? by The Strokes and Discovery by Daft Punk (tie).

03 Winner: Come Away with Me by Norah Jones. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Sea Change by Beck (tie).

04 Winner: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by Outkast. Nominated-should-have-won: Elephant by The White Stripes.

05 Winner: Genius Loves Company by Ray Charles. Nominated-should-have-won: The College Dropout by Kanye West.

06 Winner: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Illinois by Sufjan Stevens.

07 Winner: Taking the Long Way by The Dixie Chicks. Nominated-should-have-won: Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Not-nominated-should-have-won: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case.

After this I can't speak with anything even slightly looking like authority on the nominees and winners.

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