Grammys Golden? Not Quite.

When the Grammy nominations were first announced in January, Pitchfork dared to ask if the Grammys were finally becoming relevant?

With the announcement of this year’s winner the answer is a resounding “slightly.” Yes, Sam Sparro, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Estelle, M.I.A., Danger Mouse, Robyn, Erykah Badu, Justice, Gnarls Barkley, Lupe Fiasco, Daft Punk, Nas, Kylie Minogue, Adele, Jazmine Sullivan, Kanye West, and T.I. were all up for awards, but almost all of them were wiped out by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant:

Album Of The Year: “Raising Sand,” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (Rounder)

Rap Album: Lil Wayne, “Tha Carter III” (Universal)

Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Say,” John Mayer; track from “Continuum” (Columbia)

Record of the Year: “Please Read The Letter,” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer; track from “Raising Sand” (Rounder)

New Artist: Adele

Rock Album: “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,” Coldplay (Capitol Records)

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Rich Woman,” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, track from “Raising Sand” (Rounder)

Song of the Year: “Viva La Vida,” Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay), track from “Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends” (Capitol Records; Publishers: Universal Music-MGB Songs)

R&B Album: “Jennifer Hudson,” Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)

Producer of the Year, NonClassical: Rick Rubin

Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Chasing Pavements,” Adele, track from “19” (Columbia/XL)

Pop Vocal Album: “Rockferry,” Duffy (Mercury)

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “Viva La Vida,” Coldplay, track from “Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends” (Capitol Records)

Alternative Music Album: “In Rainbows,” Radiohead (TBD Records)

Solo Rock Vocal Performance: “Gravity,” John Mayer, track from “Where The Light Is: Live in Los Angeles” (Columbia)

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “Sex on Fire,” Kings of Leon (RCA Records)

Hard Rock Performance: “Wax Simulacra,” The Mars Volta (Universal Motown)

Rock Song: “Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen), track from “Magic” (Columbia; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen)

Rap Solo Performance: “A Milli,” Lil Wayne, track from “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal Motown)

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: “Swagga Like Us,” Jay-Z and T.I. featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne (Roc-A-Fella/Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

Rap/Sung Collaboration: “American Boy,” Estelle featuring Kanye West, track from “Shine” (Homeschool/Atlantic)

Rap Song: “Lollipop,” Dwayne Carter, Darius Harrison, James Scheffer, Stephen Garrett and Rex Zamor, songwriters (Lil Wayne featuring Static Major), track from “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal Motown; Publishers: Young Money Publishing/Warner-Chappell Music, Herbalicious Music/Blackfountain Music/EMI-April Music, JimiPub Music/EMI Blackwood, Three Nails and A Crown Publishing/Roynet Music)

R&B Song: “Miss Independent,” Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Ne-Yo), track from “Year of the Gentleman” (Def Jam/Compound; Publishers: Pen in the Ground Publishing, Universal Music-Z Tunes)

Contemporary R&B Album: “Growing Pains,” Mary J. Blige (Geffen)

Female R&B Vocal Solo: “Superwoman,” Alicia Keys, track from “As I Am” (J Records)

Male R&B Vocal Solo: “Miss Independent,” Ne-Yo, track from “Year of the Gentleman” (Def Jam/Compound)

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “Stay With Me (By the Sea),” Al Green featuring John Legend, track from “Lay It Down” (Blue Note Records)

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “You’ve Got the Love I Need,” Al Green featuring Anthony Hamilton, track from “Lay It Down” (Blue Note Records)

Urban/Alternative Performance: “Be OK,” Chrisette Michele featuring, track from “I Am” (Def Jam)

Dance Recording: “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, producers; Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, mixers; track from “Alive 2007” (Virgin Records)

Electronic Dance Album: “Alive 2007,” Daft Punk (Virgin Records)

So, there you have it. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences once again nominate some of the coolest, most innovative acts in music only to let a random album by some veterans, riding off the steam of a recent spat of post-nomination publicity take home all the major awards. Not cool, NARAS, NOT cool at all.

2009 Grammy Award Winners [Idolator]

On the bright side, check these out:

Arjan’s interview with Grammy nominee, Janelle Monáe:

Arjan interviews Janelle Monae about her GRAMMY nomination from on Vimeo.

Janelle Monáe Interview [Grammys]

Swagga Like Us performance:


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