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February 28th, 2002

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achtungbaby74:
Excerpt from Robert Hilburn's article in the LA Times.

Thursday, February 28, 2002

It's Time to Nominate a New System
The Grammy voting process may have split support for critically acclaimed albums, giving 'O Brother' the edge.

"O Brother"? Oh my goodness.

It's easy to feel good when the character and passion of American country and roots music are celebrated with five Grammys, especially when commercial country music has relegated this vintage sound to the outhouse.

But "O Brother" wasn't the most distinguished album of the year. It wasn't even one of the three most compelling nominees in that category.

By most measures, Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft," U2's "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and OutKast's "Stankonia" were more substantial works.

So how did "O Brother" beat three far more acclaimed albums?

The only way the (ATYCLB) wouldn't win, pundits said, was if Dylan drew enough votes away from U2 for a longshot, such as "O Brother", to sneak in. And that is just what happened, one suspects.

Looking over previous Grammy contests, it's easy to see where strong albums may have drawn enough votes from each other to let a compromise choice win. In 1985, two of the great albums of the decade, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." and Prince's "Purple Rain", went head to head in the best album category, allowing Lionel Richie's far less memorable "Can't Slow Down" to get more votes.

Three years later, U2's deserving "The Joshua Tree" might have benefited from a voter split between two other commercial blockbusters, Prince's "Sign 'O' the Times" and Michael Jackson's "Bad."

And didn't Celine Dion's shallow "Falling Into You" win best album in 1997 only because progressive forces Beck, the Fugees and Smashing Pumpkins canceled out one another?

It may be that all of these albums would have won under any circumstances, but the chance of the voters' will being subverted leaves too much of a doubt over the voting system for it not to be addressed.
 
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From:aznbomb
Date:February 28th, 2002 11:06 am (UTC)

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God i still remember the heart attack I had when Celine Dion won best album.
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From:achtungbaby74
Date:February 28th, 2002 11:27 am (UTC)

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Yeah, remembering some of the horrible decisions the grammys have made in the past makes me feel a lil' better.
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From:boomtownrat
Date:February 28th, 2002 12:09 pm (UTC)
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GAH! Celine Dion won over BECK, THE FUGEES AND SMASHING PUMPKINS? I didn't realise that - I wasn't paying attention that year. Yeeeeuuuuch. And it's so hard to believe Lionel Ritchie beat out Prince and Springsteen; I'm sure I watched that year, but I forgot all about it.

Still, at least O Brother was a good album. Now that I've had more time to think about it, I don't feel as bad that it won, but I definitely was sorely disappointed - I protested so loudly that my husband was a little scared. ;>
From:starla1979
Date:February 28th, 2002 03:04 pm (UTC)

Grammy infammy

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UGH! I will always be bitter about Celine Dion. I mean MCIS by the Smashing Pumpkins, that was an opus of a record (or should I say two records). I remember watching that and seeing the look on Billy Corgan's face when that happened :-(. I'm sorry our boys didn't win last night but I like the O Brother soundtrack. Granted, not as much as ATYCLB but I thought it was worthy enough the be on that short list. I kind of chuckled when it won actually ;-).

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