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What is the world coming to? Arcade Fire's The Suburbs emerged as the surprise winner.
I know that in the past, a big acclaimed album has won, but more often than not, no. Maybe there's some hope for the future of the Shammys/Grannys... er, Grammys.
After losing to Muse for best rock album!!! How does that happen? Pretty predictable for Lady Antebellum to win song of the year,record of the year. It's just the type of act they always buy into big time...
I would like to think that me and my sister had a little thing to do with that (we fill out our mother's Grammy ballot and I made my sister vote for Suburbs.)
Of course, they played the worst song on the album on the biggest stage of their career.
This comes as no surprise - The Suburbs is painfully boring, just like most of the albums they anoint as the best of their given year.
This Changes Everything
Not really but I feel like Pitchfork will write something like that.
Can they retroactively give the award to Funeral, an album that deserves it?
So happy. Finally, good music is rewarded. Even if you don't like The Suburbs you have to be happy that a band on Merge Records won album of the year at the Grammys.
Best tweet I saw tonight:
arcade fire won a grammy by writing an album about being trapped in a place where they only listen to lady antebellum
This is good for music despite how you feel about the album.
Moonbeam. But, regardless of our personal viewpoints of an album, at least The Suburbs actually IS the most acclaimed album of 2010, per Acclaimed Music. Many of the winners (and nominees) for Album of the Year don't even register on the site!
Winning a grammy isn't exactly something to be proud of. But I'm still happy they won.
Radiohead dropping their new album this week, Arcade Fire winning the Grammy for best album, Helena Bonham Carter winning a BAFTA... far too much good news for me to cope with in one day.
I'm trying to not get ahead of myself, though. Undoubtedly, some artist who reached their peak years ago will release a sort-of decent album this year and the Grammy voters will get all nostalgic and give it 30 Grammys. But for now I'm way more pleased than I normally allow myself to be about these things.
I think it's understood that if they went on to win AOY, then they won that category but were "disqualified" because they won the ultimate prize. But yeah, to win a Grammy really doesn't mean that much.
We may have differing opinions on AF and The Suburbs, but at least we know who they are - unlike, apparently, a very large number of people. Has everyone seen whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com? It's a Tumblr created within the last 24 hours dedicated to compiling all the variations on the title question (many of them decidedly NSFW) that have been popping up all over Twitterville and Facebookland since the Grammies.
I guess it's not too surprising that so many people have no idea who the band is (to the extent that a lot of them seem convinced that their name is actually The Suburbs), even though they've been around for six years, are hugely acclaimed, and actually debuted at #1 with this record. What's amazing (although, depressingly, not surprising either) is the OUTRAGE being expressed that "some band I've never heard of" won Album of the Year. It's one thing to say they shouldn't have won because you don't like them. It's something else altogether - something called, I don't know, "ignorance" - to say they shouldn't have won simply because you don't know who the fuck they are. Well, you know who they are now. Why don't you listen and then form an opinion?
That is the only reason that people like Bieber, Katy Perry, Gaga etc... are nominated and on the stage performing, it's all about the ratings and the 26 million people watching. I do love seeing all the mainstream only fans with complete blinders on and their "Who the fuck is Arcade Fire?" rants. I find it amusing, but perhaps a prelude to the day when indie goes mainstream...
Oh here we go,so NOW you guys are coming out saying "Oh what a great win for an alternative band,so exciting" but where were you in 1967 when Sinatra won over Revolver,1981 when Christopher Cross won over The Wall,in 1985 when Can't Slow Down won over Purple Rain,in 1993 when Unplugged beat Achtung Baby,in 1994 when the Bodyguard won over Automatic For The People,in 1997 when Falling into You won over Odelay,in 2001 when Steely Dan beat Eminem,in 2002 when O Brother Where Art Thou beat any of the other nominees,in 2003 when Come Away With Me beat The Rising and The Eminem Show(the 2 albums anyone was talking about). Crap choices have been made before,and they will be again
the Grammys- I thoroughly enjoyed Janelle Monae's performance, and had not realized her album was as acclaimed as it was. I got her album today.
Saw this on Facebook today.