Eight Grammy Awards? Album of the Year? Record of the Year? HUH? That's what Ray Charles took home posthumously last night at the Grammy Awards. Eight Grammys is an almost unheard-of number. They are telling us that this is one of the best, most dominant albums ever recorded. But, if you read between the lines, what they're really saying is that the Grammys are completely political, run by blue-haired Lefties and are little reflection of the quality of music being recorded and how it impacts on our culture.
If I was Usher or Black Eyed Peas or any of a number of other performers who had great years, I'd be pissed that my shot at a Grammy was smashed because a bunch of old folks decided it was suddenly time to give Ray his awards. This year (and they are ANNUAL awards, not lifetime acheivement awards) there were a number of outstanding performances.
The Oscars are almost as bad - and they'll get their ode to dead people in when they anoint Jamie Foxx as Best Actor; I'm holding out hope that the politics of the Oscars will overwhelm the Academy's sentimental side, and The Aviator will get snubbed because of their distaste for Martin Scorsese.
Why can't they just give the awards to the BEST performances? I guess human nature is too strong.