So it’s that time of year around here again. Here being LA and time of year being awards season. After attending the Latin Grammys a few weeks ago, I was curious what lie ahead for the 2014 Grammy nominations. After the Grammys foolishly decided again not to make their nomination concert nor their ceremony in real time, I relied on the East Coast media outlets to inform me of developments. Forget the fact that over 30 million people live in California, we can all wait to have the shows rebroadcast as old and irrelevant news, hours after the East Coast. Bitter much? Perhaps.
Before the noms came out, I knew pop giants Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry would be in the mix. I did not think “20/20″ was a candidate for “Album of The Year” and it looks like the Recording Academy agreed with me. Point blank, it was good but not as good as “Future Sex/Love Sounds” nor “Justified” and my two least favorite songs off the album “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors” got nods ( I prefer “Take Back the Night” and “Pusher Lover Girl” 10x more). All in all, he got 7 nods so he’ll get at least one for sure.
I did not think Jay-Z deserved 9 nods and thought “Holy Grail” was ok. J. Cole’s album was way better than his and Drake’s and should have been nominated instead. I have not jumped on the Lorde train as I prefer Birdy and Kimbra but at least she brings some youth into the fray. Was surprised to see Janelle Monae and India Arie get shut out.
Interviewing several artists and producers this year, was happy to see some artists I spoke with get nominated- Hiatus Kaiyote, Mack Wilds and J.Rob, a producer on Chrisette Michele’s album “Better”. I missed the deadline to cover the show so my ass will be after partying after the show and then watching the old news clips the following day. Will be looking forward to all the concerts and madness in a few weeks.