I never watch the Grammys because they tend to be a showcase for everything bad about the music industry. I know most folks aren’t that cynical and enjoy the spectacle. And the truth is, every once in awhile the academy gets it right.
Last night Adele carried home six Grammys and Foo Fighters hauled in five more. Very worthy winners, both. Just recently, each earned Platinum LP awards in my Best CDs of 2011 series. As I think is obvious, one of my missions in life is to connect people with music they’re going to love, but might not discover otherwise. So the question I’m posing this morning is this: if I was right about the two biggest ass-kickers at the Grammys, isn’t it possible that I might be right about the other artists I propped in my Best CDs of 2011? Other Platinum winners included some names you may know and more that you probably haven’t heard yet:
- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
- Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
- Baron Bane
- The Raveonettes
- The Blueflowers
- Mayer Hawthorne
- Dum Dum Girls (pictured, right)
- The Lost Patrol
- John Hiatt
- Fountains of Wayne
- and CD of the Year winner Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Then there’s the Gold LP list, which also features a lot of music that I’d bet my hat you’re going to like.
So there you go – one last shot at turning S&R-reading music lovers onto something that might make their lives a bit better today. Enjoy, and Happy Monday.
Categories: Music/Popular Culture