Home Music Grammy Deadline Approaches: Albums to Vote For

Oh, the agony of the Grammy Awards. The deadline for membership voting in the Recording Academy is coming up this Friday. Members of the Academy are winnowing down zillions of entries into five slots per category for things like Album, Song, and Record of the Year in general, rock, pop, R&B, country, etc. The nominations will be announced in December, and the awards will be given in February.

Do you have five choices for Best Album? That is, if Best Album were open to everything that’s been released? The front runners right now are Adele‘s “21” and Lady Gaga‘s “Born this Way.” Everything else will just be interesting. My guess is Kanye and Jay Z‘s “Watching the Throne,” Tony Bennett‘s “Duets II,” and two terrific albums by “legacy” artists will be included somewhere–Elton John and Leon Russell’s “The Union,” and Paul Simon‘s “So Beautiful, or So What?” Each of those last two deserve to be not only in Best Pop, but Album of the Year.

From there, the choices are slim and could go anywhere.

Some choices will have to be ferreted out by voters. In Best Rock Album, we can’t stress enough that Garland Jeffreys‘ “The King of In Between” deserves a slot. Jeffreys is a New York cult favorite, with an international following. He first came to popularity in the mid 1970s with “Wild in the Streets,” and later “Matador” in the 1980s. He had a huge cover hit with “96 Tears,” and is often cited by Bruce Springsteen as a favorite singer. “The King of In Between” is a revelation, and issued– of course, in the new paradigm– on his own label. http://www.garlandjeffreys.com 

Also, Aretha Franklin has a ton of Grammy Awards. This year, though, she also released her own album. “Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love,” has several delicious tracks. Voters may not know where to find it on their ballots. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8DdnmF_Dyo

Some other Grammy worthy releases in 2011: Jennifer Hudson, “I Remember Me”; Raphael Saadiq, “Stone Rollin’,” Alison Krauss, “Paper Airplane,” Foster the People, “Torches.”


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
4 replies to this post
  1. garland jeffreys is quite the talent…hes just so true…to who and what he is…iv been a fan since wild in the street,and i feel the same way as i did then about his cd the king of in between. we are lucky to have him still recording and touring. he is a class act.

  2. Roger, I believe the deadline to qualify for this year’s Grammy’s was August 31st, 2011. Tony Bennett’s Duets II was released Sept. 20th, and I believe will be eligible next year.

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