Monday, May 20, 2024

Grammys: Potential Nominees May Not Be So “Happy” When All Is Said and Done


The Grammy nominating committees have just finished their meetings in Los Angeles. According to, there were plenty of contentious exchanges. Last year, the Grammys screwed up completely by ignoring the best selling album of the year, Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience. But who knows? There have too many weird snubs over the years.

And too many times when the winners have been embarrassing. What can you do? Just think that the insufferable Christoper Cross won Best Album, Song, Record and New Artist in 1981. He beat the Pretenders!

Paul Grein has a whole explanation on of what’s eligible and likely to be nominated. Pharrell William’s “Happy” won’t qualify, he says, because it was entered in 2013 as part of the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack. But “Happy” itself wasn’t released until November 23, 2013–well into the current season. “Happy” was the song and record of the year, without a doubt. To snub it now is a big mistake.

Also eligible for Record of the Year, and R&B Record of the Year: Aretha Franklin’s “Rolling in the Deep.” It made the September 30th cut off.

Other Records of the Year should include: The Monster (Rihanna and Eminem); All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor); Stay with Me (Sam Smith); Drunk in Love (Jay Z and Beyonce).

Then there’s Album of the Year. Beyonce will be in, slam dunk on the “surprise” album. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga? U2? Aretha. All strong, Pharrell again, although the “GIRL” album is not as good as “Happy.” Eminem? Maybe. The Black Keys “Turn Blue.” Why not? Their “Fever” should be a Best Song/Best Record nominee. And don’t forget Paul McCartney’s “New” album. Last year the Grammys ignored Elton John’s award-level “The Diving Board.” They want “young.” But this was the year music buyer returned to classic, talented performers. Look at how well Barbra Streisand’s doing.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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.

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