Ash: First of all, agreed. The qualifier “alternative”, as it pertains to music genres, is as outdated and clumsy as a chain wallet. [end sidebar]
Suz: Regarding Lorde you are absolutely right: Her absence in this category is indeed egregious. Surely the only explanation here is that it was an embarrassing oversight on the Grammys behalf, and by the time they clued-on to the cock up it was too late.
Ash: OK. A quick NBA analogy I think you’ll appreciate: How can a rookie win MVP and not win the Rookie Of The Year award? That makes zero sense to me. None! Broken criteria aside, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is absolutely winning here (and the one I want to win) because everyone under 50 has lived with this album for over a year now and it’s still an enriching piece of work with a point of view and something interesting to say. Can we stop agreeing with each other already?
I can’t see her winning Record of the Year, though. I’m torn between Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven” and “Get Lucky”.
Let’s think about it in these terms, despite its current standing as the most pervasive (and, some would say, important) music genre in contemporary popular culture the last legitimate hip hop album to be crowned Album of the Year was Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by Outkast back in 2004. Since then it’s been Ray Charles, U2, Dixie Chicks, Herbie Hancock, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, Adele and Mumford & Sons. Take out, say, I don’t know, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and we’re left with a lazily written SNL sketch about a white person’s ideal iPod playlist. It’s time. And it’s Kendrick’s.
Good luck to Australia’s Grammy hopefuls: Melbourne’s Hiatus Kaiyote for Best R&B performance and Tame Impala for Best Alternative Music Albumind the full list of Grammy nominees here.