Well, it looks as if the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has done it again--another embarrassment at the Grammys. The academy voters have bestowed the honor of 1991's song of the year to "Unforgettable," a song written in 1951. Granted, the song is regarded as a timeless classic, and Natalie Cole's performance is wonderful, but can the song itself be called 1991's greatest achievement in songwriting?
In each of other Grammy categories, nominees are restricted to music made commercially available for the first time during the eligibility period for that year. For song of the year, though, the only restriction is that a song must not have been previously nominated for the award. That just doesn't seem to make much sense.