December 9, 2013 |
When the Grammy nominations by the likes of Taylor Swift and Daft Punk were celebrated, in the quiet Spoken Word category , one publisher dominated: Hachette. Hachette took three out of five nominations, with one each going to Simon & Schuster and Macmillan. The Hachette nominees include David Sedaris' "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls," his latest collection of nonfiction essays. Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammys before, but has never won. "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls" is a bestseller.
December 11, 2013 |
There comes a point at every Kanye West concert where he addresses the crowd and riffs on whatever is on his mind -- which is usually a lot. Whether he's venting about his position in the fashion world, media perceptions, defending why he's labeled himself a genius or fawning over fiancée Kim Kardashian, his onstage monologues are instant fodder for blogs, mostly dismissing what West said as another rant (and he's had plenty). During Tuesday night's show at Phoenix's US Airways Center, a tiny part of his onstage address was dedicated to his Grammy nominations, or lack thereof, in his opinion.
February 20, 2000
MACY GRAY How does it feel to be the darling of the Grammys, the artist people are counting on to give some credibility to the awards? "I didn't really know it was that deep, but I'm definitely proud of that. I'm really proud of all the acclaim that I'm getting from the critics. . . . It's cool to be at the top of the list. I don't know if I give credibility to anything, but that's great that poeople think that.
March 12, 1988
Robert Hilburn almost hit the nail on the head in his analysis of Michael Jackson's failure to win any Grammys ("A Good--and 'Bad'--Night," March 4). You see, it took 30 years for National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences members to recognize substance over flash. Jackson's material today is too visual, overproduced and insultingly pretentious and egomaniacal. When my grandfather Emile invented the disk record exactly a century ago (and coined the word gramophone from which NARAS gets its "Grammy")
February 17, 2007
FINALLY! The Grammys get it right this year as they awarded the Dixie Chicks a Grammy for every category they were nominated in, including the night's biggest and top honor, album of the year ["Grammys Make Nice With the Dixie Chicks," by Geoff Boucher, Feb. 12]. Take notice, President Bush, and listen to the lyrics of "Not Ready to Make Nice." They mean something not only to these beautiful ladies but also to many millions of Americans, including myself. I only wish former Vice President Al Gore had presented this award and not the penultimate one for best rock band.
February 1, 2010 |
The Grammys are the strangest, most unwieldy and messiest of the big award shows, an affair that wants to be the Kennedy Center Honors and the Super Bowl halftime show at the same time. There was certainly no shortage of spectacle at the 52nd annual ceremony Sunday at Staples Center, from the 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson to Beyoncé transitioning from her "If I Were a Boy" to a down-on-all-fours, hair-whipping cover of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." Will Rogers once said, "I belong to no organized political party.