February 07, 2007

Tell me more about this earth emotion you call "liking Maroon 5"

Here's a quick little quiz for you. Match these losing Grammy nominees for Best New Artist:

1) The Pretenders
2) Indigo Girls
3) Belly
4) Fountains of Wayne
5) Alanis Morissette
6) Eurythmics
7) Green Day
8) The Go-Go's
9) Fiona Apple

...to the performers that beat them:

A) Sheryl Crow
B) Evanescence
C) Culture Club
D) Milli Vanilli
E) Hootie and the Blowfish
F) Paula Cole
G) Christopher Cross
H) Sheena Easton
I) Toni Braxton

Not all of those upsets are as egregious as others, obviously -- and a couple are virtual toss-ups -- but most years none of the nominees are any good (1988 is particularly awful). Or then there are the years where I just have to agree that, yes, Cyndi Lauper did deserve that award more than Frankie Goes to Hollywood did.

Answers follow, printed in the same color as the background, so highlight the text to read.


Posted by Francis at 05:05 PM

Oh, them's ain't nothing. The 1979 Best New Artist Grammy went to disco act A Taste Of Honey, who had a big (one-) hit with "Boogie Oogie Oogie." Their next three albums went nowhere.

Who'd they beat out? Just a few no-talent, no-staying-power acts called Toto, the Cars, and Elvis Costello.

> ...(1988 is particularly awful)...

Hey, Terence Trent D'Arby was a talented mofo. He certainly wasn't humble about it, though.

Posted by: Kid B at February 7, 2007 08:18 PM

If the Oscars used the same sort of criteria as the Grammys, Home Alone would have won Best Picture.

Posted by: Rubrick at February 7, 2007 09:02 PM

Ah...the web page I was reading only had the nominees listed as far back as 1980. Whoo, that was a particularly regrettable choice, that 1979 award.

Posted by: Francis at February 7, 2007 11:24 PM

Yup. Even without the gift of hindsight, the Cars' first album was a frickin' hit machine, and My Aim Is True was (and still is) just astounding.

I just got off a 28-city tour opening for the British artist Imogen Heap. She's one of the Best New Artist nominees this year (even though her first album came out in 1998). Unfortunately, she's up against Carrie Underwood, Corinne Bailey Rae, and (gag) James Blunt.

Posted by: Kid B at February 8, 2007 01:14 AM

Nothing will ever top 1977.

Posted by: Eric Berlin at February 8, 2007 11:53 AM

I must be the only person on the planet who actually likes Hootie and the Blowfish. *shrug*

Posted by: Jangler at February 8, 2007 03:46 PM

Robert Goulet beat out the Four Seasons and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Bobbie Gentry beat out Jefferson Airplane. Jose Feliciano beat out Cream. In 1969 Crosby, Stills & Nash beat out both Chicago AND Led Zeppelin. And in 1970 the Carpenters beat out Elton John.

The mind reels.

Anyway, the LA Times site has all the nominees in all the categories, which is nice. Wikipedia doesn't.


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