Monday, February 11, 2008

No Suprise

Anyone who's surprised that an album by a perinneial Grammy favorite could beat a Grammy newcomer just doesn't know their history of this award show. Baited by names like Tina Turner, Norah Jones and Joni Mitchell herself, Hancock's tribute had all the makings of a dark horse contender. So, the older voters, the ones who gave album awards to Ray Charles and Tony Bennett had something familiar to vote for.
As for the show itself, there were few memorable performances, with a whole lot of duets that fell flat. The Gospel, classical and Beatles tributes were duds. Only Kanye, Amy Winehouse, the Time reunion and the last half of the Beyonce/Tina Turner performance stood out.
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