grammy1514It’s easy to see why Lil’ Wayne, Coldplay, Adele, Duffy, Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, are the top Grammy winning artists of 2009. I was holding my breath when the 51st edition of the Grammys came on. I was hoping for the best, but braced myself for a disappointment. I was actually shocked at how good the show was! I have a long history with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, from being a member in the 60’s, to becoming a Vice- President under Jay Cooper, in the 70’s, as well as sitting on the Board of Governors.

My biggest complaint has always been the artists who appear on the telecast who are there to promote their latest release, that sometimes leaves you wondering, how the hell did they get nominated in the first place? Last night was different, every artist who performed did a song that was not only one of their best, but one that was familiar to the public. I’m sure that when the artists saw each other in rehearsal and realized what they were up against… and the bar was raised!

My favorite performances of the evening were by Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Kid Rock, Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, Al Green and Adele, but I was blown away by Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers and “Superstition”!

Congratulations to an array of the most deserving recipients I’ve ever seen! Winner of 5 Grammys including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss,”Raising Sand” “Gone, Gone, Gone!

Best Rock Album, Song of the Year: Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”  Bruce Springsteen, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” best Rock song

Best Rock Vocal Performance: John Mayer “Gravity”

Best Alternative Music Album: Radiohead, In Rainbows

Best Rap Song Lil’ Wayne “Lollipop”

Best R&B Female performance Alicia Keys “Superwoman”

Best R&B Song: Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent

Best R&B Album: Jennifer Hudson

Best Pop Vocal Album: Duffy, Rockferry

Best New Artist: Adele “Chasing Pavements”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Estelle Featuring Kanye West, “American Boy”–Dk

Best Country Album: George Strait, Troubadour

Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Brad Paisley “A Letter To Me”

Best Female Country Performance” Last Name” Carrie Underwood

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Sugarland, “Stay” LIVE AT THE GRAMMYS!


Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne