#CMAAWARDS. Everyone knows the best party after the after parties is the one at John Rich’s house. I’d never been before. He has his own upstairs venue with a bar, full stage and of course a saddle-shaped disco ball. the diehards and stout of liver end up swaying and shouting to live music at 4 AM. And beyond.
Hanging w Andrea Swift, @taylorswift’s mom, at the @bigmachinelabelgroup #CMAAWARDS afterparty. Incredibly sharp, warm woman every time I’ve had the chance to speak with her. Taylor was dancing and singing nearby and just generally glowing. “She’s always like this when she’s in a creative tear,” said mom; Taylor herself told me she was deep into recording the follow to “Red” and was beyond excited about progress. Can’t wait to hear some new songs. ..
Just co-hosted @Billboard dinner at Spago for top music supervisors, agents etc in film/TV music space. Humbled & inspired by the drive, ideas, creativity and passion at the table - and more than entertained by the senses of humor. Being around those who love what they do is incredibly motivating. Reminds me how lucky I am.
Overall, a very strong night for music and The Recording Academy. There’s no runaway standout when it comes to the nominations. That’s really appropriate for a year where there was really no runaway album. The closest you come to that is Taylor Swift, but that juggernaut came at the end of the year, after the Grammy eligibility cut-off of September 30. Thanks to all of these great new ways of discovering, sharing and listening to music, I think the rise of the niche is accelerating.
The potential biggest winners come Grammy night are fun., Frank Ocean and Black Keys – those are the only three acts that were nominated in both Album and Record of the Year. Fun in particular had a great night. Not only did they score those two but they also were nominated for Best New Artist and Song of the Year giving them a sweep of the cross-genre fields for nominations.
It’s a bit of a coronation night for Hunter Hayes, and he really deserves it. This kid could be the future of country – he’s got a great voice, great looks and great songs. The Grammys do their most important work, I think, when they introduce a larger public to a deserving up-and-coming act and this year that could be Hayes.
There are great songs nominated for song of the year, but let’s be honest: “Call Me Maybe” should run away with it. It’s almost inconceivable to me that the song, which spent nine weeks at number one on the Billboard charts, and was the zeitgeist of the Internet for the better part of the year, didn’t also garner a Record of the Year nod.
I dont think Bieber or Psy got any love either. Combined with the Carly “Record” snub, it wasn’t the best night for Scooter Braun, who manages Bieber and Psy and has Carly on his label. I think he’ll recover: outside of the Academy, Braun really owned the year in a lot of ways.
I was initially outraged that Kendrick Lamar and Jason Aldean were snubbed, but they came after the eligibility period.
Im a little surprised Jack White got the love he did. I love Jack White, but I thought “Blunderbuss” was a little uneven. From memory of the reviews, I didnt think I was alone in that.
I love that Bonnie Raitt’s excellent album Slipstream was nominated as Best Americana. Raitt set up her own label to release it, so she didn’t have the machinery of a major label working for her. It’s a brilliant and beautiful album that deserves an even wider audience than it has received.
Also love that Alabama Shakes show up in Best New Artist and Best Rock Performance. This is just an exaple of the Academy not caring about commercial success and rewarding a critics darling – and deservedly so. Singer Brittany Howard is one of the most captivating voices to emerge in the last few years.
My pick for off-beat field of the year is Spoken Word, where you have Obama vs Clinton – in this case Michelle vs. Bill.
So what did you think? Who got snubbed? Who were you most happy to see get nominated?