Stereogum’s Guide To Grammys 2006

Woo hoo, it’s the 48th Annual Grammys tonight. Stereogum knows it’s hard to get excited about an awards ceremony in which Paul McCartney received his 10th Album Of The Year nomination since leaving the Beatles (10?!).

Quick primer:

Eligibility “year” is 10/1/04 to 9/30/05. That’s why no Ariel Pink! Mariah, Kanye, and John Legend lead with eight nods each. Here are the only categories we care about:

Award to the Artist (and Producers/Engineers/Mixers).

  • Mariah Carey “We Belong Together”
  • Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul “Feel Good Inc”
  • Green Day “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”
  • Gwen Stefanni “Hollaback Girl”
  • Kanye West “Gold Digger”

    Award to the Songwriter.

  • Rascal Flatts “Bless The Broken Road”
  • Bruce Springsten “Devils & Dust”
  • John Legend “Ordinary People”
  • U2 “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own”
  • Mariah Carey “We Belong Together”

    Award to the Artist and Album Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Mastering Engineer/Jesus/Etc…

  • Mariah Carey The Emancipation Of Mimi
  • Paul McCartney Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
  • Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
  • U2 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
  • Kanye West Late Registration

    Award to the act who establishes its public identity during the elibiligy period. Winner will never be heard from again.

  • Ciara
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Keane
  • John Legend
  • SugarLand

    The nominating comittee never listened to the following albums, but some members read about Canada Rock in Newsweek and their grandkids like The O.C.

  • The Arcade Fire Funeral
  • Beck Guero
  • Death Cab For Cutie Plans
  • Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better
  • The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan

    Other areas of note:

  • Killers & White Stripes duke it out in Best Pop – Duo Or Group, but will lose to Maroon 5.
  • LCD Soundsystem: Nabbed two Dance noms.
  • Coldplay: Got serverd … only three noms in rock categories.
  • Gorillaz: (1) “Dirty Harry” competes in Best R&B Song. (2) Animated act PERFORMS LIVE WITH MADONNA during the broadcast. WTF on both counts.

  • Blogger faves Arcade Fire (also nominated for Best Song For Motion Picture or Television), have tough competition. Frontman Win Butler isn’t feeling lucky. Via Rolling Stone:

    ROLLING STONE: What was your reaction when you heard about your nominations?
    WIN BUTLER: It’s cool, but it’s not like something that you’re really thinking about when you’re making music.

    ROLLING STONE: Was there disbelief?
    WIN BUTLER: No, it was more like, “Didn’t our record come out last year?” It didn’t really catch on in the States until 2005, though. At least we’re not like one of those bands that’s been around for, like, fifteen years and gets nominated for Best New Artist.

    ROLLING STONE: If you guys win, who is the first person you’d thank?
    WIN BUTLER: I’ll make Regine do a little dance or something. But I really don’t think we have much of a chance of winning, because the voting panel doesn’t have to listen to the album or anything. It seems like less people would know our album than most of the other albums that we’re up against.

    ROLLING STONE: Who would you most want to be paired with for a Grammy performance?
    WIN BUTLER: We just played with U2 — that was pretty cool. We opened for them in Montreal, and we did a Joy Division cover with them. Maybe I’d try that again so we could nail it, because we only got to practice it in the backstage room.

    ROLLING STONE: Any artists that you think should have been nominated?
    WIN BUTLER: Wolf Parade is amazing. There’s a song on their album called “I’ll Believe in Anything” that’s the best thing I’ve heard this year.

    Obligatory YouTube: Aracde Fire late night in Union Square covering “Boys Don’t Cry”…

    Instead of me live-blogging the Grammys — let’s do it together. Post your comments during the show (yeah, I know you’re too cool too watch … this applies to those who tune in).

    Stereogum’s Grammy Drinking Game
    Take a drink everytime Kanye thanks himself in an acceptance speech.

    Photos, videos, & post-show commentary after the jump.

    Will someone buy Madonna a new outfit?

    Watch Madge & Murdoch…

    U2’s Bomb blew away the competition, garnering the group five awards. Mariah, Kanye, Alison Krauss, and John Legend got three (that’s Alison’s 20th, for those keeping score). Kelly Clarkson, Damian Marley, Chemical Brothers, and Stevie Wonder got two.


  • Kelly’s 2nd acceptance speech was awkward, but cute: “I don’t know what’s going on, but thank you Jesus and God…”

  • Kanye & Foxx got all “Tusk” on us. Watch:

  • This was McCartney’s first Grammy performance. “Fine Line” and “Helter Skelter” were great…

    …but he later joined Jay-Z & Chester Bennington for an awkward “Yesterday.” Jigga’s “Yeah”s and “Uh Huh”s really made it really special [insert sarcasm emoticon.] Watch:

  • Sly Stone’s super-hyped appearance (his first since the R&R Hall Of Fame’s ’93 inductions) was preceded by a pathetic medley by Fantasia, Will.I.Am., Maroon 5, Aerosmith, and other randoms. Let down on all counts. Expectations too high perhaps. But we did get an introduction from Dave Chapelle:

    “I know I have the whole country confused … When I was a little boy, I said to my mom, ‘I’m gonna make it to the top of the socio-economic ladder … I will be a star.’ [beat] ‘And immediately go back to Africa.'”

  • Arcade Fire lost to White Stripes. Fingers crossed for a future Win win.

  • White Stripes lost Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group to Maroon 5, as Stereogum predicted.

  • Springsteen made the night’s only political statement. He ended “Devils & Dust” with a plea to bring troops home from Iraq. And something about George Bush doesn’t like Jersey people (kidding).

  • Burt Bacharach won Best Pop Instrumental. I listened to this album. It is TERRIBLE.

  • Gwen Stefani went home empty handed. But nice bump!

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