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Grammy errors

A few Okies and a lot of absurdity dot this year’s nominations.

Ada-born Blake Shelton; country’s shiniest lady-star Carrie Underwood; and local kiddie-rock stars Sugar Free Allstars (pictured) all got nominated in this year’s round of Grammy nominations, announced today.

OK, so the OKC-based Allstars’ nom comes tangentially, as they contributed the song “Cooperate” to the “All about Bullies ... Big and Small” collection for Cool Beans Music that was nominated for Best Children’s Album, but still cool. Shelton’s and Underwood’s came in the usual country categories.

But yeah, year after year, the Grammy nominees just get increasingly absurd.

This year’s no different. Bon Iver’s up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist (I suppose you have to sell out mid-size theaters across this country and others in order to be considered a “new artist” these days), competing against the likes of Adele (really?), Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex.

Fleet Foxes got nominated for Best Folk Album, which is forgivable until you consider that they’re trying to take down Eddie Vedder’s “Ukelele Songs.” Radiohead is in the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories for “Lotus Flower,” possibly the least rock-like song it’s ever recorded. The band’s bizarre, inventive “The King of Limbs” isn’t even in the Best Rock Album category — it’s nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, ostensibly ousted by Okie natives Kings of Leon’s “Come Around Sundown,” or as I like to call it, “the biggest turd in the whole bowl.”

Wilco is nominated again! I guess once you get nominated and keep making records, you get nominated for life. It’s a travesty that Beyoncé’s best-ever album, “4,” didn’t net anything, and even worse that single “1+1” received no recognition.

And sweet lord, “Sigh No More” was released in October 2009! And yet Mumford & Sons are still up for as many trophies as Bon Iver. I’m writing my congressman.

by Matt Carney 12.01.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Grammy edition

With congratulations to Okie Grammy winner (kinda) Sugar Free Allstars!

Despite my earlier predilections, Maroon 5’s performance of The Beach Boys’ classic “Surfer Girl” was actually kind of awesome. I think this was mostly due to Adam Levine’s severe discipline in keeping his shirt on. I won’t defend Foster the People’s take on “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” or terrible band name, however. Singer Mark Foster looked about as petrified as Brian Wilson’s craggy old face.

And speaking of Brian Wilson, I’m just kind of amazed that his voice can still get that high.



Glad to see Adele’s voice survived that vocal cord surgery. I think she’s still just a couple servings’ worth of charisma shy of being a top-tier pop star, though. “Rolling in the Deep” has always struck me as a little bland, even more so after Jennifer Hudson came out and yanked tears out of everybody’s faces later in the evening.



I now give you the absolute train wreck of the evening, provided by Miss Nicki Minaj and a cavalcade of creepily sexualized Catholic imagery:



What awesome justice did Okie Blake Shelton do to the great Glen Campbell? The Band Perry was all right doing “Gentle on My Mind,” but Shelton’s take on “Southern Nights” shined:



Sir Paul McCartney got some guitar-lickin’ help from Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh, marking the single greatest living advertisement for Viagra and devices used to feather aging gentlemen’s hair in live television history:



Unfortunately, no Oklahoman walked out of the Staples Center with a clear-cut win last night, but Sugar Free Allstars can claim one-20th of an award for their contribution to Best Children’s Album winner, “All About Bullies ... Big and Small!” Said the band in an email, “ AAAAAAHHHHHHHH THE ALBUM WON THE GRAMMY FOR BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM!!! WE OFFICIALLY HAVE A SONG ON A GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ALBUM AAAAHHHH!!!”

OKSee-approved acts fared pretty decently though as Adele’s lauded album, “21,” cleaned house, earning her six awards. Bon Iver’s eponymous second record earned him the Best New Artist award and Best Alternative Album (you might recall him winning our coveted Album of 2011 distinction as well).

For more info, a partial list of the winners included:

• Album of the Year: “21,” Adele

• Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

• Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

• New Artist: Bon Iver

• Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele

• Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

• Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele

• Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

• Rock Album: “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

• Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

• R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim and Jack Splash

• R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown

• Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

• Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West

• Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

• Country Vocal Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

• Country Performance by a Duo or Group: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

• Country Album: “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

• Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album: “Drama y Luz,” Mana

• Jazz Vocal Album: “The Mosaic Project,” Terri Lyne Carrington and various artists

• Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor

• Traditional Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

• Dance Recording: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

• Dance/Electronica Album: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

• Alternative Music Album: “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

• Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t),” Betty White

And, regarding Lady Gaga’s rather hilarious and severe snubbing, I will say only this:

by Matt Carney 02.13.2012 2 years ago
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Carpet burns

A quick look at Grammy fashions (or attempts at them).

Local talent Johnathan Kayne graced the red carpet at Sunday’s Grammys — or, rather, one of his designs did. Let's hear it for this 405 fashion maven!

Artist Monika Jensen (pictured with adventurer Bill Borger) rocked this coming season's palette of blue and a oh-so-seductive high-low hemline, in Kayne's playful yet chic design, which represented this great state — and represented it well!

Get this look at BodyTrends, 9327 N. Pennsylvania, or SJ Bridal, 5645 N. Pennsylvania. Want a custom design for your collection? No problem! Call Kayne at 607-6006 to set up your appointment.

Now onto a few Grammy fashions we should be proud aren't local:

OK, Sasha Gradiva, we get that you're attempting a statement in the wide worlds of fashion and music. The thing is, unless you're going to be starring in an upcoming sequel to “The Terminator,” you needn't ruin a perfectly beautiful gown with heavy artillery. Let your beauty and talent do the talking — not the mechanical arm.

Robyn, as much as I love you, your quirky Euro-beats and your eccentric style, the red carpet is just not a place for platform steel-toe boots.


Just go away, Rebecca Black. Take your “music” and your “fashion sense” and don't come back.

We get it, Snook: You weight 98 pounds now. It still does not make that dress OK.

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by Jenn Scott 02.14.2012 2 years ago
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Party it


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Why watch Sunday’s Grammys telecast on the couch when you can do so while at the “Gold • Glitz • Glamour” benefit gala at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum? From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., the venue at 1400 Classen Drive rolls out red-carpet treatment with live music from the Groove Merchants, a silent auction, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails. Tickets are $75. Call 235-2714 or visit oklahomaheritage.com.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mayer it


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff

Seven Grammys are no big deal, right? Not if you’re John Mayer, who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. See the accomplished guitarist and pop phenomenon 7 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips will open. Tickets are $49.50-$69.50. Call 602-8700 or visit chesapeakearena.com.

Saturday

 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
 
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