Perhaps, rather unsurprisingly, Back to Black and Amy Winehouse scooped a whopping amount of 5 awards between them at the recently-held 50th Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. This makes Winehouse among the few female artists who managed that record number: Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and Beyonce.
If you are among the many who have listened to the wonderful album, you would agree that it’s more than a little gem despite Winehouse being a constant tabloid fodder. Back to Black was a favourite among many critics, and made it into more than a handful year-end list of best albums of 2006. The album channeled a good music era, with vibes of soul, jazz and Motown R&B thrown in masterfully.
If you are among the many who have not yet listened to it, grab it now!
Foo Fighters time and time again managed to secure 4 nominations with their latest offering Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace—resulting in winning Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance. Being a massive fan, I can’t say that ESP&G was a breakthrough album compared with 2005’s In Your Honour which was, in comparison, the only Foo album that didn’t win any Grammy award.
The win might be the result of a lacklustre nominations for this year’s Best Rock Album category, which besides the increasingly complacent FF comprises of 2 veterans (The Boss and John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival), an Idol alumnus (Daughtry) and folk/country darling Wilco. It is sad to admit that this is a trend that have been creeping up this past few years, and looks set to continue as the Grammys go by.
But hey, why worry! To quote Freddy the cheeky drummer from School of Rock, “Rock isn’t about getting an A. The Sex Pistols never won anything!”