5 Things The Grammys Got Terribly Wrong


Unlike maths, science and everything else that can put you to sleep, music is subjective. Which is why award ceremonies like The Grammys leave a lot of people scratching their head.

Yesterday’s 58th instalment of The Shammys was no exception. Rather than sit by and let the ‘deserving’ (subjective we know) acts feel rejected, we’ve reviewed and revised five decisions that left us tossing in bed last night damning the corporations.


1. The New Artist Winner

Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor (Winner)

I’m usually ‘All About That Bass’, but Meghan Trainor’s album Title isn’t shaking up the scene. It follows the same melodic algorithm of pop stars before her, which is exactly what this ‘new artist’ category should be shunning. Whereas Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit has split the music world in the most exciting way. Like Dylan before her, you’re either on board or not. Now call us crazy, but the fresh approach that has resonated with millions is what we’d align with the term ‘new artist’.


2. Rock Album Nominees Are Out of Whack

Chaos and The Calm – James Bay
Kintsugi – Death Cab for Cutie
Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect
Drones – Muse (Winner)
.5: The Gray Chapter – Slipknot

Looking at this lineup next to the Best Alternative Album category, I’d love to get a glimpse at The Shammy’s definition of ‘alternative’. Muse’s 2015 record Drones is an impressive release, but probably their most alternative yet. For starters, it’s a concept album, detailing the process of dehumanisation. Despite claims they approached it with the intention to strip back their experimental phase, other than single ‘Psycho’ it’s a very ‘alternative’ album.


3. Best Alternative Album Nominees Are Also Out of Whack

Sound & ColorAlabama Shakes (Winner)
The Waterfall – My Morning Jacket
CurrentsTame Impala
Star WarsWilco

So this is what The Grammy’s deem alternative. I’d give them a solid two and a half out of five here. In fairness, they can’t have an award for every living stemmed genre of rock, but you could do a straight swap of Currents with Death Cab’s Kintsugi in the rock album category. While Sound & Color could swap spots with James Bay’s Chaos and The Calm. My Morning Jacket scrape in by the skin of their teeth, but The Shammy’s ought to reconsider their approach here.


4. The Best Rock Song Nominees Are Way Off

‘Don’t Wanna Fight’ – Alabama Shakes (Winner)
‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ – Elle King
‘Hold Back The River’ – James Bay
‘Lydia’ – Highly Suspect
‘What Kind Of Man’ – Florence & The Machine

Despite not appearing in the Best Rock Album category, Alabama Shakes are now present in the Best Rock Song nominations. Confusing? You betcha. Previous nominees of the Best Rock Song include Nirvana, Jack White, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Foo Fighters and Soundgarden. It seems odd to now chuck James Bay and Elle King in that category. See below for our reasoning…


5. Best Rock Performance Is Just Confusing

‘Don’t Wanna Fight’ – Alabama Shakes (Winner)
‘What Kind of Man’ – Florence & The Machine
‘Something From Nothing’ – Foo Fighters
‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ – Elle King
‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ – Wolf Alice

Hey it’s Alabama Shakes again in a category they seemed to be ineligible before earlier, with that in mind, how’s about a little love for Wolf Alice? Songs ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and ‘Something From Nothing’ are probably the only tracks here that would hold their own during a rockier era. In fact, chuck Wolf Alice into the 1990’s and they may just be bigger than they are now.

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About Courtney Barnett

Courtney Melba Barnett (born 3 November 1987) is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, she attracted attention with the release of her debut EP, I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris. International interest from the UK and North American music press came with the

About Alabama Shakes

“I woke up this morning thinking I sure hope I meet some nice Aussies who want to rock and roll with me tonight” – singer Brittany Howard Brittany, we’d rock and roll with you anytime. Alabama Shakes’ debut record ‘Boys & Girls’ arrived like a lightning bolt last year, seducing us with its bluesy rock

About Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice

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