There are few things in life more pleasurable than complaining. For stuffy music lovers like me, the best time to do it is on Grammy night. I have been lamenting the death of serious music live and online on that day for the past several years, here and on Twitter, only to be proven wrong every single time.
Look at the irony of the times. 2016 hijacked the epithet of the year that music died with relentless additions to the list of musicians who made the great crossing. 2017 saw even the relevance of the phrase be defiled by tagging it to the Trump inauguration. Next you know, it will be applied to the recall of a mobile phone battery.
Being a good gambler, here are my bets for the awards in the few categories that interest me any longer. Updated now with the winners as they roll in.
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album - Culcha Vulcha (also strong contention from Steve Gadd's Way Back Home) (Went to Snarky Puppy)
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Tossup between Fallen Angels and Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (This one was out before I woke up for the main event and went to Willie Nelson)
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - Cheap Thrills (Sia) (Went to Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots, a great track too)
Album of the Year - Tossup between Lemonade and 25
Record of the Year - Tossup between Hello and Formation and 7 years
Best Alternative Music Album - Blackstar (Not just this, it picked up Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Recording Package, and Best Engineering as well. Kind of every category it was nominated in.)
Best World Music Album - Land of Gold Anoushka Shankar (Went to Yo-Yo Ma for Sing Me Home)