Thursday, December 04, 2008

George Strait Gets The Most Nominations, Taylor Shines As CoHost

Neil Haislop was there:
"Taylor Swift's increasing stature was never more evident than at last night's first Grammy Nominations Show, from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Swift not only co-hosted the event with LL Cool J, she also performed on the show."
She was the only country performer to sing on the show, which - like the Grammys - makes you wonder just how many country radio listeners spent much time watching them. She turned in a medley, Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry," giving it her own unique interpretation, before she segued into her own hit, "White Horse."

George Strait will be smiling today to learn that his increasing excellence as a country performer and producer garnered him the most Grammy nominations, unusual for a show - since the voting is by musicians and artists - which usually punishes commercial success and rewards the eclectic.

BEST MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE FOR...
Troubadour
George Strait
Track from: Troubadour [MCA Nashville]

GEORGE has two in the Best Country Collaboration With Vocals category.... (For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

Shiftwork
Kenny Chesney & George Strait
Track from: Just Who I Am: Poets And Pirates [BNA Records]
House Of Cash
George Strait & Patty Loveless
Track from: Troubadour [MCA Nashville]
Best Country Song
I Saw God Today(George Strait)
Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters

Best Country Album
Troubadour - George Strait [MCA Nashville]

1 comment:

R. J. Curtis said...

'The Grammys Owe Radio An Apology': That's the opinion of Bill Stakelin, president and CEO of Regent Communications, after seeing last night's Grammy nomination special on CBS-TV. In an e-mail to R&R publisher and president Erica Farber, Stakelin went on to say, "Once again, in a move that bites the hand that helps feed you, the Grammy nomination show on CBS-TV last night opened with the comment, 'It used to be we depended on radio for new music and discovery of hits. Not anymore.' It went on to praise the Internet. Not only is this a slight to the great American radio industry, it is incorrect and shows blatant disregard for the facts. The latest research shows that Americans depend heavily on radio for the introduction of new music and that most of the radio listening done online is to the streaming of local stations. One has to ask if the Grammy executives and/or writers of the show are ignorant of the facts or just don't give a damn. If so, what a sorry state of affairs. I am sure that there will not be an apology or recognition for radio from the Grammys, even though it is so very vital to the success of the artists they salute."