8 Time Grammy Award Winner? For Real?

I'm sure everyone out there is sick and tired of my whining. But, I (once again) feel the need to vent.

Today, (Sunday, May 25th) which happened to be a damp, drizzly day in Connecticut, Lisa (my better half) and myself, strolled into FYE in the Danbury Fair Mall. She went her way to DVD movies, and I went mine into "Pop/Rock" CDs. After about 15 minutes or so, Lisa found me at the register with a copy of Norah Jones, "Come Away With Me". As we stood in line, she looked at the CD cover and we discussed my new CD purchase. She noticed that of the 14 songs contained on the CD, only 2 were written by Norah. One song (#13) was a collaborative effort.

We further discussed the fact that many of the best artists use non-original material. But, Lisa did make an intersting comment; "Hmmm, she said. I'm surprised that someone awarded Best New Artist would only have 2 original songs". Again, an interesting observation.

Well, I didn't let that take the wind out of my sails. I just continued looking at that little blue sticker on the front of the CD case stating "8 Time Grammy Award Winner", " Album Of The Year", "Best New Artist", "Song Of The Year". I had never heard the complete album, but I figured, it's gotta be halfway decent.

Upon arriving home I put the CD through my usual ritual (Wash, Cut, Polish and Demagnetize), placed the CD In the Audiomeca and sat back to listen to this exciting new "Grammy" performance.

You're kidding, right? This is it?

O.K.,O.K. Kinda cool voice with a sandy kind of texture, (although, she sounds like she was recorded using a plastic microphone), average piano playing skills (although, on cut #1 the piano sounds like it's under water), and on cut #9, she had an almost Ricki Lee Jones "kind of" quality. Overall, not a bad recording, but I wouldn't put it high on the "sonics" list.

So, this is "today's" Grammy material Huh?

I'm certainly glad I'm not a postal worker skilled in firing automatic weapons, cause I feel like I'm losing my mind.

Has anyone found this "Grammy Award Winner" worthy of it's status?

My opinion? I'd have to concur with the title of the first song,"Don't Know Why".


I agree with your last statement whole heartedly, but I guess I am more cynical than others here (except pbb, he appears to be lost forever in cynacism) in the way that the grammys have been a joke for as long as I can remember...of all this talk about Nora recieving grammys, but what about M&M???? That was the real joke of the night. What about Celion singing a song she says is about her son, but not written by her or anyone she is related to?

I made the same statement about this American Idol show that seems to be the craze. If you are looking for the hottest young talent, let them come on the show and sing something they wrote!! That would be a show I could watch. As far as I know, there are 20% of the 'artists' out there writing their own stuff. Face it we live in a McDonalds fast food society, and it gets throw in our faces everyday, all day.

Warren, I bet $1 (gotta save the rest of my $$ for my cdp:)) your night with Nora will be well worth your time...ya know, she's also easy to look at;) I think she has a great voice and is a rising star among a bunch of black holes.
Hey, are the Oscars any different? Caberet over The Hours. Give me a break. Forget this year's Grammy debacle, not recognizing another great tune, by Paul Simon. Didn't get the Grammy for Mrs. Robinson, either. Anyway, I do beleive, Norah is the real deal and will get better with age. She has been getting great material to sing. At least for my taste. She is a lovely little thing.
Mdomnick, I couldn't agree with you more. And, in regards to M&M, I heard that he won a Grammy, but I never really gave it much attention. Although I did see one of his videos on one of those video channels. He was dressed up as Bin Laden. It was pretty funny.

I kinda forgot to listen to the music.
Who is more deserving of recognition than Norah Jones? At least in this instance the awards went to someone with talent, a style of her own and who has good taste in selecting material. She isn't a jazz singer and I don't think it's fair to compare her to, say, Ella. Comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Roberta Flack, etc. at a similar stage in career would be more appropriate. Considering the state of popular music and the fact that rap and grunge/hard rock has yet to produce a single memorable song, I see Norah Jones as a breath of fresh air following a lot of exhaust. Her music has heart, and I for one am happy that people are buying it. Maybe it will start a trend.
Well,the midle of the road always sucks,pick any genre,Literature,Art,Politics etc.Whatever has mass appeal, as a rule sucks,check any Top ten list-all the more reason to support talent.As an aside did anybody read about William Shatner's recent award for worst Beatle cover ever-a spoken word cover of,'Lucy in the sky With Diamonds'.