The Grammy Awards are not, as a general rule, anything that merits the attention of The Film Experience but it doesn't mean we can't discuss them briefly as an intermission between Oscariffic posting. Obviously I'm rooting for "Call Me Maybe" THE song of the year and indefatigably fun. And you already know that I wish Record of the Year Nominee "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was the title of a movie.
But given this blog's metier, we have to focus on movie-related categories first and foremost.
BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
The Descendants (Various Artists)
Marley (Bob Marley & The Wailers)
Midnight in Paris (Various Artists)
The Muppets (Various Artists)
Rock of Ages (Various Artists)
I've never understood quite what people saw in The Descendants soundtrack (ooh, Hawaiian music. How obvious!) but I love the nomination for its fellow 2011 Best Picture nominee Midnight in Paris.
QUESTION: Will this be the only award outside of the Razzies that the Rock of Ages film adaptation receives?
SNUBBED: Excuse me but where the hell is the Smash CD?
MORE MUSIC after the jump...
BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
The Adventures of TinTin - The Secret of the Unicorn (John Williams)
The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)
Hugo (Howard Shore)
Journey (Austin Wintory)
The Artist won the Oscar for Score but I suspect that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo might win the Grammy. Not that I know how to predict the Grammys. It's a foreign language to me or science fiction -- The Grammys are a galaxy far far away from Oscar.
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
The Hunger Games "Abraham's Daughter"
Brave "Learn Me Right"
Smash "Let Me Be Your Star"
The Muppets "Man or Muppet"
The Hunger Games "Safe & Sound"
QUESTION: Will this look anything like Oscar's Best Song category this year?
ANSWER: No, since most of these won't be eligible.
Best Short Form Music Video
Foster the People "Houdini"
Jay-Z & Kanye West Feat. Frank Ocean & The Dream "No Church in the Wild"
M.I.A. "Bad Girls"
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris "We Found Love"
Woodkid "Run Boy Run"
M.I.A.'s video give me uncomfortable flashbacks to Sex & The City 2's Abu Dabi hijinx. Trivia: This video was directed by Romaine Gavras who is the son of Oscar winner Costa-Gavras (of Z and Missing fame)
Remember when "We Found Love" played during Magic Mike? That was awesome. Magic Mike has a great soundtrack.
BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM
The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Once: A New Musical
Shut up. I love show tunes. I wish they were making a movie of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess right now with this exact cast so that Audra McDonald could have an Oscar to go with all her Tony trophies.
And finally, this last featured category is easily my favorite category not just for its what the fuck undefinable -- how are these records at all categorizable with each other? -- but for the inclusion of not 1, not 2 but 3 of my favorite musicians (Fiona, Bjork, and Waits). I'm rooting for Fiona because that record is a wow and she's had a rough month (sniffle)
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Goyte Making Mirrors
M 83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Tom Waits Bad As Me
This one is easily my favorite category this year and not just for its what the fuck undefinable -- how are these records at all categorizable with each other? It's my favorite because in one category they've nominated not 1, not 2, but 3 of my favorite musicians (Fiona, Bjork, and Waits). I'm rooting for Fiona because that record is a wow and she's had a rough few months *sniffle*
And finally a congratulations to Jack Black whose band Tenacious D received a nomination for Best Comedy Album for "Rize of the Fenix" the same day Bernie was cited by the National Board of Review
Given Bernie's success thus far in movie awards season at the Gothams, Spirit Awards, and today's NBR citation, Jack Black will be walking lots of red carpets this year, including the Grammys!