bungle in the Grammys

bungle in the Grammys

i didn’t watch the Grammys last night. i didn’t know who half of the nominees are, and the few that i was happy to see nominated didn’t win…no offense to Black Sabbath, but Dream Theater totally deserved that Best Metal award. however, i am not on the voting committee and i know some very fanatical Ozzy fans who would taunt me endlessly for my Dream Theater collection.

speaking of the Best Metal Performance, it’s widely known that the moment which forever lives on is the 1989 snafu when Metallica lost out to Jethro Tull. there are few instances in award show history that are just so off-the-wall ridiculous as this one…on a personal note, Jethro Tull was one of the first live acts i ever got to see. i was 11 years old at the time, and even though my tastes geared towards Nirvana, Depeche Mode, and Tears For Fears (quite a mix there), there was something unique about Ian Anderson as he flailed around like a madman in what appeared to be an orange prison jumpsuit, with a stage show that was some bizarre blend of Spinal Tap and The Hobbit. he is as loony as they come, yet the Grammys took notice and decided to give him an award that makes less sense than Jethro Tull’s so-called “electro-rock” phase of the early 80’s. still, he is legendary in his own right.

in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Lars Ulrich looks back “fondly” at the head-scratching announcement that, in the end, thrust Metallica further into the spotlight. as for Ian Anderson, well…he’s got a Grammy, a multi-million dollar salmon farming business, and he’s still puffing away on that flute. but unlike his contemporary who’s still baffled about a 25-year-old blooper, he’s not “living in the past.”


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