Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Grammy Central: Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

Albert here from the SGN, and not enjoying the many, many days of rain. But we do need the stuff to make flowers turn green I suppose. Anyway, let's wrap up our look at the Rock categories and then later this week we'll peek into the R & B field.

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

Revolution - Eric Clapton
Shine It All Around - Robert Plant
Devils & Dust - Bruce Springstein
This Is How a Heart Breaks - Rob Thomas
The Painter - Neil Young

This is where Grammy voters show their age. This category traditionally features a Geritol crowd of nominees, and this year isn't any different. No one can deny the importance of Clapton, Plant, Springstein and Young to rock music, but voters overlooked the newer talents of Beck, James Blunt, Brendan Benson, Sufjan Stevens, Howie Day, Devendra Banhart and Stephen Malkmus, to name a few.

My prediction is that Springstein will win, although winless Young could surprise.

My personal pick is Rob Thomas, the underclassman here for a terrific song and for representing freshness in an otherwise boring lineup.

Photo of Rob Thomas, courtesy of Atlantic-Elektra Records

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