Monday, January 22, 2007

Grammy Watch: Aguilera and Blunt performing; Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

Christina Aguilera, James Blunt, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, and Ludacris have been added to the performers lineup at this year's Grammy Awards ceremony. They'll join the Dixie Chicks, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Gnarls Barkley.

As mentioned before, there is a solid block of Grammy voters living in Seattle and each year they attend an invite-only party on Grammy night. I've attended twice, and both times I've bumped into well-known area musicians and industry folks.

Remember, Grammy night is February 11.

The nominees for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal are:

My Humps - The Black Eyed Peas
I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
Is It Any Wonder? - Keane
Stickwitu - The Pussycat Dolls

Will win: Over My Head (Cable Car)

Grammy voters usually go for a radio-friendly pop-rock hit in this category (i.e. Maroon 5's "This Love" (live version), Los Lonely Boys' "Heaven" , No Doubt's "Hey Baby"), and The Fray's monstrous ballad seems to fit the pattern.

Should win: I Will Follow You Into the Dark

The good news for Death Cab for Cutie, who interviewed with Seattle Gay News back in December 2005, is that 2 Grammy nominations this year and 1 last year proves they've out-grown their indie band sneakers. The bad news is they have to share a category with a pair of embarrassing nominees, the tasteless "My Humps" by the Peas and the very icky "Stickwitu" by the Dolls ("Buttons" would have been a better choice). If Grammy voters actually listen to the songs in this category, they'll recognize why DCFC's acoustic gem is the standout of this bunch.

Photo of Death Cab for Cutie, courtesy of Atlantic Records.

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