Let's face it: The Grammy Awards are kinda like the weather -- everybody bitches about them but nobody ever does anything about it. Nevertheless, some people seem to take them very seriously (possibly the same people who thought Jethro Tull had recorded the "best heavy metal album" the year they won that award) and it's an honor just to be nominated, etc., etc., etc.
MT editor W. Kim Heron took the time to go through today's nominations to find the ones that have something to do with our lovely city. I'd like to thank him for that, as I just went through the list myself and couldn't find any others. If we're missing some, please let us know and we'll certainly amend this. Happy that Eminem is up for so many this year at any rate, though does he really care at this point if he gets another Grammy or not? Who knows? Below is a list of the Detroiters (or former Detroiters) who'll be going to L.A. for the ceremony next year on January 31, 2010 at the Staples Center in L.A.
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (for a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks only): "All About The Love Again," Stevie Wonder (Hidden Beach Records)
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (for duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only): "Higher Ground," Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters (EMI Gospel)
Best Rap Solo Performance (for a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only): "Beautiful," Eminem (Aftermath/Interscope Records)
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group (for duo, group or collaborative performances of rap only. Singles or Tracks only): "Crack A Bottle," Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent (Aftermath/Interscope)
Best Rap Album (for albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks): Relapse, Eminem (Aftermath/Interscope)
Best Gospel Performance (for solo, duo, group as collaborative performances. Singles or tracks with vocal containing Gospel lyrics. All genres of Gospel music are eligible): "Wait On The Lord," Donnie McClurkin Featuring Karen Clark Sheard [track from We All Are One (Live In Detroit)] (Verity)
Best Traditional Gospel Album (for albums containing 51 percent or more playing time of vocal tracks), How I Got Over, Vickie Winans (Destiny Joy Records)
Best Classical Crossover Album (award to the artist and/or to the Conductor): The Melody Of Rhythm, Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (E1 Music)