19 February 2009

Grammys vs. Brits - who's got the gong (not the clap)?

I don't follow award shows anymore. there was a time when I was younger that I used to watch all of them, even the Country Music Awards (now known as the "CMAs") b/c my grandma was a big fan of Randy Travis. but over the years, it became obvious that the people who were chosen to win any award - at least in the U.S. - weren't any bands or singers that I liked.

so it was was interesting to hear about the Grammys this year that British artists swamped the nominations and indeed, ended up picking up most of the major category trophies. while I am happy to see that the Brits were well represented, I'm ambivalent to all the accolades being given to Coldplay - a band that I liked at the beginning before they got way too big and now feels so incredibly commercial.

so much that I was glad to see Elbow beat them for a Brit last night.

I was also happy to see that the British like Duffy despite Adele being the only one who gets any credit for this white British girl invasion.

what follows are the list of winners from the Brits last night and from the Grammys earlier this month.


From 6Music, the full list of this year's BRIT nominees and winners (in bold):

British Album:
Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Duffy - Rockferry
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing

British Group:
Girls Aloud
Take That

British Single:
Adele - Chasing Pavements
Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
Duffy - Mercy Estelle ft Kanye West - American Boy
Girls Aloud - The Promise
Leona Lewis - Better in Time
Scouting for Girls - Heartbeat
The X Factor Finalists - Hero

British Male Solo Artist:
Ian Brown
James Morrison
Paul Weller
The Streets
Will Young

British Female Solo Artist:
Beth Rowley

British Breakthrough Act:
The Last Shadow Puppets
Scouting For Girls
The Ting Tings

British Live Act :
Iron Maiden
Scouting For Girls
The Verve

International Album:
AC / DC - Black Ice
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
The Killers - Day & Age
Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

International Group:
Fleet Foxes
The Killers
Kings of Leon

International Male Solo Artist:
Neil Diamond
Kanye West
Seasick Steve

International Female Solo Artist:
Gabriella Cilmi
Katy Perry

Critics' Choice Award winner:
Florence & The Machine

Producer of the Year:
Bernard Butler

the list of Grammy winners is too long to list here, so go here if you are interested.

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