How did Arcade Fire win Best Album Grammy but lose at Best Alternative Album?
By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Hopes were crushed at last Sunday’s Grammy Awards for artists such as Justin Bieber and Eminem, who were thought to be shoo-ins for their nods. While some dismissed hurt feelings as sour grapes, the counterintuitive nature of some results has not escaped the notice of fans.
Take Arcade Fire, for example. The band won Album of the Year for “The Suburbs”, but lost in a less prestigious category (Best Alternative Album) to The Black Keys’ “Brothers”. And, speaking of “The Black Keys”, despite beating Arcade Fire for Best Alternative Album, songs from the album “Brothers” were nominated for multiple awards, not in the Alternative, but in Rock categories.
Sound confusing? It is, not least of all because there is no symmetry among categories, but because some categories are duplicative, outdated, and just plain ill-conceived. Categories like Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best R&B Song, though justified by technical distinction and propensity for inclusiveness, may do the big picture more harm than good.
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