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February 21, 2011

Grammy Whammy

On the one hand, you can see how some people are upset by the apparent naiveté or ignorance at the annual choice for Best Hawaiian Music Album at the Grammy Awards. But please, let's not start blaming the artists for how they choose to do their craft, or where. Perhaps a more educated voting group or perhaps voters more interested in really listening, in detail, to all of the potential nominees might result in a more diverse or representative group of finalists and perhaps even a different winner, but let's not simply blame "the system" or the winners and insist that mistakes are being made each year.

How many so-called experts vote in the reggae category and listen only for music that reminds them of Bob Marley? How many voters in 2009 voted "Raising Sand" as the Best Contemporary Folk/Americana album as a novelty because Led Zeppelin front man, Robert Plant, was on the album? And how about in 1992, when rock god Eric Clapton won Best Rock Song for his maudlin, acoustic remake of his 1970 hard rock classic, "Layla", beating out the historic grunge anthem, "Smells Like Teen Spirit", by Nirvana?!

Remember, Grammy voting is- like the art of music itself- extremely subjective. If more Hawaii musicians would actually join the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, then their voices and votes could be counted on come Grammy selection time. As it stands, let's just enjoy the diversity of sounds created here and elsewhere and continue to support great musicians and music. Think about it…

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