Posted in music on January 31, 2010

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Eclectic rocker Neil Young, who has made no secret of his disdain for the Grammys, finally won a coveted trophy on Sunday for the first time in a career spanning almost 50 years.

Fittingly, the Canadian singer/songwriter was honored for a long-delayed boxed set collecting more than 120 tracks from his early days.

"Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)" won the Grammy for best art direction on a boxed or special limited-edition package. Young, 64, shared the award with fellow art directors Gary Burden and Jenice Heo.

"Thanks a lot, everybody," Young said as he accepted his statuette.

He also competed for best solo rock vocal Grammy but lost to Bruce Springsteen, whose career total rose to 20.

On Friday he was honored by the music industry at its annual MusiCares charity fundraiser in recognition of his annual concerts for the Bridge School for disabled children.

The 10-disc "Archives" boxed set has been in the works for years, with Young frequently delaying its release so that technology could catch up with his vision. It boasts studio and live tracks, demos, outtakes and other rarities, as well as videos and the first digital release of his directing debut, "Journey Through the Past."

Fans have the choice of three configurations: CD, DVD and Blu-ray -- the most expensive at more than $200. [Reuters]

Kings of Leon won three. MGMT won none. Loudon Wainwright, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Steve Martin (bluegrass), and Michael J Fox all won Grammys. Phoenix won for best Alternative Music Album. David Byrne & Brian Eno's CD won for 'Recording Package'. Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Les Paul and Michael Jackson were honored. Stephen Colbert won in the comedy category which came later in the show than his iPad bit. Video of that with the full list of winners below...

Lady Gaga & Elton John video

Album of the Year: Fearless, Taylor Swift

Female Pop Vocal Performance: Beyoncé, "Halo"

Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Run This Town," Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West

Rock Album: 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day

Record of the Year: "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon

Comedy Album: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, Stephen Colbert

New Artist: Zac Brown Band

Country Album: Fearless, Taylor Swift

Song of the Year: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyoncé

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: The Black Eyed Peas, "I Gotta Feeling"

Pop Vocal Album: The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas

Male Pop Vocal Performance: Jason Mraz, "Make It Mine"


Female R&B Vocal Performance: Beyoncé, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"

Male R&B Vocal Performance: Maxwell, "Pretty Wings"

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Jamie Foxx and T-Pain, "Blame It"

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Beyoncé, "At Last"

R&B Song: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyoncé

R&B Album: Blacksummers' Night, Maxwell

Contemporary R&B Album: I Am...Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé


Female Country Vocal Performance: Taylor Swift, "White Horse"

Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, "Sweet Thing"

Country Song: "White Horse," Taylor Swift

Country Collaboration With Vocals: "I Told You So," Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis

Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Lady Antebellum, "I Run to You"

Country Instrumental Performance: "Producer's Medley," Steve Wariner


Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Bruce Springsteen, "Working on a Dream"

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"

Rock Song: "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon

Hard Rock Performance: AC/DC, "War Machine"

Metal Performance: Judas Priest, "Dissident Aggressor"

Rock Instrumental Performance: Jeff Beck, "A Day in the Life"


Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden, Michael Bublé

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, "Lucky"

Pop Instrumental Performance: Bela Fleck, "Throw Down Your Heart"

Pop Instrumental Album: Potato Hole, Booker T. Jones


Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: "Crack a Bottle," Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent

Rap Song: "Run This Town," Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West

Rap Album: Relapse, Eminem

Rap Solo Performance: Jay-Z, "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)"

Urban/Alternative Performance: India.Arie and Dobet Gnahore, "Pearls"


Dance Recording: "Poker Face," Lady Gaga

Electronic/Dance Album: The Fame, Lady Gaga


Alternative Music Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix

Americana Album: Electric Dirt, Levon Helm

Bluegrass Album: The Crow/New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, Steve Martin

Traditional Blues Album: A Stranger Here, Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Contemporary Blues Album: Already Free, The Derek Trucks Band

Traditional Folk Album: High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, Loudon Wainwright III

Contemporary Folk Album: Townes, Steve Earle

Hawaiian Music Album: Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2, Various Artists

Native American Music Album: Spirit Wind North, Bill Miller

Zydeco or Cajun Music Album: Lay Your Burden Down, Buckwheat Zydeco

Reggae Album: Mind Control—Acoustic, Stephen Marley

Traditional World Music Album: Douga Mansa, Mamadou Diabate

Contemporary World Music Album: Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3—Africa Sessions, Béla Fleck

Paris and Prince Jackson speech at the grammys

New Age Album: Prayer for Compassion, David Darling


Short Form Music Video: "Boom Boom Pow," The Black Eyed Peas

Long Form Music Video: "The Beatles Love—All Together Now," Various Artists

Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Story Telling): Always Looking Up, Michael J. Fox

Musical Show Album: West Side Story

Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Slumdog Millionaire

Score Soundtrack Album tor Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Up, Michael Giacchino

Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "Jai Ho" (from Slumdog Millionaire), A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Vijay Prakash

Instrumental Composition: Married Life (from Up), Michael Giacchino

Instrumental Arrangement: "West Side Story Medley," Bill Cunliffe


Gospel Performance: "Wait on the Lord," Donnie McClurkin featuring Karen Clark Sheard

Gospel Song: "God in Me," Mary Mary featuring Kierra "KiKi" Sheard

Rock or Rap Gospel Album: Live Revelations, Third Day

Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: The Power of One, Israel Houghton

Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album: Jason Crabb, Jason Crabb

Traditional Gospel Album: Oh Happy Day, Various Artists

Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: Audience of One, Heather Headley


Latin Pop Album: Sin Frenos, La Quinta Estación

Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo, Calle 13

Tropical Latin Album: Ciclos, Luis Enrique

Regional Mexican Album: Necesito De Ti, Vicente Fernández

Tejano Album: Borders y Bailes, Los Texmaniacs

Norteño Album: Tu Noche Con...Los Tigres Del Norte, Los Tigres Del Norte

Banda Album: Tu Esclavo y Amo, Lupillo Rivera


Contemporary Jazz Album: 75, Joe Zawinul & the Zawinul Syndicate

Jazz Vocal Album: Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, Kurt Elling

Improvised Jazz Solo: "Dancin' 4 Chicken," Terence Blanchard, soloist

Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Five Piece Band—Live, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin Five Peace Band

Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Book One, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Latin Jazz Album: Juntos Para Siempre, Bebo Valdés and Chucho Valdés


Engineered Album, Classical: Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10, Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony

Producer of the Year, Classical: Steven Epstein

Classical Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10

Orchestral Performance: Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Opera Recording: Britten: Billy Budd, London Symphony Orchestra; Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus

Choral Performance: Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10, Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Elza van den Heever, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef and Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Symphony Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus

Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra): Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3, Philharmonia Orchestra

Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra): Journey to the New World, Sharon Isbin

Chamber Music Performance: Intimate Letters, Emerson String Quartet

Small Ensemble Performance: Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion, Ars Nova Copenhagen & Theatre of Voices

Classical Vocal Performance: Renée Fleming, Verismo Arias

Classical Contemporary Composition: Higdon, Jennifer: Percussion Concerto, Jennifer Higdon

Classical Crossover Album: Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace, Yo-Yo Ma

Surround Sound Album: Transmigration, Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses


Musical Album for Children: Family Time, Ziggy Marley

Spoken Word Album for Children: Aaaaah! Spooky, Scary Stories & Songs, Buck Howdy


Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "Quiet Nights," Diana Krall

Recording Package: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, David Byrne and Brian Eno

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Neil Young Archives Vol. I (1963–1972), Neil Young

Album Notes: The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946), Louis Armstrong

Historical Album: The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967), Little Walter

Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Ellipse, Imogen Heap

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Brendan O'Brien

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: "When Love Takes Over" (Electro Extended Remix), David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland

Pink's nude-looking performance



Comments (52)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band once won the Grammy for album of the year and tonight Taylor Swift won. What a great world we live in today.

Posted by Venkman | February 1, 2010 12:01 AM

Taylor Swift winning at the end instead of Lady Gaga was the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 12:04 AM

lady gaga have always been in the spotlight and stays at top five on the billboard chart for so many weeks and did much better than beyonce sacha fierce,why she only got two awards something is definately wrong with you people.Very disappointed,stop making beyonce think shes all.

Posted by george | February 1, 2010 12:16 AM

PINK has a beautiful penis

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 12:32 AM

Lady KaKa ..barf

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 12:34 AM

Lady Gaga was awesome tonight, and i don't really care for her. Pink was pretty impressive singing like that while doing all those acrobatics.

Dave Matthews Band are still the worst excuse of a band ever

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 12:39 AM

wtf is going on? It took reading this list to fully realize that I have no idea what is popular today.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 1:21 AM

Taylor Swift's Fearless really was the best album of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 1:45 AM



This is more like the Walmart awards for music sales.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 1:49 AM

Beyonce is not the only one am disapointed what of alicia keys?

Posted by Fred | February 1, 2010 6:21 AM

Bill Miller! Best Native American Album!

That guy can put on a show!

Posted by Freepster | February 1, 2010 8:20 AM

the Walmart awards! - good statement

Bill Miller makes excellent BBQ as well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 8:28 AM

What an embarrassment.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 9:22 AM

MJ's kids accepting the award was the most uncomfortable thing I've seen on TV in ages.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 9:38 AM

The terrorists have won.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 9:45 AM

why is it every year at the Oscars, they nominate a bunch of movies I've never heard that I have to go see? Then at the grammy's, they only nominate crap that's on the radio all the time. If the Oscars were run by the same folks at the grammy's, than Paul Blart Mall Cop would be the best movie of 2009. Taylor Swift? Really?! Why can't the Oscars nominate the good instead of the popular?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 9:47 AM

Rock Album: 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day

well THAT goes without saying

how is Taylor Swift not rock? she does everything people claim Neko Case does, except she doesn't suck.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 10:07 AM

yeah levon!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 10:12 AM

Taylor Swift was embarrassingly off-key when she sang with Stevie Nicks. Cringe-worthy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 10:14 AM

Grammy's are a joke. Kings of Leon? Really? It is funny how with their worst album these win all these stupid trophies yet their two best albums (1 and 2) don't win anything. Kings of Leon are now the new Coldplay. Too big. Too overexposed. Too much pussy tunes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 10:23 AM

A lot of good and right on the money comments. Beyonce is really not as great as she is made out to be. A couple of good songs but not the legend these awards give the impression she is. Also, the grown up Jonas Bros in Kings of Leon are just an joke these days. 10:23 hit it right on the $$ as their 1st album is their best which they got nothing for. This album sounds like a blatant attempt to cash in (which they did so good on them). I didn't watch the broadcast so someone tell me...did KOL wear their new line of clothes? What a joke!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 10:40 AM

i dunno, i got no hate for Kings of Leon, they worked hard for their success, their are WAY worse bands that could be as huge as they've become, so good for them. Taylor Swift?? What? Funniest thing to me is that Judas Priest won best metal grammy (not that they don't deserve it for their career) for a track from the 1970's from a throwaway live album last year. who are the people that vote for these things? oh well.

Posted by brian roach | February 1, 2010 10:48 AM

Who gives a damn about a god damned Grammy?

Posted by Chuck Dee | February 1, 2010 10:51 AM

I saw Pink's pink cooch. She is much more sexy with those acrobatics....mmmm her in bed....

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 10:54 AM

Taylor Swift is hot. I'd rather a hot chick win then a fat, aging rocker (a la Plant, Springsteen, Steely Dan, Clapton).

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 11:06 AM


Hot chicks > Fat Old Dudes

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 11:15 AM

Best New Artist? MGMT and Silversun Pickups? Is that a complete joke. I'm pretty sure I bought their debut albums in the spring (Silversun) and fall (MGMT) of 2007. How the fuck! is that a new artist. Come to think of it, I believe Silversun Pickups have release two albums prior to this year's Grammys on a major label.


Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 11:21 AM

Silversun Pickups first album actually first dropped in 2006 so a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2010 Grammys is just silly.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 11:35 AM

Maybe next year The Walkmen will get a best new artist nomination. They are like 4-5 albums in.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 11:41 AM

The biggest joke is that you actually bought the MGMT and Silversun Pickups' albums!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 11:45 AM

@ 11:21....crying shame that you weren't nominated for "2010 Most Indie Dude around". GEEK!

@ 11:45.....HAHAHAHA!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 11:49 AM

O A S I S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 11:59 AM

@ 9:38 i totally agree.

zac brown, kings of leon? who cares.

very embarrassing watching stevie nicks being rolled out on stage to sing back up vocals for taylor swift.

jamie foxx? gimme a break.


les saavy fat shoulda been up there.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 12:00 PM

Dirty belly of a secret town
Cheap trick hookers that are hanging out at the bar in the Greyhound station
And the bare-chested boys are going down on every thing that the momma believes
Pack of smokes and a little bump of cocaine, help you feel not so strange

Said old Pa, "She don't get off, unless somebody standing near her."
"And she'll shine, once she's crossed the line, cause all tied to the chair."
Oscillating on the ground, blowin white noise sound, like a trani on ten

All the bubbas got their heads in a nod,
they don't know what they love or deserve to get
Chances are they tab their worm in a slab,
doesn't even know which fish that he like to bite tonight, ah tonight, tonight, tonight

Ah maybe tonight
Said old Pa, "She don't get off, unless somebody standing near her."
"And she'll shine, once she's crossed the line, hands all tied to the chair."
I said, “Lay it now on the ground, throw in a white noise sound, like a trani on ten."

cops on the call, and now the priest, fingers in the dirt, spittin out his teeth, spittin out his teeth

I said, “Lay it on the ground, throw in a white noise sound, like a trani on ten.”

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 12:07 PM

A blurb from Pitchfork's review of "Only By The Night"

"You'd figure "17" would be right in their wheelhouse, because what's a better Kings of Leon topic than underage pussy? But after the first line (I'll spot you "Winger" as a hint and let you guess what it is), it just sort of trails off, leaving the last memorable moment of an album that still has about 20 minutes to go."

Well said mates.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 12:13 PM

Tempe > Phoenix

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 1:21 PM

2011 Grammy for Best Alternative Album will be between:

1. The National
2. The Arcade Fire
4. Band of Horses
5. The xx

Ready. Set. Go!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 1:45 PM

Come on! "Tusk," in its entirety, with the pauses as Lindsay Buckingham intended! Watch the room crumble at the aura of the H-Man!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 1:52 PM

"Taylor Swift was embarrassingly off-key when she sang with Stevie Nicks. Cringe-worthy"

You are absolutely right. I cringed. I wasn't too familliar with her work, but I have heard a lot of talk. I don't get it at all. That passes for a superstar talent these days? WTF?

And Jamie Foxx is a respected talent? Give me a break...

Maybe I'm jaded, but I don't think music industry has ever been worse than it is now. I'm 35 now, did people say that when I was a kid?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 2:27 PM

The Grammys is self-serving. It is just one giant commercial to push more product and boost sales. Notice how much sales go up after nominations were announced at the end of 2009. Notice in a week when sales for Grammy winners goes through the roof. The RIAA isn't going to nominate bands like Arcade Fire, The National, Animal Collective or The xx because they won't drive sale high enough if they do win major prizes. Only acts with confirmed followings in the millions benefit from this particular awards show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 2:47 PM

So I read that Neil Young won his first Grammy ever yesterday. Wow! That is nuts. This guy has so many classic albums in rock history and he only wins his first Grammy in 2010 for best boxed set release. Gimme a break.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 2:54 PM

Mandisa's album is awesome. If your into christian pop try this one!!

Posted by Debra Born | February 1, 2010 3:51 PM

Since when did the grammys matter?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:03 PM

Since when did 4:03 matter?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:15 PM

taylor is hot

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:19 PM

Lady Gaga definitely has a penis.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 4:55 PM

Did Wavves win anything?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 5:05 PM

Lady Gaga probably has three penises.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 5:06 PM

Wavves won Best Festival Meltdown While Performing In A Foreign Country. he performed with elton john at the after-party.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2010 5:19 PM

Taylor Swift is winning bc she is so gosh darn grateful to win & cute on the podium. She would do well to sing to backing tracks bc she is WAY off key - on her own 3 chord trite song as well. I felt sorry for Stevie Nick having to sing with that POS.

Speaking of in-key, never heard Mary J Buldge sing on-key live before - must have been a backing track, but I give her props for whatever she used to give a great perf without her usual bum, oversung notes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2010 2:32 AM

Perish the thought!

Posted by Play Online | November 2, 2010 8:17 AM

I love Elton John, Lady Gaga with honestly is not much my style, but the most important is that the show will happen this week in Rio de Janeiro! Elton John and I will!

Posted by Acompanhantes RJ | April 5, 2013 11:00 AM

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