Posted in comedy | music on December 6, 2012

EDM

When the Grammys were announced last night it occured to me to point out that many big EDM names got nominations, but not to question who the heck the 5th nominee in this category was:

Best Dance Recording
Levels - Avicii
Let's Go - Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-yo
Bangarang - Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
I Can't Live Without You - Al Walser
Ends up I wasn't the only one who hadn't heard of him, and luckily for our entertainment, some people took the time to figure out exactly who he is. Let's start with Al's own bio:
Al Walser is an alround international entertainment mogul , CEO of US Record Label Cut The Bull entertainment and owner of publishing house " Amiville "
Those credentials are apparently why Al is a Grammy voter, but that's only the beginning of the story. Gawker writes:
Until up until this morning, very few people had ever heard the name Al Walser, at least before SPIN's Philip Sherburne hunted for some answers...

...So, obviously, you can see why all of a sudden people are dumbfounded as to why the dance music version of Rebecca Black got nominated for anything besides "Worst ever contestant on 'America's Got Talent'". What's still unclear is how exactly this happened, though artist manager and blogger Daniel Weisman has a compelling hypothesis.

The Grammys have their own social networking site called Grammy365, because what would the world be without another useless way to connect to random people. Grammy365 is open to members of the Recording Academy -- according to Weisman, there is about 13,000 total members, though roughly 10,000 are allowed to vote on the Grammys. Walser is a member of the Academy, and he's also unsurprisingly a good, or at least a relentless, networker. Weisman took screenshots of Walser's Grammy365 page, which shows 104 pages of "contacts," a number that comes out to over 4,000 contacts (or friends) in total.

Weisman goes on to theorize that Al got the nomination because the other academy voters, who don't actually listen to any of the nominees, recognized his name from being "friends" with him.

Al Walser is likely not going to win a Grammy, but he has officially landed the title of "Best MEME of 12/6/2012" and will probably shake things up behind the scenes of the Grammy Awards (who I imagine are pretty embarrassed right now). Al will probably also sell more books:

Al WalserAl Walser

No, seriously, Al wrote a book about how to make it big in the music industry. At least nobody can accuse him of false advertising in that situation.

Listen to an amazing interview with Al, taped today, at CBC. And watch the even more amazing video for the song nominated, below...

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Al Walser - I Can't Live Without You (Official Video)

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Comments (24)

chummus

hummus w/ an anchovy blend-in

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 8:31 PM

Here's an interview I just did w/Mr. Walser: http://www.1013.com/player/?mid=22692678

Posted by Jon Manuel | December 6, 2012 8:41 PM

Bang Bros!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 8:51 PM

Whenever the Grammys come up, I think of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb2YEaZc60c

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 8:52 PM

His awkward connection to The Grammys is about equal to the awkward connection BV has with its sxsw showcase performers. Remember: You gotta pay to play kiddos.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 9:22 PM

Yeah seriously, why is this news? Gawker and the guy from Spin are morons. Like this is revelation that the Grammys are a joke? Do you really think after all the shit the Academy has pulled over the years that they would even be remotely embarrassed about this? WIth all the coverage this is having I bet they make some kind of joke about it on the telecast just to have the last laugh.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 9:59 PM

Hey 9:59, you seem a bit out of touch. Nobody is saying it's news that the Grammys are a joke, but in the past they've at least managed to nominate their friends that PEOPLE HEARD OF. In this case they obviously made a mistake and nobody noticed until it was too late.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:03 PM

this is actually one of the funniest things I've heard in a while

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:04 PM

10:03 you have your head in your ass or your history of the Grammys goes back about a year. They have done this tons of times. 3/4 of the people out there had not heard of Arcade FIre when they got nominated and won. Do a simple search on here for the post about it and see how twitter lit up with WHO?

10:04 I would say your idea of funny then is pretty lame. I am guessing you think Saturday Night Live is a laugh riot every week.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:33 PM

You're comparing Arcade Fire to this guy? Wow, you're a fucking idiot, 10:33.

This is pretty funny. Agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:49 PM

10:33 has officially proven they are the most clueless human on earth by comparing Arcade Fire's nomination to Al Walser's nomination.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:51 PM

I second 10:04, it is a funny story well told by BV this time. Calm down, never mind the bollocks...

Posted by ME | December 6, 2012 10:52 PM

Dear Ed Droste,

We're all happy you had a brofest with Justin Vernon, but seriously, chill the fuck out. Did Led Zep ever win a Grammy? No. Has Sonic Youth? No. Did The Velvet Underground? No. I'm not comparing your band to them, but my point is that those band did have and will have massive impact on popular rock music for decades to come. Will anyone have any fucks to give about your band in thirty years?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 11:29 PM

10:33 did you really just make a comparison to Arcade Fire!?!? WOW. I mean we all know that the grammies are ridiculous. pat on the back for pointing that out. but claiming it has no validity because Arcade Fire won best album!? talk about ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 11:53 PM

Hope he wins.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 12:03 AM

bieber is pissed, so pissed he might not make music again.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 12:15 AM

This is equally sad and hilarious

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 8:10 AM

at last, Arcade Fire fans come out of the woods...

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 8:42 AM

Ha

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 9:13 AM

Whoa, can't believe that guy compared this to Arcard Fire, wtf were you thinking!?!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 9:32 AM

Worse than Hitler, but still better than Grimes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 10:56 AM

Who the fk is arcade fire?

I worked hard for this Grammy Nom. I deserve to win!

Al

Posted by Al Walser | December 8, 2012 1:36 AM

I am appalled.. I have many NARAS members in my family.
I have produced EDM for 20+ years.
There trust system around Stems and producer/remixers.

Al,
First off, Get new vocalists for your song.
Your lyrics are infantile and datey.
Your arrangement is datey and too "professional" sounding.
Keytars are for idiots or Hipsters.


Pay Zedd to remix your stuff if you like him enough to steal.
I am from Chicago and if you steal my Stems, you will get stole on.

Posted by vince | January 17, 2013 2:41 PM

Hw didn't win :(

Posted by bbb | February 11, 2013 1:51 AM

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