Broken Record of the Year

Is this thing on?

Are the Grammys in danger of being struck down? The trades think so, noting that the Writers Guild of America strike - which turned the Golden Globes and People's Choice Awards into spectacular lame-a-thons (73 percent lamer than usual!) - could derail Music's Biggest Night (TM) as well.

So what happens if the WGA strike does, in fact, throw a wet blanket on the Recording Academy's 50th birthday cake, which is scheduled to be broadcast live on CBS? What kind of Grammys ceremony should there be on Feb. 10?

An unscripted press conference hosted by Kellie Pickler? A Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes-type webcast, with Ed McMahon going door-to-door at the Mondrian to deliver trophies to the winners? An Alicia Keys concert on the back of a truck? And does any of this even matter, given that Amy Winehouse might be a no-show either way? Discuss.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  January 15, 2008; 5:42 PM ET Awards Shows
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C'mon...why can't we have a Grammy Awards where there is nothing but performances and names being read out. No skits, no commentary--unless someone wants to do improv.

Keep it simple.

Hey, if you need to spice things up, offer some time to the comedy nominees to do a 3 min routine. We never get to hear from the comedians.

Posted by: MoCo | January 15, 2008 5:51 PM

I'd like to see a parade of doughy, pimply-faced loser teens read the names of the winners and then try to rationalize why they blame the artists for the music they all steal online. Then they get to drive mom and dad's car back to mom and dad's house and while they stuff their pie holes with mom and dad's food and claim that the royalty system makes artists get it too easy and takes too much hard-earned money away from internet billionaires.

and to end the evening they can make vague comments about Jewish entertainment business conspiracies and blatantly racist comments about African-American hip hop stereotypes as reasons why they refuse to pay for music.

Then it will basically reflect the discussion of music as it's appeared online in 2007!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 15, 2008 10:11 PM

Without the writers, can you really properly introduce Plain White T's? I'm concerned. I know that no one wants to consider this possibility, but there might be NO LIVE PERFORMANCE OF HEY THERE DELILAH.

Posted by: shf | January 16, 2008 1:46 PM

Just cancel the Grammys entirely, now and forever. A complete waste of time - it has no bearing whatsoever on the production of high-quality music by talented artists.

Posted by: Bye Bye | January 16, 2008 2:02 PM

Cancel the Grammys forever? NO WAY! That would deprive me of a yearly most-expenses-paid trip to California.

Maybe Soy Bomb will host an alt-Grammys party.

Posted by: J. Freedom | January 16, 2008 2:27 PM

They could make it just about the performances, but since when has the RIAA and the Academny cared about artists who put on a good show on their own attributes?

Posted by: EricS | January 16, 2008 3:07 PM

Wait, I'm a genius. Just have Patti LaBelle announce the winners via conference call.

Posted by: shf | January 16, 2008 3:43 PM

@shf: LOL. Definitely a nominee for previous-blogpost-referencing comment of the year!

Posted by: J. Freedom | January 16, 2008 4:45 PM

Cancel the Grammys but still have the junkets for the music writers, so that they occasionally do pieces on artists that most of the public may have heard.

Posted by: 23112 | January 16, 2008 9:49 PM

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