The day after the GRAMMYs is an odd one in the social media and music journalism world.
Today’s social media forecast: a tempestuous mix of outraged diehards on the offensive because their favorite acts were snubbed/stolen from/disrespected; confused (and presumably young-in-age) viewers who don’t know any artists that aren’t played regularly on commercial radio or MTV (ahem, Beck); and outraged diehards on the defensive for their favorite artists who are being slammed by the acolytes of those who were snubbed/stolen from/disrespected and, likewise, being labeled as non-deserving no-namers.
It’s a vicious, hashtag-riddled cycle. You’re better off staying away from Twitter today.
Instead, we recommend you take some time to read up on the artists that were nominated for the prestigious music award and, well, get to know them better. To help you out, we took a look over the list of GRAMMY nominees and realized that a few of them have appeared in Fly Magazine in recent months.
Save yourself from mind-numbing commentary on Kanye West and high-brow music critiquing and punditry… Let’s let the artists do the talking.
Old Crow Medicine Show
We chatted with Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Critter Fuqua back in August in the wake of the string-band’s fifth release, Remedy. Last night, that very album captured the honor of Best Folk Album just minutes after OCMS treated the crowd to a rousing rendition of their song, “8 Dogs, 8 Banjos.” In his acceptance speech, singer Ketch Secor voiced his appreciation to everyone from Bob Dylan (technically a co-writer of the band’s hit single, “Sweet Amarillo”) to the Grand Ole Opry (watch OCMS perform “8 Dogs, 8 Banjos at the Opry below). The award is the band’s second; in 2013, OCMS shared a GRAMMY with Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros for the group’s long form music video documentary, Big Easy Express. Read our Q&A with Fuqua here.
The rising star in country music was not only nominated for Best New Artist and Best Country Album, but Brandy Clark was also asked to perform her song “Hold My Hand,” off her GRAMMY-nominated album 12 Stories, at the show with Dwight Yoakam (see video below). Clark did not win either award (Sam Smith took Best New Artist while Miranda Lambert snagged Best Country Album), she did manage to further cement her standing as a new force in Nashville. Read our August 2014 Q&A with Brandy Clark here.
We put Aloe Blacc on the cover of our July issue when he came to Hershey to open for Bruno Mars. Simply put, the man is talented. (And a heck of a dresser, to boot.) The soulful singer’s latest release, Lift Your Spirit, was nominated for Best R&B Album, an honor that was instead awarded to Toni Braxton and Babyface. Though he did not win his category, Blacc did get the honor of performing earlier in the week at the GRAMMY Foundation “Lean on Me” Legacy Concert (watch his performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Melissa Etheridge below). Read our Q&A with Aloe Blacc here.
The late comedian and “Fashion Police” host Joan Rivers won the GRAMMY for Best Spoken Word Album last night for her Diary of a Mad Diva. Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers accepted the trophy on behalf of her mom, who passed away in September. While this is Rivers first GRAMMY win, the sharp-tongued comedian was previously nominated in 1984 for her comedy album, What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? Read our Q&A with Joan Rivers from April 2012 here.