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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young: Guess who has 11 Grammy Awards and which one has zero?

Neil Young and Emmylou Harris
photo from "Heart of Gold" film

Tonight the annual Grammy Awards will be handed out. Neil Young received a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for "No Hidden Path" on Chrome Dreams II.

This about the third or forth time that we've recycled the trick question of who has 11 Grammy Awards and who has zero?

Emmylou Harris has received at least 11 Grammy Awards in her career. Neil Young -- 0, zero, nada. Not that it matters.

This could only mean one thing. The Grammy Awards are either incredibly correct with Emmylou or horribly wrong on Neil.

Thrasher might live a thousand years and still not know what this means...

Neil's perfect Grammy streak most likely will continue tonight -- zero awards. Well, at least last year he lost to Dylan in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category.

Neil Young was up for 2 grammy nominations for Prairie Wind two years ago. He even dressed up and attended the ceremonies. Will he attend this year?

Jonathan Demme, Pegi Young, Neil Young
48th Annual Grammy Awards - 8 Feb 2006
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At 2/08/2009 08:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Emmylou and why Neil is always overlooked I'll never know.

If they give an award to Paul for that old song, then Neil should get "best up and coming artist" for the release of his performance series.

Suzanne Vega got best up & coming artist in 1985 (?) and she hasn't done much lately, has she?

What do the Grammy's know, right? Sometimes they get it right and sometimes they don't.

At 2/08/2009 10:23:00 PM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...

A "No Hidden Path" performance at the Grammys would be the BEST Grammy moment EVER. I bet they would wheel Neil away in a handtruck after the twenty-eight minute point after having aired seven unplanned commercial breaks.

GOD I fucking love that song! Let's hope that it is not tainted by any further Grammy involvement. ;) I hope Neil knows that many of us consider "No Hidden Path" one of his best achievements to date as a songwriter (and performer). The real award (for, well, us) for "No Hidden Path" will be the release of Jonathan Demme's Trunk Show film, of which NHP will be the centerpiece. Rustie Karen couldn't even detect any edits in the song... it is going to be epic (it was in person, anyway)! I am know I have said this on Rust already, but I am looking forward to that more than Archives Vol. 1. If we get Fork, Toast, and Trunk in '09, we are some lucky MFs.

Hey, are there some Roadeyes behind Sugarland??

At 2/09/2009 08:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, does nay one know how many times Neil has been nominated for a Grammy?

Seems like he was up for something in the last three albums

It must be many nominations over the years

At 2/09/2009 08:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was nominated with fellow CSN for best new group in 69 ... He was also nominated a few times for LWW & PW ...

At 2/09/2009 09:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait! 1969 for Best New Group I don't think so... That was the year the Beatles took the Grammy for Sgt. Pepper, and Simon and Garfunkle won for Mrs. Robinson. Cash was doing "Folsom Prison" and Judy Collins was "Both Sides Now."

Young was nominated for LWW, PW, & for Hidden Path on CDII ...

At 2/09/2009 09:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhhh... they were nominated in '69 and received the award in 1970.

At 2/09/2009 11:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unrelated to the grammys, but some fun speculation:

After watching Conan O'Brien talking about taking over the Tonight Show in a couple weeks I started thinking. If Leno's gone, is Kevin Eubanks gone as well? If so, Kevin's personal assistant might be looking for work. Who is Kevin Eubanks' personal assistant (last I heard anyway)? Frank "Poncho" Sampedro!

It's fun to dream isn't it.

At 2/09/2009 11:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't watch television much except for the weather stations - gotta keep'm guess'n, ya know?)

Does that mean Conan will be performing with or without his hairpiece?

At 2/09/2009 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that it matters because the Grammys are a load of dog turds, but Neil did win one as "best new artist" in 1969 with CSN&Y. And The Beatles did not win any Grammys in 1969.

At 2/09/2009 11:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, it was 1970 when CSN&Y won. my mistake.

At 2/09/2009 12:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, looks as if Neil lost, along with Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Eddie Vedder, to...wait for it...John Mayer.

At 2/09/2009 02:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil's music is above all this shit.

At 2/09/2009 02:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect that Neil Young will get a Grammy when Ron Santo is voted into the Hall of Fame - both are stupid oversights.

At 2/09/2009 04:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It made me mad when I first found out Neil didn't win for "No Hidden Path" which is one of my favorite NY songs, but after watching the show last night, I'm glad he didn't win. Unlike the Academy Awards which award movies for how great they actually are and the art involved, the Grammys seem to completely overlook the art aspect of it and simply pick whatever are big radio hits! The Grammys seriously are a load of shit! The show last night seriously only showed like 8 awards within 3.5 hours and the rest were crappy performances...many of which were cut short. I could just see if they wanted Neil to perform during the show but told him he had to cut his song a verse short. Neil doesn't put up with that shit and I'm glad he didn't win. They overlooked a lot of his better stuff and are just now starting to recognize him...yet all these rappers have like 10 awards and will be forgotten in years. Oh well. It's better to burn out than it is to rust. Keep doing it for the music Neil and fuck the commercialism!

At 2/09/2009 06:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, it's always been "hip" to diss on awards shows, especially when one's favorite doesn't win. Personally, I believe that the Oscars, even though they are hit-and-miss with the winners, are usually pretty good about at least NOMINATING the best actor/film in any given category most of the time.

The Grammys however, are a complete and utter shitfest, year in and year out. What you've got is a bunch of members of an academy who are all 50 or older trying to decide what the best music of the year was, when the best music is almost always made by people younger than their kids. It was like this in the 60s, and it's even worse today. In no other major awards show are you likely to find 5 pieces of irrelevant garbage nominated for a single award, and this happens several times every year. The Grammys have absolutely no redeeming value whatsoever.

Winning a Grammy is an embarrasment. Neil should be proud that he is considered the second greatest living songwriter and has never won one of those fucking paperweights.


At 2/10/2009 08:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bloody HATE John Mayer....his music stinks and he's a WEIRDO!

At 2/10/2009 10:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Punkdaddy, does it hurt to walk around with that swell in your head from being right all the time?

You capture brilliantly the key difference between the film and music industry.

What drives both industries is greed, sure, but what truly makes a great film or song isn't how much money it brings in.

At the Oscars, at least we see more and more transforming qualities in film than we see mind rot.

At the Grammy, we get ad nauseum from mercenary-driven greed and the stink of mind rot. And only on occasion do they open the windows for "venting."

At 2/10/2009 12:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Mother Nature:

I had what turned into a very heated argument with a friend a couple years ago about the differnce between the Grammys and the Oscars. She was basically cutting down both equally, while I was saying that the Oscars had a lot more merit (despite CSNY/Deja Vu being overlooked this year in the documentary catagory).

My point at the time was that music is SO much about taste that it's virtually impossible to have meaningful awards. Just take different genres. I respect jazz, but I don't listen to it because it doesn't do much for me. I also have a lot of respect for the ability of a songwriter to write a song that has mass appeal, even if many people disparage that type of writing as "sell out" or "hack writing".

With film however, there are certain standards of the art that are generally agreed upon by the "experts", and therefore the Oscars do a pretty respectable job of recognizing those who have achieved highly in their crafts each year. Some will say that certain types of films don't get the critical respect they should, and that may be true, but you almost never see garbage nominated for the awards. Even when there is a travesty of justice with a great film losign out to a more "Hollywood" film (Crash, Forrest Gump, and Shakespeare In Love come to mind), the winners are all decent movies, just not "the best".


At 2/10/2009 01:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young never care about this fucking Grammy Award , if he wins such Award, he will throw this to the garbage bin absolutely. Grammy and Oscar Awards are fucking shits.

At 2/10/2009 07:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAN, if Harris has 11 grammies.....Then Neil Young Deserves 362 Grammies! But Neil is SOOOOOO far above all that crap its not funny! The Grammies are all music biz know-nothings sitting on their fat ASSES patting themselves on the back....screw um' Neil has too much work to do to bother with that BALONEY! Fuck um' Neil! Fuck um'!


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