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Sunday, February 13, 2011

UPDATED: Tonight Neil Young Is Up For 3 Grammy Nominations for Le Noise

1st Grammy Win!
Rock Song: "Angry World," Neil Young

"This is my first Grammy for music, and it's appreciated greatly. I'm not Mavis [Staples], but I'm close."

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Neil Young Wins First-Ever Grammy Award for Archives Box packaging

Tonight, Neil Young will be up for 3 Grammy Award nominations: one for Best Rock Album (Le Noise) and two for “Angry World,” for Best Rock Song and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

Last year, Neil Young won his first-ever Grammy Award for the Archives Box. After approximately a dozen or more nominations (he did not receive his first Grammy nomination until 1989, for the video for “This Note’s For You”), this year may finally be Neil's first Grammy for his actual music.

Now we have to admit that we've been a bit cynical about Grammy Awards in the past. Year after year after year, we've have blogged on the injustices and travesties of the Grammy Awards handed out by industry elites, so none of any of this should come as a surprise to anyone.

But this might just be Neil's Year of The Grammy.

Our crystal ball has been doing pretty well so far this year regarding the Buffalo Springfield reunion tour, Neil Young inducting Tom Waits into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and drum roll ... Freedom in a New Year. (OK, that last prediction really did go far beyond our wildest dreams, but still... you gotta IMAGINE, right?)

Anyways, we're betting on a win and the end of Neil's Grammy drought.

"Angry World" by Neil Young

As we noted, Young has already been awarded for achievement that far more exceeds the prestige of a Grammy.

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Over the year's we've blogged relentlessly about how Neil Young's career remains an enigma for so many. Even today on's post "Ten Grammy Nominees that Don't Suck" by Mary Elizabeth Williams, she manages to omit not only Neil Young but Jeff Beck, Tom Petty, The Roots, Del McCoury, and even Willie Nelson while reciting a somewhat lame list?!

At last year's MusiCares Person Of The Year ceremony, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy said:
"He's right up there in terms of a constant in my musical life as an influence and as a mentor.

He's kind of just a force of nature.

And I take him for granted sometimes like I take the sun for granted ... I'm really happy the sun comes up every day and I'm happy Neil Young keeps making records."

"Thanks a lot, everybody."
Jenice Heo, Neil Young, and Gary Burden
Photo by Matt Sayles/Associated Press

Nonetheless, Neil fans have not been too happy about the dismissal of Neil's work by The Academy.

From some of the milder comments on Neil Young Wins First-Ever Grammy Award for Archives Box by Dan:
All I can say that if the Grammy's, after 50 years of Neil rockin the rock n' roll industry, can only manage to give him a grammy for the artwork on his box set, it shows that the whole thing is a ridiculous farce ...

I actually agree that giving him a grammy now for the art on the box set is insulting to him as an artist and at the same time it demeans the whole Grammys institution ... I mean, how can people like Taylor Swift (no disrespect meant to her or her work) or Beyonce walk away with an armload of awards, and this kind of thing has been happening for literally years and decades, and a true authentic artist like Neil has created tens of albums and hundreds of songs of all flavors, and genre's and they can't come up with one measly award for his MUSIC??

Sorry, its a joke, its ridiculous, you'll rarely see me ranting like this, but its preposterous, and it proves the whole Grammys thing is bankrupt, its bogus, its fake, its pretentious, its political ... otherwise its totally unexplainable ...

Neil is a class act to show up and receive the art award ... he's a gracious person who doesn't need their false, pretentious accolades, but the whole thing when you think of it is so ridiculous ya can't do much more than call it out ...

ten years from now these grammy winners and their carefully manicured songs will be long forgotten and Neil and his substantive music will live on, aging gracefully as always...

Neil, Long May You Run!! You truly set the real standard.


Another comment by Matthew Lintzenich:
Oh come on, people, they deserve the award for such great art direction. The artistry is awesome. I agree that Neil deserves a Grammy for his music, and doesn't get half the overall recognition he deserves, but that shouldn't take anything away from the artists who did such a fine job creating the packaging for the Archives.

It's beautiful.

What y'all need to understand is that mainstream people in our society and the music industry aren't looking for creativity or the quality of personal expression, or your ability to channel the universe in music.

They are much more shallow than that. The people want what's sold to them, they want to be part of the popular crowd, they aren't interested in identifying personally with a song in a profound, emotional way.

They far outnumber the people who enjoy music because it moves them or titillates their minds, because of how it effects them personally, both emotionally and intellectually.

The music industry, by-and-large, plays to this tendency. It releases shallow garbage, people buy it and pretend they like it in order to satisfy their need to be accepted. This is mainstream American pop culture we're talking about here, not the land of smart, thoughtful, multidimensional individuals.

So obviously the chances of Neil Young winning a Grammy are much, much slimmer than Taylor Swift, even though he writes better music. Neil writes better music than almost anyone. It's not about good music - it's about popularity. It's about who sold the most albums because they were aggressively marketed by the industry to the shallow mainstream cult of popularity.

I'd be happy if Neil Young did get the recognition he deserved, but Neil isn't after recognition (thank GOD, because his music wouldn't be half as good as it is), and he doesn't need it, so who really cares?

In some sense it might even be a travesty to award him a Grammy, considering that winning one basically indicates that you're simplistic and derivative enough to easily market to sheep.

Grammy weekend. Whatever your thoughts are about the "music industry", it's a time to celebrate "the music". And a well deserved celebration for Neil and his friends, as well.

Jonathan Demme, Peggy Young, Neil Young
48th Annual Grammy Awards - 8 Feb 2006
Getty Images Entertainment photo by Stephen Shugerman

So will Neil Young win a Grammy tonight? Vote!

Good luck Neil!

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At 2/13/2011 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil makes his statement on selling records:

At 2/13/2011 07:55:00 PM, Anonymous MartinD45 said...

Neil wins!!

Rock Song: "Angry World," Neil Young

At 2/13/2011 07:57:00 PM, Anonymous just woody said...

I see over on the Grammy site, Neil is shown to be the Winner of Best Rock Song "Angry World", hope to see him accept,

just woody

At 2/13/2011 09:18:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...


Congrats and for the Grammy's better late then never! Good to see him finally win one and its interesting to see that of all his hundreds and hundreds of song this one wins ... but its another song that captured the mood of the country when it came out and it was also, in my opinion the central song in the album, so its well deserved. Now hopefully Le Noise wins for best rock album! Glad to see Neil recognized and appreciated, really cool!


At 2/13/2011 09:29:00 PM, Blogger Kimball said...

Congratulations Neil, glad to see you and Pegi right there in the front row. Le Noise is the best record of the year for me, and that's what matters out here. Play whatever needs to be played.........when it needs to be played. Kimball

At 2/13/2011 10:13:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Finally.An URRAH for Neil!

Andrea."So Tired"

At 2/13/2011 11:08:00 PM, Blogger mr_henry said...

Just loved when they showed Neil giving Bob a big wave and smile at the end of Maggie's Farm. And then J Lo giving a stone faced thousand yard stare...hate to say it, but I don't think she's giving him a yellow card for Hollywood.

At 2/14/2011 12:07:00 AM, Blogger Shadow said...

Congrats Neil on your win . Love my Le Noise cd .Reminded me of how i felt back in 69 when i listen to EKTIN that first time on the old record player . Like great ear candy . Great win Neil congrats again .

The Searcher


At 2/14/2011 03:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations all of you!

Here's the coolest dude on the red carpet:


At 2/14/2011 07:24:00 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

A really nice chat with Neil who confuses Bieber with Beaver(!)

At 2/14/2011 07:28:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

sure signs of the apocalypse:

Wars and rumors of war
Natural disasters in diverse places
Neil Young wins a Grammy
time to strap in.

Congratulations Neil.

At 2/14/2011 11:39:00 AM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Fabulous to see Neil recognized for 'Angry World', a bit dissapointing to see him not win best Rock Album and granted I'm seriously biased but still Le Noise is such a good album -- its DNA is built on 40+ years of experience and of Neil doing his craft -- its hard to imagine (full disclosure: I didn't listen to any of the other albums up for the award)hard to imagine the others were as good (of course recognizing music is totally subjective but still...) got to think few voters have followed Neil's long windy road enough to appreciate this masterpiece in all its depth and detail ... all that said, if Neil had to lose the award what better band to lose it to than one called "MUSE" ... all Neil fans have learned to love and appreciate the muse so it takes away some of the sting.

And at the end of the day, its just great to see Neil's accomplishment and talent get recognized last night!


At 2/14/2011 11:45:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@Mr H - yeah, i was kinda wonderin about that Bob & Neil during Maggie's Farm. Wonder if Bob knew Neil was in what looked like front row.

@SONY - yes, the apocalypse must be at hand..

@ DAN - ha, yes, what better band to lose it to than one called "MUSE". How about VISTA?

maybe we should form a band called The VISTA & The MUSE??

@ALL - thnx!

At 2/14/2011 01:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Neil, fantastic achievement! Le Noise is a brilliant album and it's great to see one of the best songs get some recognition!

Keep on Rockin'!


Davie from Scotland

At 2/14/2011 01:49:00 PM, Blogger David said...

Oops, meant to login for that last one, sorry Thrasher! :-)

At 2/14/2011 02:42:00 PM, Blogger mr_henry said...

The Vista and The Muse? Good one T! They could also team up with Cat Power and rename as The Cat Muse (ouch!).

I did see Muse last year at The Garden and their live show is impressive. Was actually there to see Silversun Pickups who were opening, but I stayed for another hour or so for the headliner set. Main influences seem to be Radiohead and U2, with some Queen thrown in for good measure.

Having said that, it is a bit crazy that Neil and the others were shut out. When you see how the voting is done, however, you realize that a number of acts can split the vote and allow a "dark horse" to win (i.e. in theory you could get as little as 21% and be the winner).

But you know, that doesn't really matter and Neil deserves a world of thanks and congratulations for this and everything else that he's done (music and elsewhere). And he and Pegi were the most fashionable folks there...superb taste in a universe of extremes and excess. Hey just like Neil himself!

At 2/14/2011 03:55:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Hey it happened at last!! How wonderful to see Neil getting recognititon for his music, whatever we think of the Grammy`s. Unbelievable!

Many congrats to Neil! You win every time in our world.

At 2/14/2011 05:18:00 PM, Blogger Liza ... said...

Congratulations Neil!!!

At 2/14/2011 05:25:00 PM, Anonymous Zak Claxton said...

We can all say "It's about time" in regard to NY finally being recognized by the Grammys. But really, I don't think this lack of Grammy wins was anything that was keeping Neil up at night. Regardless, I'm very happy, and "Angry World" is a terrific song, very worthy of the honor. I certainly don't see anyone else trying to push rock in new/different directions the way Neil does (and always has).


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