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Sunday, February 8, 2015


Week after week I glance at the Billboard Hot 100 and see no songs I know--which is saying something, for we are talking 100 songs.  For example, how many of you knew that Uptown Funk with Mark Ronson (right on left photo) and featuring Bruno Mars was #1 this week?  Or, #100:  ***Flawless with Beyonce, featuring Nicki Minaj (left) and more.  Why the ***?  This is called stylization.  By the way, fully 90% of my readership share this generational inadequacy, so you are excused if you weren't aware that Beyonce has been boffo of late, at the ripe old age of 33 now already having won 17 GRAMMYS.

For the record, she barely makes the top 20, for Sir George Solti has won 31 awards.  Anyway, I enjoy leaping in ignorance on subjects totally beyond my ken.  I learned a lot in my book #2, SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity, with a chapter on religion--a subject I began by reading Religion for Dummies--which turned out to be one of my most creative efforts ever.  I actually had a simple solution for God/etc., which was further refined this past Thursday with my posting entitled Revelations on Death and Heaven.  So my aim is to provide everything you need to know on something you know so little about, the Grammys.

The GRAMMY is a kind of contraction of Gramophone (the name of the sound producing device being held by Beyonce) Award, and the first was held in 1959 during my freshman year in college.  This is, therefore, the 57th Grammy Awards tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.  Each trophy weighs 5 pounds / 4 ounces, so Adele is seen here in 2012 carrying 31 pounds / 8 ounces, the weight of her six awards that evening.  I wouldn't be able to hold all six unless they were in a light bag.

It changes every year, but approximately 80 awards are given.  The top four categories, each with five nominations, are (and I will go out on a limb and predict the winners, listed at the top, with the betting odds so indicated--yes, you can actually gamble on this competition, even on the internet):
  • Album of the Year
    • Beyonce by Beyonce, 6:5
    • In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith, 8:5
  • Best New Artist
    • Sam Smith, 1:10
    • Bastille, 11:1
    • Brandy Clark, 12:1
    • Iggy Azalea, 12:1
    • Haim, 15:1
Samuel Frederick Sam Smith is a 22-year old English singer/songwriter who has 6 nominations this year.  Can he tie Adele (and Beyonce)?  He is gay and has an obsessive-compulsive disorder, as for example, he carefully checks all taps before leaving for fear of flooding the house.  He has already been on Saturday Night Live.  His mother, Kate Cassiday (her husband, Sam's father, is a stay-at-home dad) who was making $750,000/year as a banker, got fired for promoting her son's career and won a $1 million plus lawsuit contesting her release.  The Grammy show this year is all about Sam Smith, but the favorite best song and record contenders reveal a curious shift away from hip hop and rap.


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