My whole adult life, I’ve ignored the Grammy Awards. (Because I’ve pretty much ignored pop music.)
The “Best New Artist” award emblemizes why I don’t give a crap about the Grammys. I’m not just talking about Milli Vanilli either. Do you know who beat out Alanis Morissette for Best New Artist in 1996?
Hootie & the Blowfish.
Somebody named Marc Cohn won Best New Artist over Seal. Christopher Cross won it over the Pretenders. Elvis Costello lost to A Taste of Honey.
Anyhoo... when I think of the Grammys in a good way, I remember how Stevie Wonder freakin’ dominated in the 1970s. He earned 12 Grammy Awards between 1973 and 1976 – including three for Album of the Year. (He has since added another 10 Grammys to the heap. No solo artist has won more of ’em.)
Stevie will perform at tonight’s Grammy ceremony.
On my Vox blog, I’m streaming a 1½-minute excerpt from a 1988 radio special in which Stevie Wonder talks about the single that got him his first trophy for Best Male Pop Vocalist. Click here to listen.