Bruce was nominated for two Grammy awards for “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”–one for best rock vocal and one for best rock song. Since the “Grammy year” runs from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008 “Girls” release date qualifies it for this year’s awards–even though Bruce won for best rock song at last year’s show with a single from the same album.
The rock song category is tailor-made for a Bruce win, since he’s the old fogey up against the young and hip bands. (Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Kings of Leon, Coldplay) The Grammy’s are definitely into old and recognizable. As for Rock vocal he’s up against even older fogeys Paul McCartney and Neil Young, as well as newer Eddie Vedder and John Mayer.
Bruce has been on a Grammy roll in the minor genre categories in recent years, (shut out in the big album and song categories though.) I’d bet on two victories. After all, “Girls” is a much better song than “Radio Nowhere” that he won with last year. Oh, that’s right. Music doesn’t really enter into the calculus with these awards.
Amazed to see Robert Plant/Alison Krauss album “Raising Sand” nominated in the big album of the year category and their song “Please Read The Letter” nominated for record of the year. I don’t hold out much hope for them though. Great albums never win the Grammys.