I’m not really surprised, it’s just so hard to convey sarcasm through a blog.  But I’ll try.

We’re just about a week out from R. Kelly’s Los Angeles concert, a concert in a tour by the way that his camp emphatically denied earlier this year when R&B singer Keyshia Cole had a slip of the tongue on MTV while R. Kelly was supposed to be preparing to go to trial on his 14 counts of child pornography.

A concert that is taking place in a house of worship, and not just any house of worship, but a Black-mega-church house of worship.  I’m speaking of The Forum in Los Angeles and Faithful Central Bible Church.

And now this, a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for “Same Girl” which also featured Usher.

Just further proof that we just don’t care.  But riddle me this?  Would Kelly be getting Grammy nods and concert bookings in churches if instead of being accused of having sex with an underage female he was accused of having sex with an underage male?  And what if there was a video of him bumping and grinding and performing 12 Play with someone of the same sex?  Would Black America still be living in a state of ignorance and denial and still be selling out concert after concert and buying album after album?  Just some food for thought?

Moving on…

Other Grammy surprises included duly deserved noms for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for friend Vikter Duplaix (“Make A Baby”), Dwele (“That’s The Way Of The World”), Meshell Ndegecello (“Fantasy”), and Alice Smith (“Dream”).  In addition, Best New Artist nom went to personal favorite Ledisi, who isn’t really new but that’s a whole different conversation.  The same conversation that would include an answer to what the hell does Best Urban/Alternative Performance mean anyway?   Congrats!

Sadly, there were a plethora of outstanding albums this year that went unnoticed in today’s noms including Donnie’s “The Daily News,” Eric Roberson’s “Left,” Angie Stone’s “The Art of Love and War,” Rahsaan Patterson’s “Wines & Spirits,” Van Hunt’s “Popular,” and my all time favorite Macy Gray’s “Big” to name a few.

Thankfully, I’ve never been one to use award nominations as my guide to what I should be listening too.  I can handle that all on my own.

Nominations of Interest

Below are today’s Grammy nominations of interest with my personal favs in gold.  Be on the look out for my top albums of 2007 list that I am currently compiling.

The Grammys will be celebrating its 50th
year of selected music recognition at the February 10, 2008 ceremony, to be held
at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

Album Of The Year:

Echoes, Silence, Patience &Grace — Foo Fighters
These Days — Vince Gill
River: The Joni Letters — Herbie Hancock
Graduation — Kanye West
Back To Black — Amy Winehouse

Record Of The Year:

“Irreplaceable” — Beyoncé
“The Pretender” — Foo Fighters
“Umbrella” — Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
“What Goes Around…Comes Around” — Justin Timberlake
“Rehab” — Amy Winehouse

New Artist:


Taylor Swift
Amy Winehouse

Song Of The Year:

“Before He Cheats” — John Kear &Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
“Hey There Delilah” — Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T’s)
“Like A Star” — Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
“Rehab” — Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)

“Umbrella” — Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius “Dream” Nash &Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Lost Highway — Bon Jovi
The Reminder — Feist
It Won’t Be Soon Before Long — Maroon 5
Memory Almost Full — Paul McCartney
Back To Black — Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:

“Steppin’ Out” — Tony Bennett &Christina Aguilera
“Beautiful Liar” — Beyoncé &Shakira
“Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” — Robert Plant &Alison Krauss
“The Sweet Escape” — Gwen Stefani &Akon
“Give It To Me” — Timbaland Featuring Nelly Furtado &Justin Timberlake

Best Dance Recording:

“Do It Again” — The Chemical Brothers
“D.A.N.C.E.” — Justice
“Love Today” — Mika
“Don’t Stop The Music” —Rihanna
“Love Stoned/I Think She Knows” — Justin Timberlake

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:

“Same Girl” — R. Kelly Featuring Usher
“Disrespectful” — Chaka Khan Featuring Mary J. Blige
“Hate That I Love You” — Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo
“Baby” — Angie Stone Featuring Betty Wright
“Bartender” — T-Pain Featuring Akon

Best Contemporary R&B album:

Konvicted — Akon
Just Like You — Keyshia Cole

Fantasia — Fantasia
East Side Story — Emily King
Because Of You — Ne-Yo

Best Urban/Alternative Performance:

“Make A Baby” — Vikter Duplaix
“That’s The Way Of The World” — Dwele
“Daydreamin’” — Lupe Fiasco Featuring Jill Scott
“Fantasy” — Meshell Ndegeocello
“Dream” — Alice Smith

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“I Wanna Love You” — Akon Featuring Snoop Dogg
“Kiss, Kiss” — Chris Brown &T-Pain
“Let It Go” — Keyshia Cole Featuring Missy Elliott &Lil’ Kim
“Umbrella” — Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
“Good Life” — Kanye West Featuring T-Pain

Best Rap Song:

“Ayo Technology” — N. Hills, Curtis Jackson, Timothy Mosley &Justin Timberlake, songwriters (50 Cent Featuring Justin Timberlake &Timbaland)
“Big Things Poppin’ (Do It)” — Clifford Harris &Byron Thomas, songwriters (T.I.)
“Can’t Tell Me Nothing” — A. Davis &Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West)
“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” — Soulja Boy Tell’Em, songwriter (Soulja Boy Tell’Em)
“Good Life” — A. Davis, F. Najm &K. West, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring T-Pain)

Best Rap Album:

Finding Forever — Common
Kingdom Come — Jay-Z
Hip Hop Is Dead — Nas
T.I. vs T.I.P. — T.I.
Graduation — Kanye West