The Grammys have gotten so irrelevant at this point that even its most lauded performers can’t make it through a night of their own music. I mean, lots of über-talented artists performed and/or won awards tonight, sure, but we can’t help agreeing with Trent Reznor, Stereogum, or Lance Armstrong of all people, when it comes to calling this behemoth out.
Case in point: the headline. I’m not so naive as to believe that Jay Reatard’s recent passing at the early age of 29 was ever guaranteed recognition by the Grammys, but is it really that much of an imposition on the Recording Academy to include this big name from the “indie” music world in their “In Memoriam” montage?
Good job on including Jay Bennett, Kate McGarrigle, and Vic Chesnutt, Grammys, but they were supposed to be mentioned. (What do you want a cookie?) Anyway, I’ll chill on the commentary, but we’d be remiss in not noting this oversight of one Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr. at this year’s irrelevant award show (which is unfortunately hard for relevant people to ignore just yet).