WBEZ | Lady Gaga http://www.wbez.org/tags/lady-gaga Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lady Gaga collaborates with R. Kelly http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-10/lady-gaga-collaborates-r-kelly-108981 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1KellyGaga.jpg" style="height: 459px; width: 620px;" title="R. Kelly and Lady Gaga. (Andrew H. Walker/Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)" /></div><p>Stefani Germanotta is as well-known for championing female self-empowerment and an enlightened vision of sexuality (including gay rights) as she is for charting the cutting edge of modern dance-pop name under her better-known stage name, Lady Gaga.</p><p>So how does she square those causes with &ldquo;Do What You Want,&rdquo; her musically awkward collaboration with Chicago R&amp;B star R. Kelly on her fourth album <em>ARTPOP</em>, due Nov. 8th?</p><p>Never reluctant to talk to the press, Gaga has yet to say how this pairing came about. But she hasn&rsquo;t been hesitant to play into the Kelly mindset: The cover art features her posterior clad only in the tiniest of (thoia?) thongs, while the tune&rsquo;s lyrics find her in an unusually submissive frame of mind: &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t have my heart and you won&rsquo;t use my mind but/Do what u want with my body, do what you want with my body&hellip; Don&rsquo;t stop, let&rsquo;s party.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/celebrity/aboutlastnight/chi-lady-gaga-r-kelly-do-what-u-want-20131021,0,1162457.column"><strong>UPDATED: </strong>The Tribune sheds some light on how Kelly and Gaga hooked up for their duet.</a></p><p>Perhaps, despite all the time she spends in Chicago to be near her boyfriend Taylor Kinney while he&rsquo;s filming <em><a href="http://www.nbc.com/chicago-fire/">Chicago Fire</a></em>, Gaga never has been exposed to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-07/kelly-conversations-more-questions-answers-about-r-kelly-headlining">WBEZ&rsquo;s extensive coverage of Kelly&rsquo;s troubling history</a>. Or maybe, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-07/pitchfork-2013-here-we-are-now-entertain-us-108129">like the promoters of this summer&rsquo;s Pitchfork Music Festival</a>, she just doesn&rsquo;t care about the harm the R&amp;B singer has done to so many of her beloved &ldquo;little monsters.&rdquo; And that&rsquo;s a sad notion indeed.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eHI9tcKFWos" width="420"></iframe></em></p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong>@JimDeRogatis</strong></a><strong> <em>or join me on </em></strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><em><strong>Facebook</strong></em></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-10/lady-gaga-collaborates-r-kelly-108981 Even the most successful black women are not 'good enough' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-06/even-most-successful-black-women-are-not-good-enough-107881 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP124216093615%20%281%29.jpg" title="Yosra El-Essawy/Invision/AP" /></div><p dir="ltr">You&rsquo;re not good enough and you never will be and we need to remind you of this again and again. Do not get comfortable. What you&rsquo;ve done matters little. For every act is just an act, existing in a vacuum, not representative of the whole, or even a part of who you think you are.</p><p dir="ltr">This is what I imagine is being said to someone like Beyonce or Rihanna or Michelle Obama by the media and by society at large. It might not be said explicitly, but it is implied forcefully and continuously. They are three of the most visible black female public figures and they are three of the most controversial. Controversy, I realize now, is largely a manufactured tool, one that is used to control the narratives of the people around us. And the narrative of the black woman &ndash; public or not &ndash; rarely changes: you will not be good enough. Do not forget.</p><p dir="ltr">Regardless of what Beyonce or Rihanna or Michelle Obama does, they will get criticized for their actions. To the public, there is no such thing as a good or respectable black woman. They are women who are almost &ldquo;good,&rdquo; but not quite. The ways in which society tries to find and develop these characteristics of &ldquo;bad&rdquo; rarely differ from figure to figure.</p><p dir="ltr">All of their actions are up for debate, even when they are personal and non-threatening. What has Beyonce done but work hard to be the best performer she could possibly be? Well, for one they say, she is not a good enough feminist. One of my friends said that she was uncomfortable with the fact that Beyonce named her tour &ldquo;The Mrs. Carter Tour.&rdquo; But why is a woman&rsquo;s feminist cred eliminated because she changed her last name? Why do personal decisions that threaten no one eradicate one&rsquo;s support of equality between the sexes?</p><p dir="ltr">My mother changed her last name and I can&rsquo;t think of a better representation of feminism lived in the everyday world. Her strength, her work effort, her words about hard work and personal achievement, the visibility of shared responsibility &hellip; all of these things led me to feminism before I knew what that was.</p><p dir="ltr">Beyonce is not a good feminist. She is not feminist at all. This is what they say. A recent <a href="http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/05/16/beyonce-rocks-the-cover-of-ms/" target="_blank"><em>Ms.</em> magazine article</a> fueled the flames not for what it said about Beyonce&rsquo;s feminism, but because anything was said at all. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/msmagazine/posts/10151597253413540" target="_blank">Readers</a> were upset that anyone could try to relate the two. Beyonce is not a feminist because she dresses &ldquo;provocatively.&rdquo; Beyonce is not a feminist because she changes her last name, because she shows vulnerability, because she is proud of her motherhood and her marriage. Beyonce is not a feminist because she is not what a feminist looks like. She is not a feminist because we say she is not. If we seek to promote the value in feminism and challenge the negative connotations of feminism in the public eye, tearing down a performer who speaks openly about women doing right for themselves, who literally called herself a feminist, does more harm than good.</p><p dir="ltr">When I see Michelle Obama on the screen, I see a woman like the women I grew up around. She is poised and beautiful and intelligent. She is also real. There is an argument to be made about the decorum of the First Lady, but I don&rsquo;t think Obama has ever questioned this.</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP202679480534.jpg" style="float: left; height: 375px; width: 250px;" title="(AP/Abdeljalil Bounhar)" />Perhaps it is because she exists not as a wallflower, but as a powerhouse that we are threatened by an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/22/politics/michelle-obama-eye-roll" target="_blank">eye roll</a>. Perhaps because she is literal strength that we find her reaction to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/09/michelle-obama-heckler-handled-badly" target="_blank">heckler</a>&nbsp;as a wrong. As an outsider, these reactions shock me. Why are we upset that Obama reacts? What do we expect of her?</p><p dir="ltr">As an insider (an insider of the black female experience), they do not. Black women can&rsquo;t show their cards. If you have achieved something, the only way to continue rising is to keep one&#39;s head down. Opinions? Emotions? Reflections? Please! Take a seat!</p><p dir="ltr">In a recent, ridiculous story for the UK&#39;s <em>Daily Mail</em>, Liz Jones <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2347680/Rihannas-toxic-role-model-army-young-fans-says-LIZ-JONES.html" target="_blank">chastised</a> Rihanna for not acting as a perfect role model. Ignore the fact that one of the most consistent things about the singer is that she refuses the label of &quot;role model.&quot; Why do we expect this of her at all? Why is she not allowed to live her life as she chooses? Yes, she has young fans. But why do we act as if good parenting is no longer a viable option in preventing our children from &quot;bad&quot; influences? If we are to talk about the actions of pop stars, why is Rihanna criticized more than her peer, Lady Gaga, who too <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/27/lady-gaga-drugs-inspired-_n_696842.html" target="_blank">speaks openly</a> about drug use and recklessness? There exists a double standard, one that has become abundantly clear.</p><p dir="ltr">There exists, in the life of a black woman, public or not, the notion that the other shoe will drop. You are waiting for the challenge, the comeuppance, the moment in which others will tell you who you are and how you should live. This extends to the general female experience, too, and the Other experience as a whole. The other shoe waits. You wait.</p><p dir="ltr">This is why our interpersonal bonds are so important and public. I&rsquo;m remembering a man who said that black women are catty. That made no sense to me. The ease in which I build friendships with women who look like me cannot be explained. But perhaps there is the reality of what we must face and what we have been told. One can never overstate the importance of knowing your stories and feelings are important and true.</p><p dir="ltr">I am reminded of what my parents &ndash; my mother in particular &ndash; used to say: You will have to work twice as hard to get half as far. You do not always have the luxury to dress down, to not always be your best, to mess up. Any sign of weakness, of humanity, is a reinforcement of stereotypes we have yet to eradicate. I did not know this to be true then, but I understand it now. The world reveals itself.</p><div><em>Britt Julious blogs about culture in and outside of Chicago. Follow Britt&#39;s essays for&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">WBEZ&#39;s Tumblr</a>&nbsp;or on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/britticisms" target="_blank">@britticisms</a>.</em></div></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-06/even-most-successful-black-women-are-not-good-enough-107881 Pitchfork Day 3: Kendrick Lamar, a dash of Lady Gaga and Oneohtrix Point Never http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-3-kendrick-lamar-dash-lady-gaga-and-oneohtrix-point-never <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kendrick%20lamar%201.jpg" title="Kendrick Lamar (WBEZ/Kate Dries)" /></div><p>Poor Kendrick Lamar: The thing that everyone was going to be talking about as soon as she arrived backstage was Lady Gaga, not the artist in question performing. To make matters worse, Gaga didn&#39;t even join him for his set but grooved on the side, smoking a cigarette.</p><p>At least she seemed to be enjoying herself; I didn&#39;t find Lamar any different than your typical untalented rapper, hiding behind samples and beats that have already been made famous by another. Whether it was the constant horn blast, his calls for &quot;Any beautiful ladies in Chicago right now?&quot;, or boring use of less-than-family-friendly-language in &quot;A.D.H.D&quot;, it was all sort of the usual thing.<br /><br />&quot;When I go back to Compton I like to chill with the folks,&quot; he said of his hometown. &quot;They&#39;re like chill people.&quot; This was one of several references to Compton, dropped in, I suppose, to make us feel as though Lamar is one of the people. He felt far from it. His one moment of concern was for a young (female) fan in the audience, who looked as though she might have a case of heat stroke. Once it was clear she was alright with a thumbs up from her friends, it was, in Lamar&#39;s words, &quot;Back to your regularly scheduled program&quot; -- i.e. him.<br /><br />&quot;This next record, I wrote this in a crazy space. I was on my mom&#39;s couch. I knew it would touch a lot of you motherf***ers and would hurt a lot of you motherf***ers.&quot; Sorry Lamar, rapping about &quot;Rigamortis&quot; is literally about as moving as your song about a pool full of liquor. Last time I checked, rappers that have been commercially successful and still one with the people exist; see Common or Taleb Kweli. Those rocking deep narcissim but honesty about it end up like Kanye. The in-between both worlds isn&#39;t working.</p><p>&quot;I need you to recognize that my plan is to win your hearts before I win a Grammy,&quot; Lamar said. I fear for those chances, as well as the likelihood of finding the right women, weed and weather to keep anyone happy.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/oneohtrix.jpg" title="Oneohtrix Never Point (WBEZ/Kate Dries" /></div><p>At least Lamar was memorable; his the crowd was desperately clamoring for him to start. When Oneohtrix Point Never aka&nbsp;Daniel Lopatin&nbsp;went on, thus began the slow exodus of fans toward AraabMuzik. Lopatin didn&#39;t make people wait, coming on quickly and with little fanfare, but he also didn&#39;t have much of a chance to retain fans; I can&#39;t much think of a weirder line-up choice to follow Kendrick Lamar than this Dan Deacon-esque music (but without enough hook or screwed up beats). It was only three songs in that he broke into some sort of <em>George of the Jungle</em>, Phil Collins-inspired tune, but by that point, my attention span was broken and I wandered away, following the crowds of eager fans still on a high from their taste of rap for the day.</p></p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 21:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-3-kendrick-lamar-dash-lady-gaga-and-oneohtrix-point-never Pitchfork Day 3: Ty Segall, Real Estate, Kendrick Lamar… and (sorta) Lady Gaga http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-3-ty-segall-real-estate-kendrick-lamar%E2%80%A6-and-sorta-lady <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ty%20segall.jpg" title="Ty Segall. (Photo by Robert Loerzel)" /></div><p>As expected, prolific San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall took the main stage in mid-afternoon and immediately claimed it as his own with a furious sound and a confident presence that belied his young age or the fact that he&rsquo;s spent much of his time in the musical spotlight before late recording alone in his bedroom.</p><p>Touring in support of the brilliant <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/record-reviews-roundup-neneh-cherry-ty-segall-best-coast-bobby-womack">Slaughterhouse</a></em> and fronting a tight quartet he calls the Ty Segall Band, he leaned heavily on the songs he wrote for that album with the new group, mixing indelible pop melodies and raucous clangor and stretching some tunes out into expansive but never really indulgent jams that amply justified his description of this music as &ldquo;evil space rock.&rdquo; Oh, and he also made the rare concession this weekend to the absurdity of the festival setting by leading a chant of &ldquo;Oi, oi, oi,&rdquo; followed by a kick-butt cover of AC/DC&rsquo;s immortal &ldquo;Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.&rdquo; Now <em>that&rsquo;s</em> rock&rsquo;n&rsquo; roll.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/real%20estate%201.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Real Estate (Photo by Robert Loerzel)" />From that adrenaline rush, the tempo instantly shifted into nap time as New Jersey indie-rockers Real Estate that was perfectly lilting and I dare say even lovely at times. But is lovely what anyone really wants at 4:30 in the bright sun on the middle of a festival bill? The group essentially had one song and one tempo, yet the set went on&hellip; and on&hellip; and on&hellip; and on. Sure, the temperature was in the mid-&rsquo;90s. But my God, I&rsquo;d have killed for a cup of coffee.</p><p>Per the rest of the weekend, my plan had been to leave the secondary stage to my WBEZ colleagues and catch the reactivated Chavez on the main stage next, hopefully forgiving bandleader Matt Sweeney for his time in the ill-fated Zwan. But the Pitchfork-powers-that-be spread the word that Lady Gaga would be appearing with Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar on the smaller platform, so along with seemingly thousands of others, off in that direction I went.</p><p>For all the positive buzz on Lamar, and despite some admittedly impressive freestyle chops, his set was a tremendous disappointment that left no hip-hop cliché unturned. Left side/right side shout-outs, exhortations to chant &ldquo;f--- that&rdquo; and wave your hands in the air, a song paying homage to &ldquo;p---- and Patrón,&rdquo; countless mentions of weed and blasts from the air horn to hype everybody up&mdash;all of it simply was pathetic. But even worse was the fact that Gaga&mdash;and several in the know swear it <em>was </em>her (&ldquo;She&rsquo;s here! She&rsquo;s really here!&rdquo;)&mdash;did nothing but stand on the side of the stage, gently gyrating and enjoying being notice.</p><p>So much for giving one to the little monsters. Though I suppose we still can hope she&rsquo;ll sing &ldquo;Horchata&rdquo; with Vampire Weekend.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Gaga Kendrick.jpg" title="Kendrick and Gaga (Photo by daveisfree)" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div></p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 18:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-3-ty-segall-real-estate-kendrick-lamar%E2%80%A6-and-sorta-lady Eminem gets 10 nods 10 years after he mattered (and other dubious wonders in the 2010 Grammy nominations) http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/eminem-gets-10-nods-10-years-after-he-mattered-and-other-dubious-wonders-2010-gra <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/eminem grammy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="400" width="522" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-01/eminem grammy.jpg" /></p><p>&nbsp;With their stated mission &ldquo;to honor artistic achievement... without regard to album sales or chart position&rdquo; once again more of an ideal than a reality, Grammy sponsors the Recording Academy have announced the nominees for the 53rd annual awards, the most prestigious if chronically misguided in the music industry.</p><p>Topping the list of multiple nominees with a number that puts him among such Grammy favorites as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt&mdash;even though his last album &ldquo;Recovery&rdquo; <a href="../../../../../jderogatis/2010/06/album-review-eminem-recovery/28132">was one of the most mediocre of his controversial but platinum-selling career</a>&mdash;Eminem garnered 10 nods, including the most prestigious, album of the year, as well as two more of the &ldquo;big four&rdquo; prizes, record and song of the year (for &ldquo;Love the Way You Lie&rdquo; featuring Rihanna).</p> <p>The rest of the album of the year contenders are divided between worthy contenders&mdash;orchestral-popsters Arcade Fire (for &ldquo;The Suburbs&rdquo;) and pop phenom Lady Gaga (for &ldquo;The Fame Monster&rdquo;)&mdash;and sheer commercial pabulum (country-pop merchants Lady Antebellum for &ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo; and Katy Perry for &ldquo;Teenage Dream&rdquo;).</p> <p>Trailing Marshall Mathers with seven nominations is pop producer, singer, and songwriter Bruno Mars. Hip-hop CEO Jay-Z and the aforementioned Ladies, Antebellum and Gaga, each claimed six Grammy nods, while five nominations apiece went to the venerable guitar hero Jeff Beck, B.O.B (a.k.a. rapper Bobby Ray Simmons), easy-listening soul man John Legend, rising pop/R&amp;B star Philip Lawrence, and classical music producer David Frost.</p> <p>Completing the roster for record of the year (which is awarded to the artist and producer) along with Eminem are B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars (&ldquo;Nothin&rsquo; On You&rdquo;), the indomitable Cee Lo Green (&ldquo;F*** You&rdquo;), Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (&ldquo;Empire State Of Mind&rdquo;), and Lady Antebellum (&ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo;).</p> <p>And joining Slim Shady in competition for song of the year (which is awarded to the songwriter) are Ray LaMontagne (&ldquo;Beg Steal Or Borrow&rdquo;), Cee Lo with &ldquo;F*** You&rdquo; again, tunesmiths Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, who wrote &ldquo;The House That Built Me&rdquo; for Miranda Lambert, Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott, who wrote &ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo; for Lady Antebellum.</p> <p>Then, of course, there is the always laughable best new artist prize, whose contenders this year are bad-haircut pop hearthrob Justin Bieber, hip-popper Drake, Florence &amp; the Machine, Mumford &amp; Sons, and Esperanza Spalding.</p> <p>The Chicago chapter of the Recording Academy will release its tally of local artists honored with nominations later today, and we&rsquo;ll duly post it. But a quick scan of the complete list indicates a real shortage of hometown talent, save for the dubious inclusion of fading but acquitted R&amp;B superstar R. Kelly, who was nominated for best contemporary R&amp;B album (&ldquo;Untitled&rdquo;) and best traditional R&amp;B vocal performance, and one minor nomination each for the American treasure Mavis Staples and wayward hip-hop hero Common.</p> <p>The full list of nominees in all of the 7,894 categories (give or take) <a href="http://www.grammy.com/nominees">can be found online here.</a> Meanwhile, a look at some of the other key categories follows below. And the golden gramophones themselves will be given out on Feb. 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during a ceremony televed on CBS and theoretically lasting 3&frac12; hours, though it will of course feel three times as long.</p> <p><strong>Best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals</strong>: &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Stop Believin&rsquo; (Regionals Version)&rdquo; &mdash; the cast of &ldquo;Glee&rdquo;; &ldquo;Misery&rdquo; &mdash; Maroon 5; &ldquo;The Only Exception&rdquo; &mdash; Paramore; &ldquo;Babyfather&rdquo; &mdash; Sade; &ldquo;Hey, Soul Sister (Live)&rdquo; &mdash; Train.</p> <p><strong>Best pop collaboration with vocals</strong>: &ldquo;Airplanes II&rdquo; &mdash; B.o.B, Eminem &amp; Hayley Williams; &ldquo;Imagine&rdquo; &mdash; Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck &amp; Oumou Sangare; &ldquo;If It Wasn&rsquo;t For Bad&rdquo; &mdash; Elton John &amp; Leon Russell; &ldquo;Telephone&rdquo; &mdash; Lady Gaga &amp; Beyoncé; California Gurls&rdquo; &mdash; Katy Perry &amp; Snoop Dogg.</p> <p><strong>Best dance recording</strong>: &ldquo;Rocket&rdquo; &mdash; Goldfrapp; &ldquo;In For The Kill&rdquo; &mdash; La Roux; &ldquo;Dance In The Dark&rdquo; &mdash; Lady Gaga; &ldquo;Only Girl (In The World)&rdquo; &mdash; Rihanna; &ldquo;Dancing On My Own&rdquo; &mdash; Robyn.</p> <p><strong>Best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals</strong>: &ldquo;Ready To Start&rdquo; &mdash; Arcade Fire; &ldquo;I Put A Spell On You&rdquo; &mdash; Jeff Beck &amp; Joss Stone; &ldquo;Tighten Up&rdquo; &mdash; the Black Keys; &ldquo;Radioactive&rdquo; &mdash; Kings Of Leon; &ldquo;Resistance&rdquo; &mdash; Muse.</p> <p><strong>Best hard rock performance</strong>: &ldquo;A Looking In View&rdquo; &mdash; Alice In Chains; &ldquo;Let Me Hear You Scream&rdquo; &mdash; Ozzy Osbourne; &ldquo;Black Rain&rdquo; &mdash; Soundgarden; &ldquo;Between the Lines&rdquo; &mdash; Stone Temple Pilots; &ldquo;New Fang&rdquo; &mdash; Them Crooked Vultures.</p> <p><strong>Best rock song</strong>: &ldquo;Angry World&rdquo; &mdash; Neil Young; &ldquo;Little Lion Man&rdquo; &mdash; Mumford &amp; Sons; &ldquo;Radioactive&rdquo; &mdash; Kings Of Leon; &ldquo;Resistance&rdquo; &mdash; Muse; &ldquo;Tighten Up&rdquo; &mdash; the Black Keys.</p> <p><strong>Best alternative music album</strong>: &ldquo;The Suburbs&rdquo; &mdash; Arcade Fire; &ldquo;Infinite Arms&rdquo; &mdash; Band Of Horses; &ldquo;Brothers&rdquo; &mdash; the Black Keys; &ldquo;Broken Bells&rdquo; &mdash; Broken Bells; &ldquo;Contra&rdquo; &mdash; Vampire Weekend.</p> <p><strong>Best R&amp;B performance by a duo or group with vocals</strong>: &ldquo;Take My Time&rdquo; &mdash; Chris Brown &amp; Tank; &ldquo;Love&rdquo; &mdash; Chuck Brown, Jill Scott &amp; Marcus Miller; &ldquo;You&rsquo;ve Got A Friend&rdquo; &mdash; Ronald Isley &amp; Aretha Franklin; &ldquo;Shine&rdquo; &mdash; John Legend &amp; the Roots; &ldquo;Soldier Of Love&rdquo; &mdash; Sade.</p> <p><strong>Best contemporary R&amp;B album</strong>: &ldquo;Graffiti&rdquo; &mdash; Chris Brown; &ldquo;Untitled&rdquo; &mdash; R. Kelly; &ldquo;Transition&rdquo; &mdash; Ryan Leslie; &ldquo;The ArchAndroid&rdquo; &mdash; Janelle Monáe; &ldquo;Raymond V Raymond&rdquo; &mdash; Usher.</p> <p><strong>Best rap/sung collaboration</strong>: &ldquo;Nothin&rsquo; On You&rdquo; &mdash; B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars; &ldquo;Deuces&rdquo; &mdash; Chris Brown, Tyga &amp; Kevin McCall; &ldquo;Love the Way You Lie&rdquo; &mdash; Eminem &amp; Rihanna; &ldquo;Empire State Of Mind&rdquo; &mdash; Jay-Z &amp; Alicia Keys; &ldquo;Wake Up! Everybody&rdquo; &mdash; John Legend, the Roots, Melanie Fiona &amp; Common.</p> <p><strong>Best rap album</strong>: &ldquo;The Adventures of Bobby Ray&rdquo; &mdash; B.o.B; &ldquo;Thank Me Later&rdquo; &mdash; Drake; &ldquo;Recovery&rdquo; &mdash; Eminem; &ldquo;The Blueprint 3&rdquo; &mdash; Jay-Z; &ldquo;How I Got Over&rdquo; &mdash; the Roots.</p> <p><strong>Best country song</strong>: &ldquo;The Breath You Take&rdquo; &mdash;George Strait; &ldquo;Free&rdquo; &mdash; Zac Brown Band; &ldquo;The House That Built Me&rdquo; Miranda Lambert; &ldquo;I&rsquo;d Love to be Your Last&rdquo; &mdash;Gretchen Wilson; &ldquo;If I Die Young&rdquo; &mdash;The Band Perry; &ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo; &mdash;Lady Antebellum.</p> <p><strong>Best country album</strong>: &ldquo;Up On the Ridge&rdquo; &mdash; Dierks Bentley; &ldquo;You Get What You Give&rdquo; &mdash; Zac Brown Band; &ldquo;The Guitar Song&rdquo; &mdash; Jamey Johnson; &ldquo;Need You Now&rdquo; &mdash; Lady Antebellum; &ldquo;Revolution&rdquo; &mdash; Miranda Lambert.</p> <p><strong>Best Americana album</strong>: &ldquo;The List&rdquo; &mdash; Rosanne Cash; &ldquo;Tin Can Trust&rdquo; &mdash; Los Lobos; &ldquo;Country Music&rdquo; &mdash; Willie Nelson; &ldquo;Band Of Joy&rdquo; &mdash; Robert Plant; &ldquo;You Are Not Alone&rdquo; &mdash; Mavis Staples.</p> <p><strong>Best traditional blues album</strong>: &ldquo;Giant&rdquo; &mdash; James Cotton; &ldquo;Memphis Blues&rdquo; &mdash; Cyndi Lauper; &ldquo;The Well&rdquo; &mdash; Charlie Musselwhite; &ldquo;Joined at the Hip&rdquo; &mdash; Pinetop Perkins &amp; Willie &ldquo;Big Eyes&rdquo; Smith; &ldquo;Plays Blues, Ballads &amp; Favorites&rdquo; &mdash; Jimmie Vaughan.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/eminem-gets-10-nods-10-years-after-he-mattered-and-other-dubious-wonders-2010-gra