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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    The topic comes up often when talking about Oscars: actors or directors who deserved to win but ended up winning for one of their lesser projects. That certainly happens with music too, especially when edgy artists are overlooked in their heyday and then they play catch-up years later.

    Who are some great artists who won for the wrong song, album, etc. 

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    Richard Aniston
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    Steely Dan winning AOTY for Two Against Nature.

    Ray Charles winning AOTY for Genuis Loves Company.

    Robert Plant winning for Raising Sand.

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    vinny
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    Elvis won….but not for rock and roll. go figure

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    Boidiva02
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    It is confusing to me that Janet Jackson only has five Grammy Awards, and none of them are in the General Field.   Considering how influential are now and how popular they were back in the day it is shocking that she never once won a Grammy for ROTY, SOTY or AOTY.    

    And it could be argued the five Grammy’s she did win were not for her best work.  

    Here 4 Grammy Victories are as follows:
    1989-Best Music Video (Long Form) for “Rhtyhm Nation 1814”
    1993- Best R&B Song–“That’s the Way Love Goes”
    1995- Best Music Video (Short Form)- “Scream”
    1997- Best Music Video (Short Form)–“Got Til It’s Gone” 
    2001—Best Dance Recoring—“All For You” 

    It would seem to me that she should have won AOTY at least once; most likely for “Rhytym Nation 1814” or “Janet.”, arguably her most successful albums to date.   And the fact she’s got nothing to show for “The Velvet Rope”, her most critically acclaimed album is also shocking. 

     

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    Pieman1994
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    Beck’s win for Morning Phase comes to mind. I mean, there are at least five other albums of his that would have made for more deserving AOTY winners.

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    M H
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    Beck’s win for Morning Phase comes to mind. I mean, there are at least five other albums of his that would have made for more deserving AOTY winners.

    That was the first one I thought of as well, especially when you remember how brilliant “Odelay” was and that it lost to “Falling Into You.” 

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    Boidiva02
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    No Doubt winning for “hey baby” instead of for “Don’t Speak”. 

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    katyperry
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    For Album of the Year only
    – Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind over any of his work from 60’s and plus OK Computer.
    – Daft Punk won for their 3rd best album in their career.
    – Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs was fine, but Funeral is their magnum opus.
    – Robert Plant not winning AOTY during his Led Zepplin era. (Not even nominated)
    – Outkast’s first four album is better than some double album.
     

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    YoungSoo1313
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    Nirvana getting their one and only GRAMMY for the MTV Unplugged. In Utero lost to U2’s Zooropa and Nevermind to R.E.M. Out of Time.

    Not that the MTV Unplugged was bad. It was a brilliant album but it is obvious that they only won because Cobain had died the year before.  

     

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    Xtina
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    – Ray Charles winning AOTY for Genius Loves Company.
    – Sheryl Crow winning ROTY for “All I Wanna Do.” 
    – Celine Dion winning AOTY for Falling Into You.
    – Maroon 5 winning Best New Artist.
    – U2 winning ROTY for “Walk On.”
    – U2 winning AOTY for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

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