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  • Richard Aniston
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    #390988

    What is in your opinion the worst Album of the year Bunch?

    For me its the 2010 Grammys. (52nd Grammys). The nominees were:
    Fearless – Taylor Swift
    The E.N.D- Black Eyed Peas
    I am…Sasha Fierce – Beyonve
    Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King – Dave Matthews Band
    The Fame – Lady Gaga

    In my opinion, none of these albums are really great. And maybe 2 of them I would even consider good. The rest range from mediocre to terrible. There were far more deserving albums released in that eligibility period such as Wolfgang Amadeus Pheonix and BlackSummersNight.

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    TonyKuKo
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    Definitely 2010 was the worst year for AoTY. Thought not as terrible as 2010 the 2012 lineup was also somewhat mediocre:

    Adele – 21 (well… no comments everybody knew it was going to sweep)
    Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (some good songs… but their previous albums were far superior)
    Lady Gaga – Born this Way (lame)
    Bruno Mars – Doo-Woops & Holligans (the only good contender)
    Rihanna – Loud (actually Rihanna’s best album but a Pop Vocal nod would have been enough)

    Who was snubbed? The most critically acclaimed album: Bon Iver, Bon Iver; Kanye West’s best album ever My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; Radiohead’s King of Limbs

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    vinny
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    #390991

    2010 by a mile.

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    Miss Frost
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    #390992

    2009 (The year Taylor easily won over such crap), 2010 (The year dreadful albums such as Recovery, Need You Now, and one of the worst possible nominees in years, Teenage Dream all got in.), and 2011 (Adele and Foo Fighters were the only deserving contenders.)

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    RoseScreen
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    2010 Grammys when Taylor won, by far the worst lineup, I’m going out on a limb here, but the only one that i felt deserved it was Lady Gaga for The Fame, everything else was bleh. 
     
    2012: I thought was better, Adele, Bruno, Foo Fighters were deserving, Gaga, while talented was just bleh and Rihanna could care less

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    Renaton
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    #390994

    Fearless is a better album than The Fame. But neither of them are anything great. And yes, 2010 has got to be one of the weakest line-ups ever and certainly the worst of the past few years.

    The year Santana won was also quite weak. Only TLC truly deserved the nomination that year, but I have a feeling I would be alone in thinking that. Early to mid 90’s have a lot of bad years, but I almost feel it’s useless to point it out, because that was the moment the Grammys seemed to exist in another planet. A planet with a lot of earth’s music veterans, btu still.  

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    RoseScreen
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    Agree about the TLC nomination, Santana deserved the wins,  even though looking at the 1996 Grammys where Alanis won that Crazy.Sexy.Cool should have made it in, I felt the line up that included Daydream (Mariah Carey), History (Michael Jackson), Relish (Joan Osborne) and Vitalogy (Pearl Jam) were my favorite, in addition to the 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999  awards. Overall the 90s had a strong lineup of contenders, were there hits and misses? Yes,  but it was strong, compared to recent years. 

    The 1995 Grammys when Tony Bennett won for MTV Unplugged was a weak lineup, it was just all over the place.

    Sidenote: I think the Grammys should extend their contenders from five to ten, like the Oscars to showcase more diversity among the genres. 

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    TonyKuKo
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    I don’t think any of the 1990s AoTY lineups were bad. However that 1997 win to Celine Dion is even a worse winner than Taylor’s Fearless… Considering her competitors: Three of the greatest album of the 1990s, Odelay by Beck; Mellon Collide by Smashing Pumpkins and The Score by the Fugees, plus I’m not a big fan of R&B music but the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack featuring some of the finest America’s soul singers of all the time. Were all definitely more deserving than Celine Dion.

    Falling Into You was not even that acclaimed the only song that actually worth something there was “Because You Loved Me”. But cmon which song from Odelay or Mellon Collide… was not epic?

    As for the 2000 lineup to me the only non-deserving was Millenium by the Backstreet Boys. However I’d have preferred that either Fly or FanMail to win rather than Santana’s Supernatural.

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    RoseScreen
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    I know I may be in the minority here, since we are talking about the AOTY lineups of the 90s, but I felt that Clapton’s win for Unplugged was not the worst of the lineup, it was a safe choice.  However, considering that Achtung Baby, seen as one of the decade’s finest works and U2’s strongest works was more deserving of the award and one of my favorites from them would have been a better choice than Unplugged.

    I think the same could be applied for Celine’s win a few years later. I like her, however, the other nominees had a stronger impact and it was a safe choice. Overall, the 90s had a stronger variety to choose from than recent years.

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    Renaton
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    Santana didn’t even deserve the nomination based on quality, but of course he won considering the success and popularity. I don’t like Fly, and BSB’s album is full of terrible filler. TLC is the only nominee that year that survives reevaluation. 

    The 90’s are chock full of terrible line-ups. The year Tony Bennett won being the prime example. The nominees were that Three Amigos concert, Eric Clapton and Seal. I don’t know about Vonnie Raitt’s album, but all of the others didn’t deserve their nominations at all. Quincy Jones’ year is also nothing but underserving nominees. Actually, from 1990 to 1993 the Dad Rock and Grampa music Awards, with exception of a few nominees. 

    U2 should’ve won that year instead of beating Kanye, Gwen and McCartney later on.

    The only years in the 90’s that are mostly deserving nominees are 97 and 98. The others there are one ot two great albums (if any at all). But the line-up is still underwhelming, especially when you consider the popular, high quality music that truly represented the time. 

     

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    RoseScreen
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    Still on the topic of AOTY contenders of the 90s, if you guys could do a list of people who were deserving of the wins and nominations (1990-1999), who would your choices be and why? Would you keep some of the choices that happened at the real show?

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    anticore
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    Taylor deserved to win in 2010; (the album was better than the others) howevevr, it was a weak lineup, i agree.  For instance she couldn’t win if she was nominated in 2012 with that album.

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    Daniel B.
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    One of my favourite websites is AcclaimedMusic.net, which combines critics’ lists from around the world of the best recorded songs and albums in music. Aside from showcasing the top 3000 most acclaimed songs and albums of all time are, some of the features of the site enable you to view these titles by year, decade, artist, etc.

    One other thing it is pretty helpful for is seeing how acclaimed some Grammy nominees and winners have been.

    I have made a list of every Album of the Year nominee, and where it ranks in the top 3000 (if at all). It is interesting that some AOTY lineups have almost every album in the top 3000, and some have barely any.

    Here are the AOTY lineups that had zero albums in the Top 3000:

    1991
    (eligibility: October 1989 – September 1990)

    • Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey
    • Phil Collins – …But Seriously
    • [*] Quincy Jones & Various Artists – Back on the Block
    • MC Hammer – Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em
    • Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips

    Overlooked: Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet [#131]

    1995
    (eligibility: October 1993 – September 1994)
    *note: Eric Clapton’s From the Cradle appears on AcclaimedMusic’s “bubbling under” section, but not in the top 3000.

    • [*] Tony Bennett – MTV Unplugged
    • Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti with Zubin Mehta – The Three Tenors in Concert 1994
    • Eric Clapton – From the Cradle
    • Bonnie Raitt – Longing in Their Hearts
    • Seal – Seal

    Overlooked: Jeff Buckley – Grace [#69]

    2010
    (eligibility: October 2008 – September 2009)

    • Beyonce – I Am…Sasha Fierce
    • The Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D.
    • Lady Gaga – The Fame
    • Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
    • [*] Taylor Swift – Fearless 

    Overlooked: Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion [#172]

    There are also a few years where only one of the AOTY nominees is included in the top 3000:

    1961
    (eligibility: October 1959 – September 1960)

    • Harry Belafonte – Balafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall
    • Nat King Cole – Wild Is Love
    • Erich Leinsdorf – Puccini: Turandot
    • [*] Bob Newhart – The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart [bubbling under]
    • Sviatoslav Richter – Brahms: Concert No. 2 in B-Flat
    • Frank Sinatra – Nice ‘n’ Easy [#1756]

    Overlooked: Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out [#306]

    1964
    (eligibility: October 1962 – September 1963)

    • Al Hirt – Honey in the Horn
    • Henry Mancini – The Days of Wine and Roses Soundtrack
    • The Singing Nun – The Singing Nun
    • [*] Barbra Streisand – The Barbra Streisand Album [#1819]
    • The Swingle Singers – Bach’s Greatest Hits

    Overlooked: James Brown – Live at the Apollo [#39]

    1967
    (eligibility: October 1965 – September 1966)

    • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – What Now My Love
    • The Beatles – Revolver [#1]
    • Maurice Jarre – Dr. Zhivago Soundtrack
    • [*] Frank Sinatra – A Man and His Music
    • Barbra Streisand – Color Me Barbra

    Overlooked: The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds [#2]; Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde [#7]

    1981
    (eligibility: October 1979 – September 1980)

    • [*] Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross
    • Billy Joel – Glass Houses
    • Pink Floyd – The Wall [#140]
    • Barbra Streisand – Guilty [bubbling under]
    • Frank Sinatra – Trilogy: Past Present Future

    Overlooked: The Clash – London Calling [#9]

    1992
    (eligibility: October 1990 – September 1991)

    • [*] Natalie Cole – Unforgettable…with Love
    • Amy Grant – Heart in Motion
    • R.E.M. – Out of Time [#292]
    • Bonnie Raitt – Luck of the Draw
    • Paul Simon – The Rhythm of the Saints [bubbling under]

    Overlooked: Nirvana – Nevermind [#3]

    2000
    (eligibility: October 1998 – September 1999)

    • Backstreet Boys – Millennium
    • Dixie Chicks – Fly
    • Diana Krall – When I Look in Your Eyes
    • [*] Santana – Supernatural [bubbling under]
    • TLC – FanMail [#2675]

    Overlooked: The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin [#189]

    2011
    (eligibility: October 2009 – September 2010)

    • [*] Arcade Fire – The Suburbs [#175]
    • Eminem – Recovery
    • Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
    • Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
    • Katy Perry – Teenage Dream

    Overlooked: Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid [#402]

    2012
    (eligibility: October 2010 – September 2011)

    • [*] Adele – 21 [#2176]
    • Foo Fighters – Wasting Light [bubbling under]
    • Lady Gaga – Born This Way
    • Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
    • Rihanna – Loud

    Overlooked: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [#220]

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    Final2
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    I hate when people on here bring up really stupid albums that nobody has heard its so stupid. Albums have to be good and succsessful aswell. Katy Perry had 5 #1s on Teenage Dream only one other artist can say that and he’s dead. Also Fearless spen the most weeks at #1 the any other album in the 2000’s. If the grammy pick half the albums people are saying got subbed their woulded be the Grammy awards. Who woud watch or go to them. Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Rihanna are the biggest things in music so get off your high horse.

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    Richard Aniston
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    2010 (The year dreadful albums such as Recovery, Need You Now, and one of the worst possible nominees in years, Teenage Dream all got in.)

    Agreed. But at least Arcade Fire saved it from becoming a total disaster.

    I don’t think any of the 1990s AoTY lineups were bad. However that 1997 win to Celine Dion is even a worse winner than Taylor’s Fearless… Considering her competitors: Three of the greatest album of the 1990s, Odelay by Beck; Mellon Collide by Smashing Pumpkins and The Score by the Fugees, plus I’m not a big fan of R&B music but the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack featuring some of the finest America’s soul singers of all the time. Were all definitely more deserving than Celine Dion.

    I agree. 90s had a lot of good line ups. Especially 98 (OK Computer and Time out of Mind) and 99 (Miseducation, Version 2.0, Ray of Light). But the year Tony better won was pretty bad. And I agree that Celine Dion was by far the least deserving of the award that year. ANY other album would have been more deserving.

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