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2009 Grammy Winners: The Fogey’s Curse Strikes Again!

While Scandalist is proud to announce that we predicted seventeen of last night’s Grammy winners, we’re still a little embarrassed. We couldn’t have guessed that the NARAS would pick the lesser-known Adele over Duffy for two awards, or that they’d love John Mayer‘s Rock Vocal even more than Bruce Springsteen‘s. But we’re disappointed that we underestimated the Fogey’s Curse. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss were a lock for Album Of The Year, but five awards for five nominations?  We’ll never doubt you again, aging voters!

Here are some of last night’s big winners.

  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Please Read The Letter”

The pair took home Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration, Best Country Collaboration and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Talk about crossing genres.

  • Adele, “Chasing Pavements”

Adele’s sales may be smaller than Duffy’s, but she still won Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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The Grammy Nominees For Record Of The Year: Which Brit Had The Best Hit?

America, what happened? All five of Record Of The Year Grammy nominees were recorded by Brits! Not that they aren’t trying to hide it: Alison Krauss is from Illinois, but her collaborator Robert Plant was born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (wot wot!). MIA and Leona Lewis throw viewers off the trail by setting their videos in Manhattan, but the ladies were born in Hounslow and Islington, respectively. Blimey!

This is the first year Americans haven’t dominated the category since Englishmen Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel and Robert Palmer were nominated in 1987. If we don’t step up our game, they might start taxing us again.

  • MIA, “Paper Planes”

  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Please Read The Letter”

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