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The 2010 Alternative GRAMMY Winner – HRC's Reactions

February 5, 2010
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The Best Alternative Music Album went to Phoenix, who were one happy little bunch of Frenchmen going up to accept their award. I’ve never thought as much about what Alternative music is so much in my life since I took on this gig. Now that I’ve kind of wrapped my head around it…Alternative = Miscellaneous….did Phoenix deserve to win? I think it’s impossible to say without imbuing my own personal preference here; the category is too varied. Phoenix and Death Cab are in similar buckets….they are indie rock. Eno and Byrne are in their own bucket. And Depeche Mode and the YYYs are in another, more electronic based bucket. My preference is for the latter. If we follow the Rock model of GRAMMY voting here, then Depeche Mode should have won, as they are still GRAMMY-less.

Best Alternative Music Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
[Loyaute/Glassnote Records]

Other nominees:

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
David Byrne & Brian Eno

The Open Door
Death Cab For Cutie

Sounds Of The Universe
Depeche Mode

It’s Blitz!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
[DGC Records/Interscope]

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