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Grammy Awards snub Bob Dylan's 'Tempest' album

I was so excited about this year's Grammy nominations that I forgot to watch last night's televised special of the official announcements. The only thing of any interest to me was the appearance of The Who, but not enough to even pick up the remote and set my DVR. Luckily, I didn't waste my time because their clip was previously recorded, and apparently lasted only about a minute.

Bob Dylan's Tempest
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Oh, and Bob Dylan's newest album, "Tempest," wasn't nominated. Not even in a relatively minor category, like the usual token nods for "Best Folk/Americana Album" or "Solo Rock Vocal Performance."

I'm not upset, really, because Dylan has been honored so many times in so many places, like at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue earlier this year. Another nomination would have been nice, of course, but I mean, really, to be completely shut out like a complete unknown? However, Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Psy weren't nominated either, so Dylan was in good company.

"Tempest" did receive its share of rave reviews, and it debuted at number three on the Billboard charts. There was even an imaginative and innovative marketing campaign by Sony, his record company. I don't think I'm living in a bubble when I say this appears to be a deliberate snub by the academy.

Some F.O.B.s (friends of Bob's) did much better. Associates nominated this year include Jack White, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ry Cooder, Sly & Robbie, the Beach Boys, Martin Scorsese (sort of), T-Bone Burnett, the Rolling Stones, and Woody Guthrie.

Oh, and Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers. You remember them. They played with Dylan at last year's Grammy Award, even though Dylan wasn't even nominated (unless you count his contribution to the "True Blood" soundtrack).

However, I won't even go into detail about how shabbily even some of these artists were treated. You don't need a weatherman, etc., etc.

Below is a list of Dylan's Grammy Award nominations (with an asterisk added if he won):

  • 1963: Best Folk Recording for "Bob Dylan"
  • 1964: Best Documentary, Spoken Word or Drama Recording (Other than Comedy) for "We Shall Overcome (The March on Washington, August 28, 1963)" shared with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Marian Anderson, Rabbi Joachim Prinz
  • 1965: Best Folk Recording for "The Times, They Are A-Changin'"
  • 1969: Best Folk Performance for "John Wesley Harding"
  • 1970: Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Nashville Skyline Rag"
  • *1972: Album of the Year for "The Concert For Bangla Desh" shared with George Harrison; Eric Clapton; Ravi Shanker; Leon Russell; Ringo Starr
  • *1980: Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male for "Gotta Serve Somebody"
  • 1981: Best Inspirational Performance for "Saved"
  • 1982: Best Inspirational Performance for "Shot of Love"
  • 1987: Best Historical Album for "Biograph"
  • 1989: Best Traditional Folk Recording for "Pretty Boy Floyd"
  • 1990: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Traveling Wilburys Volume One" shared with Traveling Wilburys
  • 1992: Best Music Video, Short Form for "Series Of Dreams"shared with Meirt Avis
  • *1992: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1994: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "My Back Pages" shared with Roger McGuinn; Tom Petty; Neil Young; Eric Clapton; George Harrison
  • 1994: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "All Along The Watchtower"
  • 1994: Best Contemporary Folk Album for "Good As I Been to You"
  • *1995: Best Traditional Folk Album for "World Gone Wrong"
  • 1996: Best Rock Song for "Dignity"
  • 1996: Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male for "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"
  • 1996: Best Contemporary Folk Album for "MTV Unplugged"
  • *1998: Best Contemporary Folk Album for "Time Out Of Mind"
  • *1998: Album of the Year for "Time Out Of Mind"
  • *1998: Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male for "Cold Iron Bound"
  • 1999: Best Country Song for "To (sic) Make You Feel My Love"
  • 2001: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for "Things Have Changed"
  • 2001: Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male for "Things Have Changed"
  • 2002: Album of the Year for "Love & Theft"
  • 2002: Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male for "Honest With Me"
  • *2002: Best Contemporary Folk Album for "Love & Theft"
  • 2004: Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male for "Down In The Flood"
  • 2004: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking" shared with Mavis Staples
  • 2007: Best Rock Song for "Someday Baby"
  • *2007: Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance for "Someday Baby"
  • *2007: Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for "Modern Times"
  • 2010: Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
  • 2010: Best Americana Album for "Together Through Life"

Dylan appeared at the Grammys in 1980, 1984, 1991, 1998, 2000, 2002, and last year.

Oh, and Neil Young and Crazy Horse weren't even nominated in the "Best Americana Album" category for their album called "Americana."

I wonder if I'll remember to set my DVR for the 55th Grammy Awards on February 10?

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