The Grammys

Favorites Norah Jones, and a few also-rans up for awards

Favorites Norah Jones, and a few also-rans up for awards

February 18, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

If a small group of teens can be any indication, the Grammy Awards, in their 45th year, are out of touch with youtful tastes. Voters from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which presents the awards, have a history of being latecomers to the party.

When Eminem - love or hate the controversial rapper - released a widely praised album two years ago, the Album of the Year prize went to the stalwart Steely Dan.

Eminem will get another shot at Album of the Year when this year's trophies are presented from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Madison Square Garden in New York City and broadcast on CBS.


Jazzy chanteuse Norah Jones, who appeals to a broad range of ages, is the only top nominee to snare more than one fan from a group of Smithsburg High School students. Six members of the school's jazz band, haven't paid much attention to the upcoming awards, but, when pressed, they shared opinions about the music and the artists nominated - and some who were not.

Joe Fox, 17, senior

In the jazz band, Joe plays the mallet kat, an electronic keyboard played with mallets - similar to a xylophone.

His most recent music purchase was a Beastie Boys album. He likes techno music and says he has greatest hits collections of Michael Jackson and Will Smith.

While Jackson and Smith have been past Grammy darlings, techno music gets little play at the awards ceremony.

"I listen to everything," he says.

Joe's pick for Record of the Year would be "Dilemma," by Nelly.

Derek Kretzer, 15, freshman

Derek plays electric guitar and says he likes introducing people to music.

He listens to music - CDs more than radio - more than he watches TV.

He's been listening to "The Juliana Theory," an album by the band of the same name. Derek describes the music as all-around rock 'n' roll but says he likes some "real heavy stuff," too - Zao, for example. Neither band has ever been nominated.

Among those who were, Derek likes the Foo Fighters, whose "All My Life" is up for honors in the Rock Song and Hard Rock Performance categories.

He looked at the nominees for New Artist and considered Michelle Branch before deciding he'd vote for John Mayer.

Derek's vote for Pop Vocal Album would go to Pink's "Missundaztood."

Brad Jacques, 16, junior

Brad has played piano since he was 9 or 10.

He's listening to Bright Eyes' "Fevers & Mirrors" CD. Brad says the typical classification of Bright Eyes' music is emo - short for emotional - a sort of "new-wave punk."

Again, not nominated.

Looking at the Pop Vocal Album category, Brad picks No Doubt's "Rock Steady," although he says Avril Lavigne is "up there, too."

Brad will listen to country music with his dad, who says "There are two kinds of music: country and western."

Molly Meadows, 15, sophomore

Molly plays trumpet. She has since the sixth grade.

"I got sick of the reality TV shows," she says and has been spending more time listening to music.

She bought Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me."

"I love it," she says.

Sarah Hurd, 16, junior

Sarah plays baritone sax in the jazz band. She also plays oboe and flute.

Her most recent music purchase was "The Best of Handel."

Sarah says she loves listening to baroque and classical music.

"I kind of go more by the song than the artist," she says about listening to more popular music.

Lisa Belella, 17, senior

Lisa plays trumpet in the jazz band. She plays piano, likes to sing and is trying to learn to play guitar.

"I like all kinds of music."

For Song of the Year, Lisa would vote for Norah Jones' recording of "Don't Know Why," written by Jesse Harris.

She likes Nickelback, whose "How You Remind Me" was nominated for Record of the Year, and she likes Eminem, whose "Without Me" got nods for Record of the Year and Rap Solo Performance. His album "The Eminem Show" was nominated for Album of the Year and Rap Album. She heard Nickelback and Eminem so much on the radio, she thinks both have gotten "played out."

Laura Cheung, 17, senior

Laura has played saxophone since fourth grade and loves to sing.

She was thrilled to see that Dave Matthews Band's "Where Are You Going" was nominated for an award in the Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal category. "I love the Dave Matthews Band," she says. "Dave Matthews is the biggest stud in the music industry."

For others, she's not so kind.

"I have no idea how she got nominated," Laura says when she notices that "Britney" by Britney Spears is in the Pop Vocal Album category.

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