Grammy Surprise!

February 11, 2008 | By Clint Froehlich | Creative

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The 50th Annual Grammy Awards was a truly impressive show – great performances, tributes, speeches, all that jazz. As a ceremony that sometimes bores with its overly commercial bent, the Recording Academy really pulled out the stops this year. On the awards side though, it was business as usual as front-runners took home the top awards. Except, that is, for the night’s biggest prize – Album of the Year. Amy Winehouse (Back in Black) and Kanye West (Graduation) were seen to be duking it out as the obvious front-runners for the award. Winehouse has made quite an impression with her record, while West perennially loses out on the biggest Grammy. It was thus a shock to all when presenters Usher and Quincy Jones announced the ultimate victor – jazz legend Herbie Hancock! Honestly, I haven’t even heard this album – a tribute to Joni Mitchell titled River: The Joni Letters – but props to him. This came after Usher, probably expecting Kanye to finally take home his Album of the Year prize, quipped from the stage “Remember, there are no losers in this category…Kanye.” WHOOPS.

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