All right, it’s time to let the horse out of the barn. By some gross overnight of quality control by the folks putting on the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® I have been asked to join their community of music bloggers to cover the Americana goings-on, though they now have me listed as covering folk on this badge and on their site, the events leading up to, and the the event itself on February 13th, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Now what qualifies me as the sanctioned GRAMMY Awards® blogger when there are certainly more qualified writers on this genre (Kim Ruehl is a sterling example.) Well besides a willingness to read the official GRAMMY style-guide (notice the all caps for the name?) I’ve passionately been doing this for a long time and, Malcolm Holcolm said to me during an interview in Nashville last year “… if you hang around the barber shop long enough you’re gonna get a haircut.’” A little off the top if you please.
Even though the Americana and folk awards are not announced at the televised event at L.A.’s Staple Center, and there won’t be a performer in those categories anywhere near the stage, I will be attending the awards show. I will spend my time stalking Miranda Lambert and trying to get Justin Bieber drunk.