It used to be that the Grammy nominations were a relatively staid affair, one held very early in the morning in a nondescript banquet hall of a hotel in New York or Los Angeles. A group of musicians — usually a rock band, a pop tart, some country songbird and always Jimmy Jam and/or Terry Lewis — were herded onto a platform, thrust before microphones and forced to read off the names of nominees. Someone would inevitably make a joke about being hung over. Barely awake reporters and cameramen watched listlessly. There was usually also coffee and Danishes for everyone.
But this year, things are different. In an attempt to spice up the nominations, the Grammy brain trust has decided to throw a giant concert, where acts like Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, the Foo Fighters, B.B. King and John Mayer will perform and (presumably) also announce the nominees. It's been dubbed "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" (note the use of double exclamation points to convey excitement). It will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 9 to 10 p.m. Wednesday.
There will probably not be any coffee or Danishes served.
And while a live concert event seems like a great idea, we're not so sure. Is this whole thing really necessary? Do we need to watch a bunch of artists perform songs that — assuredly — they'll perform again on the Grammy telecast in February? Are we clamoring for a duet between King and Mayer? Is there anyone left on the planet who hasn't seen Swift perform on a televised event at this point?
Aside from all that, we sort of liked the old nominations routine. It was an industry tradition, right up there with getting drunk at South by Southwest or covering a DMX trial. There was something comforting about the routine ... the fact that, the night before, you'd go to bed pissed off because you'd have to get up at 5 a.m. the following morning to stand around in a ballroom and eat breakfast pastries. You could set your watch to the fact that Recording Academy Chairman Jimmy Jam would deliver a keynote speech and look dapper in a fedora. And it was always fun to try and guess just how Avril Lavigne would butcher David Bowie's name each year.
And now, all those traditions are gone. So, we've gotta ask: Why, Grammys, why?!?!? Why have you messed with the formula? Why have you taken our beloved nominations announcement away from us?!?!? And why have you replaced it with a TV concert that no one seems particularly interested in watching?
Then again, perhaps we are overreacting.
So we wanna know — are you excited for tomorrow night's Grammy concert? Or could you care less? Let us know in the comments.