Holy crap, Gwen Stefani's solo album was nominated for FIVE GRAMMYS, including album of the year? That's insanity; unfettered madness. I feel ashamed that there are tracks on it that I actually kind of like.
I was kind of shocked that Collision Course by Linkin Park and Jay-Z won an award, though the winning track, Numb/Encore, is nonetheless good.
I feel so terribly unqualified to really care about most of the albums on the Grammy winners list. For example, Fijación Oral Vol. 1 by Shakira was a great album, and it won best Latin rock/alternative album. But, you know, it's really the only one I heard in the past year, unless you count Oral Fixation Volume 2.
Other belated Grammy-related comments... what the hell, there's an award for best album notes? Looks like The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax swept that category this year!
I keep hearing about U2's album. I don't really know what to think about that. I haven't heard anything by U2 that I liked, but I constantly feel like they deserve another chance, just because they're so prolific. I feel the same way about the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Metallica, and so many other big names that I don't really care about.