French rock is like English wine

Victoires de la musique rehearsals, Zénith, Paris
Victoires de la musique rehearsals, Zénith, Paris
John Lennon famously said “French rock is like English wine”. Fair enough. But comparing this year’s nominees for best rock album—Grammys vs. Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent)—could prove Lennon’s assertion wrong.

Decide for yourself.

Grammy nominees for best rock album

  • Black Sabbath, 13
  • David Bowie, The Next Day
  • Kings Of Leon, Mechanical Bull
  • Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day (winner)
  • Queens Of The Stone Age, …Like Clockwork
  • Neil Young With Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill

Of course, the ridiculousness of the Grammy nominees has not gone unnoticed:

What’s more, Led Zeppelin — a band that hasn’t released a studio album in more than three decades — is in contention for rock album and rock song of the year (for “Kashmir”). In the album category, their “Celebration Day,” a recording of a 2007 reunion concert, will compete, among others, against three other acts that rose 40-plus years ago: Neil Young, Black Sabbath and David Bowie. That’s akin to Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five or Afrika Bambaataa snagging a hip-hop Grammy nod. (To be fair, the other two nominated rock records, by Queens of the Stone Age and Kings of Leon, are stellar examples of the form.)

— Randall Roberts, the L.A. Times pop music critic, Grammys 2014: Checking rock ’n’ roll’s vital signs

My open letter to the Grammys

Dear Grammys,

WTF? (And I’m a fervent Zep fan!!)

Yours sincerely,

A rock fan

Victoires de la musique nominees for best rock album

Personally, rooting for Détroit. Winner to be announced within the hour on France 2 or on Twitter #VICTOIRES2014.

Détroit, album Horizons

Phoenix, album Bankrupt!

Indochine, album Black City Parade

Update

And the winner is…

Further reading

Photo © via Facebook Victoires de la musique rehearsals, Zénith, Paris

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