December 5th, 2008
11:59 AM ET

Your views: David Archuleta hot, Grammys not

David Archuleta received no love from the Grammy voters.

Yes, the “American Idol” runner-up’s debut album didn’t qualify - it came out last month, about six weeks after the Grammy deadline - but his single, “Crush,” did. But Mr. Archuleta didn’t get nominated for “Crush,” nor did he earn a pick for best new artist.

However, iReporters love him.  (At least, we think they do. At least one of the tributes seems rather … unserious.) iReporters also love Avi Buffalo, Tesla and My Morning Jacket.

What iReporters - and blog commenters - don’t like is the Grammys.

“The sorry state of the music industry is reflected in the nominees,” writes Eric Schultz. (VinceCapece responds, “It’s not a reflection of the sorry state of the music industry … it’s a reflection of the sorry state of the music business! Excellent musicians and songs and albums abound, but the music business pushes garbage on us day in and day out.”)

“I haven’t cared about the Grannies since they gave the first ‘Best Heavy Metal Album’ award to Jethro Tull,” adds DavidT.

“There were some very good albums that were shut out (only my opinion) completely this year for reasons beyond my wisdom,” says Nobody, who describes him- or herself as a longtime veteran of the business.

And there were several commenters upset at seeing the Jonas Brothers up for best new artist.

But the Grammys did well in some ways, wrote a few people. Though opinion was divided as to the worthiness of nomination-leader Lil Wayne, fans were glad about some nominations.

“A category that doesn’t get too much attention, ‘Best Folk Album,’ this year has a nominee that is so well-deserved it defies words. Kathy Mattea’s ‘Coal”’is a collection of coal mining songs and I would defy a listener to go unaffected after carefully listening to the words of each song,” writes Sue L.

“Happy that They Might Be Giants got a nod … even if it’s in best Children’s Recording,” says Julie.

Besides, writes Benst1, it’s about the show, not the winners.

“I do not care who is nominated and who wins a Grammy award. I do love to watch the show, because they showcase all types of music and because they did away with the useless host/master of ceremonies, so they can focus on the music. The Grammys are not as important as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, or the Dupont-Columbia Awards for Broadcast Journalism, but, they are a lot more fun to watch.”

However, Beavis won’t be watching. “Music died with Tiny Tim,” he writes. And that was 12 years ago.

– Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer


Filed under: Music

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  1. Ronnie

    Sorry, don't mean to offend but David Archuleta is not a Grammy candidate, not then & not ever. He really is a one-hit wonder (Crush). Crush is not eligible this year & he has no other hit off that album.

    He just can't compete with people like Miley, Jonas Bros, Taylor & other young people. He's farily generic. He has a decent voice but his stuff is very bland. It's too bad his album is not likely to ever go platinum so maybe his next album will do better.

    October 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Isabella

    Honestly I am not a big David Archuleta fan he can do whatever I wont care but he does have talent. Hes a greats singer. Grammy's are a joke!

    July 27, 2009 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    Don't forget 'the Upsidedown' from Portland. They are quite awesome, rockin, mellow, and just great overall.

    I, too, hate the grammys.

    December 26, 2008 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    So what. He's a flash in the pan here today, working at the drive thru at Wendy's the next. This is barley newsworthy and even less worthy of commenting on. Bands aren't put together buy some people who played together since highschool anymore. They are manufactured. Completely souless.

    December 19, 2008 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JRossi

    David Archuleta a parrot??? I don't think so. This kid is incredibly talented. Not just as a singer, but as an overall musician. What impresses me most about some of these younger artists, like Taylor Swift, is that they're writing their own music. Miley and the JoBros not so much.....but, to each his own. And, apparently Grammy doesn't agree with me. Well, I don't have to spend my money on their choices.....oh, turns out I didn't.

    December 19, 2008 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gutenkatzen

    Pity David Archuleta. Imagine being love-bombed 24/7 by every desperate, sexually dysfunctional housewife from Tampa to Toledo. Think of the character Kathy Bates played in 'Misery' and you get a pretty good idea of the demographic who adore this marginally talented twink and spend countless hours crocheting his likeness into toilet roll covers.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. Guy

    Grammy ignore David A.?

    This is the biggest Grammy outrage since Milli Vanilli. Grammy voted them best new artist of the year. Then we all found out their voices were not the ones used on their Grammy-winning record.

    So what does Grammy know?

    Nuthin'.

    And what's worse is, they never learn.

    December 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sara

    and also mia is a horrible political group and shouldn't be as popular as they are.

    and jonas brothers are cool but i think the grammy's are losing their touch

    December 17, 2008 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sara

    david archuleta is just too fantastic for the grammys. enough said. :) love you david x3

    December 17, 2008 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sincity'sfinest

    This is one big joke! The Jonas brothers lol..the powers that be at disney must have called in a lot of favors for that one. I knew this would happen, the best album of the year has to hands down be Kayser9soze's "hater free 2008" and this is coming from someone who would listen to Eric Clapton, B.B. King, even Rod Stewart before listening to a hip hop song. For a song writer of his caliber to not be nominated for such personal song "In case tomorrow never came" is a slap in the face and demoralizing to urban artists who have more to say than bang bang and my rims.

    Where are the outcries here? where are the real nominees because this selection has to be a joke. M.I.A.? for doing what? taking someone else' sound and making a pop hit forced via promotion?
    I will stick to supporting indie artist who actually have talent.

    December 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hellboy

    Why the heck would David Archuleta or some insert new singer get a grammy nod. While the grammies itself are a joke. Nominating Archuleta would make it a bigger joke. He is just a human parrot. Not a musician.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mcquarjk

    There were so many great albums this year and of course, none of them were recognized by a nomination.

    "Microcastle" by Deerhunter
    the self-titled album by Fleet Foxes
    "For Emma, Forever Ago" by Bon Iver
    Self-titled by Hercules and Love Affair

    Artists I'm glad received Grammy nods
    My Morning Jacket, Hot Chip, Daft Punk, Brazillian Girls, Robyn, Lady Gaga, M.I.A., Lil Wayne, Duffy, and Radiohead
    Much deserved respect.

    December 9, 2008 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tammi

    Miley is a beautiful young girl, and if you have been to a show you would know she commands attention when she is on stage. Every note may not be pure, but the performance is honest. If you have ever watched Hannah Montana, you would see she has a natural talent, and the camera loves her. How great were you at 16 years of age? And what have you accomplished since? Back off and judge her in 45 years when she has lived her life past childhood.

    December 9, 2008 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ilovetheNBA

    The Grammys are a waste of network space,that could be better used televisin something useful

    December 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. allison

    i love david archuletta but i hate the grammys :(

    December 8, 2008 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  16. Erin Garcia

    I buy more idol CDs lately than anything else.

    December 6, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. SKMom141

    Being older and have seen how music has changed through the years, it is refreshing to see a lot of the talent which has made it through during Idol. David Archuletta is a true musician who has been given a talent that we are all glad to get to experience. And you are right, Miley Cyrus and many, many "popular" artists out there would have NEVER made it through Idol...

    December 6, 2008 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  18. Angelas

    As a graduate of a music business program, I learned a lot about how the industry *really* works. That being said, there wasn't a student in the program with me who thought the Grammy awards were worth their weight. The criteria to be able to vote is pretty strict, and it's more the "older" people in the industry who have the ability. Thus, the good-ol'-boys get the awards while other, more talented, people get shafted. That's why fan-voting is becoming more popular in the "lesser" awards shows. That's the way to see what's really popular out there.

    What blows my mind reading these comments is the sheer number of people who are attacking the nominees for being nominated. Yes, you might think they aren't talented enough and are undeserving, but the fact is, they received the record deal and they are the ones doing their job and what they love. Just because we don't want to listen to it doesn't mean everyone else feels the same way. And this is coming from someone who isn't a fan of Miley or the Jonas Brothers and hasn't even heard of some of the new artist nominees. I respect that they're out there, even if I don't care to listen.

    December 6, 2008 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  19. mdegge

    All music award shows are a joke. They all focus on nothing but pop music and barely throw a bone to any other genres. Their nominees for "Rock" artists are laughable. I watched a bit of the AMA's recently and was disgusted when half the "Rock" nominees were more Hip Hop than Rock. With all the good Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, and Alternative Bands out there not getting any award recognition it's just sad. Oh but it's okay cause they occasionally let bands like Foo Fighters and Nickelback sit at the adults table....right? I love the Foo's, but Nickelback is one big joke.

    Let's face it the award shows are just corporate shill fests set up to shove their brand of music a little further down our throats.

    December 6, 2008 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  20. Delia T.

    We need more Britney Spears and Mariah Carey type performers. Those are real musicians with talent that few others have. The Grammys should recognize them for all their achievements.

    December 6, 2008 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  21. Benjiehorn

    The biggest travesty of the nominations is the exclusion of TV on the Radio's "Dear Science." That still miffs me!

    December 6, 2008 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  22. Sam Whitford

    To all stupid Archuleta Fans, if you think your stinking idol is so great and big than grammy.....Then why not all of you make a new music award giving bodies and have it soley dedicated to your IDOL.....Otherwise just shut the hell up, all of YOU!!!

    December 5, 2008 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Nancy

    David Archuleta is an amazing singer and a great role model for the young people today. He has kept his beliefs and standards throughout all of this and if anyone deserves to get a grammy he does. I wish for it to happen next year.....

    December 5, 2008 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. natasha

    Agreed–David Archuleta is a hot musical talent!!

    December 5, 2008 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Joe

    No talent M.I.A got a nomination, but David Archuleta didn't. That just about says it all regarding the Grammys.

    December 5, 2008 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. khang

    I listen to David Archuleta..i bought his CD out of curiosity. Surprising i love every songs in his CD. I did not think he would be nominated for grammy since he is still new. However, after looking at the list of this year's grammy nominations..i was wondering why NOT David Archuleta, but instead Miley Syrus, Lit Wayne (is he singer? he sounds like he reads the lyrics out loud and he looks like a bum), JoBros (they have great personalities but look like 3 little monkeys are stung by cloud of bees on stage)

    December 5, 2008 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  27. michael

    for god sake !!!! jonas brothers cannot sing at all . what is going on with grammy ...............

    December 5, 2008 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jerry

    How can the music industry possibly survive by pushing out the trash they do? Everything sounds the same...it's all bubble-gum or hoodlum or cliche catch phrase country crap. There should be a return to "album" music where they pay attention to the whole concept and entire theme rather than the 3 minutes and 20 seconds they need to fill the payola spot on the radio. Video may have killed the radio star, but pop music, freaks like Michael Jackson and prefabricated synthetic sounding "boy bands" killed the entire music industry.

    I do like that Idol added instruments, but they need to let some of those artists compete with their own original scores and vocal arrangements....not just rehash the tired Barry Manilow and other drudgery of god-awful pop stars of the past. Why not let one of them try their hand at a Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones (please just not "Start Me Up"-that's a dead horse) or even The Doors? Oh...that's right....nobody's stupid enough to mess with perfection.

    December 5, 2008 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  29. RJ

    While it is partially true that the public plays a big role in the quality (or lack thereof) of the music out there, it's ulitimitely the fault of the recording industry. They determine what is "current" by shoving their agendas down our throats; by controlling the airwaves with what they want to sell. Just like the fashion industry depicts the latest trends by showcasing it's agenda,

    The industries awards system like that of Billboard, AMA and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – they are all opinionated, bias and cliqueish.

    For instance – you may or may not like the band KISS, but they have been around for 30 years and have not once graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. It doesn't matter if YOU think they suck or not. The owner of the magazine Jan Weiner, does not like them. He is also a voting member on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He said that even though KISS qualifies for induction with over 35 years in the biz and tens of millions of records sold – they will not be inducted soley because two board members do not like them.

    The whole business of music is a used-car sales mentality. It is a sham and it is dead.
    Phew – there – I got my rant off and fell off my soapbox.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. john

    I think Archuleta is the hottest new artist with the best vocal in the male scene now. If you watch his live performances on Youtube, you will find hundreds of audience singing CRUSH together. And yet, in any circumstances, he never loses composure and always produces the best vocal with perfect pitch whether it is in a large venue or a small gathering. Well, maybe next year.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Mike

    It is just putrid that Miley Cyrus is considered talented. She wouldn't make the cut at Idol at all. Dog ugly and voice like her dad...and not in a nice way. It's her daddy's money that got her where she is, but the industry has picked her out as the thing to push because they can make an easy buck on stupid people who follow pop icons, rather than those that really like good music.

    Promoting shallow idiocy like that is what got the music industry in long-term decline. Everything is vocal, with no musical value any more. When is the last time you heard a guitar solo....or drum solo? Music should be the message, not some gruff, out-of-tune fake blonde like Miley (Billy Ray Jr.) Cyrus.

    December 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Lindy

    I don't really care about the Grammys anymore, but I am a "Big" David Archuleta fan and will support him and his music.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Shereen

    David Archuleta has an incredible voice. I didn't think he would get nominated, though, so I wasn't disappointed. But hopefully he will next year.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  34. grammy

    the grammys are a joke this year, did they really choose the JBs? wow thats just prove how low the grammy are this year. i think they just want to get the 12 years old audience. good job they succed. OH david archuleta, love him, he is really great!

    December 5, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  35. cris

    I don't know about everyone else, but if i hear another song by Beyonce I am about to barf.

    December 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. domi

    David Archuleta is an incredible talent! Loved his album and the song Crush!

    His grammy time will come : )

    December 5, 2008 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  37. J

    No, Payola is to blame. I don't listen to any of the crap that somehow goes triple platinum. I don't know many who do.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  38. diana castillo

    Grammys are a big joke.. mostly all awards show are these days. To me it all comes down to your fans and how they support you that is what matters the most to any artist i would think. Come on LiL Wayne? Grammy? Please.

    December 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Judith

    The Grammys are a joke, bought and paid for by various influential people/groups in the music business. The music today is designed to be tossed away after making our ears bleed on radio's "pay for play" for a specificied period of time ...... in other words, until the next "pay for play" comes along.

    Is it any wonder the the music business AND radio is in a mess?

    December 5, 2008 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mandy

    how about the sorry state of the people's ears who listen to the stink music out there? they are to blame for over buying these horrid albums by teeny boppers. not to offend anyone...but isn't it more a reflection of what sour taste we have in music? and what's popular?

    December 5, 2008 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |

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