December 3rd, 2009
01:57 PM ET

Do the Grammys need a fix?

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Every year around Grammy nomination time the argument begins anew: Are the Grammys out of touch?

Often it seems that the artists rewarded for their talent are not in step with who is really popular among fans and music lovers. How many times have you watched the show only to groan “How in the world did (fill in the blank) beat out (fill in the blank)?” Remember the “what just happened” response last year two years ago to Herbie Hancock’s win for Album of the Year? (Editor's note: Last year Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won Album of the Year for "Raising Sand.")

Thanks to nods this year for popular artists like Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Kings of Leon, there may be less discussion about whether or not the nominating committee gets it, but that doesn’t mean everyone is still happy.

Now there’s a bit of discussion over the fact that singer Lady GaGa could not be nominated in the Best New Artist category because her single "Just Dance" was nominated last year in the Best Dance Recording category.

With so much buzz and all of the accolades surrounding the Lady (not to mention the more than 1.5 million copies of her album she has sold) her being left off the list even had People magazine questioning whether her exclusion might lead to a change in the rules.

Also not in the running this year is the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as his "This Is It" soundtrack missed the September 1 deadline for nominees.

So is it time for the Grammys to take a long hard look at themselves and revamp? Or are fans beyond caring?

December 3rd, 2009
09:38 AM ET

Tween favorite eliminated on 'Dance'

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Once the competitors make it this far on "So You Think You Can Dance," there really are no "losers," as all of them will get the chance to tour the country next year. Still, it was somewhat bittersweet to see two more dancers go, after showing so much potential.

There was a lot going in Nathan's favor: first and foremost, his tween fanbase, not to mention the fact that he got a ticket to Las Vegas back in season five after auditioning at the age of 17. The judges certainly saw a lot in him, as they sent him through to the top 10, and at one point, Adam Shankman offered him advice on what to talk about in his video profile to connect with the viewers.

Yet, for whatever reason, the heartthrob was eliminated Wednesday night after getting the fewest number of votes. Where did it go so wrong? It might have had something to do with being paired with Mollee, which ended up emphasizing their immaturity. By the time the two were separated this week, he showed some progress with Kathryn, but she still outdanced him. It was too little, too late.

The same could be said of Noelle, who had one brief shining moment with Russell dancing Afro-jazz. She really got to show off both her elegance and her capacity to smolder onstage with Ryan, but it wasn't enough, as the contemporary dancer from North Carolina was sent packing.
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