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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Taking sides: The minor Grammy categories we feel strongly about

By Click Track

choc quib townChoc Quib Town is deserving of a Grammy. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

We all know about the four major categories at the Grammys -- Album, Record and Song of the Year, along with Best New Artist. But there will be winners in a whopping 104 other categories this year. Check out the complete list. We did, and we found some minor categories that we feel strongly about who should come out on top.

Chris Richards:
Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album is a mouthful of category, and one that casts a wide net, too. Choc Quib Town, the inventive Colombian trio responsible for one of the finest albums of 2010, is nominated here -- even though sticklers might categorize them as Latin Urban Alternative. So until the Grammys decide to offer a B.L.U.A.A., I'll be pulling for them to win this B.L.R.A.o.U.A. award.

Allison Stewart: The minor categories fascinate me in general. Who is that insists on nominating John Mayer for things, when everyone else is trying to forget about him? He's like the Sheryl Crow of now. And who knew a category (Best Rock Instrumental Performance) existed that was capable of encompassing Dave Matthews, Los Lobos, the Black Keys, Dweezil Zappa and Jeff Beck? Who knew half those people were even still alive?

I have to go with the vaguely terrifying-sounding Spoken Word for Children category, because Emma Thompson is nominated for some "Nanny McPhee" thing, and I love Emma Thompson. Remember "Dead Again"? That movie was awesome.

David Malitz: Way down on that list, at No. 92 is the category for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Even if you don't love all of his creations, there is simply no way that Dr. Luke can be denied this award. His fingerprints are all over the biggest pop smashes of the year. We fear that he may turn evil in 2011, but 2010 belonged to the good doctor.

Got a favorite in a smaller category? Let us know in the comments...

By Click Track  | February 10, 2011; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Grammys, Taking sides  | Tags:  Choc Quib Town, Dr. Luke, Grammys, Katy Perry, Ke$ha  
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Malitz, I'd venture that Kanye West might deserve some consideration in that category...

Posted by: agl132 | February 10, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Kudos for recognizing these not so familiar artists. I'd like to highlight the effort of ChocQuibTown and the attention they are bringing to issues of racism and discrimination in Colombia. When the rest of the world thinks of Colombia they think of Shakira and the cartels. What they need to know is that after Sudan (and Colombia may have surpassed them by now) Colombia has the highest number of internally displaced people in the world, and the majority of them are Afro-Colombian and Indigenous. The discrimination is palpable upon arrival. I urge readers to take a moment to listen to the lyrics of ChocQuibTown's songs and learn about the issues facing marginalized populations in Colombia.

Posted by: MorenitaMama | February 10, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I always like to take note of nominees with local ties. Sometimes they are hard to spot. For example, the music director for Broadway's "A Little Night Music," nominated in the MUSICAL SHOW category, is Fairfax County's own Rob Bowman, a graduate of Groveton High School (now called West Potomac).

Anyone care to add to the list of Grammy-nominated locals?

Posted by: hoganandbligh | February 11, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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