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Random Thoughts: Grammy nominations edition

Maybe rock really is dead: In the Rock genre, the Academy is good at offering nominations to dead people. And Dave Grohl.

No Taylor? Denied!: Taylor Swift's "Reputation" missed the Sept. 30 cut-off date and so was not eligible for consideration this year. But don’t worry. It's more than likely that Swift will grab more trophies than her handlers can carry next year.

Record of the Year: This needs to go to Childish Gambino and his producer, instrumentalist and co-writer Ludwig Goransson, for their "Redbone." This record smacks, plain and simple. It's immaculately produced, beautifully played and super soulful.

Just hand the trophy to Kendrick: The Album of the Year award needs to go to Kendrick Lamar for "Damn." Just spare us the suspense. Give it to him now. He's quite likely got better things to do than sit there all night waiting for the announcement. I know I do.


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