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Granny Grammys: The Old Guard Won Again

Oscar Peterson (courtesy of the Recording Academy/Eric Neitzel)

If this year’s Grammy awards for jazz and blues are any indication, old is the new new. Veteran jazz stalwarts beat out their younger counterparts in nearly every category. Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, B.B. King and Pat Metheny all walked away with awards while Joshua Redman, Dave Douglas and Meshell Ndegeocello were shut out. Even Jelly Roll Morton, who died in 1941, was a winner-twice.

The usual spectacle of stars showed up for the ceremony February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Though apparently it didn’t matter much to the viewing public, because no one showed up to watch the awards show on TV. Fox’s American Idol boasted nearly twice as many viewers. Not even Madonna performing with cartoons, the enigmatic and mohawked Sly Stone singing again and Teri Hatcher donning a transparent gown were enough to rustle up good ratings.

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