SHEENA BARNETT: Forget award shows; use your own judgment

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

According to the folks who give away Grammys, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” is the song and record of 2010.
One of those awards is for songwriting, and the other is for…um…production, maybe? I can’t remember, and I don’t feel guilty for my memory lapse.
I just don’t take these huge entertainment award shows seriously. They’re fun to watch, for sure; it’s hard to pass them up when you spot them on TV this time of year.
Still, I don’t look to them to find out what album I should download or what movie I should get from Redbox.
I don’t doubt that the winners aren’t worthy – take Lady A for example. I have no problems with Lady Antebellum or “Need You Now.” I have that song on my iPod.
It’s just that, no, Grammy Awards, “Need You Now” was not the best music had to offer in 2010. “Need You Now” has a pretty melody, but it doesn’t set me on fire the way Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” does. It doesn’t inspire me like “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys has.
Same goes for movies.
I’ve been a bad moviegoer this year, so I can’t speak much about this year’s Academy Award nods. But looking back on Oscar history, I can see the misfires here and there.
An example is one of the most famous Oscar flubs: “How Green Was My Valley” beat out “Citizen Kane” and “The Maltese Falcon” for the Best Picture win.
I’m sure “Valley” is great, but it beat out “Citizen Kane”?
To be fair, history shows “Citizen Kane” recovered well from this blow.
Still, it’s scary to see how much more money a film or a band or a TV show can make after it’s awarded some kind of shiny golden statuette.
Not a lot of my favorite entertainment has won any major awards.
My favorite TV show, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” only ever took home two Emmys, for make-up and music.
My favorite movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” was beat out for Best Picture by “The Best Years of Our Lives.”
And we all know Elvis was given just three Grammys, all for his gospel work. His gospel work is worthy, obviously, but you can’t tell me “Suspicious Minds” doesn’t deserve a pretty hefty award.
I don’t need an award show to tell me what I should check out.
I’ll keep tuning in, for the fashion at least – I mean, how about that egg? – but these academies can keep their awards for all I care.
My own tastes, however weird they may be, have kept me perfectly entertained all these years.
Not only can I find music I like, but I can find music I need.
I don’t need a gold statuette to point the way. I just need the repeat button.
Sheena Barnett is an entertainment and news reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact her at (662) 678-1580 or

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