JEFF PEARLMAN

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Are the Grammys a joke?

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When I was a kid, the Grammys meant something. If a performer won Best New Artist or Album of the Year, I’d most likely check the product out. Was I naive? Sure. But, in my eyes, a Grammy win was huge.

Now, well, uh, not so much. During tonight’s show, we will learn if Hall & Oates wins a Grammy in the category of Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals. The song they’re nominated for is Sara Smile, which is off of their 2008 album Live at the Troubadour and which was originally recorded by the duo … more than 30 years ago.

Let me say that again: They’re being nominated for a song that was recorded when I was an infant. Not only that—Hall & Oates have recorded Sara Smile live, oh, at least a dozen times. And this one sounds just like the other one. Which sounds like the other one. Which sounds like the other one. Which sounds like …

I love Hall. I love Oates.

But this make zero sense.