Tonight, my old friend, pianist Phil Aaberg is up for a Grammy in the “New Age” category. Does he stand a chance of winning? Absolutely not. Unfortunately for Phil, he’s up against major label pop star Enya.
Just like in the New Age category, major label star Bob Dylan will win over brilliant artists such as Buddy & Julie Miller, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams.
What’s sad about the smaller Grammy categories is that the independent label artists who usually deserve to win lose out to any act who happens to be on a major label.