Miley Cyrus song disqualified from Grammy noms; Karen O called up to replace her
Whoopsies. Hope Miley Cyrus can continue to find ways to move her hips like yeah in the wake of today’s discovery that “The Climb” has been removed from Grammy consideration. Initially nominated in the Best Song Written for a Soundtrack category, the Recording Academy has apparently deduced that it wasn’t, you know, technically written for a soundtrack: Although “The Climb” originally appeared on the Hannah Montana movie album, songwriter Jessi Alexander actually shopped it around to several other country artists first. Since Miley didn’t write it (and thus wasn’t actually gonna get a Grammy anyway), we doubt she’ll be too distraught. Still, we hope she keeps in mind her controversial song’s own lyrics: It’s always gonna be an uphill battle. And sometimes you’re going to have to lose.
Meanwhile, stepping up to fill Cyrus’s spot is the next highest vote-getter, and we’re thrilled to discover that lucky lady is none other than the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, who wrote the soundtrack for Where the Wild Things Are as “Karen O and the Kids.” First single “All Is Love” scores the nomination, Karen’s second this year — the YYYs’ It’s Blitz! is up for Best Alternative Music Album. Victory for chicks who used to deep-throat Corona bottles!
What do you think, Mixers? Good swap? PR nightmare? Wondering how come Lady Gaga didn’t get nominated in this category, too? Let us know your deepest most personal feelings in the comments.
UPDATE: The Recording Academy has sent over a statement, now located after the jump.
“The Recording Academy goes to great lengths to review submissions through a meticulous and rigorous screening process, which includes gathering various music industry professionals to evaluate material and ensure the fairness and integrity of this process. Despite this procedure, there are rare occasions where changes are required even after the screenings; this year’s entry of “The Climb” (written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe) has been withdrawn from Category 83 – Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media (a songwriter(s) award) as Walt Disney Records was forthcoming to our Awards department and verified that the song was not written specifically for the film Hannah Montana: The Movie (as eligibility rules state). Based on this information, The Academy has complied with the label’s request. Per our process in this circumstance, The Academy has pulled up the next eligible song in this category, which is “All Is Love” from the movie Where The Wild Things Are (written by Karen O & Nick Zinner). We appreciate the label’s honesty and diligence in bringing this matter to our attention and helping us to preserve the integrity of our awards process.”
The Grammys will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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