Arcade Fire’s Grammy Win Disallowed


Long-dreaded specter
of another Milli Vanilli scenario raised by Grammy committee.


By Perez Mills


Bowing to pressure stemming from various music industry insiders, including former Interscope label
exec Steve Stoute’s complaints about how the Grammy awards were handled this
year, Neil Portnow, chairman of the Recoding
Academy, today invoked a
rare procedural rule of the Grammys that essentially yanks away Arcade Fire’s
statuette for winning Album Of The Year. Grammy rule 90.7.3a – often referred
to by wags as “The Da Vanilli Code” – apparently allows the Academy to void artists’
wins if it is determined by a committee that they were not the actual performers
on the recordings.


“We got together last weekend at the continued urging of
Stoute,” said Portnow, in a brief statement announcing the disallowing of
Arcade Fire’s Grammy. “We listened to The
track by track. It literally brought us to our knees, and some of
us even had tears in our eyes. We therefore concluded that an upstart group of
faceless indie musicians – and from Canada, no les – could not possibly
have made music so breathtakingly, life-affirmingly beautiful. So we voted
unanimously to strip the band of their award.”


“Plus,” added Portnow, “they haven’t even sold a million
copies of the album. So really, who cares?”



Portnow pledged that in the future the Grammy committee
would scrutinize all nominees’ records far more carefully in order to prevent a
repeat of this year’s debacle. The Album Of The Year has not been re-awarded
yet, but it’s rumored that Kanye West is a frontrunner.


There was no comment immediately forthcoming from either the
Arcade Fire camp or from their label, Merge.


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