The Grammy Awards' Biggest Mistakes
It's always easy to second-guess award show winners and losers, especially in hindsight, but the Grammy Awards has earned itself a particular reputation for occasionally picking the wrong horse -- or at least picking it for the wrong race. So to help avoid getting your yearly Grammy-hopes too high, we've rounded up a dirty dozen "um, seriously, WTF?" selections from awards shows past.
1965 Best Record: João Gilberto & Stan Getz, 'Girl From Ipanema'
Gilberto and Getz are cool and all, and 'Ipanema' is a great single, but the jazz duo also won Best Album while Beatlemania was swamping the bossa nova craze. The Beatles made do with Best New Artist and Best Vocal Performance by a Group despite clocking five (!) chart-topping albums and six (!!) US No. 1 singles in '64, including 'I Want to Hold Your Hand,' 'She Loves You,' 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'A Hard Day's Night.' The following year, the Fab Four lost all 10 nominations, but by 1968 voters would bestow best album on their psychedelic masterwork 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
1967 Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Recording: New Vaudeville Band, 'Winchester Cathedral'
At the height of the 1960s counterculture, voters had one of the strongest categories in its history to contend with, including such nominated future classics as the Beach Boys' hang-loose anthem 'Good Vibrations,' the Mamas & the Papas' timeless 'Monday Monday,' the Monkees' Beatlesque earworm 'Last Train to Clarksville' and the actual Beatles' beloved 'Eleanor Rigby.' They chose the New Vaudeville Band, a studio concoction that rocked the Roaring '20s sound down to