Last Friday your SoulBounce Editors celebrated the recognition of music worth listening to in this year's Grammy nominations with our picks and predictions. But now we're down from our high and realizing that there are a few glaring omissions from the nominee list. So we're going to take a look at a few acts that the Grammy Awards overlooked. The first such artist: Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings.
The eligibility period for this year's Grammy Awards was October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007. With that said, the October 3rd release of their CD, 100 Days, 100 Nights, clearly didn't make the cut. However, the first single of the same name was released way before the album. I recall hearing "100 Days, 100 Nights" at some point during the summer, which piqued my interest for the full-length release in the fall. From the first notes of the horns to Sharon's plaintive wail, this song is the epitome of classic soul.
I submit that the Grammy committee missed the boat by not nominating "100 Days, 100 Nights" by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. With Gerald Levert's posthumous nomination, it is debatable whether they would have won the category going up against him. Alas, we'll never know.
Next year, 100 Days, 100 Nights the album will be eligible to be nominated for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, and I fully expect it to see Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings somewhere on the list. Lest the Grammy Awards feel the wrath of my side-eye.