Fela Kuti seems to be on the upend of a resurgence, his name seemingly popping up everywhere recently. With a play, Fela!, under his belt, the late-artist has been cited as an influence to many mainstream successes, including Jay Z and Vampire Weekend.
For the first time, 50% of the awards were given to artists on majors, and the other half to those signed either to an indie label, boutique label or a label of their own. For artists like Macklemore and his producer-cum-engineer-cum-friend Ryan Lewis and Vampire Weekend, the Grammys yielded a nominal "ton" in winnings.
The older generation must look at the younger one and wonder. In a rapidly advancing society--where immediate access to, in this case, music being the social norm--the revival of vinyl sales is a particularly mystifying idea to note.
While many argue the merits of the long-suffering publication as well as the results therein--hey, the lot of us feel the same way about the Grammys--the Voice's P+J issue (conceived of by disgraced music editor, Bob Xgau) is about as consensus as we're likely to get these days.