Grammys Went Light On Jewish Wins
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The annual music awards show did not feature many MOTs

Last night’s 59th Grammy Awards kept viewers on the edge of their couches. From unexpected wins to off script speeches to interruptions mid live performances to political messages the annual music award ceremony hit all the right notes as far as entertainment.

As far as Jewish moments — those were a touch lacking. MOT rapper Drake was nominated for eight awards, falling right behind Beyoncé who lead her peers with nine nominations. While Drake was nominated in hot categories like “Album of the year” and “Record of the year,” he and the rest of the pack fell second to Adele who took both Grammys (along with three others).

However, Drizzy did win the “Best Rap/Sung Performance” for his hit single, “Hotline Bling,” which also won him “Best Rap Song.” We are sure Bubbe and Zeyde Sher would be kvelling — though for them, the 30-year-old talent probably set the bar when he chanted at his bar mitzvah.

While other big Jewish names were in the running, like Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand, who were up against each other in the “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” category and Israeli video directors, Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, received the nomination for “Best Music Video” for Coldplay’s “Up and Up,” none of them took home the gilded gramophones.

However, Dylan did win for “Best Historical Album” for “The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12” (Collector’s Edition) and The Velvet Underground received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The group’s late lead singer and guitarist, Lou Reed, was born in Beth El Hospital in Brooklyn and grew up in a Jewish family in Freeport, Long Island.  

Another MOT-coveted nomination that didn’t win went to Disturbed for their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” in the “Best Rock Performance” category. The heavy metal group’s lead singer, David Draiman, 43, was raised Orthodox and at one point was training to become a cantor. He may not be chanting Talmud … but he’s still singing.


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