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Sunday, February 29, 2004

One small step for blues music, one giant leap into irrelevance...
Next year, me thinks, Juno organizers will skip the big nomination announcement. Heck, maybe they'll just skip nominations all together and go straight to the winners. Nominations, it seems, are just too troublesome for these folks.
So it was again late Friday that the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced another mistake. This time, the blues band Rockit 88 and their album Too Much Fun had been erroneously left off the list for Blues Album of the Year. So there will be six nominees in that category to go along with the six nominees for Album of the Year required after Nickelback was left off the list. No reason for the omission was provided, but Blues Album of the Year is not determined by "sales" so there's no blaming the independent accounting firm this time.
Pay close attention to the attempt at media control hinted at in the above CP story. According to CP, the brief statement announcing the change was "issued late Friday after most [CARAS] representatives had left for the weekend." I actually didn't receive my copy of the statement until after the CP story had run - 5:24pm to be exact.
They did much the same thing when they announced the "data entry error" that resulted in the Nickelback mistake. According to my e-mail records, I received their release on the matter at 5:03pm.
That automatically makes it too late for The Globe's Review section. And late enough in the day that the Star and Post have already set their arts coverage. As a result, it forces entertainment editors and reporters to try and sneak it into their respective papers' A sections (just try and tell a News editor who's already short on space why he should drop that story on Adscam to make room for the earth-shattering Juno controversy).
CARAS' Friday release was late enough that you will find no mention of it in Saturday's Post. Nor, so far, have I found it reported in The Globe. By Monday, it may very well be too old for either paper.
The Junos are now like the Bush White House. Trying desperately to stem the tide of embarrassing stories long enough to make it to Awards Night/Election Day.
Because aside from this week's announcement of Alanis Morissette as host, the post-nomination announcement story for the Junos has been this:
A data entry error results in Nickelback's Long Road being denied a nomination for Album of the Year. Rather than correct the mistake and drop the undeserving album that had taken Nickelback's place, CARAS decides to go with six nominees. This leads to questions about the nomination process for so-called "sales-based" categories. In the process of attempting to answer these questions, CARAS admits that the nominations are not based on "sales" but instead determined by the number of albums shipped by record labels to retailers. This brings them a stinging rebuke from Larry LeBlanc of Billboard magazine.
Next it is reported that the Juno nominations are not resulting in increased sales for nominees. And now CARAS admits publicly that a second award nomination has been compromised. But without explanation as to how and why - questions that have to be asked, especially in light of the fact that this second category has nothing to do with "sales."
All of this has been recorded for history's sake here, here, here and here.
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