by Greg Akers
Virtually every year has some kind of Memphis flavor. This year the connection comes from nominees MGMT, Robert Gordon, Justin Timberlake, Booker T. Jones, and Mavis Staples.
MGMT is the Brooklyn-based rock electronic psychedelic duo featuring Ben Goldwasser and White Station High grad Andrew VanWyngarden. You should probably read this disclaimer. Andrew is the son of my boss, Bruce VW, who's out in La-La Land as we speak to attend the show. Pro tip: Follow him on Twitter at @sylamore1 just in case he's live Tweeting the event tonight.
MGMT is nominated for Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The band is NOT nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Trio or Quintet Who Ate Meatloaf Last February. Which is a shame, really.
(Chris Herrington handicapped the races back when the nominees were announced.)
Gordon is a local author/filmmaker who is nominated along with his filmmaking partner Morgan Neville for Best Long Form Music Video for the film Johnny Cash's America.
Justin Timberlake vies for Grammys for "Dead and Gone," his collaboration with rapper T.I., in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song categories.
Stax's Booker T. Jones is up for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Potato Hole and Best Rock Instrumental Performances for "Warped Sister."
Another Stax vet, Mavis Staples, angles for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Live: Hope at the Hideout.
Tune in to CBS (Channel 3 in Memphis) at 7 p.m. to see who wins and what they were wearing.