2009 is just minutes away from becoming history, and in my opinion, it was a darn good year in music. It is now time to award the best of the best. So I present to you, the winners of the 2009 Tommyland Music Awards!!!
BEST DEBUT ALBUM: La Roux, La Roux
La Roux showed that a girl didn’t have to act stupid or flauntingly sexy to make great, rhythmic pop music. That mix of brash attitude and killer beats made for a debut to remember.
BEST VIDEO: “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
Was there any doubt? Lady Gaga offered one jaw-droppingly surreal image after another, and in the process, became a superstar.
BEST ROCK TRACK: “Heartless (Live Version)” – Kris Allen
Kanye West wrote a very good song. But it was Kris who made it great, infusing it with joy, emotion, and a more-than-capable voice (sorry, Kanye).
BEST DANCE TRACK: “Audacity Of Huge” – Simian Mobile Disco
Have no idea what the heck the song is trying to say. I’m just gonna shake my booty while I try to figure it all out.
BEST COUNTRY(ish) TRACK: “You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift
Is it pop? Country? An irresistible dose of teen-crush adrenaline? I’ll say all of the above.
BEST HARD ROCK TRACK: “Sliver (Live From Reading Version)” – Nirvana
Kurt came back to slay us all over again. The new kids on the rock block still have ways to go…
BEST RAP TRACK & BEST COLLABORATION TRACK: “Dead And Gone” – T.I. & Justin Timberlake
T.I. lays on the dread and the drama, while Justin delivers the yearning behind the hook. As royal as rap got all year.
BEST KOREAN TRACK: “Gee” – Girls’ Generation
It’s audio Prozac, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Don’t even try to fight it.
BEST TRACK FOR FILM, TV OR STAGE: “Endless Love” – Glee Cast
I know it’s pure cornball, but I’ve always loved this song. And this is the best rendition I’ve ever heard. It positively soars…
BEST R&B TRACK: “Betcha Gon’ Know (The Prologue)” – Mariah Carey
The bad news is that this was one of only three good songs on Mariah’s last album (others being “Angels Cry” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” The good news is that this is one of her best tracks EVER, with an air of introspection Mariah has rarely shown before.
BEST BALLAD TRACK & BEST COVER TRACK: “If I Can’t Have You” – Adam Lambert
Forget the mascara, forget the theatrics, but don’t forget Adam’s voice, all he needs here to make you absolutely melt.
BEST MALE TRACK: “Airport Surroundings” – Loney Dear
This song is all about momentum. It just builds and builds, never letting you go, until it has you in the palm of its hand. It’s a great place to be.
BEST FEMALE TRACK & BEST POP TRACK: “All I Want” – Sarah Blasko
Ethereal. Light as air, yet achingly beautiful. It’s the perfect song to count stars to…
BEST TRACK OF THE YEAR, BEST GROUP TRACK & BEST ALTERNATIVE TRACK: “The Way It Used To Be” – Pet Shop Boys
This actually isn’t the first time my favorite song of the year was by the PSB. “Being Boring” was in my opinion the greatest song of 1990 (or almost any year, really). Nineteen years later, the Boys are back on top with “The Way It Used To Be,” a song so breath-taking that it stopped me in my tracks as I was crossing the street hearing it for the first time. Yes, it’s so good that it nearly killed me (and I would still have loved it even if it had).
BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Strict Joy, Swell Season
It’s a quiet sleeper of an album–no powerhouse moment, no obvious single–and a much more restrained affair than the soundtrack to “Once.” What it is is one long sigh in lament of love lost, with echoes of heartbreak that expand and build like the ripples a stone makes upon a pond. It is an album designed to slowly grow roots within you and remain. And so it does.
THE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Lady Gaga
A genius. A freak. A drama queen. A visionary. Whatever label you throw at her, just make sure it’s designer, and she’ll wear it with a pop artist’s pride. Well done, Gaga; see you in 2010.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!