R&B fans should also be disappointed to see that D'Angelo's terrific "Voodoo" the best album of 2000 wasn't given album of the year consideration. The hip-hop/hard rock band Rage Against the Machine was also shafted for their fine album "The Battle of Los Angeles," which is a far more daring work than Eminem's.
It's also interesting to note that not a single black performer was nominated for album of the year, and yet two white acts who draw from hip-hop, Beck and Eminem, were. This may be an indication that this year's Grammy voters take white hip-hop acts a little more seriously. In addition, it's a shame that not a single female was nominated in the album of the year category. Then again, Lauryn Hill was a big winner a few years back.
Oh well. Let's just hope the Grammy night performances are better than the nominations.