Gold Derby nuggets: Grammy & winners rock & rage at the Democratic Convention | Oscars to preserve 'Great Ziegfeld' | Viggo rides three horses in the derby
• The Grammys will rock the Democratic Convention on Tuesday night with live performances at "The Church" by Daughtry, Everclear ("Father of Mine," "Wonderful") and Denver-based based alternative/hip-hop group the Flobots (whose debut album "Fight With Tools" features the current hit "Handlebars"). The event "will educate party leaders and policy makers about critical music issues" while raising money for the Grammy Foundation, notes its news release.
What's odd about this Grammy gig is that none of these groups have ever won a Grammy. Daughtry had three noms, including best new artist, but lost. Instead, past Grammy champs are performing at other convention events not related to the Recording Academy. Tony Bennett and Sheryl Crow performed at a concert last night hosted by the nonpartisan Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee. All eyes are on what will happen Wednesday night when past Grammy champ Rage Against the Machine stages a concert raging against the Iraq war. When the music rebels performed at the 2000 Democratic convention in Los Angeles the gig got so out of control that police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. In 1996, Rage Against the Machine won the Grammy for best metal performance ("Tire Me") and four years later prevailed in the category for best hard rock performance ("Guerilla Radio").
• During every Oscarcast, the current president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reminds us that the organization is about more than just that one night of awards. And, indeed, as evidence of that, Variety reports that the Academy will preserve the combined archives of MGM and UA, which date back to the 1920s and include many Oscar classics, of course. Some of MGM's best-picture champs: "The Broadway Melody" (1929), "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936), "Gone With the Wind" (1939), "An American in Paris" (1951), "Gigi" (1958) and "Ben-Hur" (1959). United Artists won best-pic trophies for "Marty" (1955) and "West Side Story" (1961).
• Even though "Mad Men" took a ratings plunge after the spectacular debut of Season 2 (up 2 million viewers), Gold Rush blogger T.L. Stanley insists, "It's destined to be a critical darling, not a mass enterprise. But please, everybody, stop making the 'Arrested Development' comparisons and let's just see what happens come Emmy night. We're beginning to sense a romp, swingin' '60s style." READ MORE
• At In Contention, Kris Tapley makes the case for a long overdue Oscar nod, if not win, for composer Danny Elfman. Says Tapley, the three-time nominee should score a nom for the score to this year's "Milk" or next spring's "The Wolf Man."
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