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Will David Cook become a Grammy darling?

November 19, 2008 | 11:09 am

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If, as many music gurus say, David Cook is "American Idol's" new rock superstar, that means he's the new Chris Daughtry. That means David Cook could be nominated for four Grammys soon, just like Daughtry. Right?

Entertainment Weekly gives the new disc a B grade, adding, "If you're expecting Daughtry 2: Post-Grunge Boogaloo, well . . . you're about right. Cook is clearly built in the guy-linered mold of that earlier Idol alum, though his debut owes just as much to the expert hands that craft it, including producers Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and Brian Howes (Hinder, Chris Cornell). They give David Cook's clutch of bombastic verse-chorus- verse rockers an impressive melodic sheen, one well suited to Cook's husky, expressive vocals."

Since Daughtry didn't win "American Idol" (he came in fourth place), Billboard declares David Cook to be "the lone rocker winner of 'Idol' to date" and says "Cook stands apart from cookie-cutter pop."

However, David Cook won't be nominated for four Grammys this year. He has just limited eligibility, as pointed out by our resident Grammy sage Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch.

"I hate to be cynical," Darrin says, "but David Cook and David Archuleta won't be anywhere near the Grammys next year — unless they buy a ticket. Their albums just came out this month so they aren't eligible. However, Cook's single, 'Lights On; and David Archuleta's single, 'Crush,' are both eligible and they have little chance of being nominated in the male pop vocal performance category. Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Michael Buble, Seal, Chris Brown, Kid Rock, Ne-Yo, Neil Diamond, Gavin DeGraw, James Taylor, Josh Groban, Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, etc. will all get in before David Cook or David Archuleta."

Do you agree?

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Hello?Are you people sick?David Cook is the best American Idol,he is so versatile and purely talented.He got a 2 platinum singles Time of My Life and Light On and he's debut album has reached platinum within just 3 months.He is consistent enough to hit the music charts.He is the best.So DC deserves to be in the spotlight..

David Cook was amazing on idol, he was the only one to nail all his songs. Simon wanted the younger David to win because he would appeal to the crowd of youngsters that will buy cds. Like many before David Cook, most songs on albums are bad and only a few are any good. I've got stacks of records and cd's and tapes to prove this therory. LOL But his two singles were amazing. It's ashame he won't be considered for the Grammy's this year Time of My Life should have rec'd something.

0. Using all capital letters makes you look like a teeny booper.

1. Perhaps you don't know... Many people wanted to be a screamer, but they only could dream about it. And I don't think Cook is categorized as a screamer, or is he? O.o

2. In an interview, you can ask him about anything, except his brother. I've seen an article said about it. And I don't remember they brought it on AI. When Seacrest try to make him say something about it, he didn't.

3. Not only his die hard fans who say he's great. Lionel Richie, Mariah Carrey, Neil Diamond, etc.,etc think he's great, too.

Sorry, meant to say one more thing.

I cry foul on the comment that David used his brother's illness to garner attention or sympathy. He steered clear of any mention of this during the show. Even when it leaked out, he didn't talk about it when given the opportunity. HE did not truly open up about it until the Larry King Live interview AFTER the show was over.

I resent the implication that he used it. Had he been willing, I'm sure AI would have played it up and done an entire piece and had running commentary such as they did with Asia Epperson and the recent death of her father. Or Kristy having to sell her horse. Or David A getting vocal paralysis or the stupid manufactured stage Dad fiasco. The producers love stuff like that as it means ratings boosts. The fact that they DIDN'T do a piece on this tells me that it was vetoed by David himself. He and his brother wanted him to do well in the show on his own merit.

How many other platinum selling artists from 2008 do you NOT consider worthy of a nomination?

Aside from the album, which is on continuous repeat for me and is enthralling, Time Of My Life (the coronation song that wouldn't die) has been certified platinum.

Are there any other artists this year who were forced to record a song outside of their genre with really sappy lyrics yet managed to sell a million copies? Davids soaring vocals sold that song. He deserves a grammy for that accomplishment alone.

the observer..maybe you should find more material before you write this..yes,david cook wants to make a solid rock records..but he wins the idol(not his fault..AMERICA vote 4 him)..that means he have to make a record that fits idol fans who voted for him, majority of them is womens and kids who are not really a fans of heavy rock song..so he comes up with this album which it can fits right to idol viewers ears..even david cook producers, rob said so...you know what..he will be on top of the world..just wait..his not going to give up and we(all his die hard fans) will always support him from behind..

The Observer, if you don't agree that David Cook's voice is extraordinary, that's fine. If you don't like the music on this album, you're entitled to your opinion. Where I have a HUGE problem with your post is when you say that he used his brother's illness to win the show. David only spoke about his brother after he was admitted to the hospital, and it was revealed by SOMEONE OTHER THAN DAVID that his brother has Cancer and had suffered a setback. When he was given the opportunity to speak more about it the next night, he declined, saying his ER trip was caused by the stress of "stuff going on". When asked about the AC on his guitar, he again deflected the question away from his ill brother. He loves his brothers, and no one has any business calling that into question. Syesha was lucky enough not to have her private heartache paraded in front of the whole world. It's not David's fault that people cared enough about him that the media knew it was something their readers, listeners and viewers would be interested in. One other thing, ask ACS how much money has been raised for them because David's family's story became known. You don't have to like his music, but please don't make accusations against him that simply aren't true.

PS - I agree with one poster (Holly) who said "sometimes bordering on genius"...! I have been saying this for a long time! There is something very very special about him. People who know music or at least have sensitivity, cannot fail to recognize how brilliant he is!!! He is gonna be a superstar because Giftedness on this level WILL prevail, despite all the naysayers. He is such a TARGET because of his very brilliance. His music has an incredible energy to it that always accompanies genius.
I notice that a lot of his haters are males. Jealous! All the girls love David so is that just too much to take for your insecure egos? Some men are defenders and love DC. I thank those of you for your support and for recognizing (and not being threatened by) his brilliance.
The other naysayers are often sour grapes Archie fans. (not ALL but some).

David's gift is astonishing! I have almost three decades of experience both singing and coaching singers (I'm also a pianist) and I have NEVER heard a more glorious voice than David's! He is brilliant. And his writing is as good as his singing. There hasn't been a singer like this to appear in well, years, if ever. There are simply NO other singers with the pipes and the crazy overtones. The voice has a shimmer that is one-of-a-kind.
BEST MALE VOCALIST I have ever heard.

I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH OTHER COMMENTS EVEN SOME MUSIC JUORNO . I'VE BEEN NOTICING THAT TO AND THIS IS WHAT I BEEN POINTING OUT SINCE AMERICAN IDOL AND I AM STILL WONDERING WHY HE EVEN WON - THERE IS TWO REASON: I THINK IT WAS RIGGED OR ITS A SYMPATHY VOTES FOR DRAMATIZING HIS BROTHER HAS A CANCER . I AM NOT TRYING TO BE MEAN OR HARSH WITH DAVID COOK I THINK IT WAS A CALCULATED MOVED, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT IF IT WAS THE MEDIA WHO PICK IT UP OR DISCOVERED IT OR PUBLICIZED THE SITUATION . ONE GOOD EXAMPLE SYESHA SHE DIDN'T PROMOTE HER LIFE STORY PRIDICAMENT AND SHE DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT - ONLY THE THE MEDIA WRITE IT UP. I DON'T THINK HE WILL EVEN BE NOMINATED FOR I DON'T THINK HE HAS THAT GREAT VOICE AND ORIGINALITY FOR HE TEND TO BE PITCHY AND HIS A SCREAMER AND A LOT OF TIME YOU CAN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND HIS WORDS WHEN HE SING -FOR HE DOESN'T PRONOUNCE HIS LYRICS CLEARLY THE ONLY TIME YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND HIM IF YOU KNOW THE SONG YOURSELF AND HE SOUND LIKE CHRIS DAUGHTRY H/E CHRIS IS MUCH, MUCH BETTER THAN HIM FOR CHRIS DELIVER HIS SONG WITH CLARITY AND HIS VOICE IS VERY IDENTIFIABLE TO HIM. I LISTEN TO DAVID COOK CD ALBUM WHEN YOU HERE ONE - THEY SOUND ALL THE SAME. THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL SAY HIS A GREAT VOICE IS HIS DIE HARD FANS AND THE MUSIC JOURNO IN TABLOID MAGS LIKE: EW, US, STAR IT JUST LAUGHABLE - THEY ARE OVERSELLING THIS PERSON. I DON'T KNOW MAYBE I'M WRONG - THIS IS JUST MY OBSERVATION.

SIMPLE US: I DON'T THINK SO..... YOU ARE OVERSELLING THIS DUDE AGAIN. THERE IS NOTHING EXTRA ORDINARY ON HIS CD ALBUM - THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME AND HE JUST HAS ONE STYLE: "A SCREAMER". DO YOU THINK THATS WHAT WINNING A GRAMMY ALL ABOUT, HAHAHAHA!!!

He may not have been submitted, but I believe he should have been because he deserves to win. He is the best thing to happen to music in a long, long time. Great vocals and songwriting and accomplished guitar player. Plus, he is a totally nice guy.

Its not possible. The label didn't submit him for nomination. So he can't even be nominated. David Archuletas label sent him in for nomination but chances of that are slim to none. So there isn't any possiblity of it.

To previous comment, how can you say he can't sing because he has better range than the best out there now and sings with such ease and passion. His voice is completely unique.

His album Analog Heart actually got a lot of notice after he was on Idol. He finally had his platform, as most artist get.

He plays the guitar amazingly and thats why he deserves to pose with his guitar.

He was part of pretty much every song on the album. He's written lots of great songs.

You obviously know nothing of David Cook so why even post a comment about him?

David Cook is a talented singer/songwriter who deserves to be nominated for his work.

Was it short-sightedness of was it poor planning that David Cook wasn't even submitted for Best Male Vocalist? Name ANY other male singer out there (rock or pop) that has his range and depth!

I think they should create a special category just for him. He certainly deserves it.

I think David Cook's voice and talent are amazing and unique enough to earn the respect of the music community and if he meets the qualifications, yes I think he can hold his own with the best of them. His tonal quality and range and ability to sing with such emotion and soaring notes is amazing. The fact that he also is an amazing writer is gravy.

Ps. If you read any review for David Archuleta you will see that the same thing happened to him. Each review praised a different song. Again, they are both good, lets move on!

K, why does every bad comment about Cook have to be pegged as an Archie fan being a sore loser. Could it actually just be a person not liking him? I am a Archie fan, but I am also a Cook fan, they are very different from each other musically, AI was over almost 6 months ago, let it go! I believe both David's will win grammy's, lets give it time and move on from AI!

When will people stop taking these manufactured Idol stars so seriously? Cook has like 5 albums out that no one cared about.

He can't sing worth a crap, and he only poses with a guitar, since he can't play it.

Every song on his album is written by someone else, with who knows what meager input from his lame ass. I bet he doesn't even get any publishing from them.

Stop the madness!

David Cook should be nominated for Grammys... if not this year, then next. I don't know how the awards work in terms of timing from the release date, but Cook's album is a rock-solid debut. Proof: regardless of the reviews, every reviewer has brought up a different track as an album highlight. That never happens.

I love David Cook ... his performances, beautiful voice and general compassion that comes out in everything he does. Oh, and he's sooooooooo freaking hot ... this 49 yo woman thinks he should have been voted "the sexiest man of 2008" ... not just one of ....

David has an amazing, infectious voice and his writing skills are just as amazing. If there is any doubt about his singing or writing skills take a listen to "Analog Heart" pre-idol cd, that is if you can get a hold of a copy ...they were going for about $350 on ebay for awhile.

My Favorites on this New CD are Lie, Bar ba sol, Come Back to Me, Declaration, Mr Sensitive, Life on the Moon, I did it for you. Too bad "Kiss on Neck", is Hidden! He'll just have to release that as a single.

Unfortunate, timing doesn't allow him to be nominated for a Grammy this tme but there is one thing that is for certain he will be in the future, I agree with a previous post that he is a truly talented genius!
He will be around for a long time!

By the way some of those other comments sound a lot like jealousy!!
Or perhaps just Archie fans!

Aside from the fact that I think the David Cook's album is brilliant and definitely Grammy worthy, I have a question to ask.

Why would David's Billboard chart achievements earlier this year not qualify him for a Grammy. I mean, did anyone else being considered for nomination do that? 11 songs in the Hot 100 in one week. Only the Beatles beat that with 14. In the modern era, Miley Cyrus had 6. He had 14 on the Hot Digital Downloads chart. The previous record was held by Bon Jovi at 6 also.

Again I ask, why can he not be considered for a Grammy.

David Cook won't win a Grammy this year for no other reason than that his label didn't even put him in for consideration. At least Jive put Archuleta and "Crush" into the hundreds of artists to consider.

 

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