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Hey, those Jonas Brothers aren't so hot — but overrated flops?

March 2, 2009 | 11:27 am

"We want a Grammy!" the Jonas Brothers recently told reporters. "It didn't quite happen this year, but that's OK."

Well, maybe it's never going to happen. Maybe the "Burnin' Up" boys are already all burnt up considering how poorly their concert movie just performed.


Last year the Jonas Brothers were the warm-up concert act for Miley Cyrus' Best of Both Worlds Tour. They were bunched because the music acts appeal to the same audience, so it was widely believed that their concert movies would perform similarly too.

Miley Cyrus' movie earned $31 million its opening weekend last year. Since "The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Experience" was unspooling in nearly twice as many theaters, it was expected to top that — landing in the $32 million to $40 million range. Instead, it reaped only $12.7 million.

Are the Jonas Brothers overrated? If so, they're probably going to be a bust on the awards scene ahead. Consider this: They got only a single Grammy nomination last month — for best new artist, which they lost to Adele. Nominees for best new artist aren't decided by the mass membership of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which is how they're determined for most other categories. There's a secret committee that cooks up the five contenders. The committee might've jammed the Jonas Brothers on the list, thinking they'll be a big TV draw but didn't really have much respect for them as music artists.

That the Jonas Brothers weren't nominated at the Grammys for pop vocal group performance or best dance recording may be telling. Both of those lineups are determined by a popular vote of the music professionals within the academy.

Granted, boy bands don't do well at the Grammys. 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Menudo, New Kids on the Block and even the Monkees didn't win. But most hot boy bands at least get nominated frequently. 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys were even nominated for the highest Grammy honor of all — record of the year ('N Sync for "Bye, Bye, Bye" and Backstreet Boys for "I Want It That Way"). Heck, the Backstreet Boys were even nominated for best album ("Millennium")! The Beatles, of course, won ("Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band")!


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