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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Madeleine Peyroux Wins Borders Original Voices Award

Madeleine Peyroux's Careless Love has won a 2005 Borders Original Voices Award. This is the first year the award has been given in the music category. According to a statement attributed to "music committee members", "It is Peyroux's voice that first catches your ear, but it is her beautiful, laid back, melodic jazz treatments of everything from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan to Hank Williams that keeps you listening." Whatever you say, Music Committee Members Who Speak With One Voice! Although... I like to think of Cohen, Dylan, and Williams as people and not things.

Peyroux will get $5,000 for winning the award, and "will be honored at a special breakfast reception" at May's BookExpo America in Washington, D.C. Early speculation (by me) is that this will likely entail speeches and lackluster food.

Like all the winners, Peyroux's work will be "prominently placed in... Borders Books and Music stores nationwide, with a mention in Borders This Month, a free monthly shopping guide, which will offer a 20 percent discount the month the titles are featured." Incidentally, Amazon is selling Careless Love at 25 percent off. Though of course, it's always nice to buy from an indie record store...

Sure, the whole "Borders Original Voices Awards" smells of a very thinly veiled advertising campaign. On the other hand, corporate awards are commonplace. Arguably, it's not right, but it's okay. The British Phonographic Industry (the equivalent of the RIAA) bring us the Brit Awards "in association with MasterCard". There's even an award called "MasterCard British Album". I find this much more objectionable than Borders making itself some bucks while raising the profile of some authors and artists.

The nominees in Peyroux's category were chosen by employees at Borders stores and at their corporate headquarters in Michigan. The winner was chosen by "a committee of corporate staff members".

The other nominees were:

Amos Lee - Amos Lee
Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
Martha Wainwright - Martha Wainwright
Picaresque - The Decemberists
Un Viaje - Cafe Tacuba

Madeleine Peyroux - Don't Wait Too Long (from Careless Love)

Amos Lee - Soul Suckers (from Amos Lee)

The Decemberists - Of Angels And Angles (from Picaresque)


Blogger xolondon said...

But will she actually show up for the show? She has a tendency to disappear!

I loved how Nip Tuck used her music in the first ep of this past season. It was lovely and honored the story quite well.

4:10 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...

:o I thought of that too. Maybe she will just show up to accept the award/check. Or maybe she won't show up at all. Some Oscar winners skip the ceremony (maybe fewer with Jon Stewart hosting).

I don't watch Nip/Tuck but that's a pretty cool choice of music...

7:04 PM  

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