Ten Grammy awards that you don't see on TV but that are totally worth being televised

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Esperanza Spalding accepting the award for Jazz Vocal Album.

5. Jazz Grammys Categories (Best Jazz Instrumental, Vocal Jazz, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Album, Latin Jazz Album):
Jazz is the only form of music originated entirely in America. It's also the only form of music relegated entirely to the pre-telecast awards. Remember a couple of years ago when Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist and the whole world asked where she came from? She came from the ceremony where awards were presented before the telecast.


4. Best Recording Package:
Graphic designers dream of winning Grammys. It's not like there's an Oscar for best movie poster. So as a graphic artist, this is about as rock and roll as you can get. The Internet has put incredible importance on things like how your album cover looks. In the age of MP3, that little square is the only visual connection people will ever have to their favorite song. A remarkable album cover can be the difference between life and death when consumers have 10,000 songs in their pocket. One look at the incredible box set for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and you start to have hope that maybe the grand tradition of the album won't disappear anytime soon. This award should be sandwiched right between the Katy Perry wardrobe malfunction and the One Direction tribute to the music of Indigo Girls.

Fritz Klaetke accepting the award for Best Boxed of Special Limited Edition Package.

3. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package:
You know all those really cool limited edition releases that show up right around Record Store Day every spring? What about those incredible boxed sets that you see around the holidays? You know what's interesting? You can't download limited edition vinyl or handcrafted boxes made to celebrate incredible releases. Not to mention that incredibly designed album cover art can also drive sales of physical albums. Just ask the folks over at GetOnDown.com, who specialize in incredible limited editon re-issues.

The Black Keys accepting the award for Best Rock Album.

2. Best Rock Album Nominees:
Okay Grammys, this is especially ironic considering the majority of the voting ranks is comprised of old rock and roll artists. It's also shamefully coincidental that every single nominated band is a band that "matters" when it comes to things like Pitchfork lists, Rolling Stone rankings, and VH1 talking head specials. Short of Muse, every single nominee in this category makes albums worth buying. I would love to see a VH1 special called "The Top 25 Grammy Acceptance Speeches You've Never Seen."

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys accepting the award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

1. Producer of the Year:
Record sales are driven by producers now more than ever (don't believe me, just ask Kendrick Lamar). This was a respectful lineup made up of the current crop of talented and ground breaking producers working in music (Diplo, Salaam Remi, Jeff Bhasker, Dan Auerbach and Markus Dravs). Winner Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys could be on the fast track to being as well known as Quincy Jones today. A televised award would have firmly placed him in the minds of music fans as someone to watch, but hey, selling records isn't great television right?

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