I don't thump the desk and say, "yes, yes!" to John Caramanica very often, but he got the backward-looking nature of the Grammys just right in his Times piece this morning.
My son really likes Fun. and Mumford & Sons, for the perfectly acceptable reason that their songs were on heavy play all summer, a summer which I believe he ranks as his best so far and which involved a lot of very sweaty dances with girls smart enough for him to actually consider liking...He's also quite taken with the Lumineers.
I have hard time arguing with him, since this is exactly how pop music is supposed to be consumed, enjoyed and identified with...but I'm not personally crazy about really anyone who won a Grammy last night.