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Sharp Notes December 18 2003

Bad dreams: As we went to press, news broke that Drew Worsham, former drummer for late-'80s Athens band Dreams So Real, had been shot over the weekend in Savannah, and is in critical condition. His friend, musician Dodd Ferrelle, reports that Worsham is scheduled to undergo surgery this week. We'll follow up as more information comes in.

Grammys set straight: After Sharp Notes was so bold as to suggest last week that Atlantans were relatively under-represented on the recently announced slate of Grammy nominations, Michele Rhea Caplinger, the executive director of the Recording Academy's Atlanta chapter, wrote to set me straight. In addition to the acts I mentioned, which included Ludacris, TLC and Third Day, Caplinger added to the list of local nominees Kelly Price, Patty Loveless (who lives part time in a house in Georgia), Allman Brothers Band (who once upon a time lived in Macon), Train (which has two members currently living in Atlanta), Alan Jackson (the Newnan native who has lived in Nashville for decades) and the Blind Boys of Alabama (one member lives here). Well, what can we say? We stand corrected.

Caplinger was also kind enough to inform us that, "GRAMMY® is always spelled in capital letters and requires a registered mark ® the first time used in an article." It's part of her job to tell us that, though she readily admits that no one follows this style (not even, we noticed, the Recording Academy itself).

Even better than printing that registered mark symbol (since many people don't know what it means anyway), we offer these stern words of warning: Grammy is a registered trademark of the Recording Academy, so in case you planned on naming that new graham-cracker-and-marshmallow treat you're in the process of bringing to market a Grammy, think again, chump. (It is, however, still OK to use Grammy as an alternate nickname for your grandmother.)

Caplinger left us with one more bit of news that follows up on last week's Sharp Notes. The annual Heroes Awards, presented by the Atlanta chapter of the Recording Academy to local music legends, has added one more name to its list of honorees set for April 1, 2004. In addition to the previously named OutKast, Alex Cooley and Dallas Austin, a Heroes Award will go to Chuck Leavell, the former Allman Brother, current Rolling Stones pianist and Middle Georgia tree farmer who, by last count, is the only living non-egomaniacal, non-burnt-out, down-to-earth nice guy to have played in a major '70s rock band. Congratulations to him.

OutKast-o-meter: Since it seems like we pretty much provide some sort of OutKast-related chart information every week — because the group, in fact, seems to reach a new milestone each week — we're going to start rating the news as a service to our readers, to help you weed out the big news from the mere trivia. We figure this week's bit rates an 8 on the 10-point OutKast-O-Meter scale (10 being the highest). The news: On Billboard's Dec. 20 singles chart, OutKast has the No. 1 ("Hey Ya!") and No. 2 ("The Way You Move") songs in the country, a feat that puts the duo up in the exclusive company of chart dominators like the Beatles and Elvis Presley. (Ludacris and Jagged Edge round out a strong showing for locals this week, with four singles in the top six.)

Meanwhile, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, who are way down at No. 12 and No. 14 with their two hits, were still deemed worthy enough to pick up a trio of Billboard Music Awards last week, for R&B/Hip-Hop Group of the Year, Independent Album Artists of the Year and Independent Album of the Year.

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