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Jen
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I just Googled the answer, and I never heard of her, either [Image Can Not Be Found] My guess was going to be Aretha Franklin, who's second on the list.

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My first two instincts would have me say Madonna or Beyonce, because they're arguably the two most popular female artists in the music biz. Madonna seems too obvious, so I went with number two: BK.

Beyond them I suppose it could be anyone ... young or old, pop or country or R&B. Beats me.

GaGa is too new to have the most ... it's not Britney Spears, is it?

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I Googled it too, and I never heard of her either. I did listen to her on YouTube and was impressed. I was going to guess Aretha Franklin as well.

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Googled it - I know who she is. She's got a fabulously pure voice and she's classified more Blue Grass than pop. Her band (male lead) did the song Constant Sorrow "sung" by George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Well, since everyone is Googling the answer,  let's tell Xtal  so he doesn't have to Google  it also.

Allison Krauss.  

And Toger is right.   She is considered a bluegass singer.   That is what I was trying to say by saying it was a sub genre of popular music.  Because there are other Grammy categories.   My favorite female singer is Renee Fleming who does opera and has won a couple Grammys herself.

So how is it that  I know who Allison Krauss is and hardly anyone else here does?  I worries me.   But I am not sure if I should worry about me or all of you.

My path to Allison Krauss is a bit like life -- very circuitous with unexpected results.   She sang one of the Johnny Mercer  songs (This Time the Dreams on Me) on the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood's movie -- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.   As soon as I heard her voice,  I said, "Who is this?" and I watched all of the credits to find out.   Then I looked her up and listened to more of her music.  This brought me back to bluegrass that I had really loved back in my college days when it was big on college campuses along with folk music and blues.  

OK, so much for that question.  I seem to be striking out on the questions I ask.  Maybe I am not asking trivia but obscure facts of little interest to anyone but me.   

So,  Jen, do have to do the next one?

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It was a great question! And we all (or most) learned something today. However, I will be happy to ask the next one.

 

Along the same lines (stupid awards), who has won the most Primetime Emmys?

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Like kay, I found out about Alison Krauss through a movie soundtrack - O Brother, Where Art Thou? Her band, Union Station, has several cuts on that soundtrack and when I heard her voice, I absolutely had to hear more. I'm not a huge blue grass fan, but she's got an incredible voice. She's also recorded an album with Robert Plant - Raising Sand

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I think the Emmys are about TV.   I don't watch TV.   I mean I really don't watch TV.   Weeks go by when I never turn my TV  on.    But I do hear about TV from everyone I know and also stuff I read.  So I will try to narrow it down.

 Might it be someone from the Sopranos?

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Krauss is darn fine. The Plant duo has been praised to the skies and that I don't get.

More interesting to me was her & the band cut an album with Robyn Hitchcock. I didn't love it but the two have different working styles. Union rehearses obsessively to have everything note-perfect live and recorded and Hitchcock (in)famously whacks things out as quickly as possible. Write, improvise, two or three takes and minimal post-production. Huge output and exciting but wildly inconsistent results. It's an odd pairing, and odder still that Union all love the guy and were dieing to work with him.

Biases: I adore Hitchcock and love bluegrass. Great as Krauss & Union are the burnished sheen sometimes puts me off.

Check out the Demme concert film Storefront Hitchcock. It's not the best track list but I find it utterly charming. Not as good as the earlier Stop Making Sense but up there, like the performers involved or not.

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I know I've heard her name ... I'm genuinely surprised that someone who is not, like, the HUGEST pop diva, has the most Grammys. Huh.

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Kay, it is not someone from the Sopranos. Only three of his(!) nine Primetime Emmys are for acting. Also, Primetime Emmy is a subset of overall Emmy.

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Does prime time include late(ish) night programming too? Because I know there are the Daytime Emmys, but I've not heard of Late Night Emmys... seems like it'd be too small, soooo... if they are lumped into prime time my guess is...

Jon Stewart (of the Daily Show)?

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Must be someone who also wrote scripts or directed as well as acted. I'll have to think a while.

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Not Jon Stewart, xtal. He's not on the "most" list for anything Emmy. (Those types of shows are covered in Primetime Emmys, though, under "Variety, Music, or Comedy Program.")

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I don't have a clue.  But I will take another guess (three guesses) --  Johnny Carson,  David Letterman,  Opera Winfree????

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No. Here's another hint: the man's initials are C.R.

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For a little amusement,  I will tell you C.R. was Carl Rove.   But, of course, it is Karl Rove.  And how would he get an Emmy for anything.   So I have no idea.   It is up to other people.

Who is CR?

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For a hot minute, I thought it was Craig Ferguson... except that would be CF! [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Craig Ferguson should win the Emmy for awesome!

 

My guy's son played Meathead.

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Rather large dangling meatball there hon.

Reiner of course.

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