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- Posted on Feb 10th 2009 4:00PM by John D. Luerssen
Death Cab for Cutie members raised eyebrows and elicited chuckles on Sunday when they showed up at the Grammy Awards wearing blue ribbons pinned to their jackets. Although they lost out to Radiohead in the Best Alternative Music Album category, the beloved indie rockers injected humor to the event by raising awareness about "Autotune Abuse" in pop music.
"Autotuning is a digital manipulation, a correction of a singer's voice that is affecting literally thousands of singers today and thousands of records that are coming out," frontman Ben Gibbard told reporters.Autotune technology is often used to correct vocal performances and is also regularly used by producers to tweak instrumental performances.
"We just want to raise awareness while we're here and try to bring back the blue note .... the note that's not so perfectly in pitch and just gives the recording some soul and some kind of real character," Gibbard explained. "It's how people really sing."
See the full list of 2009 Grammy winners here.