Of course the OP is joking
Btw, despite I agree that today's pop is nowhere near the one from the 60ies and 70ies, there are some artist that won a grammy that (at least IMO) deserved it! (could you believe that Billy Cobham was the BEST MALE ARTIST on Billboard 100 in 1974.. I saw the plate on his wall!.. Just wondering if we will remember who it was the best male artist of 2012 in 40 years from now..)
Back to topic.. Ray LaMontagne last year won a grammy (even if I think that Ryan Freeland won the grammy for engineering that album, I don't remember exactly, don't quote me on that)..
...btw there's thread on GS where Ryan explained the techniques and the gear used.. the Avedis MA5 was the preamp on vocals, ac gtr and overheads Ray LaMontagne & Pariah Dogs - God Willin'
I wish it could be that easy win a grammy after buying a preamp..
For sure Ryan (and Ray) won that grammy for their skills (in recording and/or songwriting) and the preamp, despite was for sure involved for reaching that sound, was secondary.. Well, I guess it's the whole enchilada that won the grammy, but in my book skills came first.