Daryl Hall on his unexpected Grammy nomination, why he might not go to the ceremony, and the current state of John Oates' mustache.

It is fair to say that Daryl Hall wasn’t exactly glued to last’s night Grammy TV special, at which it was announced that he and John Oates were nominated in the “Best performance by a duo or group with vocals” category for a live version of their 1976 hit “Sara Smile.” “I didn’t even know the nominations were happening,” says the blue-eyed soul man. “I found out when my manager called me. It was a big surprise.” One reason Hall wasn’t all that interested in the Grammys? The Grammys have never been all that interested in him. In fact, Hall has only been nominated twice and has never won. That’s right: Daryl Hall has never won a Grammy! What have the Recording Academy been thinking all these years? “You ask them,” laughs the singer.

After the jump, Hall sizes up some of the other Grammy nominees and bars your writer from ever visiting his house. Boo!

Entertainment Weekly: The other acts in your category are the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, the Fray, and MGMT. Are you familiar with all of them?
Daryl Hall: Yeah. I haven’t heard their particular performances that were nominated. But I’m glad I was nominated for a live performance. Maybe my best work has been on a stage.

Are you going to win?
Who knows, man? I can’t get inside their heads. Let’s see what happens.

Another big category is Album of the Year, in which the nominees are Beyonce, the Black Eyes Peas, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band, and Taylor Swift. Do you have any opinion about any of them?
I like Beyonce. That category runs the gamut. To me, there’s two kinds of music these days. There’s ephemeral music, and there’s music that has lasting power and depth. And I think that those nominees exhibit both sides.

Will you be attending the ceremony (which will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, January 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT)?
I have a show in Jamaica the same day, supposedly. So, unless I do some schedule shifting, I won’t be there. But one never knows.

Be careful coming back through customs!
There you go, man.

You have your own web show called, Live from Daryl’s House, which you actually film at your home, and which features you playing with other famous musicians. Has anyone ever stolen anything?
[Laughs] You’re the first person that’s ever asked that. And that’s something that I’ve been so worried about over the years! No, no, everybody that comes, if they’re not family, they become family. Nothing has gone missing yet.

If I was invited to your house I would totally steal something as a memento.
You’re barred out, bro.

What’s happening with the Rachael Ray-backed campaign to get Hall and Oates into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
I haven’t really been following it. That was another surprise. When I went on the show I did not expect her to go that route. It’s just nice to have that kind of enthusiasm for what I’ve been doing over the years.

My advice to you over the Hall of Fame would be to say “F— ‘em.”
Yeah, well. I have a lot of complicated feelings about them.

It’s been a big Hall and Oates year: the Grammy nom, the box set, “You Make My Dreams” was showcased in (500) Days of Summer, and then there was your cameo on the Cleveland Show.
It ebbs and flows. But when it flows, I make the most of it. Sometimes people become interested in what I’m doing. And maybe some times they’re disinterested. I think the people that are the taste makers…

That’s me!
[Laughs] Yeah, you guys seem to be very respectful now, and it wasn’t always thus.

And what’s the situation these days with John Oates’ mustache? I heard he’s grown it back.
He has a really cool one. I saw him yesterday and he has this sort of Fu Manchu thing going with a little soul patch in the middle. At first I looked at him like, ‘Whoah!’ Then I said, you know, that looks really good. It’s nothing like his ‘80s ‘stache. He’s a changed man.

At least he’s not going with “the Hitler,” which I think would be a mistake.
No, he’s definitely not going with “the Hitler.” [Laughs]

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Photo credit: Steve Mack/FilmMagic

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  • Ruben

    Wasn’t he on “Dancing with the Stars” earlier this year as well?

  • Frank from MusicNerdClub.com

    Hall & Oates rule. Maybe not the best album artists, but certainly one of the best singles artists ever. Major props to them for the Grammy nomination.

    • KGD

      Beauty On A Back Street is a sadly overlooked and underrated album.

      • Dawna

        they do NOT like that album

    • AcaseofGeo

      Frank, I beg to differ. Some of their albums are AWESOME! When USA FOR AFRICA won grammy’s in 1986, didn’t Daryl Hall technically win one for being part of it? Does anyone know the answer to that? Because Diana Ross has also never won a Grammy and was part of USA for AFRICA.

  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    i agree Frank

  • Barry

    They belong in the Rock Hall of Fame.

  • John

    Around the time the Stiller-Wilson “Starsky and Hutch” movie came out, I secretly yearned for them to do a campy biopic of Hall and Oates. I mean, they totally look the part!

  • Sina

    I still don’t understand how they have never won a Grammy. Not for Sara Smile? Not for One on One? Seriously. Madonna has one! What is going on. And the Hall of Fame. What has Hall and Oates ever do to those people? They are jealous.

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  • spin

    They certainly should have won a grammy before now and I hope they at least win this one. They also deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Great artists. I was lucky enough to see them live years ago and they are fantastic.

  • brenda

    The Live at Daryl’s House is amazing even if you didn’t grow up a fan. And yes, Hall & Oats is having a big year, my 8 year-old twins are really into ‘Rich Girl’ by Canadian Group, Down With Webster that’s popular up here.

  • Blue Silver

    Good for Darryl Hall. I sure hope he wins! This would get him a little more press than usual. Btw, Duran Duran was in the running a couple of years ago but didn’t win. Heck, Run DMC and Madonna are in…..I just don’t get it sometimes!!

  • Dawna

    After following these fab musicians for over thirty something yrs and over 300 of their shows I can say I they are so deserving of this Grammy and though this is for Sara Smile it is for The Troubadour recent 2 noght ONLY show. $200 a pop show that’s nominated. To me with that being one of two of their more notable songs and only after a proven career and return to their LA roots. SO deserving…Now I am suppose to be going to the Jamaica Jazz Festival to see them and others and If they go to the Grammys then I am NOT going to Jamaica. lol oh well…. I say GRAMMY’S!!!! this time around. Would love to see this and have them WIN too would be awesome for them and me as a fan…

  • Vicky

    I have been a fan of Daryl & John for over 30 years. They have been so overlooked and underrated. Some of their best work are “B” sides the general public has not heard. Sure the hits are fine, but these musicians have incredible talent. I think if they won the Grammy it would be a true win to talent that is timeless.

  • Raymond

    I’m more surprised that’s they’ve only been nominated twice before. I would have assumed they were perennials in the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for the late 70’s and early 80’s.

  • Jeannette

    Whas up with the RRHOF. It’s uncanny that Daryl Hall & John Oates aren’t there yet! If the RRHOF listened to the people Hall & Oates would have been there already. It’s a laugh, such a laugh.

  • Jenifer K.

    I am so happy Hall and Oates were nomintated. I sure hope they win this long-overdue Grammy! I agree that Daryl’s best work is live. Not that there is anything wrong with the studio recordings, but live Hall and Oates are absolutely amazing.

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