So we're not the only ones gearing up for all sorts of year-end countdowns and polls and whathaveyou. The folks at Spin are hosting a readers' poll, and in addition to having a fake but awesome metal band nominated for Metal Band of the Year (Dethklok) and a bizarre host of nominees for Most Welcome Return (Alice in Chains, Blink-182, Blur, Cranberries, Phish, Jane's Addiction, The Jesus Lizard [!], Leonard Cohen, No Doubt and Sunny Day Real Estate), they also appear to have a couple of Nashville-dominated categories. Well, maybe not Nashville-dominated, but definitely partially populated by tangentially Nashville-related artists, and that's something.
The categories? Sex Goddess of the Year and Sex God of the Year. Nominees include Hayley Williams of Paramore, Alison Mosshart of The Dead Weather, Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon and Jack White of Jack White International Industries. I'll let you sort out their respective categories. Now, I'm going to go ahead and assume that this category just means "Most Popular Sex Figure of Some Sort" and that it's not unlike the nominees for "Most Attractive" in my high school senior superlatives. Will the winners be the artists who have sold the most records, those who are most appealing to the weirdos and kids who vote in these sorts of contests, or the two individuals who have really challenged our cultural conventions when it comes to sexuality? I think we all know the answer to that, but I'd really like to see a win for the semi-awkward dude from Phoenix or a write-in for Har Mar Superstar. Maybe not.