A caller today noted that coverage of the Grammy Awards identifies the band Fun as the winner of the trophies for Best New Artist and Song of the Year. But that isn't right, according to my caller.

"Look it up. They spell their name with all lower-case and with a period at the end. The Star misspelled it."

Actually, it looks like it's all over the map to me. The AP story I link to above has it with and without the period, but capitalized. The band usually does it as fun. on their own website. Except in the many instances where it's in all caps on posters and the like. Or in the title of the site itself (the text you see in the tab at the top of your browser).

But this does bring up a question worth pondering. Singer K.D. Lang and poet E.E. Cummings both famously often used only lowercase letters for their names, but I notice in a search of The Star's library that the paper almost always uses standard capitalization.

And what about when unusual capitalization or other styles are part of an artistic work's title? Here, I find examples where copy editors sometimes leave them as the artist intends, and some where they're changed to "normal."

Strict copy editors would usually argue for adhering to a single policy for all, meaning capitalizing only the first letter of all names and titles. I think a case can be made for either method.