Monday, February 14, 2011

Just a Few Words About the Grammys

I like music, all kinds. I have CD's and MP3's ranging from the Beatles to Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Aerosmith, The Eagles, LL Cool J, k.d. lang and everything in between. I'm a fan of rock, pop, alternative, heavy metal, R&B, rap, gospel and a little country. But last night's Grammys? Oh. My.

Arcade Fire? Are you serious? Really? A guy out front sort of "singing" lead and three other people in the background words, just different pitches none of which was melodic in any way. What did I miss?

Should I even address Beiber Fever? He's barely out of diapers and cute in a little kid sort of way, but I'm not so sure I find the Usher impression very...well, impressive. What are the lyrics of his first hit? "Baby, baby, baby, baby, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, baby." Not exactly a creative genius.

When I heard someone say "Katy Perry" and "Wings" in the same sentence, I thought Katy was escorted by the members of Paul McCartney's old band. Nope. She was wearing wings, as in feathers. Sorry, Katy dear. That's been done, but Bjork did you one better by wearing the whole swan!

And Gaga...a highly over-hyped over-marketed over-made-up shoulder nipple version of Madonna, and not a very good one. Yes, Gaga lovers, her song was a poor version of Madonna's 'Express Yourself' and 'Vogue'; it's been the 80's and early 90's

And about Miranda Lambert's trash bag dress; serious faux pas....and Ricky Martin's pants = too much information.

And Bruno Mars...okay singer...but channeling (copying) James Brown. Not acceptable.

The Black Keys won three Grammys, but didn't perform. They should have...instead of Muse AND Arcade Fire.

How does a network announce a song whose title is just two profane words (one actually - the second one really doesn't count except that it has to go with the first one for it to make sense)? “The song otherwise known as ‘Forget You’ by Cee Lo Green.” Too funny. And so was his ridiculous Muppets costume. But I liked the Cee Lo/Gwyneth duet.

I'd have much rather heard the wonderful voice of the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, but of the five women who performed her music, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and (sorry) Christina Aguilera could have stayed home. They were like a bad hairdo ~ either over done or underdone. Jennifer Hudson and Yolanda Adams rocked it... did Eminem and Mick Jagger (for an old fart).

That is all.

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