Hello, Vixens!!! Happy Monday!!!
Did any of you watch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards last night? When I heard Justin Bieber was somehow nominated for Album of the Year (I know, WTH???) I debated a boycott of the show again like I did last year (read more about that here), but in the end I wanted to see a few of the performers (and Bieber cry and/or throw a tantrum when he lost) so I decided to watch it. Besides, it is a great way to catch up on the new music worth hearing that I might have missed throughout the year.
Here are my thoughts from the show. I will start with the bad:
I look forward to all the big awards show every year. I love to watch what dresses the women will be wearing, how humble the acceptance speeches might be, the host, the presenters, the bad jokes-all of it. But so far both the Golden Globes & the SAG Awards have turned into personal political platforms. This is not something new. For example, in 1973 Marlon Brando sent Sacheen Littlefeather to decline his Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather” in protest of the film industry’s treatment of American Indians. But given the immaturity and over-inflated egos of many of today’s Top 40 singers, I knew last night would be worse.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill looking as great as ever at last night’s Grammy Awards
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To be clear, I believe and support the First Amendment with all my heart. However, after such a long ugly race for the White House, all the protesting which sometimes turns violent (like on Inauguration Day) or laughable by people attending dressed as a sex organ, the ongoing disrespect for the office and the refusal of the people who supported the losing side to accept that it is over, I am exhausted by all of it. I watch the awards shows to escape into the grown up equivalent of the land of make believe (Hollywood) so I am not interested in hearing personal political opinions during these presentations. We are in the age of social media. Take to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or whatever source you enjoy and rant till your heart is content. Let me and the rest of the audience enjoy our mini-escape into your world for one night.
The Newly Self Appointed Fertility Goddess (or the artist formerly known as Beyonce).
Talk about a completely ego driven performance-this was the worst I have seen. Between her mother introducing the number, to the bizarre images and pre-recorded sounds and narrative, to the camera constantly cutting to her smiling husband to her daughter running around her, it was an absurd mess. And shame on the powers that be at the Grammys for giving her nine full minutes to showcase that spectacle while cutting off people’s acceptance speeches.
Bruno Mars saluting Prince at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards (original source unknown)
I love Adele and was so happy to watch her perform the show’s opening number. But since she was slated to perform the George Michael tribute, wasn’t there someone else who could have opened the show? (And this has nothing to do with her do-over. Mistakes happen and it proves her singing is real, not lip synced). The same with the Prince tribute. Was Bruno Mars the only person who wanted to participate, other than The Time? It just can’t be. And he had performed a song less than an hour earlier. The Grammys did the same thing last year with Lady Gaga as the only person to salute David Bowie. There is a wide range of musicians out there. Tom Petty won the Music Cares Person of the Year Award and Sly Stone (of Sly & the Family Stone) won a Lifetime Achievement Award. A performance by either one would have been welcome. Let all the voices in music be heard.
The Bee Gees Salute.
I grew up listening to “How Do You Mend A Broken Heart” because it was one of my mother’s favorite songs. To this day I know all the words and cannot help but sing along with it when it comes on the 70’s music channel. The Bee Gees made some great music before they went disco with “Saturday Night Fever”. Yet every time there is a salute to their songs, it is usually focused on that record, much to my chagrin. Add to that the salute was done by a bunch of previous Disney stars took it from bad to worse. I am a Springsteen fan. That is the music equivalent of being a Harvard graduate. Disco is the music equivalent of getting a GED. Does that visual make you feel my pain???
The Rap segment.
It was rap. No further explanation needed.
Now for the good:
James Corden in his underwear after the guys from Twenty One Pilots (below) accepted their award that way (original sources unknown)..
This man is hilarious. And after seeing the skit with his parents, it is clear where he got it from. From his opening show rap, to the impromptu “Carpool Karaoke” (led by the great Neil Diamond, who should have had a full performance slot on the show), to Corden appearing in his underwear to mirror the guys from Twenty One Pilots to dressing up to act like a presenter, he was great for the entire show. I must remember to DVR his show more often.
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The rock star won 5 posthumous awards for “Blackstar”: Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Recording Package & Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Well done, Major Tom. Wish you were able to accept them in person.
Ron Howard, Ringo Starr & Paul McCartney (original source unknown).
Best Music Film was awarded to Ron Hoard for his labor of love, “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week–The Touring Years”. I still have not seen it but it is next on my list. Don’t judge-Springsteen’s autobiography took up a lot of my time last year 🙂
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His album “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” (love that title) won Best Country Album and it was well deserved. He performed one of the songs from it, “All Around You” with the Dap- Kings and it was one of my favorite moments of the night.
Courtesy of Billboard
Wow, this girl is incredible. Her voice, her lyrics, her stage presence-she has it all. Her nominations included Best Country Album (for “Hero”), Best Country Song (for “My Church“, a song I should have written) and Best Country Solo Performance for the same tune which she won over the likes of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Miranda Lanbert. Last night she performed a different song from the record – “Once” – with Alicia Keys and it was sensational. A few online stories that I read about Morris said she was turned down by both American Idol and The Voice. I do not watch reality shows because I do not think there is anything real about them, and this just proves my point. I think this girl has a huge career in front of her.
Courtesy of Billboard.com (original source unknown)
Fantastic as always, even with the do-over. Five well deserved Grammys.
But I thought her fawning over Beyonce was way too much. If Adele did not want to go up against Beyonce, she could have taken her album out of the running. I am so sick of hearing about how white the Grammys are every time a black person loses to a white one. Where was the white uproar when Kanye West hijacked the stage at the 2009 VMA’s and embarrassed the hell out of Taylor Swift because he did not think she deserved to win? Or when 50 Cent walked across the Grammy stage in 2004 cursing because he did not win Best New Artist?
This year another rapper, Frank Ocean, not only boycotted the show but refused to put his two albums in the running for any nominations (as if they would automatically be nominated) because he thought Kendrick Lamar’s album deserved to win the Best Album Award last year over Taylor Swift’s. This bad sportsmanship and sense of entitlement is beyond rude. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am really tired of hearing about the race card. Why is that more important than the gender card? I am a woman living in a country where a black man became president before a woman ever became vice-president. Women still earn less than men do at the same jobs. As far as I am concerned, the gender issue needs to finally be addressed.
This post was about the Grammys, right? 🙂
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In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, here is one of my favorite love songs ever (set to an adorable little video). Enjoy!!!
Bruce Springsteen: Should I Fall Behind.
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Until next time, fellow Vixens, keep digging!!!