Monday, February 11, 2008

Thoughts on the Grammys...

This year's show was the Grammys as we've come to expect them: lots of spectacle, choices that were completely out of touch with where music is right now. Here are some broad strokes:

-Alicia Keys and Frank Sinatra dueting: suprise opener, or massive cop-out?

-Kanye West had a great album in terms of production with Graduation, but lyrically, Common, Nas, and Jay-Z all had better albums.

-Foo Fighters were a soft option to award best rock record. The riskier option would have been Wilco.

-Why are the "Alternative" categories not worth televising? You would never know that the White Stripes' Icky Thump won three awards if you went off the telecast.

-Beyonce simply does not have the soul to pull off "Proud Mary."

-The amount of Lifetime Achievement Awards handed out during the course of the night merely trivialized the meaning that such an award should have.

-Though I didn't need the Grammys to remind me how important the Beatles were, the tribute using "A Day in the Life" and "Let it Be" was stunning! In particular, the gospel version of "Let it Be," with images of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war (and the ending with peace signs) was a rather poignant testament to how important the Beatles were to young people in those times.

-I sincerely hope that the US consulate has their foot lodged firmly in their mouth after Amy Winehouse's near clean sweep.

-It's worth asking whether NARAS' decision to give "Album of the Year" to Herbie Hancock, while Winehouse took every other award she was nominated for, was a bit of a slap in the face. Back to Black has been much more on the radar that Hancock's album. Were they willing to give all those Grammys to Winehouse, only to deny her the coup-de-grace?

-That being said, I did like what Hancock had to say when he won: "You know it's been 43 years since the first and only time that a jazz artist got the album of the year award. I'd like to thank the academy for courageously breaking the mold this time."

1 comment:

Alhaji said...

I think the Grammys this year may have been better than last year. I didn't bother watching it but rather saw all the performances at some type of online source.

The Alicia/Frank duet was nice, but somewhat surprising as the opener. Although I liked it, it's obvious that it was a massive cop out.

Kanye had a great performance. I got excited when I saw Daft Punk on stage as well. Graduation and Finding Forever did not disappoint. I was disappointed by both JayZ and Nas - the current veterans of rap.

I agree with the Foo Fighters and White Stripes comments.

COMPLETELY agree with the Beyonce comment. Did she seriously even have to perform??? She's an unoriginal version of a wannabe Tina Turner. Miss Turner owned that stage by herself. Beyonce has not gone through such expereinces as Tina. Everything Beyonce receives are compliments of her father. She's copied everyone from Amerie to Jennifer Lopez's fashion style or musical theme in order to reach the top on a solo level. Her success bores me and I'm tired of the media stuffing her face down my throat as the next big legend.

LOL at the Lifetime award comments. The Beatles are truly an important band. Too bad there's no one like them around now...I'm sure that the wannabes such as the new teen craze of the Jonas brother can copy their style if they continued to try but they lack the lyrical depth in music which the Beatles always had meaning.

Amy deserved all her awards including the one not received for Album of the Year. No offense against Herbie but the Grammys tend to want to break their stupid trends at the worst moments. I still can't get over when Radiohead lost to someone unmemorable in 2000 or 2001.