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The Grammys

I somewhat reluctantly watched the Grammys last night.  I actually recorded it on my DVR expecting to fast forward through most of it.  The Grammys have had a history for getting it wrong.  In 1966 they awarded Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass record of the year for “A Taste of Honey” when they could have given it to The Beatles for “Yesterday” or Roger Miller for “King of the Road”. At least The Beatles and Roger Miller were nominated in 1966.  The Grammys have consistently failed to recognize the best albums or groups in a particular year. In 2010 the Grammys awarded Taylor Swift with album of the year and nominated The Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga. They chose not to nominate U2 for “No Line on the Horizon”, Pearl Jam for “Backspacer”, or the “Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs” for “It’s Blitz!”.

I’m sorry. Where was I? Oh yes, last night’s Grammys. It could not have began any better. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band showed everybody what a live band should look and sound like. They performed their brilliant new song “We Take Care of Our Own.” I couldn’t help but think, “What’s going to happen when Bruce hangs it up?”  “Who’s going to fill his shoes?” There is no one doing what he does today. He stands up for the working man. He gives us social commentary, as well as a message of hope for the future. He’s an American through and through. When historians look back at our country hundreds of years from now they will be able to tell a lot about us from what they find in a Bruce Springsteen song. He is relevant and makes music that matters and there was no one better they could have began the night with.

Some people probably tuned into the Grammys just to see what they were going to say about Whitney Houston. LL Cool J, the host for the evening, could not have done a better job. The death of Whitney Houston was the first thing he addressed, because it was what was on everyone’s mind. He honored her with a prayer. I cannot remember the last time I saw a prayer on TV. It must have been right after Sept. 11 when our nation turned to God for a brief moment and forgot what it means to be politically correct. LL Cool J offered a very lovely prayer for a beautiful singer who grew up singing in church, but had more recently lost her way. I thought it was appropriate and very moving.

The rest of the night was filled with hits and misses.  Some of the highlights included Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt’s tribute to Etta James, The Civil Wars much too brief performance, the Glen Campbell tribute/performance, Bon Iver accepting the award for Best New Artist (even though he is not new), and a moving tribute to Whitney Houston by Jennifer Hudson. I could have done without both Chris Brown performances, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, and Rihanna, but luckily for them there was one performance that was hands down the worst of the night. When Nikki Minaj began her performance I was not sure what was taking place. I thought to myself “Is this for real?” Sadly, it was. Although I don’t care for artists like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars I can see why some people might like them. I have no idea why anyone would want to listen or set through a concert by Nikki Minaj. It was the worst performance I’ve ever been subjected to.

All and all the night belonged to Adele. She took home 6 Grammys and won in every category she was nominated in. She looked beautiful in a very tasteful dress that was not weird, nor revealing most of the human body. She also sounded amazing in her performance of “Rolling in the Deep” after recently having throat surgery. Last year the Grammys got it right by awarding Arcade Fire with album of the year, and they continued that streak this year by giving Adele the same award. She deserved everything she received and it was nice to see her recognized and honored by her peers.

The Grammys could have chose to end with Adele accepting album of the year, but they went all out and decided to have Sir Paul McCartney close the show. He sang part of the medley from the end of Abbey Road and he sounded terrific. To have Sir Paul McCartney close on that number would have been enough, but there was more. McCartney was joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh, and Dave Grohl. They preceded to trade licks on a guitar jam that went on as if they weren’t playing on live television. The show began and ended with live music at its best

Here is Relevant Magazines recap of the night http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/music/features/28268-2012-grammys-the-good-the-bad-and-the-horrifying

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