There are so many modern technologies that have become entrenched in our daily life, we often take their benefits for granted. The Digital Video Recorder, commonly referred to simply as the DVR, fits in this category. Even though we often take the convenience for granted, productions such as the Grammy’s forces us to be thankful for the ability to fast forward through Kanye West performances.
I love music from a variety of styles including country, hip hop and the endangered species once known as “rock”. The Grammy’s highlights all of these forms of music, but the problem is that talent is only one of many attributes that lead to fame in the world where Instagram followers seems to rival the importance of actual ability. Don’t get me wrong, if you enjoy music, the Grammy’s are entertaining when you are able to pick and choose.
- ACDC opened the show and had the best performance of the night. The unique voice of Brian Johnson and Angus Young rocking the guitar in the “Devil Schoolboy” outfit was as good as when they did it in the 1980’s, 1990’s and the new century.
- Madonna is closing in on 60 years old, and she is still better than 95% of female performers less than half her age. I have heard some criticism of her look and performance, but most of is based on a personal dislike. I don’t care if she requires a little more support to hold certain body parts in place, show me another 57 year old female that can pull off that performance and maintain defined muscular legs. Like ACDC, she has been doing it for generations.
- Don’t Call it a Comeback, LL Cool J hosted the show for the 4th year in a row, and continues to excel in the role. The man born as James Todd Smith has many talents, and has always allowed his talent to lead to his recognition.
- Ariana Grande performed a less than thrilling choice, but her talent is undeniable. Of all the young female performers in recent years, she continues to prove she is going to be around for a while.
- Miranda Lambert represented country music well portraying the sexy female outlaw that has defined her career. No tongue wagging or sexual stunts needed, just an attractive female with a great voice ensuring everyone knows that she and country music belongs in the biggest event in the music industry.
- In similar fashion, the combinations of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga as well as Jessie J and Tom Jones were entertaining. The combination of modern talent with music icons is nothing new, but these performances actually had synergy.
- Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West was promoted as an anticipated highlight of the night, but it was simply sad. The mildly talented Rhianna felt compelled to perform next to the iconic McCartney while continuously holding her crotch. In a world where an individual refers to themselves as a fictional deity called “Yeezus” and proves their extreme ignorance each and every time they choose to speak is considered an artist, Kanye West is the star of stars. In the actual world, West is little more than a racist attention starved idiot that relies on hype and media manipulation to remain relevant.
- The combination of Hozier and Annie Lennox had potential, but it simply did not work. Lennox stole the stage in a way that I forgot Hozier was even there.
- I admit, I simply don’t get Sam Smith’s popularity. I don’t doubt his talented voice, but its whiny sound combined with his Finch like appearance does not scream superstar. I would usually stay silent on my dislike of his music, but the Grammy’s crossed a line by diminishing a Mary J. Blige performance.
- Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani….bad song. Not a Levine fan, but a big Stefani fan. The song did nothing to demonstrate either’s talents.
- The continued obsession with attempting to control Beyoncé Knowles image limits her performances. I still see no change from when her father micro managed her as her performances are often overproduced and focused on her place in the lineup. Her Grammy performance was not overproduced, but was an obvious effort to illustrate that she is more than a talented and beautiful singer that performs choreographed dances well. By preventing her from doing what she does best diminishes her greatness and robs her fans of an anticipated performance.
- No performance from Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj? Both were in the building and did not perform. We deserve Iggy and Nicki on stage!
- Although he did not speak, once again Kanye West interrupted a performer accepting an award simply because he preferred another nominee. After Beck was announced to be the winner of Album of the Year, West jumped up on stage, then quickly returned to his seat. Later, he gave an interview claiming Beck was undeserving in comparison to Beyoncé. Beck has more artistic ability in his “pinkie” finger than Kanye West will ever obtain. Beck is smaller in physical appearance than Taylor Swift, which seems to be the common element for West’s stunts. He would not pull such an action to interrupt performers that would not tolerate his ignorance such as ACDC or Beyoncé’s husband.
- Pharrell Williams is extremely talented and has had a very accomplished career in the music and entertainment industry. Still, his solo career is beginning to seem like that of Right Said Fred. I enjoyed Happy the first couple million times I heard it, but it is time to move on. Williams used the performance to highlight the “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” gesture made popular after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. I have zero issues with celebrities that use their stage to support causes, but we are months past the evidence proving that “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” never took place. It is simply not bold or courageous to promote a false narrative. Yes, I know Prince invoked the “straw man” statement of “black lives matter”, but he is Prince. Prince could walk on stage and claim I am the worst human alive, and I would have no complaints because he is Prince. My point is Prince is on a whole different level than the other mortal performers of the night. The dude carries a “pimp stick” and nobody even finds this weird.
- Did the Grammy’s have to include Miley Cyrus in the program? Every time I see her and her obsession with looking like a 10 year old little boy, I throw up a little in my mouth. The biggest joke was having her, a limited talent performer that begs for attention, speak about her admiration for Madonna “because she knows who she is, and she expresses herself with strength and style”. She obviously does not admire Madonna enough to replicate these attributes.
- The music industry giving us a PSA on domestic violence? Really? I mean Chris Brown was in the crowd, but he is only the tip of the iceberg of the long list of domestic violence offenders the industry has celebrated.
If I was limited to 3 wishes for next year’s Grammy’s, they would include no performances by “Yeezus”, leaving Miley Cyrus out of camera view, and open the show with a reunion performance by Guns N’ Roses. Come on Axl, Slash can’t be that bad. Either way, my DVR will ensure I do not have to suffer through their mistakes.