So the last couple days I shared “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette and “Long Day” by Matchbox Twenty for song of the day, both great 90’s Rock songs. I also have a couple other 90’s Rock songs I’ve been wanting to share, one of which is today’s awesome song of the day, Foo Fighter’s “Learn To Fly”, so I thought, hey, why not do a whole 90’s Rock week. I’ve always said (possibly bias-ly so, being born in 85) that the 90’s had the best music of any decade (across all genres). I mean, think about it, Rock, Rap, Pop, R&B, etc., were all at peaks and so were music sales. I recently spoke with my boss (a big music aficionado) who is in his 40’s and even he agreed that the 90’s probably had the best, most consistent music across all genres, of any decade, with the 60’s being a very close second. The only problem with the 60’s is that it was basically just Rock and Soul. By the time the 90’s rolled around, music had evolved so much and branched out in to so many different sounds. That diversity paired with the quality of 90’s music is what makes it so special. I hope you agree with me and continue to enjoy the flash from the not SO distant Rock past, this whole week.
So last night was the 54th Grammy Awards and I have to say it was a great show!!! Lots of great performances, although I could have done without a Chris Brown performance, not to mention two of them and a win for him for best R&B Album. Also Nicki Minaj went way over the top in the most weird and unoriginal way possible. Her performance was a jab at the Catholic Church. Like that hasn’t been done before by Madonna and Lady Gaga. It was just weird for weirds sake. It may have been visually flashy, but was just done for shock value with no real depth or artistic value.
Other than those few negative moments, I can’t really complain with how it went. Some of the great performances of the night, came to you via Bruno Mars, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Coldplay & Rihanna, Glen Campbell, Foo Fighters and Paul McCartney (twice!!!). All the big winners were deserving. And by winners I mainly mean Adele, because she walked away with just about every major award. She took home 6 awards in total, including the big award of the night, Album of the Year, as I predicted. It was pretty obvious that, that would happen. Also Bon Iver took home the award for Best New Artist, as I also predicted.
LL Cool J was the first host that the Grammys has had in many years and he did a great job. He began the evening leading a group prayer for Whitney Houston. Later in the evening, Jennifer Hudson performed a beautiful and moving tribute to Whitney Houston, as well. The only thing that was really missing from the night was a tribute to Amy Winehouse and the inclusion of Don Cornelius in the tribute montage for those that have passed away in the past year. However it was a very memorable night and of the nominees, the people who most deserved it, won for a change. The Grammys had been kind of losing me in recent years with poor choices for winners and weak overall shows, but they won me back this year. I can’t wait for next year!!! It’s MY Superbowl!!!
P.S. Paul McCartney ended the show with the Abbey Road medley. ending with the song “The End”!!! It doesn’t get any better than that. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
For a full list of winners go here:
So we are just 3 weeks away from music’s biggest night, (or as I call it, the Superbowl of music) the Grammy Awards!!! To be honest I used to get a lot more excited about them, until they started to try and appeal to a younger audience. This aim to reach out to a younger audience has led to a lot more, less “talented” and less experimental/original artists winning. The Grammys problem is they either go to too old and obscure with their winners or too young and Pop-py (as of late). For instance, I have nothing against Taylor Swift. I like her quite a bit actually, but her winning Grammy for Album of the Year in 2010 for “Fearless” was a little premature. She just hasn’t matured enough as an artist yet, to have earned a Grammy for Album of the Year. As matter of fact her follow up album “Speak Now” was a much better and more consistent album of ever better crafted songs, but she of course didn’t win for her better album or even get nominate for it, she won for her more popular album and that’s just not right. The Grammys aren’t supposed to be about popularity, it’s supposed to be about the quality of the music. For whatever reason it seems like the Grammys are sticking to this new “younger” format, which is evident in the nominations for Album of the Year, as well as other categories in the past 3 years.
The 2010 nominees for Album of the Year were as follows:
Taylor Swift – Fearless (Winner)
Beyonce – I Am… Sasha Fierce
The Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D.
Lady Gaga – The Fame
Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King (the exception here)
The 2011 nominees were as follows:
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Winner)
Eminem – Recovery
Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster (just a deluxe version of The Fame with a handful of added songs, that was nominated the year before and lost, but for whatever reason was nominated again)
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (really Grammys? really?)
And this year’s nominees are as follows:
Adele – 21 (I’m putting my bets on this album to win. Yes it’s popular, but it’s also quality music.)
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Lady Gaga – Born This Way (she will lose again, as she did for the same album two years in a row)
Bruno Mars – Doo Wops And Hooligans
Rihanna – Loud
Whoever wins, wether it’s a deserving artist or not, there are always great albums that get neglected each year, but I guess that’s just the nature of the politics involved within the academy. One thing you can always be sure of with the Grammys is that they always put on an impeccable show, with great and inspired performances by such a wide range of musicians. So far they have announce that Paul McCartney and Coldplay along with Rihanna will perform and “Rumor Has It” that Adele may make her first singing appearance since her throat surgery, that put the temporary breaks on her skyrocketing career. There has not been any more mention of her performing, but I think the big surprise of the night will be her coming out to sing. I think this is especially likely seeing as I’m pretty sure she will walk away with Album of the Year.
Before I conclude this post I would like to make my prediction for Best New Artist. I am almost always spot on with calling the winner in this category.
The nominees for Best New Artist are as follows:
The Band Perry
I’m going to place my best on Bon Iver winning. We shall see in a few weeks.
Who do you think will win Album of the Year?
Who do you think will win Best New Artist?