Sorry for the delayed Grammy review. I caught up on the awards courtesy of my DVR and managed to watch the 3 1/2 hour show in about 35 minutes.
Ok… Here it goes. Short and Sweet. Highlights and Lowlights, TrashyPantz style.
*John Legend wins Best New Artist and Male R&B Vocal Performance. If you have not listened to any of John Legend’s music, you should (some songs are available on the sidebar). This is a man that deserves his award. His performance was great as well. Speaking of performances…
*Sly & The Family Stone Tribute. Sporting a giant blond Mohawk, dark Dior shades, Sly Stone made his first public appearance at the Grammy’s since Jan. 12, 1993, when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stone played “I Want to Take You Higher” behind a set of keyboards with his old band and some other nominated artists that night. The performance was sooooo bad. So why is this a highlight you ask? Well after about 45 seconds of playing his keyboard, Sly walked right off the stage!!!! The look on Steven Tyler’s face was priceless and nobody knew what to do, so they all kept singing and yelling out Sly’s name! Total highlight because this performance tanked… HARD.
*Kanye West’s and Jamie Foxx’s Gold Digger. Any performance that starts with its singer stating, “I’ve been here two years in a row, and if I don’t win, there’s gonna be a problem,” is going to be good. Plus the fact that they were dressed up in full marching band regalia, that means good stuff to come. And it did. This was by far the most energetic and creative performance the whole night. Kanye West did end up winning Grammy’s that night, so there were no problems to be made by Mr. West.
*The Black Eyed Peas win for Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: “Don’t Phunk With My Heart.” This is just crazy! They should win a Grammy for The Group that has Sold Out the Most, Group that has endorsed everything under the sun. Group that has the worst lyrics EVER (My Humps). But winning for actual musical talent? Maybe 5 years ago they should have won (Joints and Jams), both not now and not ever again!
*U2’s performance. Have we not seen them play Vertigo on a bazillion different awards shows for the past 2 years? And then… Mary J. Blige joins them on a version of the song “One”. Terrible. It was just as bas as…
*Paul McCartney joining Jay-Z and Linkin Park for a rendition of Yesterday. Some things just don’t go together, like peanut butter and horseradish, and that performance had good intentions but just left a bad taste in your mouth (like I am sure peanut butter and horseradish would).
*Losing its luster? Only 12 out of the 108 awards given out in the 3 1/2 hour show! What is that all about? Have they forgotten that the Grammy’s are about the music? The people that are watching are usually fans of music who have purchased music in stores or online (and sure, some illegally download it. Who really wants to pay 99 cents for anything that Xtina puts out?), but as usual the consumer gets the short end of the stick.