Usually there is one or two nights that I purposely avoid watching television; one is the MTV Music Awards and second is The Grammy Nominations, both in my subtle and humble opinion have become utter rubbish.
I find much of the performance trivial and pointless, far more of a popularity contest rather than one of talent. This years was no different, except for one thing and perhaps a milestone in a rather mundane event; that “thing” was “true acnowledgement”, even if it was for one fleeting moment. Actually, to be fair there were several surprising and deserving moments at this years Grammy event.
First, and what is the apparently all the literal rage with little “Beiber-ettes”, is the crime of the century of their prized little turd not getting the “New Artist of The Year” award. I had the sit in my arm chair and smirk with the dissapointment (and I’m sure true tears of dismay for some little bubblegummer) that a little known (and VERY talented) young woman named Esperanza Spalding would win this catagory. It is a bittersweet moment for those of us who enjoy more than just the Top 40 brainwash stations. Ms. Spalding may just be the catalyst to interest younger listeners into incredible world of improvisational jazz, latin fusion, and afro centric rhythms and styles. I think this would be called a “watershed moment” for the much needed change in direction of what award ceremonies should truly represent. Remember folks, it’s not about popularity, but more talent and profound contribution.
This years Grammy’s finally bestowed much deserved honors on other pioneers such as Herbie Hancock, Paul McCartney, and Neil Young. Although they all had their “Beiber” moments in their career (except for perhaps Herbie Hancock) they have made very profound and unique contributions to music as an expression of self.
Most of the artists that performed that night were rather dull and uninteresting, perhaps except Bruno Mars. Mar’s I can’t quite figure out yet; he’s part James Brown, Terrance Trent D’Arby, Prince, and BB King all rolled into one, check him out if you have not yet, very interesting sound. He gave a very entertaining and humble interview on NPR last month and I gained a respect for him and what he is trying to create.
Other performers like Eminem, Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, and Arcade Fire were not my cup of tea and felt like blah filler for a rather boring show. As for Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger, I’m not impressed any longer with their performances and think they both should retire and enjoy the days they have left on some warm beach. Both of those two geezers have made great contributions to music, but clearly their time is over and perhaps saved for Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve show; an event where clearly washed up, boring, and barely living acts are still featured.
When does Phish get their Grammy dammit?