The Grammys, What Was Your Take?

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The Grammys, What Was Your Take?

I generally don't catch the award shows, but I finally figured out where CBS is on my basic cable TV (I've been planted on PBS for so long I don't know where to find anything else). So there were some surprises last night at the Grammys, one being best new artist of the year, the very hot Esperanza Spaulding:

The nice part about this award is that Spaulding is actually a genius talent and people in the jazz world have been raving about her for the last few years.

Okay so I made fun of her bony protrusions last night, but you gotta hand it to the Gaags, she's the only one out there with a with any performance art sensibility. An egg on the red carpet almost rivals a swan dress:

Lets cut to the highlights...

I'll leave you with some questions:

Is Jaden Smith going to grow up to be as annoying as his dad (or Biebs)? What kept Eminem's head from exploding last night? Cee lo (FTW?) Sly & the Family Stone ala Jim Henson? Didn't Nicki Minaj used to be butch, or was it all a dream? Could they have chosen a more shlumpy looking group for album (album, hello?) of the year? Which dinosaur had the better performance, Mick or Bob? Who is on a faster down hill spiral Xtina or Lilo? Where was Susan Boyle? If it wasn't for Glee would anyone be listening to Teenage Dream?



Comments [20]

Robin Rigby's picture

In other musical news, Poe is

In other musical news, Poe is going back into the studio after 10 years. Hope to see her in next year's lineup.

SMBrown's picture

Mick is a cocky sucker, but

Mick is a cocky sucker, but he's still got the goods to back it up.  MAN can he move--best performance of the night!  Blew the young guns away.  

Dylan hasn't been able to sing for 20 years now--needs to hang it up.  As a vocalist anyway.  But at least his segment introduced me to Mumford and Sons, who rocked.

SOOOO glad the Biebs did not win.  Heard his fans attacked Esperanza's wiki page.  Teen girls are dangerous.  

One of my friends wrote on FB last night: "I'm so sick of the entire Smith family."  I clicked the Like button.

Since when is Best Female Pop Performance not worthy of air-time?  That's like the Oscars not showing Best Actress!  Ridiculous.  Surely there's a happy medium between showing every award under the sun and showing, like, three....

minniesota's picture

'nother Grammy Related Tweet

I just posted this Grammy Related Tweet: My favorite new artist name is Esperanza Spalding. It sounds like a Spanish tennis racket.

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Still searching for the right brainy quote.

FrostBitTit's picture

Esperanza...

I saw her in concert last winter - she is an amazing talent - and that hair?  Oh my oh my. Her album is definitely one to download.

SMBrown's picture

I was totally thinking the

I was totally thinking the same thing!!   Smile

minniesota's picture

My Grammy Tweet

I did not watch one second of the Grammys this year due to work but I did find a minute to post this two-word tweet: Lady Anteboring.

 

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Robin Rigby's picture

I only tuned in for 5

I only tuned in for 5 minutes. Enough to see some chick I don't know doing an 80's throwback thing with a huge pompadour, shoulder pads & high waisted pants. The song was about as creative as the worst 80's pop trash too. Enough to make me change back to my Netflix streaming BSG marathon.

SMBrown's picture

Robin, that was Janelle

Robin, that was Janelle Monae, and she is da BOMB!  Honestly, one of the most exciting new artists, and I do mean ARTIST, to come along in eons.  Read up on her if yo have a spare minute...

Robin Rigby's picture

Not Da Bomb based on that

Not Da Bomb based on that performance. Song had insipid lyrics (about as creative as Bieber's repetitive 'baby') and her performance was uninspired. The crowd surf was downright awkward. Someone needs to tell her that you're supposed to fall BACK onto the crowd. All in all a major 'yawn'.

SMBrown's picture

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Conlite's picture

Katie Perry may or may not we

Katie Perry may or may not we singing nice stuff, but her whole "little girl on a swing with wide-eyed stare" looked so alien creepy last night that I had to change channels till it was over.  (Not a nice alien - a take over the planet with mind control alien.)

Carollani's picture

Love Letter to Cee-Lo

Okay, in general I didn't care for the Grammys. It was too long and contained virtually no actual awards. Cee-Lo Green's performance, however, was an island of awesome, unexpected creativity in an ocean of usual. I mean, puppet pips? A red feather costume clad in a breastplate?! Fuck yeah!! There was a pug puppet! That is bizarro in the best possible way. And okay, congratulations Arcade Fire and Lady Gaga (I love you both), but Cee-Lo's Lady Killer album was the best of the year. It was so creative and unabashedly down to earth (wow, a dude who looks and acts like that sings love songs for normal people?!) that I couldn't help feel that he's in a genre all his own and people don't know quite what to do with him.

Conlite's picture

I enjoyed his performance

I enjoyed his performance without "getting" it.  Much like watching Lady Gaga.  I was also wondering how hard they had to concentrate not to accidentally sing a bad word by mistake.

Carollani's picture

The only thing I didn't get

The only thing I didn't get about it was why Gwyneth Paltrow was in on it. I mean, I get that she sang it on Glee, but...  I can't be the only one who isn't buying her as a real vocal artist. She's an actress who sings, but she's not a singer. There's like zero depth to her voice.

SMBrown's picture

Agreed on Gwynny, though I

Agreed on Gwynny, though I have nothing against her.  But Cee Lo was totally channelling Elton John (am I the only one who got that?) and the Muppets.  It was pure 1970s nostalgia, and then Gwyneth entered and after that it made no sense whatsoever.  

Oh, and rather than having an actress-cum-singer why not have a freaking Grammy-award nominated singer: Sara Bareilles, who has been doing a kick-ass expletive-filled cover of it on her tour?

Carollani's picture

The Elton John thing was not

The Elton John thing was not lost on me either. (Loved it.) I'm SO with you on the Sara Bareilles idea! Why not have an actual SINGER sing the song. So weird. But whatever. I'm going to have to look for a YouTube of Sara doing the cover, that sounds awesome.

SMBrown's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UACmIo5JzVQ&feature=related

(It's especially cool that she doesn't change the gender to 'boy' like Gwyneth does, so it's very lesbian-friendly!)

Julia Watson's picture

Respectively: No, but his

Respectively:

No, but his sister will. Vengeance. As CT pointed out, more like Elton John meets George Clinton. Perchance. Hardly. Mick, obvs. Xtina, fosho. My best guess: Unicorn Planet. And finally, yes. (To my growing horror, "Firework" is making it difficult for me to hate on KP lately. I forgetin' love that song. Dammit.)

Grace Moon's picture

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