Monday, February 14, 2011

grammy reaction

so, i actually watched the grammys last night, which wasn't a first, but it's not something i usually do. and, i also participated in some live commenting over @ the beehive, which made it a little more fun.

i watch awards show occasionally, so i understand that they're always a little lame and overdone, and this one fit right in with that. i also understand that there will be wins and losses that people are upset about. shoot, i remember being a young metalhead and feeling that metallica was robbed of the first ever metal grammy. shoot, i still feel that way. but, whatever, it happens.

here are some of my reactions on the night:
- like most, i hadn't heard of the winnner of best new artist. that's okay, she does jazz, and so i'll check her out. i'm not surprised i don't know her, she is doing something different. i do appreciate that she is a trained musician, and doesn't seem to be a part of the mainstream machine. she's not the latest pop princess, prefab regurgitated pablum. that excites me, even if i don't know her music.
- enjoyed most of the collaborative musical pieces. shoot, that cover of dolly parton's jolene was one of my favorite moments of the night. just great sounding. and i thought the grammy's did a good job of putting those moments together last night.
- arcade fire. not everyone likes them, and that's fine. i do like them, and i was surprised they won. was it the album of the year? i don't know, but honestly, i think it's a good album. i'm not just saying that as a fan of theirs. it does make me chuckle that kanye's rated 10 album didn't even get nominated, let alone win. and for all those people that are up in arms (or tweets) over arcade fire winning, settle down. if you've never heard of the band, that's on you. they've been on saturday night live twice, and been on most of the late night shows. they've released three successful albums, and the latest did sell rather well. in fact, it debuted on the billboard charts at number 1. so, if you've never heard of arcade fire, that's on you. be more aware of the culture around you because it's not like they're some fringe band. that doesn't mean you have to like them or agree with the grammys, just don't be some knee jerk 'i don't know who they are' type.
- presenters: mixed reactions to the presenters last night. some, like puffy, j-lo and marc antony seemed a bit off. don't know what they were doing before coming on stage, but they all seemed a little lost with the teleprompter. maybe a little too happy. and, it looked like puffy had braces. seth rogan was forgettable but i thought jason segal was pretty funny in his little bit, as was neil patrick harris, who had a little wink about his sexuality. as for cbs using several cbs people, i guess that's par for the course.

overall, the show was interesting, but it dragged in the last hour, and i don't know if i'd watch next year. i guess we'll see.

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