One year ago, this blog commented on the music industry's night to shine with the first observational Grammy on Grammy post. In my defense, I was Pharrell obsessed, so I had to do it.
But I didn't learn my lesson there, and I revisited the topic a few days later with the follow up Grammy on Grammy Grammar: Macklemore. It was tag poppin' fun (and I still wash your Granddad's clothes, by the way).
Let's review a little of this year's event, shall we?
- Maybe it's just me, but this year's show seemed to have a little less zip than previous shows. In fact, several of the onstage acts had me thinking, "Good time for a bathroom break..."
- Pharrell, oh my love, what is up with the short pants? I'm glad Happy won an award, but stumped by the fact that you were so genuinely flummoxed. You knew you were nominated, right? Don't they send you a postcard or something? Secondly, did you notice how much airplay that song received? Ponder those things and allow me to ask again: why the surprise? (By the way, Pharrell, your performance of Happy was the best of the night, in my humble opinion.)
- Tom Jones didn't look too bad for _____(insert your guess of his age). I love Jessie J, but that dress made me think you could use it for netting salmon if the whole pop scene plays out.
- Nothing could make Annie Lennox's performance more musical than imaginary harmonica. Someone should gently address invisible instrumentation during rehearsal.
- Sir Paul McCartney: I defended importance by way of your impact on rock and roll...extolled your virtues and tenure...gently brought up that little group you used to play around with - called The Beatles. Could you have acted more like a backup session musician? YOU ARE PAUL McCARTNEY. It says so on your driver's license. Wear the mop-top cushioned crown. Kanye's ego can bear it. His head barely fits in the venue as it is.
- Not a fan of the Madonna performance, but it made sense to pair her with a lot of bull, especially since she wore the matador outfit. Hey, I used to be a fan...
- Sam Smith was a big winner and I couldn't agree more. His duet with Mary J. Blige was surprisingly pleasant. I'm a bit of a purest when it comes to the big hits; I usually want to hear a version much like the hit recording. I'm boring that way.
- Well, Sam, I'm not done with you yet....you should have thanked Tom Petty. If you don't know the scuttlebutt behind the song Stay With Me, in a nutshell, it was basically a clone of I Won't Back Down. In fact, Tom Petty was awarded royalties for the song. It would have been the gentlemanly thing to thank him, too.
- Jamie Foxx doing an impression of a blind Ray Charles while standing next to Stevie Wonder...anyone else think that was brazenly awkward?
- President Obama: Chris Brown might not have heard your message. I'd ask him myself, but I'm afraid to rile him up.
- Beyonce's Take My Hand, Precious Lord was beautiful.
- Common and John Legend shared the stage for the song Glory from the movie Selma. Loved it. I've become a huge John Legend fan, anyhow, over the last year.
- Kanye, Kanye, Kanye...you had to rush the stage as Beck received his award for Album of the Year? Kanye, Beck had two turntables and a microphone when you were in high school. Here's a thought: can you let another artist have his or her "moment." To your credit, you didn't totally grab the microphone and hijack it. But, come on. I'm begging Kanye to have a great album next year to allow me to coerce another musician to rush the stage during his award winning moment. I wonder how he would handle an unwelcome guest telling the audience that he didn't deserve his award - it should have gone to someone else.
Basically, I don't have any of the talent these musicians possess and they all should be congratulated!