Sunday, February 13, 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Once again I was either indifferent in most categories or praying for what I thought was the only obvious option in each category. And in all the cases but one I found myself totally unsatisfied with the winner. However, this year's Grammys totally redeemed themselves with that last Award. See my highlights.

In my opinion these are the Highlights:
Performances by:
Believe it or not the Justin Bieber/Usher performance was pretty good. Apparently a Canadian can make it.
Dylan, with the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons. A reminder that the Grammys is sometimes about the music.
Eminen. Yes that's right I like him.

And for the last award of the night, Canadian group arcade Fire took home best album for their 2010 album The Suburbs. This is a brave move by the Academy, as I am guessing that a bunch of people in the room have never heard of them. Clearly it deserved the reward and thank god some people with taste gave it a listen.

Are you kidding me moments:
Train winning Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. Not that the competition was tough, but their performance might not even be the best one that I heard while on a train.
Song of the Year going to Need You Now by Lady Antebellum.
Highlight if I had dropped acid earlier in the night:
Cee Lo Green, Gwyneth Paltrow and a bunch of Muppets singing F---You.

Surprise of the night:

Best New Artist: Although Esperanza Spalding is clearly more talented then Bieber, I can't help but think that if this kid is not just a flash in the pan and he grows into an artist of significance, the Academy may look back and say what were we thinking for snubbing him. Think back to Elvis Costello's Best New Artist loss (we hardly knew ye, long-forgotten disco band A Taste of Honey). OK , he's not Elvis Costello but its unlikely we will remember Esperanza in years to come as her style will more than likely keep her clear of the mainstream. But like I said early, sometimes its just about the music and Spalding is at this time better at her craft.

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