Instead of announcing awards for best artists, last night’s Grammy awards turned into a PR fest for promoting major label stars and their projects.
The lackluster show opened with Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John covered in soot and glitter as they shared vocal and piano riffs — and the Grammys went downhill from there.
The Black Eyed Peas and Pink are great artists, but they just re-vamped numbers they’ve done on other shows. Jamie Fox decided to do an opera parody before jumping into his rap tune, and Green Day brought out the entire cast of its new Broadway musical “American Idiot” to perform a “Glee” style version of “21 Guns.” What was up with that?
The saving moments of the show — Eminem’s, Lil’ Wayne’s and Drake’s end-of-show number “Forever” was rocking — except the censors were on bleep patrol. Then, the Dave Matthews Band use of strings, horn section and choir was kind of cool on ” You & Me.” And, Beyonce proved why she wins so many awards with her spot-on performance.
The worst moment of the Grammys — Taylor Swift singing an off-key version of “Rhiannon” with Stevie Nicks — who looked like she wanted to belt the young Grammy singer for mangling her song.
And why did Bon Jovi get three numbers to perform? What was this “Jersey Shore” tribute week? Finally, Pink’s soaking wet Cirque Du Soleil show is getting old. I feel for the people that had to dry off after her song.
What was missing?
Actually mentioning the winners of all the categories might have been nice.
It would have been even nicer to see performances by some of these winners like Kings of Leon (Rock Song winner), Jason Mraz ( Best Male Pop Vocal Performance), or Phoenix (Alternative Music Album).
Taylor Swift winning the “Album of the Year” award just proved that mainstream music outlets are not the places to always find the best music out there.
So here’s to the Kings of Leon, for having the best acceptance speech of the night. The band was a little loaded, but they thanked the Grammy people and said they were heading out to do shots.
That’s all you could do after this TV experience!