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February 12th, 2007

Grammy Recappy

Don’t tell me I was one of the only Pingers watching the Grammys™©® last night. What’d you think?

I was surprised by the Dixie Chicks’ dominance (I maintain that “Crazy” was the song of 2006 – and you will too, in 20 years) for sure, but it’s well-deserved. The thing I wish the Grammys™©® would stop doing is having a performer turn around and instantly win something. Come on, the Red Hot Chili Peppers winning for Best Rock Album? Please.

“My Humps” won Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocal. Hrm.

The performances were a mixed bag as usual. Dixie Chicks? Good! Justin Timberlake? Surprising! Red Hot Chili Peppers? Snoozers! I was impressed by Mary J. Blige, and thought – honestly – Christina Aguilera was a fine choice to cover James Brown. And then there was the eerie and slow version of “Crazy”… interestful.

The bigger issue is that the Grammys™©® do indeed feel less and less relevant, when they’re doing silly things like My Grammy Moment (ie, mini-American Idol) and using lame writers. (Voiceover before a commercial playing over “Crazy”: “No, you’re not crazy…”) Thing needs to be reshuffled and reborn next year, as it does nearly every year.

Oh, and who was that band at the start? Police? Not sure they’ll make it with a name like that.

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COD February 12, 2007, 12:54 pm

I watched the first hour. I found it painfully boring.

Terry M. February 13, 2007, 1:35 am

I enjoyed the Grammys. As a youth, I made the goal to never get old musically, and the Grammys are a good annual test to make sure you are familiar with the current artists, at least the super famous ones. I was happy that I knew all of the music, except curiously, for the rock category. Although for all I know only square old fogeys watch the Grammys and today’s teens only care about hip underground music. I also tend to wonder how many of the voters really listened to the music (especially the album categories) because sometimes it seemed like a popularity contest.

I felt sorry for Ornette Coleman and feared that poor guy was going to keel over. The nod to Maria Callas was nice, and the Shakira performance was good (when I first saw that video I thought it was degrading, but I learned it is very highly respected by Colombians), and I liked Justin Timberlake, and the classical performance was awesome. And to my fellow Texan, Bush-hating Dixie Chicks, I can only say, you go girls! One really important thing which I really do believe strongly in is how the Grammys always promote music education. One day I will put my money where my mouth is, and donate to that cause.

Steve A February 13, 2007, 12:15 pm

I didn’t watch the Grammy’s. I guess I’m mostly too old to appreciate many of the groups any more.

HOWEVER… you mentioned Mary J. Blige. That woman has a great voice (impeded by the music she sings). There’s a song “out there” with her and U2 singing “One Love.” If you ever get a chance to listen to it, I’d be willing to bet you’ll find her voice one of the best around.

Ciao,

(PS – I’ve made quite a few posts lately and nothing’s showing up. Have I been banned???)

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