Grammy Thoughts (Besides “Yawn.”)
Were there any surprises among any of the winners? I don’t recall a single one. I suppose some will think Adele beating the Jonas Brothers was a surprise . . .
Interesting thing about Adele’s win for best new artist; the talented young singer who should have been accepting that award had just finished singing with Kayne, Estelle. I recounted in one of my (now archived) reviews for The Tennessean Estelle’s rather caustic comments about R&B stardom in the UK. She was a bit peeved that singers like Duffy and Adele (and of course Winehouse) were being presented as the new stars of the genre and thought they were only being propped up because they are all White. She has a point I think in that since everyone was looking for a new Winehouse last year, labels were thinking marketability as much as talent (as they usually do). Thus the push for Duffy and Adele.
Duffy is dreadful. I do not get the raves for her record, except perhaps for critics’ constant race to be first and discover the next trend (the debacle that was Tigarah, billed as the next MIA before Tigarah even signed a deal, is a prime example). Adele is actually a very good singer. She is much more a pop singer than she is an R&B singer, though she is retro, recalling some 60’s British pop.
One thing the awards show exposed last night was how terrible these pop stars are at singing live. The Jonas Bros singing with Stevie Wonder was hilarious; not the idea of it but the execution. They missed every note they tried (Stevie sounded a little tired, too). Miley Cirus, bless her Asian hating heart (lol) was making those faces when she was singing like she was just killing it, but she never hit a note.
Auto-tune is a crutch. If athletes can’t take steroids, then the Auto-tune should be banned.
I didn’t like the forced connection between the Rat Pack and the “Swagga Like Us” performance. That was a Dean Martin tribute? Still, that was pretty hot.
Was Jenifer Hudson singing live? I wasn’t sure.
Last, and least, Chris Brown, poster boy for all that is good and right with the world is facing down felony assault charges. The LA Times reported that Brown was booked on charges of making “criminal threats” but witnesses say the victim, alleged to be Brown’s SO Rihanna, had visible injuries.