So, who was watching the Grammy’s last Sunday and what were the highlights for you? There were some great moments for sure… and some not-so great. Here are some random thoughts from my personal perspective.
Awesome musical moments? One was definitely the song Jolene, played and sung by Keith Urban, John Mayer and Norah Jones. Great guitar playing and a very cool tribute to Dolly Parton.
Another nice musical moment for me was Muse. Even though the band didn’t do anything but stand there and play, this is a great song, and the special effects and lighting made this huge and put it over- the-top! Well done.
The Aretha Franklin tribute? This would have been more moving if these women could have interacted with each other and ‘cheered each other on.’ They are all undoubtedly talented singers, but they all seemed too concerned about out-singing each other. Could have been a great moment with some camaraderie.
A grammy for ‘Most Bizarre Moment’ of the night goes to Cee Lo Green. You take a song called F**k You, hire Muppets, Gwyneth Paltrow and Elton John’s stylist, and voila, there it is. Not sure WHAT, but there it is! Left me scratching my head. This could have been cooler (since they changed the lyric to ‘forget you’), if they would have stuck with the vibe and characters in the video that told the story much better.
Award for ‘Best Authority on Stage’? Two words: Mick. Jagger. Did you notice how he had the audience in the palm of his hand? Even seasoned artists in the crowd were mesmerized! Mick was in total control of both the audience and the band. Awesome. Take notice front men everywhere!
‘Most Sentimental Moment’: Streisand. Even though her rendition of Evergreen wasn’t stellar, it was just cool for those of us that knew her in her heyday, to see her perform again. This song took me back to the film A Star is Born, which at the time was magical for me. Barbra deals with major stage fright so I know it was a big deal for her to get onstage. You could tell she was uncomfortable at first, then finally took the mic out and held onto the stand with her other hand for security. (Don’t do this singers – please!) She got a pass from me because of the great memory.
‘Best Use of Misdirection’: Arcade Fire. Never having seen or heard them before, the bizarre use of BMX bikes, the crazy strobe lights and too many bike camera shots totally took away from the song itself. I couldn’t tell you if the song was good or bad. I was too annoyed at the other stuff to notice!
Agree? Disagree? Go ahead and weigh in with your opinions on Gaga, Miranda, Lady A or Katy Perry. Who created memorable moments?