The annual music awards known as THE GRAMMYS were handed out last night. Here are my thoughts on what I saw before I switched over to “The Walking Dead”.
Carrie Underwood walked the red carpet wearing a 31-million dollar necklace designed by Jonathon Arndt. Underwood admitted she was afraid to wear the big ticket item, because it was “worth more than me”. It may sound humble to say that, but if you were REALLY humble, you wouldn’t wear it, but AYE! there’s the rub. The necklace checked in at 381 carats.
Prince came out of hiding to hand out the Record of the Year Award to Gotye for “Someone That I Used To Know”. Once again, backstage Prince let loose some chatter about how the record companies are ripping him off. WHAT?
Prince has over 50,000 songs and videos stored in a vault in his house. He doesn’t want to release them because he’s afraid of getting ripped off. Apparently, he’s never heard of web sites with paywalls where he could sell his music and make a TON of cash just with the bad music! Prince has only sold one album worth of material online. He has just set up a web site to pimp his new single “Screwdriver”, which features (surprise!) an all women band backing him up.
Which brings up the latest trend of all women bands. Beyonce had an all women band backing her up at the Super Bowl, and Jack White did his acoustic set with an all women band last night at the Grammys. I’m glad to see Robert Palmer had a legacy that lasted past “Addicted To Love”.
Taylor Swift’s circus ringmaster act to open the show was quite a spectacle. It’s easy to rip on Taylor, so I’ll shy away from that to make this observation: she seems to truly enjoy singing. If she’s faking that smile on her face every time I see her perform on stage, she’s a great actress. And she did allow some men in her backing band, so she’s a trend setter in that arena.
But the highlight of the night was clearly Bruno Mars’ show band. If you ever get the chance to see Bruno live, do it. His band is fantastic, and they put on a show without a lot of props.
The decision to have Sting come out mid-song and join him flew in the face of the criticism he received that the song was derivative of The Police. After covering The Police classic “Walking On The Moon”, the band then welcomed Ziggy Marley on stage for a tribute to his dad, Bob Marley, which brought everything full circle, because the Police were often told they were co-opting Marley’s bass lines.
The Black Keys dominated most of last night’s Grammys, but they didn’t come away with the Album of the Year award. That went to the Mumford and Sons for their album, “Babel”.
The Black Keys disc “El Camino” did win Best Rock Album, and their single “Lonely Boy” won Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach also won Producer of the Year (Non-Classical).
FUN. won Best New Artist, and their single “We Are Young” was named Song of the Year.
And on “Walking Dead” Rick is being haunted by the ghost of Lori, which makes him become a big douchebag. But that’s another post.