I didn’t watch the Grammy Awards Sunday night, but I did keep up with the results, and with the New York Times live blog and some of the Twitter reactions. (Side note: Kanye West has to have one of the biggest egos on the planet, but man, can he be funny.) During that time I indulged in some heavy-duty multi-tasking, all the while checking out Grammy songs on YouTube. In doing so, two thoughts popped into my head.
The first was that I am so out of it. I hadn’t even heard of half the artists, much less half the songs. I didn’t know Drake was Canadian. I didn’t know that Rihanna’s songs were from her new album, post-Rated R. Florence and the Machine? Bruno Mars? Lady Antebellum? Who are these people?
The second was far more negative, I’m sorry to say. As the winners for the major awards were announced, I listened to some of the songs on YouTube, and my reaction was mostly “You have got to be kidding me.” The biggest WTH moment was for “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum, which won both Record (performance and production) and Song (songwriting) of the year. Having listened to it twice all the way through, I still find it totally uninteresting compared to some of its fellow nominees, not to mention the dozens of other un-nominated songs that could and should have been up there. Think about it: posterity will say that in the year 2010,the best song written, composed, produced, and performed was “Need You Now”. Sorry, but I’m not on that bandwagon.
As for Esperanza Spalding winning best new artist (and performing above at the White House): Props to her. Some say it was a default win, by process of elimination, but having listened to some of her music online, I can say that although I do question her status as a “new artist”, she’s definitely talented. Is she more deserving than other candidates favoured to win? Don’t know about Florence & The Machine or Mumford & Sons, but if the award had gone to a certain teenager from a staid Canadian Shakespearean town, then I would have lost all faith for the Grammy organization.
Did you watch the Grammys? Do you have an opinion thereof? Or do you think the awards, or any awards shows (12 days to the Oscars) are a complete waste of time?
- Jean AAR