Skip to comments.A strange night for the Grammys (Sums up the today's entertainment)
Posted on 02/14/2011 3:10:31 AM PST by greatdefender
Much like the music world itself, the Grammy Awards is a colorful train wreck of a television show.
Inexplicable results and mesmerizing performances mixed with the mundane added up to a generally unsatisfying evening for CBS Sunday. Unless, of course, you're Lady Antebellum.
The Grammys are barely an awards show anymore. As the music business has splintered and sputtered in recent years, the Grammys have become a performance show, advertising musicians who need the attention. Show producers don't even bother with a host anymore. For the first hour of Sunday's show, only one trophy was given out for a live version of a Train song done better in the studio.
In theory, it's a great idea. If you're unfamiliar with an artist's work, it's much better to watch him or her in action than to listen to speeches thanking managers, producers and hairstylists. Or, in Train's case, Howard Stern.
In practice, the show's success or failure is tied to whether the artists can bring the goods.
Whether they took trophies home with them or not, the night's winners included Janelle Monae, Eminem, Cee Lo and Rihanna. Among the losers were Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Rihanna.
Yes, you read that last part right. Rihanna was spellbinding for her part in Eminem's ominous "Love the Way You Lie." When she returned later to perform "What's My Name" with Drake, she curiously dropped her hand-held microphone to her waist a few times while the vocals continued on.
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a milli vanilli moment?
Ashlie Simpson is probably more famous for that.
Wow... who knew these were still even on.
Ah, the Grammys fail anyway. Every artist who gets nominated is accused of being old and washed up or not being any good in the first place.
Incidentally, I was surprised that Barbara Streisand was there because I could swear she only performs at Democrat fundraisers.
The song is popular over here in Russia. Didn't know that Rihanna was the female singer. I always hated the beginning - I thought the woman was annoying - with the voice fluctuation...but I guess tha't Rihanna's style.
....reminds me, the Super Bowl goes to NBC next year...so if ya thought this years half time show was a bomb, we can expect a burka clad female singing the Iranian anthem next.
Had problems sleeping last night, turned the tv on to check the Grammys and after a while watching it for a while, it confirms why I do not watch award shows. Never even heard of the band that won best album of the year, “Arcade Fire” until last night.
Next year the Super Bowl is going over to NBC? Never knew.
Wife wanted to watch this so we did. The performances were unbearable. It was interesting to note the minority reactions to the country singers winning. J-Lo looked like see wanted to be anywhere but at a show where the hicks were taking all the gold home. Just an observation same for others in the crowd.
Tell me, I am suprised she can still sing after all those years.
Nobody’s heard of Arcade Fire. They gave them award to mess with people’s heads.
Well at least “the hicks” were the ones whom I could understand their singing over some of the other songs.
Compared to Bob Dylan, who sounds like a guy who smokes ten packs of cigarettes a day while inhaling gravel.
You said it.
My goodness, the song that they sung before they got the award sounded like they were screaming, not singing. Had a word for it, I will only say it starts with a “c”.
With groups like Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan would sound pretty darn better.
...wait....if you do a search I find one site saying NBC another saying FOX, now I remember hearing someone say during this years broadcast saying NBC.....
If you have not seen them, and get a chance to, I highly recommend Lady Antebellum. We saw them at Lake Tahoe last year with Tim McGraw...awesome!
I’m looking at seeing who won the awards this year, and the Grammys actually picked good acts this year.
Album of the Year. That’s the biggest one. Others might say Song or Record, but I’d say Album.
And that was Arcade Fire, who beat Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry. Good pick.
And The Black Keys won. They’re good. I’m not sure who the other choices were, but The Black Keys are a worthy band. They won best Rock Group and best Alternative Album.
And someone I never heard of beat Justin Bieber. I’ve heard of Justin Bieber. Never heard the music before, but I heard that he sucks. But he’s famous. So, this unknown person might actually be good, because she beat a famous person. I might check her out.
Believe you and me, the next time Lady Antebellum come to Hartford, I was not able to attend last year, I will make an effort to go. They were IMHO, the only group that was worth the time to watch last night. Tim McGraw is awsome ALL THE TIME. Lady Antebellum made last night bearable.
I didn’t see AF. Saw Dylan, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Rihanna, and Lady Antebellum.
Had heard that BD’s voice was shot, but I never imagined he was that awful.
I say the big winner, with the most awards was Lady Antebellum from what I heard, which as I had said in another post, made watching what I did bearable. Never heard of Arcade Fire, and I thought what I heard it sounded like they were screaming, not singing.
Sold out Madison Square Garden.
It’s Indie. Indie is popular with people who hate the crap that’s on the radio. Indie fans know a lot more about music than average people but they often do not know the songs on the Top 40. Indie Fans download a lot of music and go to a lot of shows. Many read pitchfork.com .
It’s sorta a separate indie world.
The Decemberists were #1 a week or 2 ago. Iron & Wine was #2. If you do hear these bands on commercial radio, it would most likely be on AAA, maybe alternative.
These bands get popular without radio and really don’t care very much about reaching the radio audience. They can have the #1 album, sell out Madison Square Garden, and remain cool, keeping their fans happy. They don’t have to write music for the idiots who listen to the radio.
That’s the problem, everyone who is smart and cool can find their own music, the music they really want to listen to, and play it on their ipod.
Radio appeals to those who can’t figure out how to do that.
Unfortunately, the only English channel I can get is AFN, so I watched the Grammys. I was pleaseantly surprised to find that it was quite enjoyable, all of it.
I didn’t see the show, but I’m listening to the album right now. So far, I don’t hear what I would call screaming. I’ve listened to it a few times before.
I’d rather listen to the new Deerhoof or the new Kylesa or the latest Electric Wizard, new Deerhunter but I’m in favor of Arcade Fire, its good stuff.
And they actually have great harmonies and it sounds like...MUSIC!!! I will take the hicks any day.
I don’t understand why you said that.
They could easily improve the super bowl show by making a contest out of it.
Whoever sells the most albums the week of the Super Bowl gets to play at halftime.
Let the market decide.
“Radio appeals to those who cant figure out how to do that.”
Depends on the music genre itself. Ever since I had gotten for Christmas 2009 my Macmini, I listen on iTunes radio a number of good country and western music stations, including one in Pittsburgh, PA, one station, Y 108. Online radio helps country music thrive.
....I was talking NBC/FOX, a contest?....when it comes to SB half times it’s not a contest,it’s $$$$$$
Online radio is what via iTunes it what I listen to for music because the music sounds so clear, for my country/bluegrass/americana, the regular radio I only use for talkradio and sports only.
Yep, the Hicks are doing it.
Ive found myself listening to more Country and Bluegrass the last few years, now its almost exclusively Hick music. Even my favorite watering hole has pretty much gone country. CMT is the most popular TV channel.
I do try to listen to other styles but just cant enjoy it.
I’ve never been able to sing for one full minute without screwing up but I could hit my thumb with a hammer and make better sounds than I hear from most so-called talent these days.
Unfortunately, the only English channel I can get is AFN,
Which begs the question, in what language or languages are the others?
I don’t see why it begs the question, but Chinese and Japanese.
This is country music...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuOvllD8Baw
Who is there doing real country music now who is less than seventy years old?
“like a guy who smokes ten packs of cigarettes a day while inhaling gravel”
LOL! I’ve hated Dylan ever since “Like a Rolling Stone” came yowling over my car radio in 1965.
This year’s Super Bowl halftime, the Grammies... oh for the good old days when the performers threw up on stage while smashing their guitars. Now that was real class.
Well, there can be examples of good radio programming here or there. And it’s possible that this is a good time to be a country fan. AAA is ok in the rock world. Active Rock is bad in the rock world and Alternative is somewhere in between. Very little overlap between CMJ “Loud Rock” and Active Rock.
CMJ “Loud Rock” is much better. Better overlaps between CMJ and AAA. There could be a lot more overlaps between alternative music that might be a little bit too much rock for AAA and CMJ. Alternative really should be CMJ stuff. The majors don’t do interesting very well. And Alternative should be interesting.
There is a tremendous amount of great new music out there.
Commercial radio does not play it.
If I first hear about a band because they’re on commerical radio, I automatically assume they suck.
I know where I find music that I like. Which is basically indie music, but I like heavier indie music.
There are lots of places on the internet to find just the kind of music you’re looking for.
If you like indie, you’ll be doing ok if you download all the pitchfork best new music albums and the CIMS chart. The CIMS charts are a lot longer. rateyourmusic.com best of 2011 gives some other choices that are good, but have a lot of metal. Might find some others on metacritic. And CMJ charts. Hit those charts, you’ll probably see the same names popping up.
There’s a lot of indie country and indie folk that some who like country or folk might like.
Well who is paying who on this one?
Did the Black Eyed Peas have to pay a lot to get to play at the Super Bowl?
Yeah, I can imagine that the record company would pay a lot for that, is that what you’re saying?
And if there was a contest, the Super Bowl Committee would be
giving away for free a slot that could be sold for millions.
I have to assume that Black Eyed Peas paid the Super Bowl.
I dont see why it begs the question, but Chinese and Japanese.
Thanks, an inquiring mind wanted to know.
Our country is going down the tubes. Who has time to watch these freaks?
Bookmarked to listen to later today. Also got to remember that country music has branches in it just like a big tree that has been around for many, many years. Every summer, I go to a yearly blue grass festival, the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival which takes place each early August. It is in my hometown of East Hartford, CT.Great performing acts. I call bluegrass the original country. When I listen to my iTunes, I often listen to not only 108 FM in Pittsburgh, but also a number of good bluegrass online music stations online via iTunes.
Every day in every way.
Remember 2012 is coming, hang in there.
Like that offers much hope.
Country and western has a lot of branches in its family tree. That is why I often say country/bluegrass/americana.
It does because we can throw the bums out!
We can. But so far even conservatives aren’t showing that they are willing to face up to the realities of who the real bums even are.
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