An honest review of the Grammy’s

Posted: February 13, 2012 by vindanton in Music

Whether you like or not

By: Brandon Tuzio

The problem with the Grammy Awards in general lies in the way that they are advertised, not in the execution of the event itself. The Grammy’s were formed to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. It’s not their fault that a majority of popular artists today rely on pure entertainment rather than pure talent. So essentially, the Grammy’s are a valid representation of the status of the music industry today. Take that, however you will.

Before I get to the issue at hand, I’d like to comment on the positive moments in the night, because there were actually a decent amount of them that had to unfortunately be overshadowed by the rest of it.

The Memorable

1. Adele is a treasure, and I’m extremely grateful that she got the recognition that she deserves. I’m not personally a huge fan of hers, but she is a hell of a talent and is paving the way for future class acts to come forward.

2. Taylor Swift. I can’t believe I just said that, but I was beyond impressed by her performance of “Mean”. It’s not an overwhelmingly clever song, but it is a stab at her critics for her vocal performance of Grammy’s past, and she just gets back up there and does her thing. She doesn’t profess to be a vocal superstar; she’s a girl who likes to write songs about her life. You may have qualms about how she got where she is, but she has been very consistent in her presentation of herself and any songwriter who doesn’t envy her platform is a liar.

3. Maroon 5/Foster the People/Beach Boys. Another shocker here for me, and not on the Maroon 5 side of things. Adam Levine is a terrific vocalist and not much more needs to be said about that. But whoever decided to have Foster the People do “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” definitely knew what they were doing. After 6+ months of rapidly changing the radio when “Pumped up Kicks” came on, I was thoroughly impressed. And finally, Brian Wilson is pretty incredible. Yeah the Beach Boys are and were great as a whole, but knowing Brian’s history, he put on a stellar performance.

4. Jennifer Hudson.

5. Paul McCartney.

 

The Tools

There were also some moments that I like to refer to as the Tool Tactic. (Disclaimer. I do not consider myself a fan of the following, but when you’re right, you’re right). Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool once bailed from the award show when they won an award. “I think the Grammys are nothing more than some gigantic promotional machine for the music industry. They cater to a low intellect and they feed the masses. It’s the music business celebrating itself”. Yes, certainly a hint of immaturity and obvious rebellion lies beyond those words, but at its heart, it is the truth.

1. The way that the media in general handles famous deaths is tricky. Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett died on the same day. That’s not a very simple thing to deal with because it’s safe to assume that more people were distraught over Michael, I know I certainly was. And I realize that Whitney Houston passed the day before the Grammy’s, but the Etta James tribute by Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt still felt like a “necessary” aspect thrown into the show to create balance.

2. The same goes for the Foo Fighters and Bon Iver. I happen to enjoy these particular artists, but just as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding last year it felt like a corporate attempt to maintain hip and relevant to those not inclined to watch the show otherwise.

3. Bruce, Rihanna/Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson/Jason Aldean, everyone else not Nicki Minaj. Just typical Grammy performances that are interchanged by various artists year to year. No harm, no foul.

The Forgettable

 Nicki Minaj, shame on you for conjuring up such a ridiculous idea of a performance and song. But shame on you Grammy’s for allowing that to even beyond the rehearsal process. While most people are rightfully up in arms over what we saw from Nicki, inevitably there are a large number of people influenced and inspired by it, and that is a scary truth and reflection as to why it just keeps on happening.

 

 The Fallout

 

Facebook and Twitter: the worst performances of the night. They single (or double) handedly have changed the way that ANYTHING happens throughout the world. Natural disasters, political commentary, famous deaths, etc, will forever be documented more thoroughly in the bowels of the internet than in schoolbooks of the future. I’d like to share the reactions that some of the performances brought to the social media table last night.

Chris Brown

“I’d let Chris Brown beat me up anytime 😉 #womanbeater”

“I know Rihanna didn’t like it much, but Chris Brown you can punch me in the face all you want. #sorrynotsorry #sexy”

“Any girl that hates on Chris Brown in stupid. Do you realize that it would be an honour if he hit you?”

Wait a second; let me say that one more time. “Any girl that hates on Chris Brown in stupid. Do you realize that it would be an honour if he hit you?”

Are you kidding me? Feel free to peruse the web for proof or more examples of this. It’s pathetic, and sickening.

Paul McCartney

 “Who the f*** is Paul McCartney? Jesse McCartney’s dad or uncle”

“Who the hell is paul mccartney lmao he is hella old!

….. I can go on all day with these.

 

No matter how much cynicism one can have for the state of music today, the blame lies on the people consuming it. You can argue all you’d like about how some of these artists are money hungry and rely on musical steroids to maintain their stardom. Hmm…musical steroids, I feel a rant coming on…

 

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