Am I Too Old For The Grammys?
A few years ago, one of my first entries in this weekly column declared that the Grammy’s were no longer my father’s Grammys. Now I fear that my kids are saying the same thing. I remember being bored when artists like Perry Como or Bernadette Peters performed and feeling like they were really old and in the way. Now this year after Sting and U2’s performance stoked similar reactions from the younger set, perhaps the Grammys are no longer of my generation. But that doesn’t mean I still can’t enjoy some ridiculous dancing.
Rap Gets Pimped Again
This year was similar to 2016 when all the buzz was about Kendrick Lamar and how it was inevitable that his record at the time (“To Pimp A Butterfly”) would make Grammy history and take home the top prize as a rap album. Nope. Lamar was pimped again; however, this year he may well have gotten the best revenge. He stole the show with the opening performance and well quite frankly, the broadcast never recovered nor reached the same heights in spite of some gallant efforts (like SZA and Pink) but even the memorials to the Vegas shooting victims and Tom Petty felt a little jaded and mostly fell flat.
Is Bruno Mars The Artist That Fell to Earth?
The show post buzz was very diffused meaning that no one performance nor award shocked the Twitter verse. Though the night was more or less the final coronation of Bruno Mars as the new Jackson in residence. That being the case, can we now have a Super Bowl without him? Mars is a super talent and his lightweight lyrics are balanced by a ridiculous smooth voice and wow! dance moves. Meet the king of the moonwalkers right! Mars is probably from Mars and his unquenchable energy and pure enthusiasm explodes though any video screen and you best get used to seeing him since he will be around a good long time.
The Kid That Roared
The breakout star was Simba. Well at least the kid that will play Simba in the new Broadway creation of The Lion King. JD McCrary is the 10-year-old that vocalized like pure satin with Childish Gambino whose actual name as a child was Donald Glover. Glover will co-star with the young vocal stud. Speaking of Broadway didn’t Patti Lupone rock that Eva Perron part from Evita? I never saw the play, but growing up there were so many TV commercials depicting that scene when Perron sings ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” I felt I knew every word or am I showing my age again?
What Happened 60 Years Ago in Music?
The Grammys missed a golden opportunity to literally rock our blue suede shoes. They should have created a theme for the night around the 60th anniversary show. Then again, besides the first Grammy Award ceremony nothing else really happened in 1957 except-Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan, Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love,” Bo Diddley intro of the Bo Diddley beat, American Bandstand debut, yea basically the start of rock and roll as we know it. So the Grammys chose to celebrate all of this by giving away all the cool rock awards off the air (congrats to The Infamous Stringdusters by the way) and we are left with a staid Miley Cyrus gig with Elton John that just made us all feel old.