I'll freely admit that I've not been a fan of the Grammy Awards for a long time. To me, the Grammys are more of a chance for every genre of music to try to "out-perform" the other. In most cases, the performances have been borderline risque, if not coming completely over the line, and they do more of a disservice to the music than a good promotion of it. Take Sunday night's awards show for example.
Part of Jamie Foxx's and The Black Eyed Peas' performances and almost half of the rap performance had to be bleeped for air. They worked the hardest to shock the audience awake, and I believe they did more to turn people off than on. Pink's "Cirque du Soleil" approach to her performance, while beautiful and breath-taking, probably had the TV audience wondering if there'd be another "wardrobe malfunction" that would be talked about for years. I was quite frankly amazed that Lady Gaga was "out-shocked" the entire evening, given her penchant for her other-worldly costumes and drama.
But then there were the country performances to set things right again. Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, and the Zac Brown Band did more to keep things on topic than any other performance of the night. The Grammy Awards are supposed to be a celebration of the music itself, and not a showcase of provocative display. All three country acts simply came out to play their music their way, and play they did. Let's see Slash play a guitar like Zac Brown can. And the only malfunction came when Hillary Scott got covered by the falling projection screen while singing.
If you were to ask me, I believe that the Grammy Awards should take a page from the ACM or CMA Awards shows. Get back to the music, and allow those artists who are nominated for the top awards a chance to accept them and thank the people who made it all possible. We don't need the flash of dramatic stage presentation to sell the music - just the music itself. I can hope for these things, but in the end, I believe that we'll probably see the line stretched even further for the 53rd Grammy Awards.
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Chris Potter for Citadel Interactive © 2010
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