The 2016 Grammy Awards were presented last night, and the success of the show will probably largely depend on who you ask. I was literally surprised at the amount of performing artists that I “didn’t know on the program.” That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing though, especially considering the talent levels of today’s stars. I realized that they wanted to cover a lot of ground (and for the most part they did). However, some things (like the tributes to certain entertainers) should have been more extensive than just one song. There was a lot than could have been done for the tribute to the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, but to just have Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix sing one acapella didn’t feel fulfilling enough for me. I did like what Lady Gaga did for the tribute to David Bowie, though. Her weirdness was pretty much just like “his.” She “TOTALLY” changed the key of Bowie”s hit song “Let’s Dance” but it still came off well. I really was shocked that there was no special tribute to the late Natalie Cole. Her career (even with her ups and downs) was worthy enough to be considered for a tribute in my estimation. The Tribute to Lionel Richie was good, and I’m glad that Lionel was able to join in at the end. Here is a link to other facts about the show:
Adele was also featured on the program last night, and if you heard her sing then you realized that even the “best” of singers can have an off night. She sounded to me like she was having problems hearing herself in the monitor (and that could very well have been the case). It is also possible that she could have had a cold, but obviously her vocals were hindered greatly when trying to perform that specific song. Alice Cooper was scary when he performed with all the makeup on years ago, and as an old man he is “really scary now.” Nevertheless I enjoyed his performance with the band. Finally Bonnie Raitt and some others who I can’t remember did a tribute to BB King. I have worked with Bonnie Raitt before and she is absolutely one of the nicest people you could ever know. They did one song and I wish they had done a little more as well. Oh, and I cannot forget some group whose name I just can’t recall. The lead musician and singer was an African American lady who looked more like an old school teacher almost ready to retire than a performing artist. She wore weird color lip stick and a white loose shirt covering that only “made her look even bigger onstage.” However, the sound of the group was nice and they performed well. Rihanna didn’t show because she claimed to have Bronchitis (when did she ever sing live anyway? We all know she lip syncs). I realized that one person’s music can be another person’s misery. How I view the show may not be the way others view it. However I surely respect that the Grammy’s “tried to do.” There was a LOT of diversity and to me that was “cool.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Bonnie Raitt and Brett Jolly in concert
Okay,so I did manage to check out the Grammy Awards last night. For a while i had kind of “signed off” on this event mainly because of the talent (or lack of it )in the music industry. This time I wanted to see how they could “reinvent themselves” to make the show more interesting. They paired unlikely matches together, and while it may not have been great there were some decent moments. I am not sure that I understand the paring of Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney. While that was the “absolute best” that I have ever heard Rihanna sound, there are still some things that needed to be cleared up. First, Paul McCartney’s microphone didn’t appear to be working at all, and yet the harmonies were “flawlessly perfect.” “Usually” when things sound “that” good it is because the backgrounds are “sampled.” In other words, “taped.” Also, I could not figure out why the best singer onstage was relegated to “background singer status.” Paul did not have a lead part, but yet Rihanna and Kanye (who actually sang due to some auto tune mechanisms to help keep his vocals in key) led the meat of the song. I was happy for Sam Smith, even though to hear his song depresses me sometimes. i realize that it was written out of heartbreak (and Sam even managed to thank the man that broke his heart, thus enabling him to win those awards) but nevertheless Sam deserved to win for that song. The matchup of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga was interesting, and I liked how they pulled it together. I don’t think they had much rehearsal for it, but Gaga is actually a very good singer who can fit in Bennet’s style and “make” it work. The other good thing about this pairing is that Gaga had to “dress appropriately” for this segment and abandon her wild side to fit in with Tony. The same could have been said for Rihanna, who seemed “more conservative” than I am used to seeing her. Pharell’s performance seemed to be one that was more of a “convenience” for him. He didn’t do much of the “Happy” song, and in the beginning his parts were being sung by the choir (he actually spoke the lyrics when he started out… Who wanted to hear him speak the words?). Then when it finally came to the “meat” of the song, he sang his vocals along with the track so that the audience couldn’t tell if it was him or if it was memorex. It was “great” to see Prince with his afro self, but it just didn’t feel right to see him walk out there with a cain. i had heard that he had hip surgery a while ago, but I thought he would have fully recovered by now. I love Jennifer Hudson. She is an awesome singer who is pretty. i just hope that the next time she appears on a show like this that she wears an outfit that fits better. Even though she obviously lost weight she wasn’t “completely” there yet, especially from the waist down. That color of the outfit only brought out more of her size and maybe next time she won’t wear something that fits so tight. She looked uncomfortable. Also, was it me, or did Beyonce look like she was going through the same “hugeness” when it came to her hips? I kept looking and her waistline seemed perfect, but once it got below the belt she looked like she gained some”major” weight in her legs and hips. I remember opening up a few years ago for her, and as fit as she was, her thighs seemed to be a little big back then. Maybe this time it was just the outfit. I sincerely hope so. I thought it was a great change of pace to have her sing a Gospel tune. Her rendition seemed a little more different than the ones I was used to hearing. All in all, the awards were not bad, but they were not great either. As tired as I was, it was tough staying awake for it, but my curiosity helped me get through it. By the way, in case you wanted to know what was the best part of that show in my opinion, I thought it was Usher covering Stevie Wonder’s classic “If it’s magic.” While he “almost” veered off key in one of the lines he still managed to “land safely” in tune. It was well done even though there appeared to be some timing issues between him and the harpist. For the record, I am not trying to downplay or even complain about the awards show. It was not bad at all. I guess I just had higher expectations. Either way, I hope you enjoyed the show if you got to watch it, and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer today. Please make the most of it.
Stevie Wonder and Brett Jolly