Musical mishaps: Reflections on the Grammy awards

Every year the Emmy, Oscar and Grammy awards shine a light on the brightest and best of the last years. Most of the time, however, the industry bigwigs who decide these matters do not please the masses.

The 2011 Grammy awards, held Feb. 12, were no different from past disappointments.

Now if I was to come with this debate to almost anyone who follows those deemed to be the brightest and best, they would say, “Isn’t that what the People’s Choice Awards are for?” But if not for the people and their choices, the artists showcased and showered with accolades wouldn’t be where they are.

Complaint number one: Right from the first award “Best performance by a pop duo or a group,” why is the cast of a television show even considered?

Lady Gaga, you are not Madonna. Quit trying to be.

The Grammys are the top dogs, but why do country, rap & hip-hop overpower everything when they have their own award shows?

Who the hell does Justin Bieber think he is, Michael Jackson? Sorry, kid. He started at a younger age and had original dance moves.

Cee-Lo’s performance made me think of what it would be like if Elton John got into a fight with the NBC peacock, but I doubt that Elton would even be caught dead in that outfit.

Seth Rogan introduced Eminem as “the most dangerously talented man in hip-hop history,” then had the guts to downplay Dr. Dre. Eminem would not be as big as he is if it wasn’t for Dre’s help, so watch who you give credit.

One thing that has always burned my tail feathers is that 99.5 percent of the time, if you’re nominated for an award and asked to present an award, you don’t win.

Dolly Parton getting honored with a “lifetime achievement award” and a cover version of “Jolene” with sang by John Mayer Norah Jones & Keith Urban was a major highlight.

David Geffen, who helped bands like Nirvana and The Misfits as well as John Lennon and Beck, received the “Industry Icon” award”

Country music was in control of this year’s Grammy awards with Lady Antebelum winning both record and song of the year with “Need You Now.” Surprisingly Lady Antebelum didn’t lock down the biggest accolade of the night; the album of the year went to The Arcade Fire for “The Suburbs”.

I see the Grammy awards as a showcase for not only what’s popular but what goes between saying, “this is family friendly and safe,” and saying, “your parents will hate this. Listen to it as loud as you can.”

Perhaps next year will be more diverse with their choices, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

2 thoughts on “Musical mishaps: Reflections on the Grammy awards

  1. “The Grammys are the top dogs, but why do country, rap & hip-hop overpower everything when they have their own award shows?”

    Every different genre of music has their own award shows. Including rock, blues, symphony, techno or what ever genre you think the grammy’s is meant to award. I m not sure I understand what genre you think the grammmy’s should award exclusively.
    Your advice to Seth Rogan regarding his “down playing” Dr. Dre is useless. Seth Rogan is a slap stick entertainer who was following a script meant to get attention and start people talking. Don’t you remember… “No one gives a shit about Dre.”

  2. The Grammy’s are nothing but a love fest for professional schmoozers and blood suckers of an outdated industry that loves commerce over artistry. The Arcade Fire was the first wrench thrown into the works in a long time (and their new album is not their best work by a long shot).

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