Monday, February 14, 2005

The Grammys

A couple of notes from last night's Grammy awards show...let it be known that I watched very little of the show, actually...but on what I saw I feel the need to make some comments:
  • Kanye West...I have heard a little bit about this guy and his song Jesus Walks...I was glad that I got a chance to hear him finally...that was a great performance!...I loved the beginning, with Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama...then West did a great job with the close...I read this morning that he was the leading nominee of the evening, but only walked home with three Grammys...can't say whether I agree or disagree with him losing so often, but I know I liked that performance...
  • On the flip side, I hated the performance for the tsunami relief effort...wow, was that horrible!...the only one that actually sounded decent on the Beatles song was Bono...Norah Jones looked like she had no interest in being there at all (nice stage presence)...and what was up with Steven Tyler shaking the maracas?...like Marcy said, "It's no We Are The World."...OK, Steveie Wonder on the harmonica was great, but the camerawork was awful, as they didn't show him until halfway through it...it's a shame that this is the performance that they are trying to raise money with...maybe if it was a better one, they might make some more money...
  • Steven Curtis Chapman won for his pop gospel category, or whatever it was...now don't get me wrong, I like SCC...but hasn't he been putting out the same album for the past several years?...to be truthful, I haven't heard his latest disc, but to beat out Jars of Clay, it had to have been really good...or maybe, the Grammy voters don't really listen to the gospel categories, and instead go off of name recognition...hmmm...
  • On a related note, how did Third Day beat out tobyMac?...I'm just asking...
  • I was glad to see that Ray Charles raked in eight statues...well deserving...I am looking forward to seeing the movie about him
  • Is it just me, or is Usher just a poor man's Michael Jackson, without the weird tendencies?...
I welcome your comments and rebuttals...

9 comments:

matt said...

Okay, I have to admit it. I didn't watch most of the Grammys. But the small part that I saw completely freaked me out--we're talking the kind of freak out when you get the shivers and are afraid to go outside because its dark. When you are scared to drive home because it would require walking through the parking lot, so you hold your keys sticking out of your fist so you can gouge out the psycho-killer's eyes when he tries to get you. This all happened during what I think was probably a Janis Joplin tribute. I can't remember the song, but I remember that Faith Hill covered it a few years back. I heard the voice first, and I knew immediately who was singing. Yeah! Melissa Etheridge! I like her--that gutteral, raspy, angst-ridden voice. Great. AND THEN I TURN TOWARD THE TV. And there she was. Voluntarily bald. We're not talking Sinead O'Conner. We're talking Kojack. Probably not intended to incite panic. But something about it. Her head, her make-up (think-Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), and the wailing song, and her flailing about...With hair, it would have been just a great set. With the scary new coif, it all proved too much. I seriously had a nightmare about it. I also am completely petrified by Annie Lennox singing "Sweet Dreams are Made of These." Yikes. I just shuddered. In the library. Go to your happy place. Rocking back and forth...

JohnDeere said...

ok fitz-- what was up with the j-lo + mark antony bedroom scene song. the single most bizarre never-ending thing of the night. leno said it lasted longer than her first two marriages.

Anonymous said...

Matt--Melissa Eheridge is battling cancer. Chemo and radiation does that to your hair.

matt said...

Oh my gosh~I feel like the worst person EVER. Where have I been? Totally didn't know she was battling cancer. Now it all makes sense. Not scary at all--just part of a difficult life journey. Its funny what a little bit of info can do to change a persective. A VERY BIG APOLOGY TO EVERYONE. she is a courageous woman--and good grief--to sing like that when sick. I FEEL LIKE A HEEL. I'm SO SORRY.

Fitz said...

Matt - I figured that it was some kind of health issue, which it now sounds like that it was...but you're right; it was a great performance...much better than Faith Hill's bubblegum version of it...it's a gut-wrenching song and she had made it sound so happy and fun...Joss Stone and Melissa did it more justice...thanks for your humility...

JD - Thankfully, I missed the J-Lo Marc Anthony performance...I'm sure it was icky, to say the least...I haven't seen much from either of them that warrants my time and attention...

Anonymous said...

Matt--I'm the guy who pointed out the cancer issue with Melissa. Don't beat up on yourself. We all misunderstand the behavior of others all the time. I do it so often I am ashamed of myself.

"Good morning," someone said to me the other day and I seethed inside. What did they mean by that crack?

matt said...

:) thanks. (and thanks to melissa...get well soon. and you rock...) i'm sure she reads this blog, after all. ;)
--mge

Fitz said...

Melissa is one of my core subscribers...

matt said...

well, don't tell her where i live. she has valid reason to take me out.