Oh What A Night!!
Not that my commentary is necessary in the slightest, but I just needed to speak (a little) on the Grammy Awards that concluded last night.
Here are some random comments on some of the events that occurred on the Grammy Stage Last Night
Lady Gaga & Elton John:
Ummm ok this performance really did move me. More like it felt like everyone as usual was endorsing Gaga as being the new “It” girl for the weird and slightly outcast. Using Elijah Kelly (Seaweed Stubs – Hairspray) as an announcer during the opening number was interesting but not that effective. GRADE: B
Green Day & The Cast of American Idiot:
I was hesitant about this number due to the fact that sometimes Broadway people have a tendency to “over-sing” a song, but this was handled nicely. The three girls were strong and handled the material well while keeping some “rock” flavour with it. Too bad the leader singer of Green Day was not heard at all when they all sang at the end. GRADE: B
I think I had a mild stroke during this performance when she segued from her “If I were a Boy” to Alanis’ “You Oughta Know”. Certain songs should not be touched or interfered with. This song is one of them. Foxy Cleopatra needs to go chose someone else’s song to butcher. Stick to the “Ave Maria” (I never cared much for that song anyway).
Of course it didn’t help matters that she went into a mini- Dutty Wine after the Alanis song. Then the whole hair blowing fan- thing occurred and I felt my left eye twitching ferociously. Alas I did not have my phone near me to save me from this stroke.
Overall, it was as usual a wee bit overdone. GRADE: C+
While I’ve heard reports that she did something similar for the VMAs, I really don’t care. I really enjoyed this performance and it showed just how versatile a performance Pink continues to be. All those acrobatics (hanging in the air, then being doused in water), while singing on pitch, on point and in key must be one hell of a workout. She handled it beautifully and while the song (Glitter in the Air) was not that memorable, I will never forget the performance. GRADE: A
YAWN!!! I think I had a bathroom break here!! GRADE: C
Black Eyed Peas
This group is always a mystery to me sometimes and with this performance they weren’t. While strong for the most part, it brought nothing spectacular to the table. Plus I’m still puzzled by the purpose of the other two in the group (The tall girl and the hobbit). GRADE: B
While I don’t care much for their recent work. They are still a force to be reckoned with. Plus they did “Living on a Prayer” GRADE: B+
Maxwell with Roberta Flack:
I got a lot of bad feedback about my joke on Roberta Flack for her botox enfueled/ whiplash look during her performance with Maxwell but I have no regrets over what was said. While her voice was strong and as usual, at an pitch perfect tone, her appearance left me a bit startled and I never fully recovered.
Maxwell can sing the phone book for all I care. His voice was a little shaky in parts over this song but once cannot deny the stellar artiste that he is and the smoothness and style he bring to any performance. GRADE: B+
Jamie Foxx, T Pain, Slash and Doug E. Fresh
I was amused. The fake operatic performance at the beginning was very cool. Overall, creative and good for what it was. GRADE: B+
Drake, Lil Wayne & Eminem
OK. Cool. Nothing I haven’t seen already. GRADE: B
Nice. Really Nice. Would’ve preferred a medley of songs but I’m still good: GRADE: A
Dave Matthews Band
I Love that song. They can do no wrong for me. GRADE: A
Taylor Swift (kick) with Stevie Nicks
I know at this moment Stevie Nicks is not speaking to her publicist who talked her into doing this duet with Swift(kick). It was horrendous. From the get-go I started to jingle my house keys hoping that Taylor would actually find a key and stick with it. She was all over the place.
Stevie Nicks came in and I started to smile. Then they started to sing “Rihannon” and I left the room to get some Panadol (just in case another mild stroke was pending). Then they jumped into Taylor’s “You Belong With Me” and I knew all was lost. Stevie couldn’t help her no matter how hard she tried and I was then fully convinced that I would NEVER EVER buy her album. GRADE: D- (it would’ve been F but Stevie Nicks can never get an “F”
· What is a Justin Blieber (sp) or a Kesha?
· Those are not his children at all!!!
· Whose child did Rihanna and Jay Z bring to the stage?
· Where was Kanye when you really needed him?
· STEUPS!!!! Really? Why not “Use Somebody?
· Thank God, Maxwell won two awards.
· Heather Headley finally got a Grammy!!!
· Oh that Patriotic song with the country band just wasn’t cutting it
· Sigh, it’s still a popularity contest.
· Why does Mos Def always sound as if he is always “high”?
· Hasn’t Placido Domingo learnt English as yet? He obviously has the same English teacher as Penelope Cruz.