Monday, January 27, 2014

Grammy Performances: Hits And Misses

Blank Grammy image from Bobby Owsinski's Music 3.0 blog
I can’t believe that I’m saying this, but I come to praise the Grammy Awards Show, not bury it. It’s easy to criticize the Grammys, and I’ve done my share in the past, but if you take into consideration what this show is trying to accomplish, it’s amazing that it comes off pleasing anyone, let alone the vast majority of viewers. Can you imagine trying to present a show with such a wide constituency of musical genres, many of which are diametrically opposed? Long-time producer Ken Ehrlich does a great job of walking that tightrope every year. 

Still, there are always hits and misses and this year’s production is no exception. Let’s look at them.

The Hits
Image Dragons and Kendrick Lamar rocked the house and were a perfect combination together. Perhaps they put on the best performance of the night.

Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (a big winner on the night), Nile Rogers and Stevie Wonder were also a good match, but what were the Daft Punk robots doing while the band was playing? It sure would have made me feel better about them getting so many awards if I saw either one of them playing an actual instrument.

Sara Barielles and Carole King were magic together, as both were in top form. Of course, Carole is a pro and she elevates everyone around her, as she did in this case as well.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Trombone Shorty and Madonna worked as well. One of the things I like most about Macklemore is that I can understand what he’s rapping, which goes a long way towards enjoying the genre.

Paul McCartney was his usual great self with Ringo looking a little lost on the drums. As a friend once commented, “It’s like watching Beethoven.” That said, perhaps the best part of the performance was the bow that he and Ringo took at the end. Read more on Forbes.

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