This year's Grammy's proved to be a bit more entertaining than the previous years. I'm guessing since it was the 50th anniversary show, they wanted it to really click. And, it did. For the most part. Many of the musical performances had me clapping in glee and some of the surprises actually had me scream out, "HELLS YEAH!" A few others had me going, "Oh...wow....retire." Some good/bad highlights for me.
- Alicia Keys opens with one of those creepy "duets" with Frank Sinatra. (An image of him singing appeared next to her).
- Carrie Underwood. Hot. And got lungs for days. Oh yeah, and can sing!
- THE MOTHERFUCKING TIME! Morris Day and Jerome (from the band, The Time, duh!) showed up in a surprise bit (well, to me) that started out with Jimmy Jam (my namesake, natch) and everyone was feeling the "Jungle Love" in no time! Rihanna joined them and showed off her "Umbrella" as they mashed the songs up.
- The Beatles tribute with Cirque de blah blah was okay, but got better when a young boy started singing "Let It Be" with visions of war in the background. Pretty moving.
- The Daft Punk/Kanye West performance. Kanye tore that shit up!
- Kanye wins! In a way normal pompous acceptance speech, he gets serious near the end about his recently deceased mother over the sounds of music trying to play him off. He says, "It would be in good taste to stop the music." And they did! Take that academy!
- Tina Turner and Beyonce did a little "Proud Mary" and it fucking rocked. Tina can still pack a punch at 108!
- Amy Crackhouse...uh..Winehouse performs live via satellite in London. With her recent drug woes, she couldn't secure a Visa to come to the states. She seemed visibly shaky at times while singing her 2 hits. Possible off note or 2, but was still entertaining. And when she won an award, she seemed absolutely and genuinely shocked. Yes, she's crazy and needs help, but that album was one of the best of the year and she deserved to win her 5, count 'em, 5 awards.
- Herbie Hancock inexplicably won "Album of the Year" against multi-platinum artists and winners West and Winehouse. Yes, I'm sure it's good. But, come on! Give the award to what people are listening to! Hancock is a talent. No doubt. What's the last song of his you know? If you're my age, then it's only from the 80's when he had pop crossover success with "Rock It".
- The showcasing of "old timers" together like Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and John Fogerty. Hey, I dig them too and it's fun to bring them out on occasion in a surprise old and young mash up. (Like with Tina and Beyonce). But, the 3 of them together? Wow, they could barely sing their notes. How about letting some of the up and coming bands that may one day be considered legends get up there?
Overall, pretty entertaining. I'm gonna go back and watch some of the performances again. But, right now? I'm gonna go download every song by The Time that I can find. "Chili Sauce" anyone?