It’s GRAMMY Time! (if you care)
This Sunday, Feb 12, is the annual gathering of everyone in the music industry who is out of touch with the reality of most music fans. Sounds fun, huh? Think of it like the first 3 quarters of the super bowl, plus the boring parts of the halftime show, but with less-interesting commercials. Man, they should put me in charge of their PR.
Actually, I’ve gotta hand it to them. The Grammy’s have made a shift, over the past few years, towards unlikely performance pairings and more performances in general. I looked at the list of performers and it seems to outnumber the awards.
The host this year is LL Cool J, who has been largely irrelevant in recent years. By Grammy logic, he is the PERFECT candidate for hosting duties. In reality he would’ve been a better candidate for the Republican Party nomination, so that makes 2 organizations that don’t understand anything at all.
SO. Why should you watch the Grammy’s instead of merely keeping tabs on your twitter feed then checking out all of the performances the next day like a Monday morning Youtube quarterback? I don’t have an answer for that. I really don’t. I suppose if you have the desire to be lectured by the president of NARAS about how you are an evil person for downloading music, burning CD’s, and using “new media” (seriously how new can it be? Mp3′s have been around since the 90′s), then you could tune in. My best suggestion is to DVR this beast and watch the whole thing in 25 min.
In fact, even if you watch the entire thing, there are some categories of REALLY GOOD music that don’t make it on the telecast because Bruno Mars really needs another 3 minutes of screen time. Here are two of the categories I really care about:
- Best Folk Album
- Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
- I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive – Steve Earle
- Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
- Ukulele Songs – Eddie Vedder
- The Harrow & The Harvest – Gillian Welch
- Best Comedy Album
- Alpocalypse – “Weird Al” Yankovic
- Finest Hour – Patton Oswalt
- Hilarious – Louis C.K.
- Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant – Kathy Griffin
- Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island