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Oh No She Di’nt: Grammys Edition

Typically the Grammys are a much more laid back awards atmosphere than the Oscars, so attire standards are much more loose. Doesn’t mean people can’t make a few missteps though. But also, they can knock it out of the park in a different way.

Let’s not limit this post to the fashuns. Please post your favorite and not so favorite performances.

I heard this one was full of the scandal. Continue reading

Chris Brown Continuously Villified Because He Hasn’t Earned Any Other Response

Chris Brown has been in the news pretty much nonstop since the Grammy award telecast on Sunday night. He performed twice during the live show and was awarded a Grammy for Best R&B album — but the backlash in the aftermath has been swift. Not only for what many perceive as an award for domestic violence against then-girlfriend Rihanna by his return to the Grammy stage less than five years after the incident, but also for a series of tweets from his fans that extolled the virtues of being beaten by the singer, and now for an idiotic tweet Brown regaled the public with in some sort of “I have a Grammy Now, Eff Off” bit of a self-mutilating PR nightmare. Continue reading

Grammys Not Completely Out Of Touch This Year

I hate the Grammy Awards and usually ignore them, but I’m crashing at a friend’s place tonight and she hosted a little Grammys party so I had to sit through the whole thing…and it wasn’t bad! That’s not to say there weren’t plenty of boring and/or awkward moments to be had–and Katy Perry’s wedding-video montage was just the most mawkish thing–but they also got some things right this year, which was definitely a pleasant surprise. Here are some examples:

  • Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs wasn’t necessarily the best album of the year, but it was certainly better than the other nominees. And before you object, “But what about Gaga!” please remember that she was nominated for an 8-track EP, which was very enjoyable but hardly “long-playing.” Speaking of which…
  • …Lady Gaga’s red carpet entrance was phenomenally bizarre, but “Born This Way” is–at best–a mediocre dance-floor anthem and certainly not the stunning first single we were expecting from her new album. She’s a great singer and it shows in her live performances, but once hers was over the night was refreshingly non-Gaga-centric. For all the Gaga hype with which CBS surrounded the Grammys (i.e. the one-hour Anderson Cooper interview that aired before the show), she didn’t dominate the evening. Not to sound petty, but this was a relief. Girl’s talented, but backlash doesn’t discriminate.
  • About forty minutes into the show, there had been one award presented and four performances. This was pretty silly–it’s an awards show, after all–but frankly, I’d rather watch a string of engaging performances than a string of self-congratulatory acceptance speeches. Jagger was spry, Bruno Mars and company had me enjoying their music for the first time, and Usher’s dancing during “OMG” was top-notch. Like all awards shows, the Grammys started to drag by the final half hour, but this year’s ceremony wasn’t nearly as excruciating as in previous years.
  • Older artists didn’t seem totally irrelevant this year! I already mentioned Jagger, but two other performances from industry veterans are worth noting: Babs and Bob. Barbara Streisand doesn’t need a “reason” to perform at the Grammys, and when she got on stage, I imagine that gays and Long Island soccer moms alike paid attention. She started off a bit wobbly but really hit some of her notes beautifully through the majority of “Evergreen.” And while Bob Dylan’s pretty unintelligible these days, he seemed surprisingly charismatic during his performance and his mere presence was clearly a huge moment for all the younger musicians on stage.
  • I feel really bad for Aretha Franklin. Something tells me she didn’t stay home simply because she’s “getting better.” I obviously hope she can beat this pancreatic cancer, but it’s not an easy thing to do. The tribute was rockin’, though; each of the ladies on stage sounded great. And after her little national anthem bungle at the Super Bowl, it was nice to see Christina Aguilera remind everyone why she got famous in the first place–that voice!
  • Okay, it’s worth mentioning again. ARCADE FIRE WON ALBUM OF THE YEAR. My friend put it well: “When you first listened to <i>Funeral</i>, could you ever imagine them winning the top Grammy award?” While a band that sells out Madison Square Garden and appears on the cover of TIME is definitely not “underground,” Arcade Fire is still an indie band, and it was awesome to see the Grammys finally recognize the nebulous but notoriously overlooked category of “indie music.”

What did you all think? Who on earth is Esperanza Spalding, and why have I never heard of her? Could Justin Bieber have looked more ridiculous in his lil’ white tuxedo?

Lady Gaga Expected to Hatch Any Minute Now

The Grammys are airing tonight—you’re not watching?—and Lady Gaga arrived in an egg being carried by members of the Haus of Gaga.

Two things:

1. This concept was a little soft-boiled, no? Did she poach the idea from someone else? She couldn’t have hatched a better plan? Etc. (Glasgow Rose, I’m looking at you).

2. Come the fuck on, Gaga. Look, I recognize that every unresolved phrase in pop music over the last decade sprang fully formed from your high forehead, but that doesn’t give you the right to…actually, no, it probably does give you the right to be carried aloft in a disturbingly translucent plastic egg.

Gaga warned the world of this shortly before her appearance on the Grammys red carpet. She tweeted thusly, on the Twitters: “This is Nicola, Haus of Gaga: Gaga is in incubation. Tonight’s performance is in collaboration with Hussein Chalayan and House of Mugler. X”

I don’t even know what that means.