Well, it was MUSIC’s “biggest night of the year” last night. And as usual, after all the hype, the Grammy Awards was pretty much a snooze-fest. I was looking forward to all the live performances scheduled during the live telecast but none ended up being “breakouts” or “water-cooler” worthy. here’s a breakdown of all the performances from last night -
performances that registered a pulse -
Jennifer Hudson - love her voice. a touching performance.
Kate Beckinsale - yes, I know she didn’t sing. But seeing Kate introduce Paul McCartney was a highlight of the evening. she’s absolutely gorgeous!
Sugarland and Adele - since so many of the performances during the evening sucked, Adele and Sugarland’s “OK” performances stood out even more.
performances that were just “meh” -
Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Boyz II Men and Keith Urban - another needless collaboration. Although Keith had a nice tasty guitar solo moment.
Coldplay with Jay-Z - meh. double meh.
Kid Rock - the man can’t sing. he’s got a good stage presence but that’s about it.
Taylor Swift with Miley Cyrus - I would have liked the performance better if Miley wasn’t there. blech.
Estelle and Kanye - eh.
Kenny Chesney - zzzzzzzzz.
M.I.A. and the Rap Pack- M.I.A. still looks cool preggers but all that rapping was just pointless.
Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl - after seeing Kate Beckinsale on screen, anything afterwards is a big letdown. and Sir Paul singing an old beatles tune on the grammies is just pointless. why bother?
Radiohead - why did they have Coldplay’s wife introduce Radiohead? it just didn’t feel quite right.
T.I. and Justin Timberlake - Justin sort of ruined it for me.
The Four Tops tribute - it was OK. felt like a time-waster. Levi Stubbs will be missed!
Lil Wayne - not impressed.
DOA performances -
U2 - Bono and company opened the night’s broadcast with a brand new song. and the song landed with a resounding thud!
Carrie Underwood - I like Carrie Underwood a lot. She has definitely matured as an onstage performer but that song (and that dress) didn’t go over well at all. bad choice on her part. the audience was nice enough to award her a “golf-clap”.
the Jonas Brothers with Stevie Wonder - why torture a living legend like this??? what a shame! God, those boys can’t sing worth a lick.
Katy Perry - boy, what a mess. Katy looked embarrassed to be there on stage singing her signature tune. and obviously she CAN’T dance. awful, awful. I like her and all but she sure does suck live.
Neil Diamond - gaw, that was painful to watch. Sweet Caroline?? can you be any cheesier than that? and that transition to “those who passed on this past year” montage was a bit awkward, esp. right after old man Diamond.
Zooey Deschanel - Just had to mention that Zooey has bad taste in dresses. made herself look as bad as Katy Perry!
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - I desperately wanted them to impress. But they tanked. ouch. and Robert’s acceptance speech just made things worse!
Stevie Wonder show closer - I couldn’t take anymore and turned it off midway through his song. sorry Stevie.
oh and did anyone else experience bad sound during the telecast - something associated with the limiter/compressor perhaps? weird. it definitely got on my nerves. definitely a “no-no” during a musical telecast. oh well.
oh, and the best quote of the evening was from Chris Martin (Coldplay) while accepting the best Rock album award - “we’re not the heaviest of rock bands… we’re a limestone sort of rock.” heh.