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Disclaimer:   I worked as a professional singer way back in the 70s-80s, got the college  music degree also, taught voice forever, AND I worked for a lot of years for Capitol Records (you know that little record label the Beatles were signed to), so I think I know what I am talking about, but music is art and one person’s junk is another one’s treasure, so you may not agree with my assessments below and that’s fine. I made my predictions a while ago – read down my blog and you can find them all. I was pretty right on. Your comments are welcome. Enjoy…

 

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GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS Ringo and Paul

 

THE 56th Annual Grammys show:

THE SET: I liked it!

OPENING: Beyonce looking the best ever. Wow. And of course Jay-Z showed up. Standing O was well deserved.

LLCOOLJ:     Thankless task to MC these shows, and he did well.

CLOSING: Hey nice touch lots of folks playing the show out.

 

PERFORMANCES:

Lorde: So young, such a mature voice. People who love this type voice will follow her anywhere. Watch this space.

Hunter Hayes: I admit I am not a big fan, but surprised to see he plays piano and he sang very nicely. He really sounded strong. I sit on the fence with him because sometimes he is too pop for me and a little whiny. Not tonight.

Katy Perry: I like her. Not everyone does but someone needs to be the pop princess of the year….maybe even the decade. She delivers. She entertains. And I personally really like her songwriting. She’s not for everyone.

Chicago and Robin Thicke:  I think I’ve heard enough of Blurred Lines this year and it’s only Jan. 26th. LOL

Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr.: What a nice transition from Chicago to just good old plain singing. And I like Chicago! And what was with all the tweeting about Urban’s hair? He looked fine.

John Legend: Such a class act.

Taylor Swift: Here is another performer some either love or hate. Again, she is so young and has accomplished so much. And in the early years she absolutely couldn’t carry a tune, but all those years of touring have helped her improve. Great role model for the young. Also, she has a really good band behind her, and the standing O doesn’t lie.

Pink (and Nate Ruess) : A consummate performer.  Probably the best of the night. She is underestimated.

Ringo Starr: Loved his photographs behind while he sang. Is he the best singer ever? Duh, of course not. Just cool to recognize him as the icon he is and what he and the other 3 lads have done for music. Peter Frampton backup – nice touch.

Imagine Dragons w/Kendrick Lamar: Radioactive. Love this song. Again, this is music an acquired taste.

Kasey Musgraves: A bit jarring to go from Imagine Dragons to this. I would fire my manager if I were her. LOL

Julie Roberts: Introduced Paul McCartney:  Aw and Ringo playing drums in the background. Nice. Queenie Eye is the song. Paul still has the chops considering her is 200 years old. Love him. Most prolific Beatle.

About the song: The story goes like this: the name “Queenie Eye” and the chorus lyrics are taken from a children’s game McCartney played when he was a boy called “Queenie, Queenie, who’s got the ball?” Sounds quite British, no?

[A note: The Grammys are about honoring current performers and their records, but they're also a look at the past and a thank you to all those who have come before. I think it was great to have Paul and Ringo there and of course with it being the 50th anniversary of their arrival to the USA, it was fitting to have them there. Same deal with the country artists below.]

Willie Nelson/Kris Kristofferson/Blake Shelton/Merle Haggard: God love Willie and Merle. Time has run out on these guys, but you have to respect their body of work.

Neil Patrick Harris: Introduced Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder. Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams played on this too. Very cool. This song deserved to win the Grammy earlier in the evening.  BIGGEST APPLAUSE OF THE NIGHT (until final song with Macklemore).

Music Cares Person of the Year: Carole King with Sara Barrielles. Another nod to the past. Loved Carole’s work in the 70s and 80s.

Jared Leto tribute to Lou Reed and then introduced: Metallica with classical pianist Lang Lang. Very cool. Well, actually hot since they had fire everywhere on stage. Actually this was one of the top 3 performances of the night in my humble opinion. Brilliant idea to pair Lang Lang with metal. Brilliant.

Queen Latifah introducing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with Madonna singing their LGBT anthem, Same Love (and a wedding at the Grammys?!). It wasn’t as epic as I think they had wished for. I got the sentiment of the moment but it won;t be talked about tomorrow. Most of the chatter will be about Lorde, Daft Punk, the Beatles and I hope Metallica.

In Memoriam Lang Lang started it playing a tribute to Van Cliburn then pictures were shown on the screen of those who passed. So many gone. Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong celebrating Everly Brothers.

 

Not shown on TV: Musical Theater album: Kinky Boots. I’m sorry my friend Wilda’s MOTOWN and Cornelius Grant didn’t win that one. Kathy Griffin has been nominated 6 times for comedy LP and finally won. Not surprised.

 

TELEVISED AWARDS:

The TV show has always been all about the performances, not really about the awards. Only 10 are given out live. For the full list of winners in the 80+ categories, go to www.grammys.com. Do I wish all of the awards could be given out live? Sure! It’ll never happen.

New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (sorry Ed Sheeran) – not really a surprise.

Pop Duo: Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers! Thrilled for them! They stayed in character. Loved it.

Best Rock Song: Cut Me Some Slack by Paul McCartney (and Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear)

Best Pop Solo: Lorde for Royals. Bruno Mars was robbed. JMHO

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jaz-Z and Justin Timberlake for Holy Grail. No surprise there.

Best Pop Vocal LP: Bruno Mars for Unorthodox Jukebox! Upset! I wanted him to win but I was sure Justin would take it.

Best Country Album: Kasey Musgraves. I’m surprised since Taylor Swift’s RED sold a billion zillion records.  Miranda and Blake canceled each other out.

Song of the Year:  Lorde for Royals. Really? Well I figured this might happen. I think ANYONE else in the category should’ve won. She beat out Katy Perry and Bruno Mars? Really.

Record of the Year: DAFT PUNK!!!! I was sure Mackelmore would take this, so they will probably take Album of the Year.

Album of the Year: But no! DAFT PUNK WON!! Love it!

 

My favorite moment tonight:  The James Earl Jones commercial – he will be guest starring on Big Bang Theory – ad showed him saying “Sherman, I’m not your father.” LOL