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Early Grammy Review

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Reactions right after the conclusion of the Grammys:

* 50 Cent is a classless thug. That little bit of posturing during the presentation of the award he didn’t win was disgusting.

* Foo Fighters and White Stripes each gave one of the best award show performances I’ve seen. Andre 3000’s performance at the end of the show, though, was one of the best award show moments ever. When it opens with Jack Black, you know it’s gonna be good.

* Entirely too many shots of Justin’s mom.

* Andre 3000’s first acceptance speech (“Thank you.”) was one of the best ever.

* Where was Britney? After years of not being able to escape her on award shows, suddenly she’s nowhere to be seen or heard.

* The “All-Star Beatles Tribute” was a nice idea but, unfortunately, the three distinct voices didn’t really lend themselves well to the execution.

* The plea in the last half hour of the show by the industry guy regarding downloading was perhaps the lamest award show moment ever. We’ve just watched three hours of these stars and divas parading around in thousand-dollar dresses and bling, and now you’re going to give us the “stealing from starving artists” bit? The anti-downloading advertisement that was debuted was equally lame. So you’re telling us that if we download Pink’s music, it won’t be played at parties anymore? If so, then excuse me while I download her entire catalogue…and maybe I’ll download some Beyonce and Nickelback while I’m at it.

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  • Eric Olsen

    Perfect Bobby, perfect – and in so few words. Thanks!

  • http://www.particleman.org/ Particleman

    great post, i feel like i actually watched it when i didn’t.

    and ps: the link to your website still points to http://people.ku.edu/~bag/. check the link on your name at the top of the post.

  • http://www.therattler.net Bobby A-G

    the link to your website still points to http://people.ku.edu/~bag/

    Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out…I think I’ve fixed it.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    for once i actually enjoyed almost all of the show.

    while the combination of old and new artists didn’t always work, you’ve gotta give them credit for trying something new.

    …and i loved Prince & Beyonce at the start. yow.

  • Marty Thau

    It had its moments. Overall it was weak in my opinion.

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    The Beatles “tribute” was horrendous. Dave Matthews embarassed himself by not even being able to cover the vocal range of “I Saw Her Standing There” (and did he mis-sing that as “dancing there” at some point? Both my wife and I thought we heard him sing that, but we didn’t roll back the DVR to see – didn’t really care that much, actually.)

    Andre 3000’s “speech” was anything but “one of the best ever.” It was crass, rude, and selfish. I’m all for short speeches, but it was clear that this wasn’t an example of him being so humbled that he couldn’t speak – it was a glaring example of how much he just couldn’t be bothered. Hey, why don’t you give downloaders yet another excuse to steal your song instead of paying for it?

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    yep, Matthews did say “danceing there”…

    it’s too bad they picked him for that group. i have no problems with the other choices.

  • Eric Olsen

    They needed someone who could wail like McCartney on that one – like Little Richard

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    Little Richard would fit perfectly, but most of the television audience probably wouldn’t have any idea who he was. Sting was okay, Vince Gill actually did pretty well . . . but still, is this really much of a tribute to one of the greatest groups in rock history? The whole thing just seemed rushed and came across very “blah.”

    And was it only me, or did most seem to be just slightly off key in many of the performances? My ears kept getting that feeling like my eyes get when something in a TV or movie is left out of focus too long . . .

  • http://www.therattler.net Bobby A-G

    Andre 3000’s “speech” was anything but “one of the best ever.” It was crass, rude, and selfish. I’m all for short speeches, but it was clear that this wasn’t an example of him being so humbled that he couldn’t speak – it was a glaring example of how much he just couldn’t be bothered.

    I’m not sure how one can characterize “Thank you” as “crass, rude, and selfish.” Isn’t “thank you” the heart of all good acceptance speeches? Why must one fluff it up by running through a written list of God, parents, producers, significant others, and any other random persons an artist feels like mentioning? To me, it seems more selfish to stand up there running through a list and struggling to remember names for a couple of minutes.

  • Eric Olsen

    The other thing is I think he was pretty damn confident they were going to win for Album of the year – which they did – and he saved his speech for that.

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    I’m not sure how one can characterize “Thank you” as “crass, rude, and selfish.”

    It’s easy – when it’s delivered with the kind of disdain used by Andre 3000. Like I said, it was not an “I’m so humbled, all I can say is ‘thank you.'” It was a distracted, uncaring “Yeah, whatever, thanks.” It was an “I know I deserve this” attitude.

    I too had a feeling he might have been saving up his “big speech” for the AotY award, but still, he could have – and should have – sounded more appreciative.

  • Robert Brandt

    This may be the first album of the year winner that has actually made sense since (with apologies to Mr. Bob Dylan) “The Joshua Tree”.

  • http://www.therattler.net Bobby A-G

    Like I said, it was not an “I’m so humbled, all I can say is ‘thank you.'” It was a distracted, uncaring “Yeah, whatever, thanks.” It was an “I know I deserve this” attitude.

    And which award recipients last night did seem appropriately “humble?” Personally, I’m sick and tired of the divas who get up there and make a big show of trying to seem all humble and grateful, when almost every everyone there thinks they deserve it as much as the next guy…it wastes my time and it bores me.

    Outkast deserved best rap album of the year. Why put on the same pretense that everyone else does, when all that those folks are doing is calling more attention to themselves with every additional moment they spend on stage adjusting their boobs or thanking the caterers for their video shoots?

  • Charlie Dalton

    Yeah, about “thankyou” as a key part in acceptance speeches;anyone remember Bob Dylan 1991? Managed to get in and out without thanking anyone, and still said something that stays with you. Priceless.
    He said :”Well my daddy, he didn’t leave me much, you know he was a very simple man,
    but what he did tell me was this, he did say, son, he said”
    – there was a long pause, nervous laughter from the crowd –
    “he say, you know it’s possible to become so defiled in this world
    that your own father and mother will abandon you and if that happens,
    God will always believe in your ability to mend your ways.” That was it.