I don’t watch awards shows any more, such as last night’s Grammy Awards. And yet I always am on top of the important news of the hour, which surprises many people. That, in turn, surprises me; isn’t it normal that, in a world ruled by YouTube and blogs, it would take mere minutes after the telecast is over to know everything there is to know? Actually, let me rephrase that: DUH!
I used to love these shows; the glitz, the glamour, the performances, the heartfelt speeches made for the perfect occasion to have Award Show Night dinners with my friends. But I haven’t done this in about five years, nor do I intend to do it anytime soon, unless something major happens in the music and/or film industries.
Perhaps it’s the looming next decade of my life, perhaps it’s the ever decreasing quality of the arts that are considered popular, perhaps it’s the fact that popular arts are considered to be the benchmark for quality – but I have grown quite weary of these awards shows. It doesn’t seem to be about the music any more as much as it is about being entertained. And I have a pile of 25 books right here that are going to keep me entertained well into the month of March. What I need is quality music to keep me company.
Before YouTube, I was able to simply dismiss the entire thing. But ever since that awesomely addictive platform was developed, like a moth to a flame burned by desire, I can’t help but look up the various performances and highlights of said events (here’s looking at you, Kanye). You could say that I have become a fascinated cynic, unable to stay totally away from the train wreck the industry seems to have become.
I sound like I’m in my 60s, don’t I?
In any case, just like every other show in the last couple of years, I checked out the links to some of the performances from last night. Ever wanted to hear what a fascinated cynic sounds like? Well here’s your chance.
Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John: "Pokerface," "Speechless," and "Your Song"
This year’s Grammys opened with a typically over-the-top Lady Gaga performance. It’s hard to believe that in a mere year she has gone from nothing to, well, everything in the pop music world. And I have to admit that when Elton John appeared on stage, I felt a twinge of envy.