Justin showed up, won, and apologized. Janet didn’t show up (she would have had to apologize on air – hasn’t she done that twice already). The show was unfortunately scandal free (somewhat boring)’
The show did start off with a bang. Prince and Beyonce were excellent in the opening number. Beyonce filled the role of a Prince disciple very well; she had all the appropriate hair flips and almost gave a Tina Turner performance, dance move wise.
Overall the performances were quite good, but did the sound seem a little off to anyone else. Also, with that tape delay thing, couldn’t they have cut Celine Dion’s microphone issues? The stand outs being The White Stripes, Beyonce singing “Dangerously In Love”, Outkast, the majority of the Funk tribute (what the hell was up with the pissed off looking George Clinton), and the Black Eyed Peas.
The worst performance of the night was the abysmal tribute to the Beatles; including the speech by Yoko Ono. Who came up with the foursome consisting of Sting, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, and Pharell Williams? Pharell did a fine Ringo, but the other three plain awful. Actually, Sting’s other performance with Sean Paul was hideous as well. Did we really need to hear “Roxanne” again? Also, Sarah McLachlan was just plain dull; and was up with the dress was she wearing?
The problem that I had with the show itself was the fact that you had no idea who had won which awards earlier. A few people found out during the pre-show. Joan Rivers actually told Dave Matthews that he had won. What’s up with that? They could have at least done a scroll at the bottom of the screen, letting us know who won in all the other categories that weren’t shown live on the show.
There were a few touching moments on the show. The first being Luther Vandross’ videotaped message along with the line he sung, was quite moving. It was great seeing Warren Zevon win, and his son’s speech was touching. The video performance with all-star backup singers was a bit odd. I think it would have worked better if they had actually sung the song, and not done the performance with the video screen.
It was also nice that the producers didn’t cut off anyone’s speeches. I’ve always found that to be somewhat rude. I’m very happy that Outkast won Album of the Year. Finally a hip-hop artist wins Album of the Year. The tide is slowly changing.
Plus, any award show in which Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy won a Grammy for “A Mighty Wind”, is worth my time.
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