So first off I want to mention the Coldplay with Jay Z song. It actually put me off. I love Jay but I can honestly say that I am uncomfortable with his new personae of Mr. feature. where he is featured everywhere with everyone. As for Coldplay, I will admit that I really loved their first two albums. The second album in particular A Rush of Blood to the Head is a great piece of art. When it came out I listened to it over and over again for months upon end. This is a testament especially since at the time I was a pretty die hard hip hop head, completely disdainful towards anything but. The momentum of that album lead me to be pretty stoked for their third album X & Y, which in my opinion was complete shit, and is the reason I soured on Coldplay.
I do wish I didn’t have to see Chris Martin’s bellybutton so much. He desperately needs a longer shirt.
Kanye West is quickly becoming the best dressed man in the music industry… if he isn’t already. His sequenced jacket, and 80′s style mullet, completed with his very own red microphone, is the epitome of coolness while he performed “America Boy” with Estelle.
The “Historical Hip Hop Summit” was a great performance to watch, but I doubt very much that it was historical or even remotely a summit of any kind. When I think historical moments in award show history I think of Tupac and Snoop Dogg presenting the nominees and award to best hard rock video at the 1996 MTV Music Video Awards. Tupac was laughing because two gangsta rappers were presenting a hard rock award. He saw the irony/humour in it.
Regardless of this performance lacking any historical overtones, it was a great to watch the four most successful hip hop artists perform “Swagger Like Us” live with the very very pregnant M.I.A. actually singing the chorus.
The black and white touch was a very nice touch.
I was actually surprised that Coldplay did not win Song of the Year, not because I think they deserved it, but rather that the Grammys tend to be a tad bit predictable and it looked like they were going to sweep the awards. Further to this, I am sad that M.I.A. didn’t win, again not because I think she deserved it, but rather she is so pregnant that I thought she deserved it simply because she made the trip to the Grammys. Apparently the baby was due today.
Paul McCartney’s performance was fun. I certainly enjoyed the star studded band performing with him, Dave Grohl drumming… sweet.
The Radiohead performance was really spectacular, I liked the humongous percussionist section that accompanied the song. Also does anyone know what kind of shoes Tom Yorke was wearing? I want them. Ten bucks($10) says they are Supra’s.
Justin Timberlake and T.I. I love them both, they are great performers, but I found this song a little lackluster.
I did appreciate the little speech that the president of the Grammys gave. It was observant and in tune with reality… so rare to see from someone in the music industry.
Also, Barack Obama won a Grammy? WTF?!?!
Jamie Foxx has a marvelous voice.
Lil Wayne and Robin Thicke performed a nice slow ballad about the Katrina disaster in New Orleans. I think Wayne was wearing a pair of Supra’s too. Alright enough is enough. I am going shopping tomorrow!!!! Wayne won best Rap Album not surprising at all since he was the only hip hop album to sell over a million copies in its opening week in 2008. No small feat in this day and age of digital bootlegging.
The most prestigious award, Album of the Year went to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for Raising Sand. Good Choice!
I enjoyed Robert Plant’s little social analysis when he said, “back in the day, we would have called this ‘selling’ out. Now it is a good way to spend a Sunday night.” I hate to be the one to tell you Mr. Plant but it is still considered “selling out,” but alas it is the only way to make money in the music business. Interesting how the times/people have changed.
Now that it is over I suppose it was certainly worth watching. I muted the show between the performances I wanted to see. I could care less who actually wins a Grammy, but the performances are very cool, and I do appreciate the time and effort that goes into the genre busting collaborations. Good work on that one guys.
So there you have it the 2009 Grammys.