Maybe I’m getting old and crotchety, but I found this year’s Grammys bland, sugary, and at times weird.
Something that gives me the unpleasant feeling of being ten years old and back in church is artist after artist regurgitating the same few lines/slogans:
Be who you are.
Be your authentic self.
Don’t stop dreaming.
Don’t let anyone get in the way of your dreams.
Dreams can come true.
Love is good.
Love is better than hate.
We need more love in the world.
On and on it goes. Slogans and sayings are the laziest and dullest way to communicate an idea. And having people pointing out something as obvious as “the sky is blue” grates on my nerves. Just a little.
Speaking of obvious, I find it sad that Madonna hasn’t progressed as an artist. She’s still singing the same kind of song about “love” that sounds more generic every year. And she has the same old stage show of ‘roided up man-meat wearing silly costumes while carting around a woman who is just way too old to this without looking a little sad and desperate.
The PSA from President Obama on domestic abuse was well intentioned but felt weird and out of place. The spoken word and song performance were okay, I guess, but again they did little more than state the obvious. Nor should they, because this was the Grammys–a party for the music industry.
Then there was Kanye. I don’t get Kanye. He seems to have become the house band for the Grammys, yet he is perpetually unhappy about who gets a Grammy and who doesn’t. I find it laughable that he would be so upset about Beck winning the Grammy and Beyoncé losing that he rushed the stage. Again. Seriously, Kanye, Beck is a real deal artist and Beyoncé, though she is perfectly lovely in her own right, is most definitely not an artist on the same level as Beck.
The highlight of the night for me was Hozier performing with Annie Lennox and Ed Sheeran performing with ELO. I could have done with a lot more of that and a lot less of Kanye.
Just remember, everyone: Be who you are. Be your authentic self. Don’t stop dreaming. Don’t let anyone get in the way of your dreams. Dreams can come true. Love is good. Love is better than hate. We need more love in the world.