“Notes” On The Grammys: It Struck A “Chord”


Los Angeles’ Downtown was home to the 53rd annual Grammy Awards. In case you missed it, the show opened up with an über-talented tribute performance to Aretha Franklin which included the powerful flawless lungs of Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine.

The Grammys, as anticipated and promoted, was a ratings whirlwind for CBS. According to the Associated Press, “preliminary Nielsen figures Monday show the CBS broadcast attracted 26.6 million viewers, improving on year’s robust audience by 680,000 viewers.” This reportedly made this year’s Grammy show the most watched in a decade. In fact, last night’s show “was also up by 3 percent in households over last year’s broadcast, and dominated its network rivals on Sunday.” And in case you were doing a little channel surfing, it turns out, “ABC took the runner-up position for the evening, with NBC and Fox roughly neck-and-neck for third place.”

Now let’s take a look at this year’s winners and losers. However, I feel it’s a tad erroneous to refer to any exorbitantly popular celebrity who is worth mega millions due to their inarguable success and drive Bentleys up to their Hollywood Hills mansions as a loser, simply because they weren’t given a little statue. Hmm…
Now before you scroll down in worry to see how long this article is, last night’s show had 109 categories. Mine, luckily, only has 9. That’s right, in my show, 100 don’t matter.

– Album of the Year: “The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire

– Record of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

– Song of the Year: “Need You Now,” Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, songwriters

– New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

– Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga

– Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Just The Way You Are,” Bruno Mars

– Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Hey Soul Sister,” Train

– Pop Vocal Album: “The Fame Monster,” Lady Gaga

So, what did the critics think about the 53rd Grammy Awards show? Talk about mixed reviews! They literally vacillate to both extremes of the scale. Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman called the three-and-a-half-hour awards show “torture to watch.” Mark A. Perigard of The Boston Herald blankly summed things up with: “Muppets, ninjas and a giant egg that went splat.” The New York Times’ Jon Pareles said the “telecast scrambled to pull together the genres and generations — sometimes harmoniously, sometimes in collision.” And last but not least, on a positive note, Ann Powers of The Los Angeles Times labeled the show, “brazenly creative.”

There you have it. Another Grammy Show down. My insiders tell me Justin Bieber is doing fine after his Grammy snub for best new artist, though he’s still really torn up about missing the complimentary In-N-Out Burger stand during the red carpet pre-show.

(Image from JustJared)

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