Is it me or have the the Grammys become one big farce in the music industry? I'm not
saying the presentation was all bad, but it wasn't that great, either. It had its
highlights, it had its low lights...Unlike the Super Bowl the week before, though,
there were no headlights. Probably because MTV didn't put on this extravaganza. And
I thank the gods of entertainment for that. I could not have taken two weekends of lip
syncing and bad choreography in a row...You know it's bad when the two highlights of
the Super Bowl half time show are Kid Rock and a nipple ring. But then, Kid Rock and
nipple rings do go together in a kind of offbeat way. Enough digression for now...On
to the highlights and low lights of the 2004 Grammys.
The low lights...
Christina Aguilera - Hoping there wasn't an incident like at the Super Bowl. One
word of advice, Miss A., put some clothes on and you won't have to worry about it.
Justin Timberlake - Apologizing for the faux pas at the Super Bowl. Continue to
apologize and people will begin to think it was staged.
White Stripe - I've heard it before and it was better during the early days of punk.
Paul McCartney - Trying to be cool...Paul, you didn't do 'Yesterday' on the first
Justin Timberlake - So you're an entertainer? Bozo the Clown, Captain Kangaroo and
Howdy Doody were entertainers, too.
Prince and Beyonce - Great way to open the Grammys. Their voices were tuned in to the
music and Prince can still play the guitar with a Hendrix flair.
Martina McBride - Doing what she does best...belting out a song with one of the most
recognized voices from country music.
George Clinton - Funking the place up like only he can do.
Olivia and Yoko - Yes, we miss John and George almost as much as you do.
In memory of - The Warren Zevon tribute summed up what music and life are all about.
The final grade...
I'd have to give it a C-. As far as the overall production goes, having an impacted
wisdom tooth extracted would have been less painful. For starters, it ran too long.
Let's see if you can shorten the numbers and inane patter between presentations and
actually get more awards handed out. Look at the numbers...105 Grammys were handed out. How
many did we actually see...10, maybe 11 total. And let's talk about the Lifetime Achievement
Awards. I thought it was kind of cheesy to show recognition for the work that was done
and then slide into another award like nothing happened.
Let's put the music and the performers foremost. I would have liked to have seen the
awards handed out for individual achievements. I would like to have seen Lifetime
Achievement Award winners (or their families) getting on stage and being honored for
their accomplishments. After all, if it wasn't for their hard work and commitment to a
dream where would music be today.
Let me leave the Grammys with one question to ponder for next year. If isn't about the
people who created the music and inspired future generations of performers and songwriters,
then what's the point in having an award handed out?
* Richard Blaine's views and opinions do not necessarily
reflect the views and opinions of the staff at Twin-Music.