Suck This Way
So did y’all watch The Grammys last night?
It wasn’t awful, a lot of the collaborative performances were really good (or at the very least interesting), and the presentation seemed pretty streamlined.
That being said, here are a few of my gut reactions to the ceremony: I’m not a fan, but I don’t know why everyone hates on Justin Bieber – he seems to have at least some modicum of actual talent and he’s able to make fun of himself so that’s a plus * Is it just me or do the actual awards seem rigged? Why is it that every year, you can pretty much take it to the bank that the artists who are scheduled to perform are the ones taking home the prizes? * I thought the retro stylings of Bruno Mars, B.o.B., and Janelle Monae was pretty neat, especially with the black-and-white camera effect * Mick Jagger continues his evolution into becoming a walking, arthritic, skeleton pirate. Seriously, do his knees even bend? * Dr. Dre definitely isn’t dead or locked in your basement * The heavy metal and hard rock categories were, like usual, complete shit (these people honestly thought one of Ozzy’s new songs was worth an award? Or one of Korn’s new songs for that matter?!) * Cee Lo Green absolutely stole the show – what a performance and what an outfit (and Gwenyth Paltrow actually made a decent showing herself) * How can Arcade Fire win Album of the Year but not also win Best Alternative Music Album? Isn’t there like some transitive property that’s being ignored here?
But here’s what I really wanted to get to: Lady Gaga’s new song is terrible. She performed it last night, and if you haven’t heard it yet, it’s streaming here. I guess I might be being a bit harsh for the simple reason that I expected more from her the second time around. But “Born This Way” is as vanilla as it comes, regardless of its positive message. The music itself is the opposite of everything that’s made Gaga so popular and unique. It’s not daring, it’s not edgy, it’s not sonically interesting, and it sounds just like all the other pop crap that I thought she had separated herself from.
Agree/disagree? Let me know.