Here’s What I Think About…The Grammy Awards 2010

February 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm Leave a comment

Band practice was canceled last night, so I was thrilled to actually watch the full Grammy Awards show in real time. I was specifically looking forward to seeing the performances from Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, P!nk and Green Day. I was also hoping to see Taylor Swift get all of her awards stolen from her far more deserving competition, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Lady Gaga opened the show with a fantastic performance of her Grammy-nominated song, “Poker Face,” just one of the five number one hits that were spawned from her incredible debut album, The Fame. After her shortened version of the song, which was song over the backing music to “Bohemian Raphsody,” Gaga was thrown into a vat labeled “Rejected” by an evil businessman who claimed that her “mind-controlling pop music” was ruining his business. She then emerged sitting at two conjoined pianos…across from a rhinestone-covered glasses-wearing Elton John. The two did an astounding rendition of “Speechless” and “Your Song,” which set the bar extremely high for all of the remaining performers.

Green Day joined the cast of American Idiot to sing their musical version of their song “21 Guns,” which was nice, but not memorable. The song itself is just so blah to begin with that even a chorus of outstanding voices can’t really make it shine.

Beyoncé had a good performance, however, I found the addition of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” (I wonder where she got that idea from…) into the middle of a song to be completely unnecessary. The song wasn’t dynamic enough to show off her powerhouse vocals and she screwed up the lyrics twice! All that aside though, she did show some amazing vocal acrobatics throughout her time on stage.

And then there was P!nk. I knew she was going to put on a fantastic performance after having seen her Funhouse Tour live when she came to Boston this past October (that was the best show of my life and will probably never be topped by anyone, ever). She didn’t let me down by any means, but I was surprised that she chose to sing the ballad “Glitter in the Air” over her current single and title-track “Funhouse,” which would have lent itself to a fun and energetic live act (see my video of it here).

P!nk brings her high-flying Funhouse Tour performance to the Grammy's with "Glitter in the Air."

She repeated her performance from the concert by swinging in the air, being dipped in water and then spun around over the crowd, meanwhile never missing a note. It was definitely awe-inspiring to those who had never seen it, though I remember it being one of the more boring moments of her 2+ hour concert extravaganza.

Disinterest took over and I barely watched the rest of the performances, though I must mention that both the Michael Jackson tribute and the Mary J. Blige/Andrea Bocelli performances were phenomenal. Lil’ Wayne’s over-the-top, nasally, autotuned voice just made me roll my eyes and this new hardcore rapper “Drake” (real name Aubrey Graham) seems to have a fanbase that can overlook his past as an actor on the Canadian teen drama “Degrassi.”

Sorry, "Drake," but you will always be Jimmy Brooks to me.

Of course, the worst performance of the night came from [the still untalented] Taylor Swift. For years, I have waited with baited breath for the moment when America realizes this girl sucks at singing and that good songwriting is more than rhyming “sneakers” and “bleachers” and talking about cute boys and fairy tales 90% of the time. She killed my eardrums with a horrible performance and, not only that, she butchered a Stevie Nicks song as the idol herself was forced to sing backup for “You Belong With Me.” It was a true insult to Nicks and to everyone watching. If you want to hate your life, see it for yourself:

Luckily, Twitter soon showed me that I was not the only one who turned the show off during this monstrosity, as “Taylor Swift sucks” started popping up everywhere. I was beginning to think, “finally. I’m not alone.”

Then, she snags a bunch of awards including Album of the Year.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR?!

Album. Of. The Goddamn. Year.

I’m sorry….but doesn’t the fact that Gaga broke a world record for having five #1 hits mean ANYTHING to these people? I am SO sick of Taylor Swift winning awards she doesn’t deserve because people think she’s cute and bubbly and just like to give her these things for the hell of it.

Still the best moment of '09. Where the hell was Kanye when we needed him?!

Taking home only two measly awards, Gaga was robbed and the whole world knows it (I tagged a tweet with that last night when it happened and when I woke up, it was a trending topic). Kings of Leon beat “Poker Face?” Insanity.

Next year, Gaga. You’ll get ’em and you’ll get ’em good.
What did you guys think about the Grammy’s? Whose performance was your favorite? Who do you think deserved/didn’t deserve an award?

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