This year’s Grammys were a fairly standard affair, with Bruno Mars taking home the most awards and the performances being extremely entertaining. However, women were surprisingly lacking on the winner’s list.
While many of the actual performers have been widely praised, the awards host, James Corden, proved not so great. His jokes and introductions were acceptable but not much more than that. Corden, who didn’t exactly wow viewers at home as last year’s host, would be getting a do-over. The self-described “least diverse host in Grammys history” would be presiding over “the most diverse group of nominees in Grammys history,” who were poised to benefit from a new voting system within the Recording Academy.
Corden did little to distinguish himself; he seemed nervous and came armed with a bevy of weak jokes, including a “Subway Carpool Karaoke” segment on that felt about twice the length it should have. But one sketch crackled: an “audition” for the audio recording of the Trump exposé Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Featuring John Legend, Cher, a cheeky Cardi B, Snoop Dogg and, finally, the most famous hiker in Chappaqua, New York, it wasn’t funny, per se but it was amusing. Humor is one of the few things missing in Hillary Clinton’s wide-ranging skill set — but it did make us grateful that the Grammys were at last trying to do something the show has never been accused of doing before: celebrating the underdogs.
Let’s talk about this new voting system within the Recording Academy.
We’re curious as to how the winners were chosen this year. With the movements occurring in Hollywood right now (TimesUp & MeToo), it was quite a slap in the face when Ed Sheeran’s name was called for Pop Solo of the Year. That was just WRONG on so many levels. That award belonged to Kesha but we would have been thrilled with Lady Gaga winning. The only woman to win an award was Alessia Cara for Best New Artist and it was absolutely noticeable.
The performances this year were incredibly strong — particularly those by Kendrick Lamar, P!NK, Kesha and Lady Gaga. Kendrick’s opening number was absolute fire! From the visual performance to the humor of Dave Chappelle, it all just worked. P!NK was entirely stripped down and comfortable, proving that all she needed to hold your attention is her voice. Her message of “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” was insanely powerful and beautiful to watch.
Kesha’s performance of “Praying” was proof that she deserved recognition this year. Her onstage entourage included Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha, portraying a generation of sisterhood. Of course, Lady Gaga made our jaws drop with her undeniable talent, presence & voice.
Speaking of diverse: where was the rock music?
This was supposedly the most diverse year in history. So what is the justification in the fact that rock music was totally shunned from this year’s televised show? As one of the biggest influencing genres on nearly all music, there were no awards given or performances from any of the nominees in the rock genre. Instead we were given Sting & U2 twice? How is that balanced?
Yes, Patti LuPone’s performance was simply divine. She is an absolute queen who’s talent exceeds MANY people that were in that room. But in a time of millennial’s, was this even fully appreciated? How many folks would have rathered rocked out with Foo Fighters, Metallica or Nothing More?
At least they played Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington during the Remembrance portion. Chris’s voice got 20 seconds of airtime while Chester’s voice was given a measly 5. To have honored these two is something this award’s show could have benefited from. They are true examples of mental health affecting people of all walks of life. Its not determined by your gender, ethnicity or social status; it affects us all to some degree.
Celebrating unity and the fact that sometimes its OK to not be OK, should go hand in hand. These issues affect every single person in the world and need to be addressed. What better way to do that than at a music awards show, where it’s all making powerful statements?
Yes, this was supposed to be the year of women but let’s be honest, it wasn’t. If a light had been shown on these two significant artists who’s music will forever be inspiring, we wouldn’t be AS bitter about everything that was missing from this year’s Grammys Awards.
In our previous Grammy series, we predicted 2 out of 6 awards: Best Soundtrack & Country Album of the Year. These were rather obvious wins but we’re proud, nonetheless. 🙂 Our favorite moment of the entire night, however had nothing to do with winning but with those losing Best Comedy Album. We think their “award” is better than ANY Golden statue!
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