What about Grammy?

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are tomorrow night.  Did you know?

I feel bad picking on any awards show, because they are all such bloated, self-congratulatory affairs that it’s almost unfair.

I mean, do plumbers get an award show for doing their job?

“And this year’s ‘Most creative use with a ball valve goes to…”

No, they don’t.  And they probably should.

The Oscars are I guess the most watchable, the Emmy’s are…what are the Emmy’s again?

But the Grammy award show can not only be unwatchable, it can get down right offensive.

This year they are trying to woo us back with Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre, and Mick Jagger.

But the problem is you have to watch the rest of the crap (and it’s crap) to see them.  Ahhh, but now we have DVR…..

Does anybody care about the Grammys?  Does it make any difference anymore?  Did it ever?  I mean, it’s wrong to say they NEVER get it right, sometime they do, but for the most part it’s very safe and sometime downright throw-the-remote-at-the-television-wrong.

The Beatles only won a few, Elvis won for a gospel album.  Want more?

In 1978 There was only 2 nominees up for the best new artist award.  Elvis Costello and everybody else.  Who won?

A Taste of Honey.  A one hit wonder disco band.  And I don’t even remember what that one hit was.

In 1981 Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ was in an album of the year showdown with Billy Joel’s ‘Glass Houses”.  Who won?

Christopher Cross.  Does anybody know where he is now?

And the infamous 1988 “Best Metal Performance” award.  Metallica was nominated and most agree there wouldn’t even BE a “Best Metal” award without them.  Who won?

Jethro Tull.  Really.  Jethro Tull.

And, oh yeah…two words: Milli Vanilli.

The most egregious had to be way back in 1966, setting the standard for all the bewilderment to follow.

“Best Rock and Roll Recording”.  The nominees were ‘ Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) ‘Good Vibrations’ (Beach Boys) ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ (Monkees) & ‘Monday Monday’ (Mamma’s and the Pappa’s).  Take your pick.  They are all ear magic.  Who won?

‘Winchester Cathedral” by The New Vaudeville Band.

Yeah.  I know.

Okay, okay, there have been some good moments.  Michael Jackson winning a record eight awards in 1984 was pretty cool.  Yoko Ono accepting “Best album” award for her deceased husband to a standing ovation in 1982 was touching.  Jenifer Lopez’s green dress in 2000 was….

But the absolute number one greatest Grammy moment was when the genius with “soy bomb” written on his chest decided to dance with Bob Dylan in 1998.

You know the only awards show worth watching?  The rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Granted, it’s another discussion about who exactly is LET INTO the R&R hall of fame, but at least it’s fun to watch.  They don’t show it live (so the artist can get drunk and say stupid/ entertaining  things that can be somewhat censored) they let them talk as long as they want without the insipid music playing telling them their “time is up”, and at the end there is a huge jam session with all the performers which always, always kills.

I quit watching the Grammys a while back.

I do now DVR some of the performances though.  And I guess I’ll do that this time as well.  Maybe Captain Soy Bomb will actually be invited to dance with Dylan this time…

Do you watch the Grammys?  Are they relevant?  Any Grammy memories?

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3 responses

  1. Shawn Ryan

    Grammys are utterly worthless. They’re the awards show for people who buy one album a year, and that album is based on what wins Album of the Year from the Grammys. A piece of circular logic for people who think of music as merely background noise rather than as a soundtrack for life.

    February 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  2. Vicki Welch

    Never watch the Grammys, they’re totally irrelevant. Absolutely agree about the R&R Hall of Fame, only awards show worth watching, and the end jam is always stellar. And it’s kind of fun to see who’s the most loaded!

    February 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm

  3. “Sukiyaki”. The tune by “A Taste of Honey” was “Sukiyaki”. I have one thing to say. “We are the Men…and we’ll see you again!”
    Um…not so much, Colin, not so much…

    February 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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