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Some thoughts on the 2014 Grammy Awards show

While there seems to be an ever-growing number of awards shows out there these days, when it comes to music, the Grammy Awards are still considered by many to be the elite in terms of this particular art form. Sure some might argue that the People’s Choice holds more meaning since it is directly from the fans or that other shows that base their winners primarily on sales figures are more relevant. However, the Grammy Awards are still essentially the Oscars of the music industry.

With all that being said, here are my personal thoughts on the awards show that took place this past Sunday.

On Live Performances:

As has been the case lately, there where a lot of unusual pairings for duet and group performances. A few worked, most didn’t. When it came to the older guys out there, such as the two former members of the Beatles, many of them have lost their vocal skills and really just need to ride off into the Sunset of musical history. Probably the best performances in my opinion were a few of the most subtle. The collaboration between Pink and Nate Ruess stuck out for sure. And the subdued piano playing Hunter Hayes with inspirational quotes on the screen in the background was quite memorable.

On the Nominees:

For the most part, the selection of nominees in each category was pretty good. Of course, the fact that Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift among a few others weren’t up for more was a bit surprising. Two examples of where they mostly went right where the categories for “Song of the Year” and Best Pop Solo Performance.”

On the Winners:

It is the tendency at the Grammys for one or more artists to dominate a few major categories in a given year. Those who decide the winners get hung up on a particular song or artist. Often times they fade away a bit after that. The first part of that equation did follow the typical pattern.  And I suspect the second will as well.

Overall, this year, it seemed as though those who decided the winners tended toward rewarding mediocrity. The bestowed coveted awards on acts with one or two OK songs and sort of left others out in the cold. Good examples of this include wins by newcomer LordeDaft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

What Should Have Been IMHO:

Of the available options:

Record of the Year should have went to Sara Bareilles for “Brave.”

Song of the Year should ahve been a given for “Just Give Me A Reason” by  Pink and Nate Ruess.

Best Pop Solo Performance should have went to either Sara Bareilles for “Brave” or Justin Timberlake for “Mirrors.”

I could go on but that would make for one long post.

Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles

Pink and Nate Ruess

Pink and Nate Ruess

Grammy predictions

Just for fun, I thought I’d try my hand at predicting the outcome on the 2013 Grammy Awards which will air this Sunday evening on CBS.

Of course, I’m only going to delve into a few of the dozens of categories that I feel like I know something about.

So without further ado, here goes.

And the Grammy goes to…

Best New Artist

Fun

Song Of The Year

We Are Young

Fun band

Best Pop Solo Performance 

Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain”

Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Maroon 5 – “Payphone”

Maroon 5

Best Alternative Music Album

Gotye – “Making Mirrors”

Gotye

Best Country Solo Performance 

Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”

Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance 

Little Big Town – “Pontoon”

Little Big Town

Record Of The Year

Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Taylor Swift

Songwriters like Taylor Swift have big talent

As one of many writers for hire out there, I’m always fascinated by the talent of today’s musical artists that also write their own material.

One such amazing young lady is Taylor Swift.

For such a young woman, she is mature beyond her years in how she conducts hersalf as well as her ability to write amazing lyrical content.

And considering the Grammys just took place last night, I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight a few of her lyrics form the song “Long Live” below, hope you enjoy it.

“Long live all the mountains we moved 
I had the time of my life with you 
Long, long live the walls we crashed through 
How the kingdom lights shined just for me and you 
I was screaming long live all the magic we made 
And bring on all the pretenders 
I’m not afraid 
Long live all the mountains we moved 
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you 
I was screaming long live the look on your face 
And bring on all the pretenders 
One day we will be remembered”

 

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