Top Ten Grammy Moments
Article first published as Top Ten Hit-and-Miss Moments of Grammy Awards on Technorati.
The 2011 Grammy Awards, broadcast Sunday from Los Angeles, were a feast for the multi-generational set, as the senior artists Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and Barbara Streisand touched up their gray roots and showed youngsters Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith they weren’t ready for their lifetime achievement awards just yet.
There were many great moments, punctuated by a few awkward ones. By no means exhaustive, here are my top ten, brilliant or otherwise, moments:
- Deciding which was more jarring, Lady Gaga’s arrival in a translucent egg, or the way she profusely thanked the disturbed Whitney Houston for inspiring her new song. The circle is now complete, they clearly share a drug dealer.
- Worrying that Gweneth Paltrow was going to trip on her stilettos during her odd performance with peacock-infused Cee Lo Green. Some people love train wrecks, but I tend to avert my eyes. I chose this moment to cook dinner.
- Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers unintentionally outshining Bob Dylan. Sorry Dylan fans, but it’s true.
- Proving nepotism is not dead in Hollywood, Jaden Smith curiously performs with Justin Bieber. Putting Usher on the same stage apparently made it all legitimate.
- The most Googled name on the internet today, Esperanza Spalding, a true artist, wins best new artist. Not hard to imagine the email campaign that was waged amongst Recording Artists to oust the Bieber from this category.
- Deciding which was more awkward: the silence and titters following the Seth Rogen joke about getting high with Miley Cyrus backstage, or Miley’s appearance on stage with Kings of Leon band members, which in my opinion was penance for Caleb Followill’s engagement to a Victoria’s Secret model. We all expected more from him.
- Crossing my fingers and hoping, “Please, not Lady Antebellum again! Anyone but them…” We got it the first time when you said this year has changed your lives.
- Eminem. Sigh.
- Katy Perry showing clips of her wedding to Russell Brandt as she croons a love song to him. That will come back to haunt her in a year’s time when they file for divorce.
- After winning best album of the year, Arcade Fire owns the podium in their own way, by surprising the carefully choreographed awards show with an unrehearsed rendition of “Ready To Start”. Their way of saying we are conforming, but not really.
For a complete list of winners, click here; where perhaps the biggest victory of the night was the absence of Justin Bieber on any such list.