Ok, I admit, I don't usually watch the Grammys simply because they are usually long and boring (funny, all my friends say the same thing about the Oscars). So, since they feel free to diss the Oscars, I'm going to go off on the Grammys. Apparently I'm not the only one who thought this year's Grammys were tiresome and produced some truly bizarre moments; not the least of which was Jay-Z hopping on stage to rap while Coldplay frontman Chris Martin played the group's "Lost". Surprisingly, however, that little pair-up did seem to work.
The same cannot be same for Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift who dueted on the song "15". Frankly, it would have sounded better if just Swift had done the singing. Hannah Montana, oops, I mean Miley wasn't bad but she really should stick to the lower register; it sounded like she was reaching and screeching on the high notes.
One superstar who should not count the Grammys as a high note in her career is Whitney Houston. While presenting the award for Best R&B Album to Jennifer Hudson (and offering praise to Clive Davis) Houston appeared as spacy as ever. Crack, anyone??? Ok, I kid but she did keep pausing and is it just me or was there something wrong with her eyes? Maybe she needs glasses to read the teleprompter or maybe she just needs some sunshine.
Speaking of spacy, Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles gave Whitney a run for her money when she got up on stage to accept Sugarland's award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. When she wasn't fawning over Paul McCartney (strategically placed in the front row-the Jack Nicholson of the Grammys if you will) she was tittering nervously. Too much bubbly, perhaps? At least she wasn't doing that nasal thing she does when she sings. Don't get me wrong, I like the group but Jennifer please sing from your diaphragm once in a while.
And the strangeness just kept on coming: When Craig Ferguson wasn't talking about his nomination for "Best sex tape", Kanye West was getting a dig in at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences about how he never won a Best New Artist Grammy-just before naming the nominees of...Best New Artist.
There were some nice red carpet dresses-Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow but what was Carrie wearing during her song "Last Name"? She just looked trashy and the dress looked like it had been ripped. Perhaps during her drinking binge she talks about in the song? And poor Jennifer Hudson...I'm glad she won and decided to actually sing as opposed to lip-synching (National Anthem, anyone?) but her dress was hideous. It looked like she had a jumbo size bib and she was ready for the lobster eating contest. I hope she retires that dress by burning it; it didn't do her justice.
I only watched about two hours of the show before finally giving up and it's a good thing I did because in 3 1/2 hours, they only gave out 10 awards. 10!!!!!! Even the Oscars have 24. That's 8 for each hour, approximately.
Ok, everyone, back to the recording studios for another year of great music. But please, if you plan on pairing up with someone outside of your genre, make it sublime.