OK.......... (exhale)...... (Career giving away to untalented computer owners (oh sorry, engineers))...... I get Taylor Swift... (the kids)...... But DAMN...... I can only imagine that her crew was high-fivin' and telling her how great her performance was, while they were all missing the Michael Jackson tribute....... Five (plus Michael's performance) of the best in the biz having to follow "THAT"...... Even Stevie Nicks grabbed a tambo on Talylor's segment, so she wouldn't have to sing harmony with her on the last segment......... Even the Bon Jovi segment was great.... Rocks best, doing what they do...... I'm not surprised but disappointed with ACDC lost to Green Day. Love both groups, producers and engineers...... (Maybe next year FRAZE)........
ANYBODY, show's only half over........ Waiting for Les Paul Tribute......
OK G**Dammit, Less than 3 Minutes Tribute to the man who invented multitrack recording..... Man, the Grammys have gone to Sh*t!!!!!! I'm waiting for them to come back from commercial to right the wrong!!!!!!!
I know this was written pre-Jeff Beck... He was a freak as always on guitar. But yeah, the tribute to me was a bit under-stated.
I loved the NARAS comments on piracy. But it was a bunch of adults listening. And yeah, the MJ tribute was amazing too. Pink gave a great performance. Not sure it was a real vocal. If so, then it was freaking amazing. But it was entertaining to say the least. And it was a good song. A great song, IMO. And sung by a great singer. There are few of them around, it seems. Funny how I seem to know so many, though.
Thanks for your honesty, as always.
This computer owner (referenced above) is signing out for the night. I'll be dreaming of a better 2011 Grammys.
Ahh... Yes. rereading it, it makes more sense to me. Yeah, it was sad that it was such a short tribute to LP. But at least Jeff did id justice. At least it wasn't the jonas brothers and miley cyrus up there doing his tribute. BTW, did you notice that John didn't hit any of the high parts on "living on a prayer?"
OK, You've stayed from the GRAMMY post, but.... Jeff Beck was great.... I saw Nick Jonas with Prince's band from the 90's on Leno the other night..... Gotta say, that drummer could "Lay It Down"...... JBJ didn't really have the chance to in the vs cs cs out to wail...... JBJ can still get it.... I've seen it live.... Granted the SWW album produced by Bruce Fairbairn and engineered by Bob Rock changed my life.... JBJ and Ritchie are the real deal...... Maybe JN should have hit some high notes for him??? I think Miley was AWOL.... Correct?????
Oh yeah.... I forgot... JBJ (I assume you mean that and not BJB)...
He sounded awesome, except I noticed he didn't attempt the high notes on "Prayer." He pulled the mic back and did a dance move each time "living on a prayer" came around. Maybe he had a cold.
On a different note...
What really shocks me is that NARAS, who hosts the grammy's, members vote on who gets the awards (written for those not on this thread who don't know this). It's a group of people who are "qualified" to do it. The major issue is that we've allowed the wrong people to be qualified to vote. Meaning, once you have six commercially released works in one category (Engineer, producer, songwriter, musician, etc) you get to join NARAS as a voting member. Once they decided to let people who produce music/err, crap like we heard last night, then those are the folks that get to vote.
But they changed the rules to allow for indie artists and those who work on indie projects to qualify. The standards are twice what the label related requirements are. This is a double-edged sword. That means that there is a chance that a grass-roots movement of music has a chance to vote (but that's only if they decide they want to, which I fear they are not).
It's becoming a two-party system, I think. For good or for bad.
The Grammys are not a public popularity contest but most view it that way. The Grammys are about what is respected on a peer level, and the level just happens to be qualifying with 6 commercially released projects. For people who are pursuing the indie route, it is a more formidable task. The reason for this is, in my opinion, because anyone with a successful day job, can buy recording equipment or musical instruments and call themselves a producer, engineer, or artist and gripe about how they are so great and everything else is crap. The proof is in the pudding so to speak.
You're right. 100% it's not a popularity contest. It is about peer respect and recognition through a voting process. BTW, I was thinking that the indie qualifications are way too easy as a result of how easy it is to qualify. It's so freaking easy to qualify through the indie route. And yet, so freaking unbelievably hard to qualify through the commercial route. That's why I'm saying it's a two party system that will evolve. Not sure that's a good thing. Not sure it's not. Just not sure.
The result is, though, that if a specific genera begins to emerge as popular among the indie folks, it'll start driving more voting memberships. And those voting members will vote their genera. So when you have taylor swift running up against Beyonce, it becomes not a "who's more popular" but instead, "which genera has more voters to win." It's freaking federalism! I LOVE IT! Politics to the core.
Thinly veiled comment well received, thank you very much! And humbly so at that.