Monday, February 14, 2011

The Morning After

It's the morning after the Grammy Awards. I woke to a pink sky and a mind full of music. I love the Grammy's. Regardless of who wins, I am never disappointed. Newly tapped talent mixed with seasoned geniuses. I love the diversity, the theatrics, the passion.

Today, on Valentines Day, I'm heavy into the afterglow...

All night long I was serenaded by B.o.B, and Bruno Mars telling me to not worry - cause those beautiful girls, all over the world, "got nothing on you baby, nothing on you baby..."

Why I'm still high...

Last night Mick Jagger, with zero body fat and boundless energy, pointed his fingers at ME.  

MUSE made me scream.  They are that good!  I can't sit when they're on stage.   

How can you NOT embrace the intensity of Eminem.  Purpose, power, conviction and passion.

That pop-tart surprised me. The Bieber fever may have finally bit me.  This boy walks a fine line between irritable and irresistible. ADORABLE, annoying, adorable, ANNOYING!  I can't decide!  The one thing I'm certain of is how creepy the 40 something female fan base looks when the camera's catch them bopping to his beat.  

Catty Comments and Questions: 

I enjoyed the respect that The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons showed Bob Dylan (and thanks to last nights performance my daughter is no longer convinced he is dead) but it was way to much mucus for my taste.

Katy, Rihanna, Gaga... OUCH!!! Thanks to American Idol, I am now painfully aware that you were all, at one time or another, off key.  

You say Drake, I see Lil Wayne knock off (so not as good as the real thing).

Special thanks goes to Rihanna, I now know what to do with my leftover Christmas garland.

But after watching you shake her ass on stage with Drake, I'm worried Chris Brown is going to kick your ass (again). And while we're here, please get rid of the people in the pit. They're swaying and hand waving is annoying. It looks scripted, forced, fake and at times....downright rude! 

Okay NOW (maybe) I will remember who Nicki Minaj is...

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's attempt at comedy and chemistry was awkward and embarrassing.  I am no longer convinced that they copulate and would someone please get him a sandwich.

During Matt Bellany acceptance speech, did he stumble over his pregnant girlfriends name or was he stunned by her absence? 

Did Barbra get that right? Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, wins best album of the year?  Great album, but if Kris had announced it I would have bet the house that he read it wrong.  

Barbra, knowing you suffer from stage fright makes it that much better, but it was sad to see that the force behind those big notes is gone. Thank you for holding Kris steady. As shallow as it sounds, A Star is Born changed my life. I moved from my small town the morning after I saw it. I figured if Barbra could find her passion - despite a bad perm and a bad nose - then so could I. 

Who doesn't love a good freak show!  It was a Marilyn Manson/ Madonna flashback.  Golden Latex, I dream of Gaga, horns it up and can't hatch out of her egg as she passes her paparazzi. Damn, that was good! 

Christina Aguilera trips AGAIN - this time not over the words but on the stage.  Christina, its time you sit down.
Florence - thanks for breaking out of the black mold.
Jennifer Hudson - one word... breathtaking!
Katy - loved the wedding video, and who doesn't like a ride on a swing, but where were the fireworks?

Cee Lo Green, Puppets and Paltrow, oh NO!!!

Not a country fan but I have to give Lady Antebellum credit. "Need You Now" is a powerful song and they deserving won five our of their six nominations.

My favorite upset of the night was jazz singer, Esperanza Spalding, winning "best new artist" beating out Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine, and Mumford and Sons.   

But the real reason why the Grammy Awards are so appealing to me has nothing to do with the performances you see on TV.

In the winter of 1999, after a 9 month hibernation, my off again boyfriend made a life altering move when he sent me an AOL instant message asking me what I was doing.

"Watching the Grammy's!" I typed.
"Me TOO," he replied.

And the rest.... is history.  

For more 2011 Grammy highlights, including video, check out Consequence of Sound

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  1. I’m generally not crazy about the Grammys. Last night, I watched, and it was worth it for Dylan and Jagger and Janelle Monae. It was also weird but col seeing Arcade Fire win Album of the Year…

    Of course, I don’t have the sentimental attachment you have to the show… No historic texts…

    Ah well. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. I agree 100% with your awesome summary. Wasn't it a fun evening to be on the sidelines at home. Moving on to the next Red Carpet.

    Toot Sweet,

  3. That was a great wrap-up of the Grammy's and a nice Valentine's touch at the ending. Maybe you'll be nominated for the best Grammy blog next year!

  4. I also agree with your on! But...I have to ask who the hell was the last group that won? I talked to a number of people who had no friggin clue who they were!

  5. Love this, and... you beat me to the punch! Last night, after watching the show, I drafted a piece for my upcoming Wednesday post. I think we are in agreement on a few things -- you'll see later in the week. In the meantime, Happy VD to you and your honey, and thanks for a very entertaining review of the glitz and glamour of last night's celebrity-fest. Oh, and no kidding about Jennifer Hudson. She is beyond amazing!

  6. sweet!

    I'm gonna get me one of them Lady Gaga outfits from last night.

  7. Fabulous post, Shannon!! I only watched bits and pieces. Sorry I missed Streisand, but I'm sure I can find it online!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your honey, too! Very sweet story!!

  8. LOL, the only award show I truly enjoy. Cee Lo Green, love that song. Florence just bought her new CD. Music, my true addiction :) Thanks for the link off to check out more Grammy video.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  9. I can see why you like the Grammys so much. I didn't watch it, so thanks for the summary.

  10. I have never watched the grammys. Or any of those award type shows. I agree with your assessment of the Bieber fans's even creepier than the 40 yr old Twilight fans....ugh.

  11. We were able to watch some of the Grammys here in Italy. Lady Gagas pod was an amazing feat!

  12. LOL!! Glad I turned off the TV in our house... the music I wanna hear I watch on the internet or in person. Robert Plant and Band of Joy was amazing! Now that's music. Love ya Shannon <3

  13. The Grammys were amazing this year. And you're so right about Mick Jagger. He's still got it. And Barbra -- "Evergreen" never fails to make me tear up.


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