Monday, February 13, 2012

54th Grammy Award Show was Inspiring

Adele won big at the 2012 Grammys
With the passing of a mega music star and Grammy-winning artist just one day before this year’s awards were to be given out, there was no way the 54th Grammy Award presentation could ignore Whitney Houston’s death. L.L. Cool J, the show’s host, said it best, “There is no way around this. We’ve had a death in our family, and so at least for me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman we love, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston.” The cameras panned the audience during the unscripted prayer and it was interesting to see who would agree in prayer and those who would not. Still, the scene was inspiring. Who would think that you would hear a prayer on the Grammy’s? The night proved to be full of other inspiring images as well.

One was the tribute to the Beach Boys. Although played down during the broadcast, this was a reunion of all the “boys.” The band has played on through the years, but former leader, Brian Wilson, hadn’t played with the group for over 20 years. There has been much bitterness between band members in the past, but it appears to be behind them now as they start their 50th anniversary reunion tour to 50 locations. They shared the stage with Maroon 5 and Foster the People playing “Good Vibrations.”

Fellow Christian and Country artist, Glen Campbell, was honored with a lifetime achievement award. He performed with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton. Campbell himself sang Rhinestone Cowboy for what may be the last time ever as he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease last year. You would never know it by watching him though. He was full of energy and received a standing ovation from the crowd, except for two obnoxious women who were busy texting on their phones and have received much publicity for their error in judgment.

Later, Christian artists Joy Williams and John Paul White, who make up band, The Civil Wars did a short opening act, (with many wishing for more) for Country sweetheart Taylor Swift’s performance of “Mean.” Probably the biggest highlight of the night was the much anticipated performance of Adele singing “Rolling in the Deep,” her first performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery last year. Adele is truly a class act. She doesn’t rely on any crazy hijinks to get attention. She’s beautiful, but she does have a skinny sexy body to flaunt, she doesn’t dance and doesn’t wear outrageous outfits, unlike the later performance of blue-haired Katy Perry. Not only was Adele’s performance flawless, she walked away with six Grammys and tied with Beyonce for winning the most Grammys in one night!

Other winners worth noting include:
  • Foo Fighters: Winning five awards including Best Rock Performance and Rock Song
  • The Civil Wars: Winning for Country Duo/Group Performance and Folk Album
  • Taylor Swift: Country Solo Performance and Country Song
  • Skrillex: Dance Recording and Dance/Electronica Album
  • Tony Bennett: Pop Duo/Group Performance (with Amy Winehouse) and Traditional Pop Vocal Album
  • Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona: Traditional R&B Performance and R&B Song
  • Kanye West: Rap Song, Rap Song Collaboration (with Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie) and Rap Album
  • Le’Andria Johnson: Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
  • Kirk Franklin: Gospel Song and Gospel Album
  • Laura Story: Contemporary Christian Music Song
  • Chris Tomlin: Contemporary Christian Music Album
  • Betty White: Spoken Word Album 

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