The Grammys Rocked!
It was a moving night of music, songwriting, showmanship and love. I know there are voices out there being cynical. But you’re missing the point.
Did you see Kacey Musgraves follow Imagine Dragons? It looked like a train wreck. Imagine Dragons had just put on a world class rock show, with drums and cannons and red paint splashing on white suits. That is to say, it looked like a train wreck until Kacey Musgraves got 2-lines into her song. And then, with the sheer force of her words, she won over the room and stole the night. It’s a defining performance.
Did you see couples exchanging rings?
It looked like a train wreck. CBS is even accused of cutting away from gay couples kissing. That is to say, it looked like a train wreck only if you were looking for a reason to close your heart. Can’t remember the last time I was moved by a choice on a television show. This choice, this wedding ceremony, on the world stage, at this moment in time, came across as an opening salvo to the Olympic Games in Sochi. It changed the world.
Did you see Stevie Wonder rocking out with Pharrell?
Did you see Paul McCartney singing while Ringo Starr played drums? Did you see Lorde, in all her teenage angst, being angsty? Did you see Jay-Z call his Grammy a “sippy cup” he was bringing home to his baby girl, Blue? Did you see Carole King and Sara Bareilles practicing their poignant duet for the inauguration of Hillary?
Did you see Trent Reznor during the closing credits? It looked like a train wreck because it was a train wreck.
It’s the only moment, in a pitch perfect show, the Grammys went flat. Trent Reznor is a genius, a musical and theatrical genius. But he’s the wrong guy to put a crescendo on love.
To dwell on it, or be cynical, misses the spirit of the night. I would like to formally thank the Grammys for rocking my world.