The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards…

Yesterday I had the privilege of viewing the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and I was quite pleased. Well, honestly I was pleased because I wasn’t nominated nor do I have any ties to the people who were nominated. lol

I am sure many people watched with hopes of seeing their favorite artists win this prestigious award(even though most were given before the actual show). However, many people did nothing but complain on twitter/facebook about EVERYTHING possible (And I’m NOT even talking about during the event…The next day too…lol). Why was there an Aretha Franklin tribute, but not a Teddy P tribute? REALLY!?!?!? They were honoring a living legend who has been in very bad health. She has won 18 Grammys herself, and has performed many times on the show. I don’t know if anyone noticed the collage of musicians/entertainers who had passed last year, but it was certainly too many,so how could the Grammy Association single out Teddy P and hold an entire tribute just for him? I didn’t mind the Lady Antebellum medley/tribute to him. I thought it was pretty cool of them to take the time to pay respect to him during their set. Apparently it was an issue of color though, because people wanted to know where singers like Jamie Foxx, Tyrese, Trey Songz, etc were because Lady Antebellum didn’t give them what they needed from a teddy P tribute. Oh well, I appreciate their efforts in even acknowledging him.

I never thought that the Grammy’s were a high school popularity contest as many people were upset because Esperanza Spalding won the Best New Artist category. I actually applaud the Grammy Association for actually stepping out this year and rewarding someone who may not be mainstream and widely accepted for her accomplishments. I don’t see any reason in getting upset because someone who’s talented and is a wonderful musician won an award. Who cares if your favorite artist didn’t win? It’s NOT that deep…It isn’t as if you voted for anything, and half of these people probably didn’t purchase an album.

One issue I did have though is that award shows are becoming all out concerts…Majority of the awards were given during the pre-show, and though I am all for being entertained, I actually want to see people walk up and receive their awards. The show was on for almost 4 hours…There is no reason that we couldn’t have seen some other people actually walk up to receive recognition for their work. I know it’s over 100 categories, but still…It would have been nice to see just a few more people receive an award. However, it was a pretty good show. Some people may need to expand their music instead of complaining about NOT having all rappers perform. The Grammy’s celebrate MUSIC as a whole…All genres, so if you ONLY care about one or two genres, maybe the show isn’t for you. If all you’re going to do is complain about not knowing who Miranda Lambert, Muse, Lady Antebellum, Esperanza Spalding, Arcade Fire, etc is, get over yourself…The Grammy Awards are NOT about you!

Congrats to the winners of all 109 categories!!

Oh and here’s a performance from Best New Artist winner Esperanza Spalding at the White House and from the 2010 BET Awards Prince Tribute:

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