The Grammys is run by old people, for old people. (The red carpet on the other hand, is for the young. We’ll post that later today.) This year was thankfully devoid of embarrassments on the order of Macklemore, Iggy stayed firmly in her seat all night and went home empty-handed. Kanye pretended he was going to jump the stage, for old times sake. Paul McCartney performed, because he’s going to be asked to do so until the day he finally passes. But in general the show–which has become mostly a variety show concert in the last few years, brought on the oldest and the safest for the telecast portion of the show. I mean, we opened with AC/DC. Who haven’t been relevant this century. We’ll skip them, as they spent most of their performance reading the lyrics from teleprompters. Let’s get to the good stuff.
One of the best performances of the evening came from 60-year-old Annie Lennox. Not only did she silence her critics, most of whom were still ready to rip her apart for tone-deaf comments last summer, but she schooled poor Hozier in just how to enter and own a stage from beginning to end.
By this time, we all know the disaster that’s been the release of Madonna’s latest album. The whole thing isn’t supposed to drop until March of next year, but between tracks leaking left and right along with demos that didn’t make the album, that strategy changed. Last week, Madonna dropped six of the albums tracks, which automatically downloaded when you preordered the full album on iTunes.
Traditionally, for me, I have trouble getting into new Madonna albums. I knew we must be close to a new album coming out when I realized MDMA had grown on me enough that I actively using tracks in my mixes. So it says a lot about the strength of “Living for Love” (the album’s original lead single and one of the first tracks leaked) that I have been jamming to it for a week now.
More tracks, in order of lessening degrees of awesomeness, below.
The red carpet was as dull as they come, Macklemore took home rap awards over Kendrick Lamar, and Daft Punk confused everyone by coming up to silently receive their awards with their helmets on. It must be time for another Grammy Awards.
But first, the part that was worth watching.
By the way, did you catch her in PR alum Michael Costello on the red carpet? Too bad it was all downhill from there.
The theme this year was “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” There were rumors that stars were struggling to fit in theme. In the end, most gave up and just wore gorgeous gowns to the red carpet, but a few had the nerve to dress appropriately.
Those Who Went For It:
You know, I don’t give Miley nearly enough credit, and it’s all her dad’s fault. (I blame being alive in 1993.) She was the only star to go full out for us this evening, and she managed to make ripped up fishnet look glam. Love the hair. Love the paired down accessories. Top of the list.
Madonna rode into the Aughts in a cowboy hat, and decided to, after two decades of success, teach herself to play guitar. Though she got rather self indulgent with tracks like American Life, there were still bright spots.
During the latter half of the decade she returned to her dance floor roots.