January 28, 2014
There Is Revolution Happening Right Now And The Winner Is…
by J.R. and Sloan K
So there was an awards show last night on network television that featured artists, advertisements, and politics… and not in that particular order mind you. I forgot it was airing so I figured “What better topic to cover for my music blog than that?”
Here’s a shocker for you: I really don’t care one way or another about the Grammys. I never have, and I’m a hopeless music obsessive. The last time I watched the parade was from jail following an unfortunate “leaving the scene of an accident” beef and Anna Nicole Smith got up, leaned into the podium mic and created better art than 50% of the nominees. My fellow inmates laughed and made crude remarks. Was that the Grammys? I don’t remember.
The first trickle of news that I read about it this morning said something like “Here’s the award for Best Rock Song and the winner is… Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney!?” Uggghhh. Thinking that the Grammys have any relevance to what’s really happening in music at the moment is like getting a dry handjob and thinking you’ve had sex. I get it. Really, I do. It’s just entertainment, but I can’t help but be reminded of the bigger problem whenever I am forced to be aware of these awards shows, and that problem is the feeding of the collective obese industry ego and the charade that it’s a real competition and that it’s a recognition of importance. It’s not. Joaquin Phoenix said it eloquently and I conquer. It’s a planned out and well choreographed prom of over-indulgence, botox, and fog machines. A mirror back on America and we should be ashamed of ourselves. Best rap album is “The Heist” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Hand me my Ambien.
That’s enough from me. No doubt there were some amazing performances by some incredibly righteous and influential artists last night. Daft Punk with Pharrell, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder was worth all the other embarrassments but it seems like they happened so that everyone could talk about the size of Pharrell’s hat today. What can you do? There’s a revolution in Kiev tonight and those pictures of the opposition throwing rocks and molotovs go great with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s “Holy Grail.” Seriously. Try it. If I had any real balls I’d be writing about that but a man must know his limits.
Oh well. There’s always the Tonys.
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