WHAT’S UP WITH THE GRAMMYS?

So this year’s Grammys have come and gone. Only one woman in the awards list and that was newcomer Alessia Cara and for my money the best performance of the night was Pink although Sting showed that he still cuts a mean groove. Bruno Mars swept the boards with the 4 big awards; Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best R&B Song of the Year all driven by his album “24K Magic”. Many music critics seemed less than pleased with these results feeling that Kendrick Lamar should have got more recognition. Lamar bagged 2 awards for best Rap Album “Damn” and best Rap Song “Humble”.

I am not quite sure what all the fuss is over the host James Corden who obviously has a great agent as he seems to be everywhere on American TV. He hosts The Late Late Show and has been the presenter at numerous awards evenings. He came to fame in “Gavin & Stacey” a Brit comedy TV series. Surely there are celebs with more stature and gravitas than he? Sorry I don’t get it!

From a music aspect there was little to make 2017 memorable although the super energetic Latin hit ‘Despasito’ by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee apparently had over 1 billion hits on You Tube when first released. That is very impressive. It’s a catchy song with gorgeous girls and boys bumping and grinding their way throughout. Apparently it means something in the region of “Take it Slowly” and the lyrics seem fairly explicit but perhaps only to this conservative mind. I am sure the Latinos are quite comfortable with it!

It occurs to me that it must be increasingly difficult to judge the music of our times as it has become so diverse. Rap, House and Hip-Hop are quite difficult to relate to as they lack melody which has always been important to my ear. However the rhythm and lyrics are often compulsive and clever so I can see where the appreciation of the fans comes from. I guess it’s a little like in my teens the older generation could not understand why we loved the Beatles and the Stones. Each generation deserves its own music genre.

Earlier I mentioned the performance by Pink. She sang her song “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” a great song and a stunning performance. This lady can sing!! She brought the house down.

Apparently this awards event lasts for a very long time and all we see is a very cut down 2 hour edited version. The actual event lasts over 6 hours. The audience should get an award for patience. This year is its 60th year and many in the industry feel that these awards mean very little. I can’t say that I agree with that. The Grammys may not impact directly on sales of music but they do provide prestige and credibility and I am sure that artists, composers and producers benefit from being able to include a Grammy in their CV’s.

Despite what I or anyone else thinks the Grammys still have international impact. 19.8 million viewers tuned in to the 2018 show, admittedly down 20% on the 2017 version, but that’s still a significant audience and if the organisers indulge in some innovation and get a host who has a wider appeal then the show will go on!

Mike on the Mic.