On Sunday nights, I’m normally in bed by 9:00!
I decided to stay up late and watch the 53rd Grammy Awards, including 2 hours of the pre-show red carpet parading. I’m unsure about the point of this exercise, but I’d prefer 2 hours of post-show reveling. 11 awards were handed out over the course of almost 3 and a half hours. There were a few highlights over the course of the night, but for the most part, the show just coasted along, with a few spurts of surprise.
What was appearing to be a Lady Antebellum steam-roller came to an abrupt halt thanks to the
Personally, I think the better album won. Obviously this is not a popularity contest. Case in point: the night’s other shocker.
Esperanza Spalding was greeted with a chorus of “who?” when the nominees were announced, unleashing the fury of “Beliebers” scorned. Born in
For the most part, the performances were nothing to get all revved up about. The highlight for me came early with the B.O.B., Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monae. Monae exploded with energy for “Cold War,” even doing some crowd-surfing.
I found Lady Gaga’s performance very anti-climatic. The incubation in the egg resulted in a surprisingly low-key performance for “Born This Way,” a song demanding something over the top. Is “Born This Way” a rip-off of “Express Yourself”?
While I’m not regretting the time spent watching this year’s Grammy Awards, I’m also not happy I stayed up way past my bedtime. Much like every year, I feel nourished, not necessarily satisfied. But can we really expect much more from awards shows?