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Was it 21 or 22? No wait, maybe it was 23 too many!Posted Monday, February 9, 2009, at 10:08 AM
So, I got home from work Sunday evening and the Grammys were in full swing.
But my fiance was not pleased.
She had saw on television that Keith Urban was scheduled to perform.
Well, the Australian guitar slinger did perform. He just didn't perform any of his own songs.
Urban performed twice, actually.
The first time, apparently, he performed along side Justin Timberlake, All Green and Boys II Men in a rendition of Green's classic, "Let's Stay Together."
The second time he performed, he joined B.B. King, Buddy Guy and John Mayer on stage in dedication to Bo Diddley.
Not too long after I got home Sunday evening, the channel surfing began.
She found something else on TV to watch as the evening unfolded, but we decided to play a game.
When a commercial came up on the program she switched to, she changed channels back to the Grammys to see what was going on.
The results were outstanding. And quite amusing.
And I only sat up for approximately one hour during this game, but it was funny.
It appeared the organizers of the 2009 Grammys thought the best thing to do was schedule performances.
As many performances as you could.
It seems the show, which could probably be over in two hours if that, had to be extended for three-and-a-half hours.
Performances included U2; Radiohead (with the Southern California Trojan Marching Band, think Fleetwood Mac, how original); Neil Diamond; Paul McCartney (with Foo Fighter Dave Grohl on drums); Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; Sugarland; Adele (who?); Coldplay; Jennifer Hudson; Carrie Underwood; Kid Rock; Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus; the Jonas Brothers with Stevie Wonder; Katy Perry, Kanye West with Estelle; Kenny Chesney; Lil Wayne, Kanye West, T.I. and Jay-Z; T.I. and Justin Timberlake; Lil Wayne with Robin Thicke; and Abdul (Duke) Fakir with Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx in a medley of the Four Tops.
If you add in the canceled performance from Chris Brown and Rihanna, the program would have had a total of 23 scheduled performances.
I guess 22 was really enough, wasn't it?
You can't get much better than some of the performances Sunday, by the way.
Seriously, how many more bands are going to ask the USC Marching Trojan Band to perform with them?
Is U2 really relevant still?
Neil Diamond? Really. Was he nominated?
I'm a huge Beatles fan, but Paul McCartney? Was he even nominated?
I can see the relevance of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood (although, I simply despise that song), and a few others.
But do we really have to hear that annoying Katy Perry song one more time?
Must the viewers be subjected to another one of the most annoying songs of 2008 performed by Kid Rock?
Must an audience (in general) be annoyed by anything performed by Kenny Chesney? (OK, I realize that's a matter of taste, but seriously. How many times can you hear someone sing about the beach, sand between your toes and being on a boat. It's like a country version of Jimmy Buffet.)
Ditto, by the way, on the Underwood song. Great role model tune for young girls to be listening to. I can just picture how the video plays out. No, I haven't seen it, but I can picture it in my little head.
I also understand the relevance of putting Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift on the stage at the same time. But that doesn't mean it's going to be a great moment. Two teenage girls that record companies are finding a way to milk money out of.
And I'm still trying to figure out who Adele is.
This British vocalist won the award Sunday and I have no idea who she is. Haven't heard a single song by her.
I know I'm getting older, but these awards shows are getting funnier by the year.
By the way, Al Gore won a Grammy Sunday for Best Spoken Word Album. Awesome!
On a serious note, kudos to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for winning five Grammys. That's great stuff.
On a lighter, much more sarcastic note, it's too bad Coldplay managed to pick up three awards.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin was quoted as saying, "We've never had so many Grammys in our life. We feel so grateful to be here. I'm going to tear up."
Really, Mr. Martin, save the tears for another day.
By the way, maybe you should share one of those grammys, Song of the Year, with Joe Satriani.
Satriani wrote a song a few years ago that sounds incredibly similar to Coldplay's "Viva la Vida," the song that won the Grammy Sunday evening.
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