February 24, 2003


I was joking with my baby last night that I wish my VCR remote wasn't broken so I could tape the Grammys — altho there'd probably be about 12-15 minutes of good (ie. R&B) stuff to watch from the three hour telecast. Keith Boykin writes:

Not a single black artist received an award during the prime time show.

From his descriptions, it was a boring, lifeless affair:

The Grammys were definitely different from past years, but with an emphasis on performances instead of awards, the absence of people of color performing felt all the more inexcusable. Despite the rage about the Latin explosion a few years ago, there were no Latino performers Sunday night either.

Also gone was the glamour of Grammy days past. Although the producers did a great job of transforming Madison Square Garden into a functioning multifaceted stage, the hall itself lacked the elegance of previous locations. Coupled with a poorly conceived lineup, the award show was lifeless and dull, barely registering on the excitement meter and hardly comparable to electric Grammy shows of past years.

I'm glad the Grammys finally returned to New York City, but I'm disappointed with what the producers chose to show. Sadly, this was the least representative Grammy Awards show in years. At a time when music sales are slumping, the recording industry cannot afford to offend a large portion of its consumer base.

Posted by ronn at February 24, 2003 12:20 PM

Honey, I disagree. This year's Grammys really DID represent how much popular music SUCKS. Child, Norah Jones had a walk in the park ... she didn't have any competition! And Yo Yo Ma is cute, but he ain't cute enough to make a whole awards program much less for performance partner James Taylor. What the hell note did Ashanti hit (or not hit) at the end her pathethically OBVIOUS "Children Of The World" debacle? Even Cyndi Lauper didn't know! Yeah, she clapped, but the look on her face said "nails against a chalkboard". See, THAT'S why the music industry sucks - moments that don't matter. The Grammys and the American Music Awards used to be entertaining - and elegant! Maybe we're seeing the end of the music industry as we know it? Well, at least Shaft was playing on another channel ... Posted by: Donald on February 24, 2003 01:07 PM
I just wanted to see the ROOTS perform with Eminem; my booby wanted to watch the last OZ episode and I had to tape the show on the p(unk)c(omputer) - wouldn't you know that the sh!t didn't take?! :[ Besides the lil bit that I did see of Em's performance I was bored to tears yo! Peace2U Posted by: RL on February 24, 2003 05:13 PM
It wasn't totally uninteresting. Justin's beat boxing skills while the rest of N'Sync sang out Bee Gees hits...was a lil' bit interesting. Although I must confess that Nelly and Kelly's performance sucked. Posted by: lynne on February 25, 2003 12:52 PM
Absence of people of colour? Hm. I saw Ashanti, The Roots (unfortunately, with Marky Mark...er..Eminem), Norah Jones, Kelly & Nelly, and those are just the ones that come to mind. I do agree that the show was disappointing. I think if I'd managed to see Coldplay with the NY Philharmonic, I might feel differently, but you know, Alias was on, and ain't no way I'm turning away from SpyBarbie. Posted by: Cecily on February 25, 2003 02:20 PM
Damn, I missed Alias!!! Posted by: Donald on February 25, 2003 04:25 PM
Maybe Keith overstated the level of whitewashedness. :-) And double damn! I missed Alias again (hell, I only watched the one ep after the Super Bowl) Posted by: ronn on February 25, 2003 04:35 PM
I missed Alias but caught her in DareDevil this weekend. Does that count? Oh and Cecily, Coldplay was all that. Posted by: lynne on February 25, 2003 10:16 PM
I did not even turn on the show. By the time it came on in California, I had pursued through the grammy website to see if any of my favorites had one. Though we may not like it, the good thing about Diana Krall and Norah Jones winning is that the Verve and Blue Note record label can keep churning out the good music and re-issues from the artists we love. Posted by: James on February 28, 2003 06:08 PM