Grammy’s For Your Granny

Maybe music the past year just wasn’t as stellar as previous years. Maybe the artists chosen to perform just weren’t engaging enough. Or maybe, the Grammy’s were just boring.

There was more hoopla leading up to the show than the actual show itself. First, there was the talk about how the Grammy’s were inviting artists like Justin Timberlake, who was not nominated, to perform in order to create excitement and draw more viewers. Justin got to perform two songs while the nominated Frank Ocean, The Black Keys, and even Taylor Swift only got to perform one.

Then there was the “memo” that guests should dress appropriately in order to have a PG show. I guess CBS really isn’t over the Super Bowl Nipplegate of 2004. (Holy crap, Batman! That was 9 years ago. Where does the time go?)

grammysJ-Lo and Katy Perry did a good job of defying those rules though. Part of J-Lo’s dress must have got caught up on the block and Katy just really wanted to keep John Mayer’s wandering eye on her California Girls. She really needs better taste in men. Sure, it was sweet that she brought Allison Williams with her as her date but that playboy boyfriend of hers was still there, probably cursing CBS for making the ladies cover up their assets.

If the fashion can’t be exciting, at least let the show be so! Last year Adele swept the boards and the show still had momentum! This year it was boring. So boring that at 9:00 I switched over to watch Girls only to tune back in to see Lena Dunham with fun. boyfriend Jack Antonoff. It was unfortunate that fun. won Best New Artist. “We Are Young” is a decent song, but as an album, Some Nights pales in comparison to Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. It would have been nice to see Frank win more than just Best Urban Contemporary Album and Collaboration on “No Church In the Wild.” Maybe one day the Grammy’s will stop being so narrow-minded.

And speaking of disappointments, let’s not forget Rihanna. Four years ago before the Grammy’s, Chris Brown beat her. Last night, she cuddled up next to him acting like a couple “in love.” It’s unfortunate that my natural ChrisRiRifeeling is to slap some sense into her, because violence is wrong, but seriously RiRi- what are you thinking!?  Clearly you don’t aspire to be a role model with songs like “S&M” but you are an embarrassment to women everywhere. Shame on you forever.

Maybe next year I just won’t watch the Grammy’s, then I won’t be bored or disappointed. Unless Beyonce or Gaga are performing. Then you know the show will be worth watching.

Rolling in the Grammys

Turns out Adele can have it all. The acclaimed British songstress swept the 54th annual Grammy Awards, adding 6 statues to her previous 2 from 2009. She truly was the star of the night, especially with her much-anticipated first live performance since her throat surgery in November. She deserved every second of screen time and every standing ovation.

But the same can’t be said for others. Mainly Chris Brown. Who invited him? Why is he still relevant in pop culture? Why didn’t Lady Gaga knock him out with her sceptre last night? After he lip-synched his way through his performance (this is the Grammys, not So You Think You Can Dance) then he actually won an award! The screeching cat outside my window deserved that award more. Then, surprise! He performed again with David Guetta and Deadmau5 in a tasteless transition from Jennifer Hudson’s beautiful rendition of “I Will Always Love You” for Whitney Houston. I’m sure most people went from tears to jeers. I know I did.

Adele represents everything that’s right in the world- embracing your natural beauty, turning pain into success, overcoming obstacles. Brown is everything that’s wrong- lack of remorse, abuse, arrogance. It’s a sad reminder that we live in a twisted society when you see girls tweeting that they want Brown to beat them. Um….

The only karma was that Rihanna gave one of the more enjoyable performances of the night with Coldplay. Although my favorite, Adele aside, was probably Katy Perry’s dig to Russell Brand with her new song “Part of Me.” Plus, I really like her ice blue hair.

Nicki Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge” on the other hand was almost a bigger question mark than the excessive Brown. Almost. Every time I think I might kind of like Minaj, she does something too outrageous and I take a step back. What on heaven and hell was that performance?! There is no way to ever make an exorcism, West Side Story, and the Catholic Church ever blend together on stage. Not even Gaga or Madonna could pull that off.

What were your favorite Grammy moments? Bon Iver as Best New Artist? Beach Boys reunion? Alicia Keys and Bonnie Rait’s Etta James tribute?

Best of 2011

Best Song:

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

This song is on the right track to be the anthem of the year.

Best Album:

Adele – 21

If she doesn’t sweep the Grammy Awards in February, I will lose my faith in the music industry completely.

Best Music Video:

Katy Perry – Last Friday Night

Can’t help but love the homage to 80’s movies and the random celebrity appearances.

Best TV Show:

Glee

Okay, so I may get frustrated with storylines and the writers’ general lack of knowledge about their own show, but it’s still the best show on TV with a ridiculously talented cast. It doesn’t hurt that basically everyone is so attractive it hurts.

Best Movie:

Bridesmaids

Thank you Kristin Wiig for showing the world just how funny women can be funny. And Melissa McCarthy, you are a scene stealer. Please go to the bathroom in sinks more often

Best Book:

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Dear Tina: Do you know how much I love you? Let me count the ways… oh wait, there aren’t enough numbers to express that

Best Actor/Actress:

Ryan Gosling

Even though I still haven’t seen Crazy Stupid Love, Ides of March, or Drive (I know, I suck), I can tell that Ryan Gosling is clearly the biggest actor of the year. His face (/”Photoshopped” body) and name seem to be everywhere. There’s even a Tumblr page of a collection of Gosling Tumblr pages. That’s when you know you’ve made it.

Biggest Break-up

Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries

I’m still crying over Kim and Kris’ breakup. I’ve lost all faith in love now! NOT! Their breakup was big because it was disgusting. Who divorces after 72 days? Oh right, spoiled rotten brats like Kim Kardashian who abuse the right to marry while pocketing millions of dollars and ratings in the progress. It’s really sad that people are afraid that gay marriage will ruin the sanctity of marriage, yet being allowed to do this is okay. What a world we live in.

Biggest Loser:

Ashton Kutcher

Sure, he got a record-breaking contract on a highly publicized show, but he’s a loser. Who cheats on Demi Moore?! Also, what’s happened to his adorable face? All that scruff just makes him look even more like, well, the Biggest Loser of 2011

Person of the Year:

Steve Jobs

There’s really not much left to say about the late genius. He has changed the way we listen to music, talk to our friends, and how we interact on a daily basis. His contributions to technology will be remembered forever and we thank him for sharing his creativity with the world. May he Rest In Peace

Who to Watch in 2012

Lana Del Rey

She became an internet sensation recently and sold out shows without even having released an album, trust me, I was one of those who wasn’t able to get tickets but don’t take my word for it, have a listen to her brilliance.

Dear Grammys: Forget You!

Following my anger over last year’s Grammy awards, I honestly had hoped for redemption this year. But after watching a three and a half hour show that was mainly focused on musical performances rather than awards, I realized that the Grammys are exactly just that: not focused on the awards.

I still don’t know who this elite “Recording Academy” is but clearly they are a group of pretentious people who sit in a room listening to CDs without once actually interacting with the world outside. If they did, they would have said “You know what; Lady Gaga deserves Album of The Year this year. We gave it to Taylor Swift last year but now she’s nowhere. Gaga is a constant force of hit songs and musical love. Give it to Gaga!”

But no. Album of the Year went to Arcade Fire. Granted, Arcade Fire is a hard working band and naturally, to even be nominated means that they are good, but seriously? Arcade Fire beat Gaga? Arcade Fire beat Katy Perry whose Teenage Dream album dominated the charts last year? Arcade Fire beat out Eminem whose Recovery put him back in the music scene with a blast?

It just seems like Album of the Year has been going to the artist who the elite like best, rather than who people worldwide like best. It’s all about politics and that’s understandable. Not everyone is going to agree on music taste the same way not everyone will agree that the Black Swan is actually the most deserving film of Best Picture at the Oscars. But with music, shouldn’t sales, radio plays, ticket sales, and generally pandemonium at least matter a little bit?

Although, I do realize that that statement protects Justin Bieber, who I am no way, shape, or form, a fan of. Yet even I was shocked at Esperanza Spalding winning Best New Artist. That was the biggest “Who?” moment of the night. Personally, I wanted the amazing Florence and the Machine to win because they deserved it! But in the same right, Drake and Bieber had mega years as well and in their own right they deserved to win Best New Artist as well. But instead, the elite wanted a shocking upset.

Awards aside, there were some great performances. Starting off the show with the Aretha tribute felt a bit out of place but what a great compilation of voices to honor the legend. Gaga rocked as usual with her performance of Born This Way. Mick Jagger still knows how to work it, Bob Dylan sounded like he needed sleep.

But the best performance of the night hands down goes to Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow. Cee-Lo is a smart man. He knows that Gwyneth’s Glee rendition of his song was a hit so why not have her share the Grammy stage and rock with his feathers and Muppet friends? Forget You was unforgettable; unlike the rest of the show.

The Best of 2010

Best Song:

Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream

It was the song that got stuck in your head over and over and over again.

 

Best Music Video:

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé for Telephone. Epic!

Best TV Show:

GLEE!

Best Movie:

Black Swan

It might have only come out on December 3, but it blew everything else out of the water.

Best Actor/Actress:

Betty White

No one was hotter than Betty and here’s hoping that she shines even brighter in 2011

Biggest Break-Up:


Sandra Bullock and Jesse James

Three words were never said more during this despicable turn of events… HOW COULD HE?!

Hottest Hookup:

None. Sorry but 2010 was a bit lackluster in celebrity romances.

Wackiest Wacko:


Chelsea Handler

Between dating 50 Cent and showing her lack of class while insulting Angelina Jolie, she definitely qualifies as even wackier than Lindsay Lohan.

Person of the Year:

Going for a two-way tie here: Amber Heard and Naya Rivera.

Amber’s human rights work and personal accomplishments show that she’s going to be the future of Hollywood and it’s about time someone like her came along. With a string of movies set to be released in 2011, everyone will get to know Amber; but I don’t necessarily want to share.

Naya brings so much flare to Glee and the fact that Ryan Murphy finally wised up and made her a series regular with amazing solos leaves her with many Gold Stars; although in true Santana form, she’d reject Rachel’s rewards. Hopefully in 2011, her storyline will get even better and she’ll roll Artie off a cliff.

Most Looking Forward To in 2011?

New music from Britney Spears and Lady Gaga!

Protesting is as Christian as Mel Gibson Hitting Women

The Westboro Baptist Church, led by extremist Fred Phelps, seem to enjoy protesting in order to spread their beliefs. They also believe that spreading hatred, violence, and making use of judgmental values makes them good Christians.

As usual, the religious extremists are not realizing their hypocrisy and how they are not good Christians by acting out in such ways. Wouldn’t God want us to love one another? After all, he’s the one that said we are all created in his image and likeness. But let’s not get technical; these people only have one agenda. And that’s not stopping the consumption of shellfish, which is also in the Bible.

When the West Baptist “Church” protested Lady Gaga’s concert in St. Louis last weekend, they came armed with signs of “God Hates Gaga” “God Hates Fags”. To that I say, “God Hates Haters!”

At Comic-Con last week they came with their right winged signs of “God Hates America,” “You Hate God,” and “AntiChrist = Obama.”

Luckily, the Comic-Coners were prepared and had a counter attack, mocking the organization with their “God Hates Jedi” signs as well as “Fags are Sexy Beasts” and “The Dark Knight is By My Side.”

I firmly believe that an organization of this kind should not receive any media attention because to them, that’s their mission- to be seen and convince others that homosexuals, liberals, Obama, and even Lady Gaga and comic fans are evil and corrupt. Yet even though they don’t deserve the time of day, shouldn’t we be made away of the seeds of evil that are existing in our own country?

What do you think: are they worth talking about or  should we pretend they don’t exist?

When Your Favorite Celebs Do Bad Things

… how do you respond?

This thought came to mind after a friend of mine inquired on my thoughts of Lady Gaga’s antics at recent baseball games in New York. During her Citi Field outing I was happy to see her at a Met game period, regardless of the finger flipping to the press. But then she went to the Bronx… in a Yankees jersey… during the Subway Series.

As an avid Gaga and Mets fan, I felt completely torn, even over something as simple as this. I believe that people I’m fans of should share the same views or values that I do. Isn’t that why we’re fans of certain people after all?

Let’s take this to a bigger stage than a baseball game: did fans of Chris Brown turn away after the Rihanna incident? Does Amy Winehouse have any fans left? Do fans stick by their favorite celebrities regardless of what they do?

In the end, we are all human. We all make mistakes and have lapses in judgment at times. Yet if those people were in our immediate circle of friends, wouldn’t we distance ourselves from them after such negative acts?

For the record, I’m not abandoning Lady Gaga just because she wore a Yankees jersey, even though I dislike 92% of Yankee fans. But I do know that if we ever became friends that would be the first thing I talked to her about.