TV Junkie: A Breakdown of the Grammys
Last night it took 3 1/2 hours for the Grammys to play 25 songs (parts of songs sometimes) and hand out 10 awards. That's 3 1/2 songs and 1 1/2 award per half hour. Easily the worst of the awards shows, last night was no exception. Not only is the Grammys the last gasp of a manipulative and manufactured industry, it's just bad television. With very few exceptions (Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Cee Lo, The Roots) the homogeneity of those who were "honored" can't be denied - "hit making" executives are leveraging the same bad formula resulting in a collection of songs and performances that were predictable and boring. How much more auto-tune can you take? How many more songs with overstuffed vocals can you take? How many performances stacked with pre-recorded vocals can you take?
Thank you Mick Jagger, a senior citizen, for demonstrating what real talent is - it's unfortunate we had to look back 40+ years to find some for last night's show. Goddamm you "Glee," for breathing some air into the lungs of the dead horse known as "the music industry," you are part of the problem. C'mon interwebs, where is the next Napster to put a bullet in the skull of this rotten beast? Obviously the Grammys were hugely popular last night (biggest audience in a decade according to the LA Times) as are a bunch of the performers, but so was the McRib sandwich, and George Bush, and neither of those were good for you. Basically, if you like music, don't watch the Grammys.
As a follow up to last week's piece on experiencing "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" - if you are interested in the history and craft of late show hosting, listen to this interview with the multi-Emmy winning late night show host Dick Cavett done by Jesse Thorn of "The Sound of Young America."