Seven Reasons Why The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Was A Big Joke

January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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It’s no secret that the Grammy Awards are becoming more bland and a political favoritism-fest, but last night’s 56th annual broadcast proved why award shows like this don’t really matter anymore. Mediocrity is praised, while deserving artists continue to be snubbed. There are many reasons why The Grammys are becoming such a joke in music, but here are 7 reasons why last night’s broadcast was a fail.

1. Kendrick Lamar Snubbed For “Best Rap Album”

On October 22, 2012, a young rapper from Compton single-handedley shifted the way we think about hip-hop. Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, Good Kid, m.A.A.d city told an insightful story about the harsh realities of growing up in the hood and Lamar’s struggles to get out. Supported by lush production, atmospheric rhythms and poetic lyrics, K. Dot took rap back to a time when it more about storytelling – and less about gimmicks.

Fast forward to 2014 at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and Kendrick Lamar (along with Drake, Kanye West, Jay Z and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is nominated for Best Rap Album. Guess who takes it? The most gimmicky rapper out of the group – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The Heist is so incomparable to Good City that it hurts to even think that it won against a future rap classic. Who is going to remember Macklemore in the next 2 years? Riddle me that…

2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” Performance/Wedding Ceremony

People love to complain that the “sanctity” of marriage is becoming a stunt, yet no one seemed to have issues with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ major “Same Love” performance stunt. Shocker! Macklemore, the master of gimmicks, has taken something as serious as gay right and equality and turned it into a puppet show that was boosted by his cringe-worthy tune “Same Love.”

Queen Latifah came to ordain the weddings of 34 couples (both same-sex and heterosexual) while Madonna joined the crew onstage to sing the newlyweds off with “Open Your Heart.” Once again, Macklemore uses his popularity to exploit a cause that people have died for in order to be crowned the Ultimate Gay Supporter. There are many rappers who are gay and who support gay rights, but check their skin color and you’ll see why they don’t get recognized for their efforts. The entire ordeal was cheap, tacky and made a mockery out of a ceremony that some people actually take as sacred.

3. Beyonce’s Snooze-worthy Performance

For all of the people who truly believe in their hearts that Beyonce gave a performance of a lifetime last night, then you’re sadly lying to yourselves. Yes, it is true that she is one of the best entertainers of our time – but that does not make her exempt from giving a bad performance now and then. First off, she performed “Drunk In Love” – a club favorite but a trashy song for something as highly regarded as the Grammys. It just shows how brainwashed “stans” have become.

Who in their right mind made that decision to OPEN the show with a song like that? There were plenty of other songs from Beyonce that could have been performed, and she let that opportunity slide out of her fingers. The lighting was off, she looked sloppy and the entire vibe of the performance was lackluster. Not to mention that our very own King Bey who you all worship had the nerve to lip-sync about 75 percent of the song while doing ZERO choreography. It was simply mediocre, yet so many people continue to praise and create foils for her mistake – not believing that their queen or “Motha” can do any wrong. If Beyonce really wanted to wow us, she and Jay Z should have performed all their duets – showing us why they’ve become the power couple of music. Keep reading!

Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde Win Big At The 2014 Grammy Awards

January 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Daft Punk snags the biggest award of the night for Album of the Year for Random Access Memories at the 56th annual Grammy Awards! The French electronic duo also took three more awards home, including Record of the Year. It was also a big night for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who managed to somehow snag four awards – including Best New Artist. Also, newcomer Lorde took home a well-deserved Song of the Year Award.

There were also some decent performances throughout the three-and-a-half hour long show. Beyonce and Jay Z opened with “Drunk In Love,” Daft Punk took the stage with Pharrell, Nile Rodger and Stevie Wonder for “Get Lucky,” and Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons brought together rock and rap for what was the best performance of the night.

Check out the full list of winners after the jump! Keep reading!

New Video: Rihanna – “Stay” (Official Video)

February 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

After her raw performance of “Stay” at last night’s Grammys, Rihanna now has the video to accompany the emotional ballad.

Partnered with Nashville singer Mikky Ekko and mainly shown in a bathtub, the video shows the singer in a beautiful vulnerable state.

Watch below:

Read up on my review of Unapologetic here!

Music Bite: Black Keys, Fun., Mumford & Sons Win Big At 2013 Grammys

February 11, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Last night’s 55th annual Grammys was filled with tons of surprises and solid performances! The biggest winners of the night included the usual faces like the Black Keys (with four Grammys including “Best Rock Album” and Mumford & Sons (winning the major “Album of the Year”). The two underdogs of the night were fun. for “Best New Artist” and  Frank Ocean – who now has two brand new Grammys under his belt for “Best Urban Contemporary Album” for Channel Orange and “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” for The Throne’s “No Church in the Wild”.

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But the night truly belonged to Justin Timberlake and his spectacular comeback performance of a retrofied “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z, along with his new track “Pusher Lover Girl”.

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Another strong performance came from Rihanna and her stripped-down duet with Mikky Ekko for “Stay”. The songstress later joined Bruno Mars, Sting, Damian Marley and Ziggy Marley for a short-lived tribute to the reggae legend Bob Marley. Mars began the anticipated tribute with his own song “Locked Out of Heaven”, following Sting’s rendition of his class “Walking on the Moon”. The tribute ended with all five performers taking turns singing Marley’s “Could You Be Loved”.

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View some of the highlight performances below:

Click here for even more pictures from the night.

Check out the full list of winners after the jump!

Keep reading…

Music Bite: 55th Annual Grammy Nominations Revealed

December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

LL Cool J & Taylor Swift at last night's nomination event.

LL Cool J & Taylor Swift at last night’s nomination event.

It’s that time again – where every music fan and critic wait anxiously to hear the list of Grammy nominations! For the 2013 awards show, the nominations are refreshingly diverse and well-deserved.

Kanye West, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and The Black Keys lead the pack this year, with six nominations each.

Some highlights from the list include Miguel’s “Adorn” for Song of the Year, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange for Album of the Year, Calvin Harris’s “Let’s Go” for Best Dance Recording, and Jack White’s Blunderbuss for Best Rock Album.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will premiere live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST on February 10, 2013.

View the nominations after the jump!

Keep reading…

Music Bite: Adele Wins Big At 2012 Grammys

February 13, 2012 § 4 Comments

Adele is all smiles at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Adele’s throat surgery proved not to be a setback to the young singer as she brought home all six of her Grammy nominations, including Record and Song of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep” and Album of the Year for the illustrious 21.

While everyone was excited for Adele’s accomplishments, the night was also mournful as celebrities dedicated the night to the late Whitney Houston. Host LL Cool J opened with a respectful prayer for the legend and Jennifer Hudson performed a beautifully honest rendition of Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” after the “In Memorium” section of the awards ceremony.

Performance highlights included a refreshing and bold performance from Adele with “Rolling in the Deep”, which the audience soaked up giving her a standing ovation. Bruno Mars also gave a brilliant performance of “Runaway Baby” that was influenced by the greats James Brown and Sammy Davis Jr.

Rihanna sung her chart-topping hit “We Found Love” and had a brief duet with Coldplay for “Princess of China” before the group went into an iffy performance of “Paradise”.

Nicki Minaj had the worst (but most memorable) performance of the night as she debuted her new single “Roman Holiday” with crazed Catholic-inspired production.

Even though Adele was the lady of the night, rock band Foo Fighters also won big, taking home Best Rock Album for Wasting Light. Kanye West, while not present, also scored big with three wins including Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Check out Spin Magazine’s review of the best (and worst) moments of this year’s Grammys!

Click here to see the full list of winners!

Photo Courtesy of: Wire Image

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