Grammys 2013

Posted by on Monday, February 11, 2013

Last night I watched the Grammys for the first time in a very long time. In fact I can't remember the last time I  watched them, probably well over ten years. I felt like I had good reason to boycott. All the music sucked. Good reason, right? Who wants to watch Maroon Five and Nickleback do a tribute to Led Zepplin? Okay I don't think that has ever happened, but you get the idea. The collaborations are usually ridiculous  and I don't want to watch Katy Perry's boobs or Taylor Swift rap about baking cookies with Jake Gyllenhall.

Fast forward to Grammys 2013. This year they had me at album of the year. Frank Ocean, Mumford and Sons, Fun., Black Keys, and Jack White. Pretty damn good list if you ask me. Especially compared to what is normally up for the award. Besides Arcade fire a few years ago, it's usually crap. This year, Grammys, you had me at Jack White, you had me at Jack White.

And it didn't stop there. The live performances were good too: the album of the year artists, plus Miguel and Wiz Khalifa, a really good Levon Helm tribute with Elton John, Brittany Howard, Mavis Staples, and Mumford and Sons. Kelly Clarkson did Carol King justice with her tribute, and I even enjoyed Bruno Mars, Sting, Rhianna, and the Marleys' (Ziggy and Damian) tribute to Bob Marley.

The best live performance came from Justin Timberlake. When I say the best I mean it. He sang "Suit and Tie" with Jay-Z while. . . wait for it . . . dressed in suit and tie. He and Jack White were the only performers cool enough to sing two songs.

Was it the best thing I've ever seen? No, but it had some artistic merit and I enjoyed it. Sure everyone was disappointed that Mumford and Sons won album of the year and not Frank Ocean (I personally was rooting for Professor Snape, AKA Jack White), but at least none of those albums sucked. It could have been worse. Taylor Swift could have been nominated and won.

Posted by Zach


  1. I thought it was one of the best in a long time, as well. Good article!


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