Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The 53rd Grammy Awards

So the Grammys finally got it right this year, by awarding Arcade Fire with Album of the Year for The Suburbs. They totally deserve it; after all the other nominees are crap, maybe save Eminem. They were also the last band to perform. After the ultra short speech by Win Butler, they decided to play Ready To Start -- an unscripted moment. On the other hand, I can't believe Neil Young (or Tom Petty and Pearl Jam for that matter) lost the Best Rock Album to the overrated Muse. But Neil finally got his first music Grammy for Angry World (Best Rock Song). Congrats to him.

I stopped paying close attention to the awards ever since Bruce lost The Rising to Norah Jones in '03. Like I said before, the Grammys have been pretty much irrelevant for a long time; it has always been a popularity contest. But sometimes the performances are worth tuning in to. The biggest surprise was Bob Dylan actually doing Maggie's Farm, backed by an all-acoustic Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers and his own band. It was like one of those hootenanny events you'd see at the old Ryman Auditorium. As usual, Dylan couldn't 'sing', but he still sounded fucking cool, even without a guitar or keyboard. Nice little harp solo at the end too. And then Mick Jagger did a soulful tribute to the late Solomon Burke that was just out of this world. The man has not lost a single step at all. He still got it.