I have read a lot of articles since Sunday that paint this year's Grammys in a bad light. Some are mad about politics. Others think they are no longer entertaining. Here are my thoughts on this year.
I normally don't watch all of the show, and sometimes none of it. The music is always over-popular pop songs that I have heard way too many times. This year, I decided to watch out of pure boredom. I am glad I did.
I found the music to be especially diverse this year. There were a few songs I had never even heard before, but now have been playing on repeat. The performances were emotional and moving. There were very few over the top performances, and more real, gut-wrenching shows.
Here are my favorite performances:
Though I found it hard to understand everything Kendrick Lamar was saying during his performance of XXX/DNA, I understood the message, and found it visually stunning. U2 has been off my radar for a while, but I thoroughly enjoyed both their performance with Kendrick, and their own show later in the night.
Elton and Miley performing Tiny Dancer was more of an average performance to me. They didn't lack talent, but it was something I had seen many times before. It was good as always, though. It was nice seeing Miley back to her original, classy form. She looked stunning.
Childish Gambino...this had to be my favorite. I know who he is, both as an actor and musician. But I had never listened to any of his music. When the song first started, I thought it had an unusual sound and I was unsure of it. By the end, I was addicted. Since the show, I have listened to several songs, and loved them all. He is a new favorite of mine. A truly talented person.
Kesha's performance of Praying started out a little shaky. I could tell she was nervous and emotional. By the end, her vocal strength shined. I admit, it made me tear up.
Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid performed their moving song 1-800-273-8255, which is also the number for the suicide hotline. I have heard the song many times, but it still had me crying. I am glad they are using their position to try to improve the lives of others.
I enjoyed Bruno and Cardi B, P!nk, and Luis Fonzi and Daddy Yankee as well, though they weren't anything magical. Bruno and Cardi gave off some sweet 90's vibes, and I thought P!nk was unique to include sign language, instead of her usual stunts.
So those are my quick thought on the Grammys, without including too much political stuff. It was a good show. It didn't deserve the hate it has been getting in the media. And now I have some amazing new artists to add to my playlist.