My Reactions To The Grammys (As Told By Pictures)

I was going to write a long piece on the 2013 Grammys, but I figured that showing pictures of my reactions would suffice.

Here are some visuals for my reactions to some of the night’s bigger revelations.

 

When my female friend asked me why Justin Beiber was not nominated for a Grammy.

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Whenever LL Cool J mentioned anything about Twitter.

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Anytime Taylor Swift was on TV

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When I realized Wiz Khalifa was actually asked to perform at the Grammys.

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When the Black Keys played with Dr. John.

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When Gotye beat out Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits for a Grammy.

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When Jack White performed.

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When Frank Ocean performed.

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When Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year Grammy.

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When I realized that My Bloody Valentine was not asked to perform at the Grammys.

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When I realized that most of my friends don’t actually watch the Grammys.

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When I read all the funny tweets making fun of the Grammys.

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Music Journal: February Recap – The Super Bowl and The Grammys – Pleasantly Underwhelming

I have to be honest, February was a hectic month for me.  On the 15th I was initiated as a brother to the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Indiana Alpha chapter.  I am extremely proud to be a Phi, but being inducted, along with all my college midterms, did not allow me to catch up with the world of music.  But honestly I felt like nothing much happened this month.  But for the sake of this recap, let’s see what I can nit pick from this month.

The Super Half Time Show was…..meh

This year’s performance was wonderfully forgettable.  Madonna was an excellent lip singer, the special effects were well done, and I forgot what songs were performed by the 4th quarter.  M.I.A. tried to make a statement with a quick flip of the middle finger to the camera, but this is not 2007 so nobody really cares about what she says anyone.  Hey, at lest the Giants beat the Patriots.  Plus, no Super Bowl show could top this one….

 

The Grammys Went Exactly As Planned

I did not have time to watch the Grammys, but this year I didn’t need to.  Everyone that I thought was going to win did, so there were no upsets that I missed.  I’m glad Adele won all her awards, 21 is a great pop album, and I’m glad Kanye West and Bon Iver came home with some trophies.  I will say though that Bon Iver, as awesome as he is, is not a “new artist”.  I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the best new artist award needs to be changed.

 

Album Of The Month: Mr. Dream – Fatherland EP

A solid six song set that has introduced me to a band that has a good looking future ahead of them.  Check out these guys on tour as they open up for Cloud Nothings.

 

Song I Listened To The Most This Month: Jason Isbell – “Streetlights (Acoustics)”

When I saw Ryan Adams in Louisville (which was awesome!) I saw saw the excellent Jason Isbell perform some songs off his latest solo album and from his former band the Drive-By Truckers.  The highlight was an acoustic version of “Streetlights”, which has been on repeat all month.

 

Well that was pretty much all I remember from this month.  Hopefully more excitement will happen in March – we have a new Springsteen album to look forward to!

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Music Journal: Yeah, About Those Grammys…

Due to my busy schedule, I will not be able to report on this year’s Grammys right away.  It breaks my heart that I will not be able to report to you on Monday morning a night that many people in the music business consider deceptive, out of touch, and boring.

I shall report my reactions as soon as I can, but until then here’s a little something to get you ready for Sunday night.  This song is up for both record and song of the year, and it’s my favorite to win at least one of those awards.

 

Also, check out who’s up for what awards at this year’s Grammys.

 

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Extra! Extra!: Foo Fighters and Deadmau5 Will Perform At The Grammys…Together?

When I think of bands that would sound great remixed by electronic artist, Foo Fighters is on the bottom of my list.  Apparently the band thought differently.

Deadmau5 and Foo Fighters have confirmed to be playing TOGETHER for this year’s Grammys, and apparently the two will play a remixed version of the Foo’s “Rope”, which is up for a Grammy this year.

For some reason I’m not too excited to hear a remix of an already great song that could end up sounding bad on Grammy night.  I guess we’ll find out what happens this Sunday.

Here is Deadmau5’s remix of “Rope” to give you a little preview.

 

Speaking of unnecessary Grammy collaborations, apparently the Beach Boys will reunited for their 50th anniversary at this year’s show (awesome), with Maroon 5 and Foster the People performing a melody with them (not awesome).

Hey, at least we have Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney to make up for some potentially awkward performances.

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Grammy Nominations: Who Should Win, Who Will Win, And Who Got Snubbed

The Grammy nominations have been announced, and there were a lot of pleasant surprises.  Some things I expected (Kanye West and Adele with the most nominations), but there were some genuine shockers (Bon Iver getting so many nominations, Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy not up for Album of the Year).  Here is the list for the most prominent awards and their nominees along with who I think should win, who will probably win, and who I believe got snubbed out of a well-deserved chance at this year’s Grammys.  Also to clarify, Song of the Year means that it was the best written song and the award goes to the songwriters.  Record of the Year is the best sounding song and goes to the performers and producers.

Album of the Year

Adele – 21

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Bruno Mars – Do-Wops & Hooligans

Rihanna – Loud

Who Should Win: None of these.  I’m very unimpressed with this selection.  The only album here I’ve heard is Wasting Light which is a great album, but there were much better albums that came out this year.

Who Will Win: 21, because that’s what most people heard all year.

Who Got Snubbed: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This was truly the album of the year.  It was commercially successful while still being artistically strong.  The Purple Rain of our generation (might not be a good comparison musically, but hopefully you get what I mean).

Record of the Year

Bon Iver – “Holocene”

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”

Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

Katy Perry – “Firework”

Who Should Win: “Holocene”.  The production of this song is gorgeous and is matched with an equally gorgeous vocal work from Justin Vernon.  A highlight from a truly great album.

Who Will Win: “Rolling in the Deep”.  It was impossible to escape this song, and unfortunately I bet most people have never heard “Holocene” (for those people, please click here).  But then again, I said the same thing about Arcade Fire at last year’s Grammys.

Who Got Snubbed: The Strokes – “Taken For A Fool”.  Listen to the song here and see if you agree.

Song of the Year

Kanye West – “All of the Lights”

Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”

Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

Bon Iver – “Holocene”

Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

Who Should Win: “The Cave”.  This is such a great and uplifting song, something that has been missing from popular music for a long time.

Who Will Win: “Rolling in the Deep”.  Same reason as why it’ll win Record of the Year.

Who Got Snubbed: The Head And The Heart – “Down In The Valley”.  A simple yet powerful song.  Click here to make up your mind on it.

Best New Artist

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

The Band Perry

Who Should Win: Either Bon Iver or Nicki Minaj.  Both have been around for a decent time making quality music, but they are now getting due credit.  I’ll be happy just as long as J. Cole, Skrillex, or The Band Perry doesn’t win the award.

Who Will Win: This is a tough call.  Probably Nicki Minaj but there’s a decent chance for Bon Iver.

Who Got Snubbed: The Head And The Heart.  I’m not sure if they would be eligible, but this is a solid band with a promising future.

Best Rock Album

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Jeff Beck – Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul

Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You

Wilco – The Whole Love

Who Should Win: The Whole Love.  I’m so glad Wilco gets recognition from the Grammys.  This was by far my favorite album out of all of these, and I actually listened to all of these (expect Jeff Beck).

Who Will Win: Wasting Light.  The album did well commercially and it really is a great album.

Who Got Snubbed: The Strokes – Angels.  This might not be the band’s best album, but it was better than most of the albums on this list.

Best Alternative Album

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys

Foster the People – Torches

My Morning Jacket – Circuital

Radiohead – The King of Limbs

Who Should Win: Bon Iver.  For goodness sake please give Justin Vernon a Grammy.

Who Will Win: No Idea: This is a hard call because all these albums did equally well commercially.  Radiohead is probably the most well known band here, but they don’t deserve this Grammy.

Who Got Snubbed: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues.  This album had my vote for the best album of the year so far.  Though my opinion may have changed, this album still deserves a Grammy.

Best Rap Album

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Who Should Win: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  The least the Grammys can do for Kanye is to give him this award to make up for not being nominated for Album of the Year.

Who Will Win: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  I have faith that the Grammys won’t screw this up, but anything can happen.

Who Got Snubbed: Nobody.  That’s because MBDTF deserves this award.

Other Thoughts On This Year’s Grammys

James Blake should have been nominated for Electronica Album of the Year.

Congratulations to Fleet Foxes for being nominated for Folk Album of the Year.

So how did I do?  Are my predictions accurate or way out of line?  Comment below or Tweet at me (@BradyWGerber) and let me know who should bring home the big trophies at this year’s Grammys.


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Music Journal: The 2011 Grammys – What does this all mean?

The times they are a changin’.

So as you know the Grammys were last night and they usually don’t matter to me.  In the past it has always seemed that the winners of the award are chosen based on popularity instead of quality of music, so in my book to have won a Grammy is nice but it doesn’t necessary make you a truly great artist.  So when this year’s nominations came out I thought I had the whole night figured out.  Lady Gaga or Eminem would win best album, Justin Bieber would win best new artist, and bands like Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, or Vampire Weekend, truly great bands that have released fantastic music in the past year, wouldn’t win anything.

But last night something incredible happened.

Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs defined all odds and won the best album Grammy.  For a rare time in the public eye, quality was chosen over crap.  I’m still in shock.  If an alternative band like Arcade Fire can beat out Lady Gaga for a Grammy, then there is hope for good music to rise again.  Steven Kandell from Spin.com says it better: “And with [the 2011 Grammys], an entire population of rock fans entrenched in “the Grammys don’t mean anything, ha-ha Justin Bieber’s hair” camp — the music equivalent of just watching the Super Bowl for the commercials — now urgently careens into ‘what does it all mean?’ mode.”

Arcade Fire’s win wasn’t all that pleased me with the Grammys this year.  The Black Keys won best alternative album for Brothers, The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons performed well despite singing with Bob Dylan (I’m cutting him some slack though, the man is 70 for goodness sake), and Bruno Mars’s doo-wop rendition of “Grenade” was awesome.

What I think is shown by this event is that rock music – in its current stage – is making a comeback, and soon I will be proud to say that I am a rock fan.  To summarize what I and many other rock n roll lovers are feeling now, I shall quote Kanye West’s tweet: “#Arcade fire!!!!!!!!!! There is hope!!! I feel like we all won when something like this happens! FUCKING AWESOME!”

There is hope indeed.

Also I would like to wish everyone happy Valentine’s Day with this song!

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