This time of year I’m usually lamenting the misery that is the anual Grammy awards. I think they have lost all credibility in rewarding the best of the music industry and have carved a niche somewhere between America’s top 40 and a life time achievement ceremony. For goodness sakes last year’s big winners were Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas and Kings of Leon; teenagers around the country rejoiced, actual fans of music hung their heads. One thing I will give the Grammys credit for is how they have shifted the focus of the actual show away from the presentation of the awards and to focusing on live performances by the nominated artists. Sure there are still the terrible colaborations (i.e. Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus) but there have been some really good performances over the past couple years. Which leads me to this year’s show and why I’m actually interested in watching it; Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Dr. Dre and the Arcade Fire.
I can’t hide my excitement about the Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons and Avett Brothers performance… and Dylan is rumored to be on Mandolin! This migh be the most excited I’ve been to watch the Grammys since Radiohead performed 15 Step (see below). The other three performers should provide a breath of fresh air between snack breaks by Bieber and Katy Perry. I’ll have my thoughts on it after the show on Sunday but at least there is potential this year.