I had meant to write about the 2012 Grammy Awards earlier. I was excited for the Grammys show this year, which hasn’t happened in forever. I did end up “live tweeting” it, god bless my husband for putting up with my antics.
I remember when Lauryn Hill’s album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won a Grammy — in 1998 — I decided to buy it. Hill won a number of categories that year: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album. At the time, she broke records by being the first woman to be nominated in 10 categories in a single year, and the first woman to win five times in one night. I thought it was an exciting time for women in music! Maybe the Grammys were relevant again!
The album, however, was not as exciting as the hoopla in my opinion, and I pretty much stopped paying attention to the Grammys.
And then the 2012 Grammy Awards rolled around and it turned out that I owned music from a lot of the nominees. Either the Grammys are relevant again, or my taste in music stunk last year.
The Grammy artists that I had in heavy rotation in 2012: Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Gotye, fun., Jack White, “Call Me Maybe”, Rihanna, Adele (who won HUGE for her 2011 album 21), The Lumineers (whom I saw live a about a month ago — the week before the Grammys as a matter of fact — and who have a great, great, great live show. Tons of energy), Florence and the Machine, even (I’m not afraid to admit it), The Muppets soundtrack.
Anyhoo, I enjoyed watching the show. The best performances of the night in my opinion were Jack White, the Levon Helm tribute, the Bob Marley tribute, and Mumford & Sons. I didn’t like the pairing of Black Keys with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band — although I seemed to be in the minority there.
In the meantime, going forward, these are some of the songs Flora has stumbled onto lately (the first two thanks to me, the last thanks — I guess — to Pokemon).
She really likes “Somebody I Used to Know” by Gotye. I should probably worry about that?[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY&w=560&h=315]
I also turned the girls onto The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, which is like a Sly Stone/ABBA/80s synth pop mash up. The single we keep listening to is “Heart Attack”. I love that she says, “Jeez Louise.” Bonus: They cover that ’80s pop classic “Safety Dance”. Playing that for the girls tonight![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN8llfTvNAI&w=560&h=315]
Finally, she likes this cut by a band named Superchick, “Stand in the Rain”. I said, “That’s a pretty good song” to which she replied, “It’s a *great* song.” Well, all righty then. Bonus: American Christian alternative pop/rock. So, safe to listen to more![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCTrMP_fEiw&w=420&h=315]
Did you watch the Grammys? What’s on your kids’ (or your own) playlists?