Monday, February 13, 2012

Grammy redux

Another random thought on the Grammys last night. Maybe the voters have begun a course correction for the major categories.

Adele goes six for six. Which, in my mind, is a very strong endorsement for purity of voice and genuine soul. She soundly whack-a-moled the alternatives that have reared their ugly heads for too long: fashions selected for shock value, artists who win more for their dance moves than their voices, and glitz glitz glitz.

That was reinforced when some of the night's flashy entertainers (can you spell Bruno and Katy) walked away empty-handed. I won't even get into the Little Red Riding Hood gets an exorocism nonsense.

Way to go, Adele. You deserve it - and then some.

I must also commend Neil Portnow for his turnabout from 2011. He delivered his remarks about NARAS without talking over anyone's music. Let's hope that, too, starts a new trend.

Congratulations to the jazz-related musicians who won Grammys this year: Pat Metheny, Cachao, Chick Corea, Stanley Clark and Lenny White; Gordon Goodwin, Terri Lynne Carrington, Jorge Calandrelli, Bela Fleck and Howard Levy, Christian McBride, Tony Bennett and the Rebirth Brass Band. And to all of the nominees in those categories.

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