The 2012 Grammy Awards were held last night, just one day after Whitney Houston was found dead of unknown causes, and quickly turned in the Adele Show as she collected SIX (6!) Grammy Awards.
Here’s a list of the winners and my thoughts:
Record of the Year – “Rolling in the Deep” Adele
I’ll admit, I’m pretty tired of hearing Adele everywhere I go, but that doesn’t mean her voice isn’t beautiful and that her songs are amazingly heartfelt. “Rolling in the Deep” may have been what got Adele her mainstream notice but the British singer/song-writer had been touching souls long before her album “21” hit. There was no doubt in my mind that Adele was going to take this Grammy home.
Song of the Year – “Rolling in the Deep” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth
I bet you didn’t know Adele’s last name was Adkins, did you? Ha!
New Artist – Bon Iver
Who the hell is this? And who the hell named him Bon? I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest indie music fan, but Iver’s music is pretty genuine if not odd. It’s like you’re listening to Radiohead while tripping on acid. Have I ever tripped on acid? No, but I know how to imagine tripping on acid listening to some rubbish ass music.
Pop Solo Performance – “Someone Like You” Adele
Once again Adele shows Lady Gaga a thing or two about how to sing and perform. Classy lady.
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group – “Body & Soul” Tony Bennett and Amy Whinehouse
This is the Grammy’s way of acknowledging Whinehouse posthumously even if it may not have been warranted. Either way, Whinehouse had an amazing voice and incredible song-writing potential. Stupid drug whore.
Pop Vocal Album – “21” Adele
Adele…again…get used to this.
Alternative Album – “Bon Iver” Bon Iver
Once again, the Grammy Association or whatever the hell the collective group of people call themselves who vote on these awards, try to prove that they are more “hip” than us average music listeners. If you listened to the Bon Iver song I posted above you’ll quickly agree with me that Bon Iver fucking sucks and that there is no way he should have won “Alternative Album of the Year”, GTFOHWTBS!
Rock Song – “Walk” Foo Fighters
It doesn’t matter how old the Foo Fighters get, they still know how to rock your socks off.
Rock Album – “Wasting Light” Foo Fighters
Very well deserved win for a great album, might be the Foo Fighters best album in their career…which is saying A FREAKING TON!
Rock Performance – “Walk” Foo Fighters
Hard Rock/Metal Performance – “White Limo” Foo Fighters
I didn’t realize that these guys took home four Grammy’s…wow!
R&B Album – “F.A.M.E.” Chris Brown
Only in America, and only at the Grammy Awards could Chris Brown, a convicted woman beater (remember Rhianna’s police photo…yikes!) could win two Grammy’s only two years removed from being jailed. Live the dream, Chris, live that American Dreeeeeaaaaammmmm Yeeeeeeeaaaaa! If the following song and music video was not proof that Chris Brown needs to be murdered, I don’t know what will. This douche bag uses the lyrics in the song below, “If we ain’t freaking, we ain’t speaking…”….lmao, really Grammy Awards? Really?
R&B Song – “Fool for You” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, & Jack Splash
I love me some Cee Lo Green, ya’ll.
R&B Performance – “Is This Love” Corrine Bailey Rae
I could listen to Ms. Bailey Rae all day every day…love her voice!
Traditional R&B Vocal Performance – “Fool for You” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, & Jack Splash
Rap Album – “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Kanye West
Perhaps one of the best “rap” albums of the past decade, Kanye West came out of hibernation to concoct this greatness.
Rap Performance – “Otis” Jay-Z & Kanye West
I felt like Ni**as in Paris was the better song, you can’t go wrong with Otis either.
Rap Song – “All of the Lights” Kanye West
An amazing collaboration of voices on one track and the track hits it out of the park…see the above Kanye music video.
Rap/Sung Collaboration – “All of the Lights” Kanye West, Rhianna, Kid Cudi, & Fergie
Dance Recording – “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites” Skrillex
Never heard of them…but I’m not much of the “dubstep” fan either…
Dance/Electronica Album – “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites” Skrillex
Musical Theater Album – “The Book of Mormon” Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, & Matt Stone
LAWL! The creators of South Park have now won a Grammy! They’re living that American Dream with Chris Brown, ya’ll!
World Music Album – “Tassili” Tinariwen
This guy’s a badass on the guitar…easy listening FTW!
Latin Pop Rock, Rock or Urban Album – “Drama y Luz,” Mana
Reminds me of Los Flamingos…or whatever that band from several years ago was called. Oh, the Los Lonely Boys. That’s them.
Tropical Latin Album – “Last Mambo,” Cachao
Banda or Norteno Album – “Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends” Los Tigres Del Norte
Regional Mexican or Tejano Album – “Bicentenario” Pepe Aguilar
Ok I’ll stop…
Country Solo Performance – “Mean” Taylor Swift
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person on the planet who can not stand Taylor Swift anymore. She’s like 25 years old and still singing about middle school. Come on now.
Country Album – “Own the Night” Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum was a fresh act on a played out country music genre, so it’s nice that they get more recognition.
Country Performance by a Duo or Group – “Barton Hollow” The Civil Wars
Now here’s a group that actually creates great music and they’re not sleeping together! Hooray for mutual respect! Seriously though, Barton Hollow is my shit.
Country Song – “Mean” Taylor Swift
Jazz Vocal Album – “The Mosaic Project” Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists
Jazz Instrumental Album – “Forever” Corea, Clark & White
Improvised Jazz Solo: “500 Miles High,” Chick Corea
Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “The Good Feeling,” Christian McBride Big Band
Blues Album: “Revelator,” Tedeschi Trucks Band
Folk Album: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars
Pop Instrumental Album: “The Road From Memphis,” Booker T. Jones
Bluegrass Album: “Paper Airplane,” Alison Krauss & Union Station
Americana Album: “Ramble at the Ryman,” Levon Helm
Reggae Album: “Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life,” Stephen Marley
New Age Album: “What’s It All About,” Pat Metheny
Children’s Album: “All About Bullies… Big and Small,” various artists
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth
Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Cinema (Skrillex remix),” Sonny Moore
Gospel Song: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin
Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance: “Jesus,” L’Andria Johnson
Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin
Choral Performance: “Light & Gold,” Eric Whitacre
Classical Contemporary Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein
Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman
Orchestral Performance: “Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel
Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor
Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t),” Betty White
Comedy Album: “Hilarious,” Louis C.K.
Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “Boardwalk Empire,” various artists
Score Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat
Song Written For Visual Media: “I See the Light,” Alan Menken & Glenn Slater
Historical Album: “Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition),” Paul McCartney
Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” Jorge Calandrelli