Mon, Feb. 13th, 2012, 09:05 am
2012 Grammy Winners
. Do scroll all the way down -- the "lesser" awards and the technical awards are fascinating, and you'll find at least two or three things you didn't know existed that you'll likely want to check out.
Big night for Adele, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Jay Z, Kanye. I am not a fan of Kanye, and I've only heard a little of Jay Z (although I did like that), but I don't know if I'm more pleased for Adele and her huge voice, Taylor for her variety and energy, or the Foo Fighters for just pluggin' away at what they do best.
Thoughts?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1489050.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Mon, Feb. 13th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
It's hard to hear anything else when Adele sings. She's unique in an era of Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry (who CAN sing but gets overwhelmed by her own hype)and Lady GaGa (or Lady HaHa, as some of my friends like to call her. See my comment about Perry).
But Adele, she's just this plain not-so-little woman with a not-so-little voice that just stands there and belts it out. Her whole attitude is "This is me and if you don't like it, feck off." Sometimes, when you watch her perform, you see in her body language her fear at being there. (She once said in an interview that she throws up every time she goes on stage.) She's terribly young but the maturity of her voice and lyrics make people tend to forget that. She's grown up a lot, though, and I'm starting to see her get more comfortable in her skin and open up to her audiences.
As for others at the Grammy, can someone please tell me what the big deal is about Mumford & Sons? Yeah, they make good music but their lyrics are almost gibberish. I listened to "The Cave" and I was like, "wha?"
Mon, Feb. 13th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Too bad "Weird Al" didn't win for his latest album.
Mon, Feb. 13th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
The morning DJ played a snippet of the Foo Fighters' acceptance speech and I have to admit I found it pretty inspirational. :)
Mon, Feb. 13th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't looked at the whole list yet but Joyce DiDonato, my favorite mezzo, won for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album of the year. I'm so pleased for her; this YouTube shows what hard work it is:http://youtu.be/eQ5I2TbeISs
Although I'm amused at the huge company of amazing talents it takes to make a "Solo" album. She's fabulous and totally deserves the Grammy.
But I know not everyone is into Opera.Edited at 2012-02-13 04:40 pm (UTC)
Mon, Feb. 13th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, but I am. :D Thanks for the link! Check it out, all -- she's excellent.
Mon, Feb. 13th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome!
I dream of seeing/hearing her live. Her characterizations are just stunning.
Mon, Feb. 13th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
All I can say is...YAY! After several years of, well, nothing (the last album I bought new in six years before this year was U2's No Line in '09), music has really started rolling again. In the last 18mo, I've been introduced to Florence + the Machine, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, and the force that is Adele. Popular music's getting fun again, and I couldn't be happier.
It was awesome last night with Adele and the Foos cleaning up...and damn, Jennifer Hudson gave me chills. Infreakin'
credible.Edited at 2012-02-13 05:12 pm (UTC)
Mon, Feb. 13th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Still no "Best Filk Album" category? Sigh...
Tue, Feb. 14th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
I watched a good bit of it. A more entertaining show than I would have thought. And yeah, Adele ... damn but that woman can sing. I've got no use for Kanye or Chris Brown, but with very few specific exceptions I don't have much use for hip hop or rap as a genre and even less use for abusive misogynistic scum.
I did hear a few people I'd never heard of before and want to check out further, so good show in that way.