By Carmen Glover
The 56th Grammy Awards show delivered on its plan to create buzz, spark conversation and stoke fires. The awards show was replete with results that elicited emotions running the gamut from elation, to shock, to downright anger and feelings of outrage.
The Twittersphere exploded with curses and declarations that “rap is dead,” when it was announced prior to the actual Grammy telecast that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a white group, won the top trifecta in rap for Best Rap Performance “Thrift Shop,” Best Rap Album “The Heist’ and Best Rap Song “Thrift Shop.” The group, which also won Best New Artist in the televised show, beat out Drake, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West to sweep the rap categories and to say many rap lovers were angry is putting it mildly. Swearing that they will now “give up on the Grammys” the vocal throng vented for what seemed like all night long. Undaunted, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ignored all detractors and thanked their fans.
“Before there was any media or buzz there was our fans,” they said. “We made this album without a record label. We made it independently.”
Daft Punk, featuring mega-producers Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, won for Album of the Year with “Random Access Memories.” They also won for Best Pop/ Duo Group Performance and Record of the Year for the smash hit “Get Lucky.” Both Williams and Rodgers took the stage with the group to express thanks. While the group members stood quietly by, their faces hidden by face masks, Williams thanked the fans. “I’m sure they would like to thank their fans and family,” Williams said, to laughter and applause. Williams also won for Producer of the Year: Non-Classical.
The lifetime achievement awards ceremony was held the night before the Grammys and the Isley Brothers, the Beatles and Kris Krisstofferson received the special honor. Ziggy Marley, the oldest son of late reggae superstar Bob Marley, won Best Reggae Album for “Ziggy Marley in Concert” in a category that also had albums by Beres Hammond, Sizzla and Snoop Dogg, who has renamed himself Snoop Lion and produced a reggae album after spending time in Jamaica testing the waters in that musical genre.
In more evidence of an upside down Grammy show, Darius Rucker, who has transitioned to county music after enjoying extensive success as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, won for Best Country Solo Performance for “Wagon Wheel,” beating out longtime country singers such as Blake Shelton.
Predictably, Rhianna won for Best Urban Contemporary Album with “Unapologetic,” and Alicia Keys won for Best R& B Album with “Girl on Fire.” Justine Timberlake won for Best R & B Song for “Pusher Love Girl,” instead of his popular hit “Mirrors” and his collaboration with Jay Z, “Suit and Tie,” won for Best Music Video, while Gary Clark Jr. won for Best Traditional R& B Performance with “Please Come Home,” and Best R& B Performance went to Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway.
Bill Withers “The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums” tied with the Rolling Stones “Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965” for the Best Historical Album while Ben Harper’s collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite, “Get Up!” won Best Blues Album.
When Bruno Mars was announced as the winner for Best Pop Vocal Album for “Unorthodox Lunchbox” the audience erupted in cheers. Mars thanked his family and dedicated the award to his mother who died recently, saying she was “looking down” on him.
LL Cool J was superb as usual as the host, but Beyoncé’s and Jay Z’s opening performance was risqué and seemed more suited to a strip club with Beyoncé’s derriere fully exposed while she spouted lyrics so raunchy that no stanza was allowed to be sung without being bleeped out by the censors. If the Grammy producers hoped to create controversy with the broadcast and the selection of the winners, then they hit a home run
See the list of all the winners at Grammy.com.–OnPointPress.net.
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