“The times they are a-changing.” — Bob Dylan
If you grew up on Rock — Classic or otherwise — and long for that ‘old time Rock-N-Roll’, the Grammys are NOT for you.
They’ve moved on. You could even add a ‘dot org’ after that, considering how political they are.
Shredding Guitar, or Drum Solos or even some of the lead singers as we once knew them have been a passing phase.
It’s as much about political posturing as it is about the music.
We had the obligatory tribute to virtue signaling, in the MeToo groundswell:
‘Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman, with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry — artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEOs, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business,’ she said.
‘We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and human beings. To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: #Timesup. We say Time’s Up for pay inequality, discrimination or harassment of any kind, and the abuse of power.’
‘We come in peace, but we mean business. It’s not just going on in Hollywood, or in Washington, it’s right here in our industry as well,’ she continued.
‘And just as we have the just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So, let’s work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.’
The speech was followed by Kesha’s performance of Praying, where she was joined on stage by Lauper, Cabello, Rexha, and Julia Michaels, and Andra Day.
They gave out their big award — Record Of The Year.
That’s an award that has gone in the past to names like Clapton, Phil Collins, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, The Eagles… you get the picture.
Now we’ve got names like Bruno Mars winning record of the year (he managed to shut out Jay-Z from awards he had hoped to win) so, a big thumbs-up to that guy if for nothing else than to shut Jay-Z’s arrogant mouth. We still haven’t forgotten that story about the arrogance of when Beyonce was in the hospital giving birth:
“They just used the hospital like it was their own and nobody else mattered,” raged new dad Neil Coulon, whose efforts to see his premature, newborn twins in the neonatal ICU were disrupted by the birth of little Blue Ivy Carter.
“They locked us into the NICU and would say, ‘You can’t come out to the hallway for the next 20 minutes.’ When I finally was able to go back out, I went to the waiting room and they’d ushered my family downstairs!” Source: NYPost
But Mars is hardly a Rock Icon.
Music has taken a turn. Is it better, worse or just different?
Some have embraced it, and love it.
Others think it’s crap.
There will be a lot of disagreement about why.
What do you think of the music change?
Are the older ‘get off my lawn’ types resisting the ‘hip’ new music?
Or does the new stuff just suck?
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