The Classy Grammys
The GRAMMYS turned out to be one of the classiest and most entertaining award shows ever. Certainly the show blew away the Super Bowl on both fronts. Even the commercials paid their audience the compliment of being clever, genuinely witty, and even musically sophisticated.
Compared to, say, the Oscars or even the Golden Globes, the Grammys display little personal vanity, fashionable “Hollywood” political correctness, or drama detached from the artistry being honored. There’s a lot that could be said about the general high level of performances and deep respect shown for the American tradition of popular music.
So let me just mention seven moments that particularly moved me, keeping in mind that I’m a pretty tone-deaf, musically illiterate, out-of-touch, old white guy from the sticks.
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