For two long days, (well I did work on Monday) I got
excited to write and present my Grammy Awards’ news
report, along with my personal impressions of the whole
program. I walked, at noon, to the library, to find there
were 9 people looking in the windows. No sign saying, “The
Delaware County District Library is Closed” was posted.
Nor, were there any signs of life inside. I turned around
and placed my returned movies in the box and said, “Oh
well! I can live without a computer for a day!”
Then, yesterday, I worked, and not wanting to endure the
below zero temperatures again, decided to drive to the
library. It was closed, with a handwritten sign saying,
“The Library is Closed. It is a Level Two emergency.”
No, it did not add, “Robin, you should go home and relax!
Quit stressing about your posts, your commenters and what
you wish to publish!” It was quite understated in its
You have seen the beautiful dresses, heard a few of the
special duets and groupings but you have not heard my
scintillating commentaries about the Grammys’!
On the Red Carpet, in order of appearance I will let you
in on my fashion commentaries and opinions. I was there,
‘on the spot,’ (on my love seat in my pajamas, with popcorn,
chocolate and a caramel mocha coffee to keep me fortified!)
Here are the special news about clothing and what insightful
word that some passed on in their Red Carpet Interviews.
Katy Perry was wearing a gorgeous Valentino gown, with
gauzy layers that held musical notes from an Italian Opera.
She was lovely with her hair up, a braid wrapped around her
bun. The colors were creamy white with black notes on a flared
skirt. She talked about her new account with “Cover Girl”
which she feels she has ‘made it’ by getting chosen to represent
the makeup line. There was a whimsical feeling to the fluffy
netting layers on this dress! Also, Katie mentioned that later,
during the awards show, she was going to be ‘channeling Stevie
Nicks’ in a song that could be otherwise labeled, “Which witch
is which?” (See my later in sequential order, review of her
song but *spoiler alert* I did NOT like it!)
One of my favorite characters who happens to sing, is Cyndi Lauper,
who sported a short, bright red hair style and lovely figure still
in tact, wearing black tights to her ankles, a black cape with
gold filigree netting at her neckline and simple, gold flats on her
cute, tiny feet. I will always hold her in high regard, loving her
song, “True Colors.” My oldest daughter could probably name a few
more ‘hits’ that wild woman has sung with her distinctive husky
voice. It is an endearing sounding voice, with such pixie-like
behavior shown by Cyndi, on the Red Carpet.
Keith Urban was wearing a down to earth, black suit with gray
dress shirt. He said that his song that he was going to perform
would be “Cop Car” with African American country music upcoming
star, Gary Clark, Junior. Keith gave Gary a huge compliment by
saying he was a “soulful cat.” (Love that image and nice comment!)
Pink was wearing a lovely and sexy, red, shiny dress. I would
say it reminds me of the “mermaid dresses” that sometimes you see
in wedding shops. Her short punked up light blonde hair do looked
very stylish, along with her dangling glittery earrings. She did
not wear a necklace with this, choosing her beautiful neck and
upper bodice area to be bare.
Taylor Swift wore a chain mail dress, sheer around the neckline
and shoulders, but very modest. The shimmering gold with silver
reflections was like one from the retro period of the fifties,
with a belt at the waist line. She had diamond earrings and she
was nominated for the song, “Red.” (She did not win Best Album
of 2013.) She was laughing at the replay by someone on the Red
Carpet of how her friend, Jennifer Lawrence, from “Hunger Games”
and “Winter’s Bone,” had been ape-ing behind her back (making
faces) and taking her pictures, too, at the Golden Globes earlier
this month. She did say she was wearing Gucci and also, that she
wished to thank her friend, Jennifer for her friendship.
Neil Patrick Harris, who has performed in musicals, likes to sing,
was looking very handsome on the Red Carpet. His news was that
after the television series “How I Met Your Mother” ends (it will
have had over 200 episodes), he plans to be in a musical titled,
“Hedwig and the Angry Itch.” His tuxedo appeared to be made of
black satin, with a black leather lapel. I thought his open, white
collar was a switch from his sometimes overly formal attire.
Madonna, came in with her son (adoptive) David. She gave him credit
for choosing her fashion statement this Sunday evening. She wore a
sharp, black tuxedo suit, wearing a white dress shirt and so did he.
They both had hats that reminded me of the old Boy Scout leaders. Wide
black brims with felt material and a satin ribbon around the band.
Someone else called her hat a black Amish styled one. Madonna
mentioned she was wearing ‘mouth metal’ which was glittery like
it held diamonds in a braces foundation. Not sure why, maybe her son
was wearing actual braces? It made her voice muffled, too. Odd and
quirky but she still looked radiant with long shoulder length blonde
hair and red, glossy lips. She looked wonderful despite her manly
Ryan Secrest looked ‘snazzy’ in his black tuxedo with the rare
bow tie around his neck. His crisp white shirt and his hair style
made the look complete.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis looked nice and gave us a fun commentary
with talking about toilet papering, throwing chips on their band
bus, going wild about the upcoming Super Bowl. They are Seattle
Sea Hawks’ fans.
Kevin Hart, comedian and recent movie star in a new comedy just
out, called, “Ride Along” and upcoming movie on February 14, in
time for lovers and friends to see. It will be called, “About
Last Night.” He was with Ice Cube in the first movie, still in
theatres. He was talking on the Red Carpet, excitedly about
Beyoncé’s upcoming musical performance with her husband, Jay Z.
When Juliana, who was interviewing him asked him if he had
any “Diva request” on the movie sets or behind the camera,
Kevin Hart said, “I don’t do Diva demands! I am a guy!”
Willie Nelson wore simple black with his two braids and
looking quite dandy.
Yoko Ono, with her son, Sean Lennon, both looked about the
same as they have lately. Sean has a beard and is still
thin and lithe. Yoko likes to wear black suits, this is
her traditional garb over the years.
Robin Thicke looked wonderful and he was channeling Frank
Sinatra in his dapper appearance. His tuxedo was made of
black velvet, with satin lapels. Ryan Secrest had to look
to find out the label and tell us, the listeners, who he
was wearing. Robin T. was wearing Armani. He had on a pair of
dark sunglasses, talking very smoothly. I am so excited when
I hear him say that his portion of the ceremony will be a
performance with Chicago group members! (I loved this ensemble,
stick with me. . . I will be getting to this later!)
And Now, the 56th Grammy Music Awards held on Sunday 1/26/14.
#17 time Grammy Award winner opened the show with a provocative
dimly lit, Beyoncé. She was in an outfit acceptable for ballet
or in a Broadway production, like “Chicago,” when the jail
women are wearing barely anything and hanging in different ways
on the jail cell bars. Beyoncé was on a chair, hanging backwards
putting her legs up in the air, singing. Her black outfit and
black fishnet hose had shimmer and glitter on it, so the lights
caught it while she performed. She had chin length blonde hair
that looked crimped or permed. Yes, her legs did spread in many
There were several people that noticed this, and, on Monday, were
giving me their opinion that the show should not have aired at 8:00
on a Sunday night. I was quiet about it, thinking that my parents
would have called it an “Art Form.” Possibly due to my exposure at
a young age to both the Cleveland Art Museum and the Broadway play,
“Cabaret,” with Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli, I would not have been
too upset with grandchildren seeing it. Seriously.
The song, Beyoncé sang, was “Drunken Love.” She did say words like
“I’ve been drinking, I’ve been thinking…” Along came from the
back of her, Jay Z, singing the rest of the song, with rap melody,
there were plenty of bleeps, and he was wearing a classic black
tuxedo. They have a baby named, I believe they spell it, “Bleu.”
LL Cool J, the emcee host gave a great introduction after Beyoncé
and Jay Z’s musical performance. He said, (paraphrased) these
nicely phrased words:
“The force of music is universal. We have performances from Japan,
Australia, and other international connections. We have two young
men from Liverpool, too. We are going to make beautiful noise, make
history with some pairings of contrasting musical artists, too.”
Pharrell Williams and Anna Kendricks started the awards by listing
the Best New Artist nominees as:
Ed Sheeran (I like his song, “Daydream”)
And the winner of Best New Artists was for the song,
“Tonight is the Night,” sung by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis!
I liked this duo, because of their simple acceptance speech
and admire that they “did it on their own independent label,
no one wanted to take them on!” (Bet some ‘heads will roll’
over that mistake!)
I enjoyed Lorde. She is an attractive, black haired ‘raven’
who is not too fancy in her appearance. She looked nice, but
not memorable. She sings, “Royals” which includes lyrics about
the British Royalty. The words include “we don’t care..” about
their news and such, including that “we drive Cadillacs only in
our dreams.” She came out of ‘nowhere’ and did later take the
Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy home.
Hunter Hayes sang a song with a powerful message against Bullying.
Saying things in support of outcasts and rebels. There were famous
current musicians’ quotations flashing on a white screen with black
letters. (Some were Stevie Wonder, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, and more.)
Hunter sang about “anyone who dares to be different, do something
different, trying so hard.” He also sang, “Listen for a minute…
Sticks n’ stones do hurt, words cut deep.” I believe the song is
called, “Invisible.” His final words of the song are, “Someday
you’ll look back and all this pain is going to be ‘invisible.'”
That message of ‘you’re not alone,’ is a wonderful one that did
pull at my heart strings.
Katy Perry came out onto a stage that did look like Halloween,
she had warned us she would be looking like a witch! The scenery
had a crystal ball, a full moon, women in black. Katy’s outfit
had a red ‘glow in the dark’ lit up tube top. It was almost like
a red bra. She had a purple gauzy net skirt on. The women who
danced around her, appeared to look more like streetwalkers, than
fellow witches. The song’s theme, not sure of the title, was
“Don’t Make Me Your Enemy.” The end of the song had Katy ‘burning
at the stake’ with flames rising around her. I did not feel her
voice sounded as good as it has in the past, nor did she have the
great and bold singing (as she promised to sound like Stevie Nicks!)
When Pop Duo or Group nominees came up I did feel that Pink’s
“Just Give Me a Reason,” “Stay,” sung by Rihanna, “Blurred Lines”
that Robin Thicke sings, and “Suit and Tie” with Justin Timberlake
and Jay Z have all been over-played on one of my newer radio
channels, “Sunny 95” or ‘94.7.’ I was happy that I recognized them,
and like the one that won, “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk and Pharrell
Williams. The most talked about hat was on Pharrell Williams, some
calling his brown hat, a Smokey the Bear hat!
Steve Coogan, a British actor and comedian announced the presence
and upcoming performance of two musicians he honors: Sir Paul
McCartney and Ringo Starr. His joke was, “I’d rather announce for
these two blokes than the whole lot of the Jonas Brothers.”
Steve Coogan is in a movie with Judi Dench playing the mother who
gave him up for adoption, “Philomena.” My AARP movie reviewer says
that this is the best older actors’ movie and plan to see this soon.
Joining them on stage was Dave Grohl, to sing a newly released song,
“Doom and Gloom.” I have to tell you the truth. It is a little like
the songs on Paul McCartney’s “Wings” group albums. Nice, fun, and
jazzy, but not memorable. Sorry, that is this humble reviewer’s take
on their new song! Dave Grohl comes from the Eurythmics’ group.
They did win the Grammy Award for BEST Rock and Roll Song with
it, though! So, hope you take a chance to hear it, give me your
honest feedback on it, please. Was I too harsh on my old ‘Faves’?
I felt that John Legend singing with the grand piano was great
and Taylor Swift, also, did an admirable job at the piano, too.
There were some humorous interplays between the different
musicians and I started to write them and stopped. I wanted to
just ‘be in the moment.’
Martina McBride and Zac Brown, (one who is Spanish reggae style
singer and the other Country Western) came out to give a special
tribute to two “Late greats” who were fine country artists and
legends in their time:
George Jones and Ray Price. “We lost two great legends in 2013.”
Daft Punk wear robot space outfits, with helmets that reflect
light so you cannot see in, not possible to identify these two
men. They were given credit for some technical lighting and
also, for that synthesized sound of music, or as one announcer
called it, “cyber music.” There were a few running jokes about
these two and when they got up to receive the award, someone
else spoke for them. I enjoyed the extraordinary assembly of
Niles Rogers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder!! This was
much better than I expected! It resembled, if one closed your
eyes, Earth, Wind and Fire’s sound style! Very rhythm, blues
with an upbeat tempo! I hope you stayed awake to hear this
collaboration. The Daft Punk ‘cyber-robots’ were there to
add their own sound and lights display, too.
In the country music section of the program, a great group
of men gathered! I just have to say, I love these guys!!
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake
Shelton. This was an awesome collection of songs. Three songs
were blended together (which I hope that my friend who writes
about Country Music, featured and reviewed.) I used to enjoy
the group “The Highwaymen,” sad that Waylon Jennings and others
have left us to join that band in the sky. Here are the songs
that they put together to perform:
“Highwayman,” “I’m proud to be an Okie from Muscogee” and “Mama’s
Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.” Many rockers in the
audience stood up and the spotlight, cameramen caught them singing
and dancing to this group of four men.
There were many more performers and nominations. There was Steven
Tyler, Metallica, Rolling Stones, Nate Rouse, Black Sabbath, Sara
Bareilles, Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts and more in the audience.
My last review, taken out of order is my favorite performance of
the evening: Robin Thicke and Chicago.
There songs were accompanied by the trumpets and horns of Chicago
group. They sang, “Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?” with “Saturday,
In the Park…(I Think It was the Fourth of July)” along with “In the
Name of Love,” and Robin Thicke’s song, “Good Girl.” (“In the Name of
Love” lyrics: “I wish I could sing it to you, Time marches too quickly
Doesn’t matter where we go…”
The very pleasant and memorable duet with Sara Bareilles with Carole
King should be listened to, if you are like me, a product of the 70’s!
It was a long, musically enjoyable Sunday evening, which I really wanted
to post about before you saw the news, but weather did not permit me to
do so. Library was closed two days in a row!