This Grammys Night post is delayed by a day because the sad demise of Whitney Houston took precedence. As one might have expected, the show turned into a tribute of sorts to Whitney. Indeed, Entertainment Industry honcho Clive Davis’s pre-party set the scene for the Grammys as it turned into a bit of a ‘Whitneython’. At the Awards proper, Jennifer Hudson, who has to some extent modelled herself on Whitney, made a few eyes well up with her performance I Will Always Love You.
The news of the night was the comeback of Adele – and how! She took six awards including a sweep of the big three (song, record, album). Her album 21 has been a record-breaking monster seller in America. Does all this portend a new British Invasion? Will the Sceptred Isle launch a slew of Adele wannabes?
Adele just pipped Rockers Foo Fighters, the runners-up with five awards. A refreshing change from over-produced tracks, Foo Fighters’ winner was a Creedence Clearwater type of acoustically recorded number by this classic garage band.
The year’s award-winners were an interesting mix between big-name acts and up-and-coming unknowns. Thus, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Jay-Z, and Kanye West took the gilt gramophone replica alongwith lesser known singers Cee Lo Green, Bon Iver, and Lady Antebellum. No limelight for big-names Lady Gaga or Kate Perry though, as one was sidelined and the other overshadowed.
Grammy Night also took a look back – way back: Glen ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ Campbell was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, a tribute was paid to Etta James, Diana Ross belted out a number, the Beach Boys got together, and, for his duet with Amy Winehouse, yet another Grammy went to Tony Bennett! (How does the old man keep doing it? A. Because he’s an ageless legend!)
All said, wasn’t it a well-rounded show? Something for everyone, I thought. Even those diehard Elvis fans loved it – after all, someone spotted The King in the third row . . . .
Love me Tender – and I’ll be your Teddy Bear,