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Sunday, January 26, 2014

2014 GRAMMY AWARDS

The Gramophone Award (now known as the Grammy Award) for songs almost totally foreign to me, was tonight on CBS at 7PM.  Why I do this I'm not sure, but you can gaze at my effort last year and in 2012, which had some appearances by my kind of entertainers:  Beach Boys and Glen Campbell (mind you, he already had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's when he showed up).

The highlights this year were this truly eclectic mix of performers:
  • Madonna, and no one yet knows what she will do, but scroll down to find out
  • Metallica with Ling Ling, yes the pianist

  • Two of the Beatles:  Paul McCartney and Ringo Star, together...and did you realize they broke up almost 44 years ago...44 years.  Above, John and George, who are no longer with us.
  • I'll look forward to Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons (you surely must be familiar with their Radioactive...I'm not), also together, because I haven't the faintest idea who they are, but many say Lamar has staying power, and I love dragons.
  • Also performing will be Willie Nelson, Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton and more.
Wait a minute, I know all of them.

I honestly never ever heard of Daft Punk until just now, but they have an Album of the Year nominee with Random Access Memories (one hour nineteen minute recording), and they first formed in 1992, with their first group named Darling, after one of the songs of their idols, the Beach Boys.  Here is their One More Time, and worth a 5+ minute journey with just a click.  I thought Taylor Swift's Red came out in 2012, but here she is again as best album:


Let me finally add New Zealander of Croatian and Irish ancestry Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Conner (her father is a civil engineer), who simplified her name to Lorde, and has a Record of the Year nomination for Royals:

She was the first from her country to top the Billboard 100 and might well be the favorite to win best song...and she is all of 17 years old.  I should add that I never heard of her until I did some research five minutes ago.  


Okay, I should also mention Bruno Mars, who also has a Record of Year nomination for Locked Out of Heaven, as he is from Hawaii, will be the featured entertainer at the Super Bowl half time in a week and is giving a two-night performance here in April.


That's Bruno when young as Elvis.  Make your day...click on it.  That was from the movie, "Honeymoon in Las Vegas," one of my favorite films, with Kauai and 34 flying Elvis impersonators.

There were more, but here are the highlights.  The show was opened by Beyonce...then came Jay Z...well they're supposed to be married...but:


Although they looked lovey-dovey sitting next to each other in the front row.  I still can't believe Lorde is 17, but she won two awards:


Macklemore and Lewis got four  Grammys:


French pop duo Daft Punk prevailed on five awards.  They're in the middle with Pharrel Williams and Nile Rogers for Get Lucky.


They wear Star Wars helmets when they entertain:  Robin Thicke sang with Chicago:


Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons:


Paul (71) and Ringo (73) performed McCartney's new song:


Bruno got an award for something:


Merle Haggard (76}, Kris Kristoferson (77) and Willie Nelson (almost 80) joined Blake Shelton (37):


Stevie Wonder (63) and Daft Punk:


Carole King (72) and Sarah Bareilles :


Metallica and Lang Lang:


Madonna showed up with Queen Latifah, Macklemore & Lewis and more to serenade 33 marriages of all kinds, even conventional:


A tribute to the Everly Brothers (Phil passed away last year)  by Miranda Lambert and  Billy Joe Armstrong:


Finale with Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Nine Inch Nails, and Queens of the Stone Age:


The show went overtime and finished at 10:45PM or so.  Of final interest:
  • There were 82 winning categories, but only a few were actually presented on the TV show, for this was almost pure entertainment.
  • Herb Alpert (yes, that's  77-year old Herb Alpert to the right, famous for A Taste of Honey and Whipped Cream) won Best Pop Instrumental Album with "Stepping Out."
  • If you want the complete story, click on The Guardian.
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