It is often pleasant to wish ourselves to a magical world where all is good. It's our "happy place" and I'm sure we all have one. Mine used to include music and I would anticipate "music's biggest night" as a high point in the year. At one time the Grammys was about music. But like MTV, it is not about music anymore, but rather theatrics and agenda.
There is a controversy over this year's broadcast about whether it was offensive to Christians. Not that anyone in the Academy of Recording Arts or the industry cares about offending anyone. Christians were offended and have found a defender of the faith in Contemporary Christian artist Natalie Grant. Grant was nominated for two Grammys Sunday and attended the ceremony only to leave early and tweet about it. Though she didn't mention a specific part she found offensive she said...”(1 of 2) We left the Grammy's early. I've many thoughts, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I'll say this:I've never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I've never been more sure of the path I've chosen.” It has created a firestorm of both praise and hate for her and her cause.
It would have been nice to have avoided this by being more God friendly. Here is what it might have been like.
Beyonce and Jay-Z - Drunk in Love
Certainly it would have started without the seductive chair dance by Beyonce. Most people would have thought of this as harmless if they didn't know this is a staple of strip clubs. Not much was left for the imagination in the performance. I did like the lighting and the smoke. It could have been a scene from heaven if the background weren't so dark. (pun intended.) I imagine there is smoke in hell, too. By the way Jay-Z, I gotta hand it to you, nothing spells female sex-ploitation like this act. You da man. I'd prefer you act like one and get a room. And to be sure, the God you thanked "...a little" is not the one so many know and love.
Katy Perry - Dark Horse
The words “Crystal ball...invoking the spirits...she's a witch...” introduce the occult laced performance by Katy Perry. Poor Katy, once a CCM performer like Natalie Grant, has been reduced to acting out Satanic ritual before millions of viewers. Hope your sell out is worth it. Get used to the flames. The burning at the stake would be more appreciated perhaps had she been re-inacting the Joan of Arc tragedy. Smoke is smoke after all.
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, (Rev) Queen Latifah - Same Love
Well, well, well...finally Church. Well not like you or I have ever seen it. First we have our worship leader Macklemore admit that he thought he was gay as a child. This might have had a good ending if he had been able to state his opinion without Christian bashing. He had his say but if a singer, ANY singer would have sang about the opposing view it would have been a riot. Instead of shutting down the voice of the church (and conservatives) he could have even done well speaking of “same love” as what is is...a romantic attraction between two people and the glories of that alone. But he chose to blame the church. Or maybe he could have sang the truth...that same love is just double speak for same "sex"...yes marriage is about romantic love between two people, but is also about people who are complimentarily equipped, ie sexual parts, and the end to which they are built. Two men or two women can never create a child naturally... EVER. So ultimately it is about sex and the rejection of it's biological purpose. It would have been great but my guess is Macklemore is not honest or moral enough find a rap to rhyme with sodomy, filatio, and cunniligus. But I can rhyme anal with banal, which is what that faux wedding (c)rap was. Oh...and don't get offended if people say” That's gay”... because if they say it, it usually is.
Daft Punk - Album of the Year award
So we came to the end of the night with two robots winning record and album of the year. Daft Punk is actually a French electronic music duo consisting of musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, which is funny that they would be on an American music show voicing such a personal and divisive opinion. Iconic songwriter/composer Paul Williams “translated” for them saying, same-love is ”for all people at any time in any combination”... (The sound of a record needle scratching!) I'm sorry...does that include incest, pedophilia, bestiality? I know bestiality is a stretch, but all that is required for same-love is a romantic feelings and two “persons”. Beware should you love your pet too much you could end up "married" to it.
Finally, the music. If the Grammy's had gone God the music would not have sucked. It seemed that all the performances were strained and played up too much. Not enough heart and truth. Artists like Metallica performing with classical pianist Lang Lang, Queens of the Stone Age with Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, Lindsey Buckingham...face it, not matches made in heaven. The only one with angel points is Lindsey by a wide margin. Even the “Beatle reunion” of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sucked. They could have used a catchier, more relevant song than “Queenie Eye”. One which all the players actually knew how to play. But perhaps the “queen” theme was the only way to fit it in.