The Grammys: Music Wins!

Here are some of my random thoughts and observations from last night’s award show:

  • Adele has restored my faith that the music business might still be about music. If you didn’t watch the show, at least watch her performance. Sandwiched in the show between Katy Perry’s pyro-crazed set and Nicki Minaj’s … whatever it was she did … Adele. Was. Awesome.
  • So, speaking of Katy Perry. She used her time slot to vent about her personal life. She debuted a new song that I thought sounded a little (lot) spiteful, and some online searching this morning confirmed it.
  • Nicki Minaj‘s performance was … weird. I’m sure there will be some official backlash from religious organizations, but honestly, I don’t think it’s worth the energy. It seemed weird just for the sake of weirdness. If she was trying to make a point in the bizarre performance, I missed it. There’s really not much more to say, but there’s stuff to read (and I’m glad to know it wasn’t just me).
  • The night was full of tributes, as always. But the unexpected death of Whitney Houston this past weekend impacted the entire show. Jennifer Hudson was obviously emotional, which made her performance of Whitney’s signature song a true tribute.
  • I have to admit I was bothered by Chris Brown‘s presence … and winning … after the 2009 pre-Grammy’s incident. But I guess there’s a lesson in forgiveness there for all of us … although I’m not sure I’d dig too deep into his life as an example for students.
  • Electronic music had its moment last night … dare I say EDM has finally gone mainstream?
  • Taylor Swift‘s song “Mean” won her two awards, and her performance won her a standing ovation. @jonacuff tweeted something I think youth leaders echo: “Dear @taylorswift13, thanks for making music that lets little girls still be little girls. (A dad of two)”

So what about you … did you watch the Grammys? Did you like the show? Share in the comments.

4 Responses to The Grammys: Music Wins!

  1. I watched the Grammy’s last night just because there was nothing really to do and watch after a long and busy weekend, but I thought some of the performances were alright. When I was younger I enjoyed the Grammy’s more than I do now. I enjoyed the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Adele and Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston was amazing and she did a such a good job.

    I like some of Katy Perry’s songs, but her performance was not the greatest, but It was better than Nikki Minaj’s performance; which I thought was weird beyond explaination!!! I didn’t pay much attention to that performance, but when I was talking to my mom she thought it was a bit satanic.

    All and all I thought the Grammy’s were alright, but I am glad Adele won best album. To be honest I would enjoy the Dove Awards so much better because those bands/artists that would perform know how to act properly and they perform for their Lord and Savior!

  2. I loved the Beach Boys and Sir Paul’s performances. Both of those were great. Foo Fighters were good too. I’m glad there is at least one group who is concerned with making great music. I also didn’t care for Minaj’s or Perry’s songs. It’s also a little disappointing that most of the awards are given out off the air.

    Oh yea, I’m also a new The Civil Wars fan. Enjoyed their stuff and checked them out today. I like it so far.

  3. Good stinking grief Interlinc, why on Earth are critiquing and praising the Grammys??? The entire reason I invest in your ministry is because you exist to stand in opposition to trash that is done and awarded in the Grammys, and instead make it easier for us to give good, God honoring music to our kids.
    I don’t think Adele should be praised. Yes her talent is obvious, and it’s a neat story of how her voice is still great despite the surgery she had to have. But she nor her music, doesn’t honor the Lord. And if you’ve read any stories about her personal life, there is little there to be praised. (Yes it’s great that she won all those awards despite the fact that she’s not as flashy or bigger than the average professional singer. But that still isn’t reason for me to be an Adele fan.) Just this last week, a story was released about how she loves profanity so much she downloaded an app on her phone to cuss for her while she wasn’t able to speak.
    I don’t think Taylor Swift should be praised. Her song Mean is spiteful and the exact opposite of the attitudes and actions we’re supposed to be teaching our students. Her habit of cutting down people that don’t like her or have wronged her on an international stage is the exact opposite of what Christ teaches us to do. Her personal life does at least seem to be more praiseworthy than others that took the stage and I applaud that. But you’re nuts if you think I’m encouraging my students to listen to her, or allowing my 2 daughters to listen to her.
    Nicki Minaj was bashing Christians everywhere. It’s not secret that when the public attacks Christians pubically, they use the Catholic church to depict us because they’re most easily recognizable. I’m not Catholic, but I don’t have to be understand what was being done was sacrilege.
    The Grammys KNEW what she was going to do on stage. They helped her build the set and filmed the little movie that went with her performance. In other words, they’re more than okay with it. So it wasn’t just her attacking our faith. Its the Grammys endorsing the attack.
    Paul McCartney is a known atheist and god hater. Not praise worthy. (Neither are the Beetles and their music!)
    Whitney Houston was INSANELY talented, but also most likely died because of complications due to hard drug and alcohol use (whether it be an overdose of some kind, or her body just plain giving out from years of hard living.) It is sad that she passed, but shouldn’t be a shock.
    These are not role models. These are not things that the church should be applauding. These are people that we should be praying for and reaching out to them, and yes, I completely believe, should be teaching our kids to stay away from, and their music.

    I don’t stand in judgement of these people. They’re not believers and the Scriptures make plain that people that don’t know the Lord are blind and don’t even realize in most cases how sinful they’re being. I’m absolutely no better than they are. I am/was merely blind, but now I see and it’s divine grace that I am saved, not even a little bit of work on my own. The battle that we all face as youth workers (among others) is pointing our kids to things and people who are truly praise worthy. The Grammys is almost completely the exact opposite of that. My problem isn’t with these artists or the Grammys. It’s with you guys at Interlinc and this article. You should know better.

    And why why why, in your entire article, didn’t you recognize the people in the Christian community who won awards last night? You should have let off your story with that. Sheesh.

    I love you guys. And I’m going to keep buying my YLO’s, because I love what you do and you do it cheaper and better than anywhere else I can get it from. But come on guys, you know better. You can do better.

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