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This one’s not about music

I’ve been waiting for (dreading) this interview with Nicki Minaj. It aired on Nightline last night, and I’d been hearing about it (via twitter) for a week or so. I didn’t watch last night, but I found it online first thing this morning to see what went down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7E4HDbNVa0

My “dread” was of the head-shaking “here we go again” variety. There are plenty of things in this interview I take issue with. And on another day, I might write a post about any one of these quotes from the interview:

“I love the F-bomb.”

I mean come on, that post all but writes itself.

“I don’t want to offend moms and children that come to my shows, but … “

But what? You don’t think your Barbie-doll-like appearance and bubble gum color costumes appeal to the tween set?

“Can Sophia sing that one?”

(referring to the 8 year old whose YouTube video of her singing Super Bass landed her on “Ellen.”) And don’t get me started on the parents thinking it was “cute” to have their 8 year old singing a song that includes “He just gotta give me that look, when he give me that look / Then the panties comin’ off, off, unh”

I wrote a bit about Nicki’s hit “Stupid Hoe” before her Super Bowl appearance. And her Grammy performance left me shaking my head. So I had already mentally prepared for this post. I was ready to be angry. My defenses were up. I was mapping out my response to every “I’m-gonna-change-the-world” or “My-music-is-about-empowering-women” comment. PUH-leeeez.

But instead I find myself with a completely different set of emotions after watching the interview. Heartache. Grief. Conviction.

I’ve watched the interview three times and all I can see is a little girl who grew up in a hellish nightmare that no child should experience. A kid who was robbed of the innocence of childhood, and who never experienced the love of a father. Under all the wigs and costumes and makeup and bravado, there’s a young woman who desperately wants to be cherished and loved.

Here’s what was whispered to my heart while I watched the interview: God loves Nicki Minaj.

As much as he loves me.

And you. And the young ladies (and men) in your student ministry who may be growing up in their own version of a hellish childhood.

So today I’m not going to get all wound up about her music. Today I need to embrace the heartache, in order to be reminded of the vastness of God’s love. I need to recognize the search for Truth that is exposed in the lyrics of so many mainstream artists. I need to pray for wisdom, so that when given the opportunity, I’ll be bold enough to point to that Truth. And I need to pray for Nicki Minaj, that she’ll discover the love of the true Father.

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.

Halftime show countdown continues

The big game is only a few days away. We’ve already blogged about featured half-time performer Madonna, but there’s another “heads up” you need going into the game. Multiple reports are that Nicki Minaj will be onstage with Madonna on Sunday.

Watch “Stupid Hoe” … if you want
Often I’ll include videos here on the blog because we want you to really understand what your students are seeing and hearing. (One thing to note, though, I never “auto play” the videos so you can always make the choice to watch or not). Many times, too, it’s important to look beyond the explicit behavior (think sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll) to see the deeper message the video is communicating (like the underlying messages of the Rihanna video “We Found Love” that we blogged about). But with “Stupid Hoe,” it seems to me that the message is the explicit material. So I can’t justify including it here.

If you don’t know Nicki and her music, I’m going to let you discover it for yourself (as 19 million other people already have on youtube). If you want, you can go watch the video for “Stupid Hoe” (her latest hit). And don’t dismiss that “explicit” label. It’s accurate.

I started to include a bit of the “Stupid Hoe” lyrics here, but again I just can’t bring myself to do it. I couldn’t find two lines that weren’t so vulgar or profane I felt comfortable including them. So if you want to, go here to read them for yourself.

I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping they’ll be using a 10 second tape delay on the halftime show on Sunday … and I hope the producers are on their toes.