At last night’s Grammy Awards from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, there were a few surprises; but nothing was a bigger surprise than the absence of Trump-bashing. However, there were a couple of pro-Trump moments on the red carpet before the show.
Live on my Facebook page - Scoot On The Air - I was commenting on winners and performers during the Grammys and the amazing performance by Janelle Monae inspired comparisons to both Prince and Michael Jackson. Cardi B became the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album, and her endless rambling about being pregnancy and doing her video only ended when producers cranked up the cue music.
Diana Ross and Dolly Parton both performed, and they looked and sounded spectacular. Miley Cyrus behaved and may be showing signs of growing up with her fans, which is necessary to remain relevant. And as I watched The Red Hot Chili Peppers I wondered why Anthony Keidis has decided to continue to look like a 70s porn star.
The Smokey Robinson-led tribute to Motown was memorable; and I was impressed with young artist H.E.R., who won a Grammy for Best R&B Album. The acknowledgment of Aretha Franklin was touching and a great promotion for an upcoming special on the Queen of Soul.
While I can honestly say that much of the music performed and many of the winners are not from my favorite musical genres, the presentation of the Grammy Awards was entertaining; but the positive moments from guests and winners were most noteworthy.
Alicia Keys hosted the Grammy Awards for the first time. She is beautiful and extremely talented, but I was not impressed with her as host. Keys banter seemed obsequious; and over time the phrase, “Here’s my sista…” lost its effectiveness when nearly everyone was her “sista.”
Early in the show, Alicia Keys introduced four powerful women - Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Obama. Each woman had meaningful words, and I was surprised that even the former First Lady did not use her platform to bash Trump or make a political statement. Michelle Obama talked about how “Music helps us share ourselves - our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in.” And was I the only one surprised by how tall Michelle Obama is? Her height led to the absurd social media speculation that she is actually a man! Gotta love social media and the trolls who live there.
Lady Gaga’s message was one of believing in yourself and spoke of the people who told her she would never make it for numerous reasons. She basically said that you should follow what you believe in, regardless of the naysayers.
The absence of anti-Trump rhetoric and political statements at The 2019 Grammy Awards either means that awards shows have gotten the message that American audiences are tuning out of awards show because of the politics, or the awards shows realize that the saturation of political talk and debate throughout society has reached the point where using an entertainment venue to promote political ideology is depleting audience size. Which do you think it is?