Monday, January 27, 2014

The Grammy Awards, at Staples, looked like a Las Vegas show; Jared Leto's "Metallica" provides the climax

The Grammy’s were broadcast Sunday night on CBS and held in a cavernous Staples Center in Los Angeles.  (Why not do the Oscars there?) 

It looked like a Las Vegas show (in fact, why not do them in Vegas?) with performers on trapeze wires above the audience and flame acts.
  
The Grammy’s had 82 categories, with the entire list of nominees and winners here
  
The Record of the Year was “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, but I would have picked “Locked out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars, or perhaps “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.
  
The Album of the Year, “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk, is a different category.
  
Best song was ‘Royals”, but I would have chosen “Just Give Me a Reason” (a real favorite on Sirius XM The Blend) from “The Truth about Love”.
  
I wanted to note well that best classical record producer was David Frost, and the leadoff of his CD’s is “Home Stretch” with composer and pianist Timo Andres, including his own piano concerto called that, a solo piece, and a recomposition of the Piano Concerto #26 by Mozart, performed with the Metropolis Ensemble under Andrew Cyr (see my drama blog, Aug. 1, 2013).
  
The best classical composition was Winter Morning Walks by Maria Schneider. It appear to be a song cycle.  I will take a look at the CD and perhaps order from Amazon and review it later.  It’s getting to the point that Cloud storage of MPG files (purchased legally) is more practical than CD’s.
  
But the highlight of the evening was Jared Leto, appearing as a young man (he looks more like 24 than 42), reversed from “Dallas Buyers Club”, to announce the sensational performance of “Metallica: One” by his group “30 Seconds to Mars” from “This Is War”,  I reviewed his recent film “Artifact” about his battle with EMI yesterday on my movies blog. Here’s a link
  
   

The music was played on a stage on fire in a spectacular show, right near the end of the evening.  The music in spots resembled Stravinsky, almost like “The Rite of Spring”.  

There were 34 marriages performed at the Grammy's.  Were these all same-sex marriages? 

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