Thursday, February 09, 2006

U2 Dismantles the Grammys

I'm a naysayer. I generally dismiss awards shows as politicized popularity contests. Kind of like electing a third grade class president. Only the most popular kid wins. Regardless of talent, poliltical platform ("I promise to try to get candy in the cafeteria!"), or any sort of substance.

Last night's Grammy Awards proved me wrong. Kinda. I'm not ready to give up on my cynicism yet. U2 walked off (or should i say "walked on") with five Grammys: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Rock Album, Rock Song, and one of those awards they seem to create in order to just give out more awards: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (I think). More on that in a minute. But to see a band of substance (full disclosure: Yes, they are my favorite band. No, I'm not obsessed), a band with talent, a band that not only transcends musical labels but transcends the entire music scene itself (there are very few entertainers I can take seriously when they start talking politics) win on music's self-title "most important night" gives me some faith.

Not only were they the big winners, but they beat out top nominees Mariah Carey (substance?) and Kanye West (What Would Kanye Do?). All in all a good night, and wasn't it interesting to see Sly Stone again, even if he was trying to do his best George Clinton impersonation?

I promise to try to blog here more often. That is my intent, but the days fly by and work is busy, family life is busy, and there is just a heck of a lot going on. But just to tease you, my intent is to start a series called "What's wrong with the church?" Could be a long series....

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