After watching the Grammys last night I was excited to discover music groups and solo acts that I had never heard of before who were awesome and engaging and worth exploring. The night also explains why the Oscars and the Golden Globes are so boring.
The Grammys and the Tonys (for Broadway performances) are designed to entertain, educated, fascinate and open the door to new experiences for the viewing public. It's a free mega-entertainment event that's some of the best television you can watch on non-cable TV.
Last night I discovered Esperanza Spalding for example....an amazing dynamo of jazz talent that honestly I would never have heard had it not been for the Grammys. Wow factor. (Thank god it wasn't that Biebette talentless child!). And what about all the acoustical talent? Incredible music, pure, energetic, exciting to watch. If anything, for me, this night of television reawakened my interest in new musical acts and specifically a desire to go to iTunes and (pay to) download a lot of new stuff. The evening should prove very profitable for the music industry.
And who will forget the aging but ageless body of Mick Jagger who never disappoints. And Barbra Streisand. Well, her voice is not quite what it was but still amazing nonetheless even if she looks pretty chunky she still is an American icon. Having so much diversified talent on one show is just what television should be about. (I even like the fact that the Grammy academy head is named PORTNOW...probably was PORTNOY and got lost in translation somewhere along the way).
In contrast, the Oscars (in just a few weeks) is the emperor's new clothes. Lots of artifical hype and self-congratulations about and for mostly mediocre talent. It is always boring (except women and some men like to watch the red carpet who is wearing what schtick) too long and rarely does it send me to go see a movie I hadn't already passed on. At least the Golden Globes are short and to the point. The Oscars are way too long. Maybe they should have a one hour red carpet event with 30 minutes of warp-speed award presentations and that would be it. Short, slightly entertaining and boom done.
I will probably buy the Grammy album featuring the music from last night plus watch the show replay to learn more about new talent and drop some dime becoming better acquainted with them.
Watching out for you everyday.