5 Things the Grammys Taught Us
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

Last night millions of Americans tuned to CBS for the annual three hours of music entertainment promised by the Grammys. While many continue to wonder why they skipped True Detective and Shameless to watch a bunch of robots receive awards, we tried our damndest to wring out every last bit of useful information the excessive program provided.

Radio Still Rules

Daft Punk and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis collectively went home with eight major awards convincing us that two of the year's most overplayed songs were done so for good reason. And to be honest, seeing these two duos in the iconic, post-award presser pose, arms full of gramophones, shouldn't be a disappointing view. Always remember it's been far worse in the past (see Lady Antebellum in 2010).

Rock and Roll Entered Retirement

Three of the ceremony's four rock honors were taken home by individuals eligible for Medicare. Best Rock Album went to Led Zeppelin, Rock Song to Paul McCartney (and his team of young Nirvana whippersnappers), and Metal Performance to Black Sabbath. In no way do we think these legendary rockers were undeserving of the recognition, but when a genre's founding fathers continue to win accolades half of a century into their careers, the quality of the up-and-coming competition should be brought into question. Maybe next year's will be different. Both U2 and The Black Keys are scheduled to release new records and we already know that they're adored by the Grammys.

Indie, Indie, Indie

Throughout the past decade the concept of indie music has been rendered down to become a general descriptor of anything that extends beyond simple genre guidelines. As Macklemore pointed out during one of his multiple acceptance speeches, he and Ryan Lewis' debut LP was a true indie-pendent record, produced and released entirely on their own without the backing of any major or minor label.

Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons Were the Ideal Odd Couple

The Grammys are known for pairing up random artists for unique performances. As expected, many falter, but some do prevail by unleashing something truly remarkable, a la the remix of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" (feat. Kendrick Lamar), whose audio can now be purchased as a single on iTunes.



Hats...

From robot helmets to Arbys 10-gallons, hats were popular at this year's Grammys...



Oh...and honorable mention goes to Beyonce for reminding us of her wow factor...

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