So who watched the Grammys
last night? We initially tuned in for The Police’s show-stopping rendition of "Roxanne"
(which was odd, since that show-stopping performance was what actually started the show). And, much to our surprise, we ended up watching the entire event, stopping only to take a break during the extended Rascal Flatts / Carrie Underwood hoedown.
For the record, the 2006 Grammy Awards really rubbed us the wrong way. Maybe it was the site of a shaky-legged Sly Stone
, who took the stage for approximately 20 seconds and looked scarily similar to the title character from "Alien." Or maybe it was the event’s presentation on TV, with commercials overtaking several performances. Ugh. We simply didn’t like it, so we didn't exactly have high hopes for this year's follow-up.
But sue us: we enjoyed John Mayer’s guitar solo at the end of "Gravity." We thought Justin Timberlake kinda rocked it during "What Goes Around Comes Around," even though the song is basically "Cry Me a River" with piano and a guitar solo. We were happy when the Dixie Chicks took back the country throne, and we clapped ourselves on the back for recognizing Dan Wilson (songwriter for the Dixie Chicks’ recent album, and lead singer of Semisonic). We even enjoyed Chris Brown’s dancing, despite the subsequent loss of indie cred when we mentioned this enjoyment to our Baeble co-workers…
In case you missed the show, here’s your Baeble cheat sheet:
• The Dixie Chicks led the pack of winners, nabbing five Grammys for their 2006 album Taking the Long Way
. Other big winners were the Red Hot Chili Peppers (with four awards), Mary J. Blige (3), Gnarls Barkley (2), and Bob Dylan (2).
• Smokey Robinson performed "Tracks of my Tears" and sounded great. He looked like a plastic replica of himself, but… well, he sounded excellent.
• Many performers took the stage for two of more songs, with both Justin Timberlake and Carrie Underwood performing three
• No sub-par song can sink the Red Hot Chili Peppers... but no amount of confetti can change the fact that "Snow," the sub-par song they performed last night, is ridiculously boring.
• John Mayer and Corinne Bailey Rae have the same haircut. Who knew?