The Grammy telecast has become a place where musicians who might never have even met get to play together in unique combinations. This year saw Elton John singing with Ed Sheeran, and the Black Keys joining up with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in a nod to next week’s Mardi Gras festivities.
Given the assignment to watch the telecast Sunday, I wasn’t just on the “old people watch” (There’s Chick Corea! There’s Bonnie Raitt!), but in the spirit of our Grammy preview slideshow I was listening with an ear to music that our 50+ ears would find relatable and enjoyable. Did you have fun listening to fun.? I sure did. And I wasn’t surprised that they won best new artists and song of the year for “We Are Young.” (and how cool they thanked their moms and dads for letting them live at home while they struggled to make it).
Other than fun., as you explore new music, how about sampling something by Mumford and Sons, Sunday’s winner of album of the year just two years after wowing the 2011 Grammy crowd in an appearance with Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers.
The Grammy mostly ignores older artists. But there a few categories where you have to have some years behind you. You may not know all these Lifetime Achievement Award winners, so here are a few links:
- Classical pianist Glenn Gould
- Jazz bassist Charlie Haden
- Blues guitarist Lightinin Hopkins
- Pop singer/songwriter Carole King
- Singing legend Patti Page
- Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar
- Motown greats The Temptations
And a Governor’s Award went to Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who are widely known as Barbra Streisand’s favorite songwriters, while a VERY short tribute to Dave Brubeck was led by three jazz greats: Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Kenny Garrett.
Personal favorite performance: Mavis Staples bringing down the house during the all-star tribute to Levon Helm of The Band.
And here’s a final tweet from comedian @Brian Hope: Why are they giving the awards to musicians? I thought this was supposed to celebrate the world’s best grandmothers.
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