Pin It
Favorite

Bomb Garden 

by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Masquerade & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & ifty is an important anniversary. Gold, right? The kind of event whole retirement communities in Florida and Arizona get dressed up to celebrate. Families fly in from out of town. Everyone puts on their glad rags and gathers to pretend that the constituents of the union they're celebrating aren't withering to dust in front of their eyes.





An overly bleak portrait of marriage perhaps, but not of the record industry, whose 50th-anniversary Grammy Awards was a dithering mix of in-group circle jerk and head-in-the-sand reminiscence.





Tina Turner sings "Proud Mary" with Beyonce. Cirque de Mediocre pantomimes a Sgt. Pepper-themed Beatles tribute. Alicia Keys duets a filmed Frank Sinatra the way Natalie Cole had done with her late dad Nat.





Yawn.





The best moment of the night for the forward-looking among us was Kanye West getting Daft Punk onstage for their first TV performance. The worst wasn't Kanye then losing Album of the Year to Herbie Hancock, it was Kanye not throwing a temper tantrum afterward. He wasn't happy, but he was hardly his old bratty self. Part of that was West's cunning, not wanting to criticize the decision to lionize an African-American icon like Hancock. Part of it, though, had to be a realization that the Grammys are utterly irrelevant.





Why did Timbaland get five producer noms and Mark Ronson only three? Why didn't MIA get any nods at all? To quote certain increasingly belabored presidential campaigns: the status quo. Big labels put the thing on, big labels take home the prizes. The Song of the Year dark horse, nominee for God's sake, was Corinne Bailey Rae, a Capitol Records signee. In the major categories, I can count on one hand the number of nominees from non-major labels. Arcade Fire for Alternative Album and Paramour for Best New Artist.





The Internet has led to choice, and choice has led people to spend less time with mass-marketed artists and more time exploring boutique labels and back catalogues. The Grammys have failed to keep pace.





Say what you will about the Oscars, the blockbusters don't always win. At the Grammys they do -- they're the only things nominated -- which is why viewership is dropping as fast as major-label album sales.
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Women's Movement
  • Women's Movement

    The Zags are thrilling their fans and filling the stands in a way few women's programs are anywhere
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Cultural Warrior
  • Cultural Warrior

    Publisher's Note
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Sorry, Senator Risch
  • Sorry, Senator Risch

    But transparency isn't the problem with torture
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular

Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular @ Riverfront Park

Through Jan. 1, 2015

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Let Us Breathe

    Spokane joins national protests over the failure to indict white officers for killing black civilians
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • Screw Big Cities

    A mid-sized manifesto
    • Dec 3, 2014
  • More »

© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation