As it is with most award shows, I tuned in to the 2013 Grammys with high hopes and eager anticipation of seeing show-stopping performances by my favorite artists. Though there were a handful of memorable moments, I was not thrilled with the show overall. I thought it was a snooze-fest with a few fun moments sprinkled here and there.
So, to avoid such a debacle for next year, here is a list of lessons I hope the Grammy producers learned from this year’s show.
1. Don’t book more than two
old timers legends. Holy Silver Centrum! A few “classic” performers are okay, but it seemed like this show was an entire “Throwback Thursday” starring the likes of Paul McCartney, Ringo, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristoferson, and the list goes on and on. It was just too much oldie and not enough goodie.
2. Don’t schedule artists back to back to back if they’re all doing ballads on the piano. I had to wake myself up a few times, in between the ballads in the first half of the show. Yes, I love John Legend’s new song, but when there are 4 ballads back-to-back, it’s just too much snooze and not enough flooze.
3. Don’t have Madonna sing. I might be one of the biggest Madge fans out there but the superstar cannot sing a melody to save her life, particularly when she’s singing next to someone like Mary Lambert.
4. Don’t tape delay. Um, this one is pretty easy. It’s 2014. EVERYONE is on social media and ALL of the results are posted EVERYWHERE in real time. Get with the times, friends.
5. Beg, borrow and steal, or whatever you need to do, to get JT to perform. I’m not sure why Justin Timberlake wasn’t there, but barring an illness/death in his family, he should’ve been there to perform considering he had not 1 but 2 hit albums out this past year. It just wasn’t the same without him.
6. Continue to have a HUGELY emotional, socially-pertinent finale, and be sure to tweet out spoilers so we all stay tuned til the end.
7. Hire a comedic host. Though I love me some LL Cool J, just like every other white girl who thinks she’s black, I’m not sure he’s the best guy to host this hugely important, widely watched, potentially boring show. Neil Patrick Harris or the Tina/Amy duo would’ve been better than Mr. Mama Said Knock You Out.
What did you think of the show?