7 lessons i hope the grammy producers learned from this year’s grammys

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.

Lessons learned from the 2013 Grammys

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?



  1. 1
    Stefanie says:

    They were so boring it was nearly unbearable. Especially when I already knew who all the winners were due to social media. Great tips. Here’s hoping they read it.

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    Carolyn West says:

    I have to agree with you on all of the above. We were really questioning the sequence of performances. It didn’t seem to make a lot of sense. Also… the old timers thing can be cool… but you’re right… a little TOO much old. I’m 100% with you on the tape delay. DUMB! And yes, we all love LL Cool J, but he’s boring. As someone who was actually sitting in the audience, a comedian would have been a much better choice, especially between commercial breaks. Madonna was just as awful in person. Sad.

  3. 3
    Maria says:


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    mamikaze says:

    While I was not impressed with LL’s job, I am glad they branched out from the “funny white people” trap. There are plenty of other comedy types who could have done a great job. Anjelah Johnson, Gabriel Iglesias, Kevin Hart, or Nicole Byer would have all been stellar choices.
    I enjoyed the “old school” acts. Robin Thicke ruined the Chicago performance, though. I love JT but I didn’t miss him on but last night.
    I thought that the show was on too late and went too long.

  5. 5

    NPH would be a great host – mostly cuz he is musical – oh and Jimmy Fallon – for the same reason – and both are funny. OH how about having JT host?

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    theresa says:

    Wasn’t last night the 3rd time in a row that LL has hosted? I love him, but he needs a partner to liven it up! What about LL and NPH?

    AND I loved the whole Same Love sequence, but Madonna has got to go! She is not aging gracefully.

  7. 7

    Loved the old timers – just not so many in ONE short time period.

    And I thought LL was boring and lackluster. Loved the Kevin Hart suggestion! Also: Will Smith! (Not a suggestion, but why the hell not?).

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