If you saw last Sunday’s Grammy Awards show on CBS, you saw quite a production.
I would characterize this year’s annual music award show as “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” — with the good far outweighing the bad and ugly combined.
Yes, there was Bob Dylan “attempting” to sing, but fortunately being drowned out by his background music, Gwyneth Paltrow showing a lack of class with the lyrics of her performance and rapper Eminem being his usual profane self, causing CBS to bleep out major parts of his “Love The Way You Lie” duet with hip-hop artist Rihanna.
But overall, this year’s Grammy awards show was something to write home about. Music’s annual award telecast has always been more about the performances than the prizes, and last Sunday’s show qualified as the most eclectic concert ever put on television.
The stunning tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, by Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, et al, set the stage for a spectacular evening of entertainment. Rising star, Bruno Mars, who came onto the music scene just last year and already has two No. 1 hits under his R&B belt, performed brilliantly and with the class of his Rhythm & Blues’ predecessors. Lady Gaga’s choreography, costume and energy were as dynamic and unpredictable as her “60 Minutes” interview immediately preceding the three-hour awards show.
And appropriately, the Grammy producers saved the best performance for near the end of their program. Mick Jagger, 67, formerly of the Rolling Stones, bounced around that stage with astonishing gusto, singing “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” in tribute to the late Solomon Burke. For a moment, I thought I was watching a YouTube video of Jagger from the late 1960s. He looked and sounded terrific. It was Jagger’s first time performing at the Grammys.
This week’s trivia question is: Which of the following songs was NOT a No. 1 hit by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones? A) “Paint It Black,” B) “Like A Rolling Stone,” C) “Honky Tonk Women,” or D) “Ruby Tuesday”?
If you’re caller number five this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a Best of the Stones’ CD, which includes all eight of their No. 1 hits and 12 of their other top 10 hits.
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was:
In Nat King Cole’s 1981 lighthearted, whimsical song of romance, “L-O-V-E,” Cole sings that “L” is for the way you LOOK at me, “O” is for the ONLY one I see, and “V” is VERY, VERY extraordinary.
What does the letter “E” stand for in Cole’s “L-O-V-E” song? Is it A) “is EVEN more than anyone that you adore,” B) “is EVERY man’s desire for you,” C) “is always and EVER you, my darling” or D) “is my love for you and you alone, ETHEL Mae.”
The correct answer was A) “is EVEN more than anyone that you adore.”
Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Roberta Cogswell, who won her choice of two different “Valentine’s Day“ love songs CDs — “50 Years of Love Songs,” featuring the top love songs of the last half-century or “Country Love Songs,” a collection of rural America’s favorite romantic hits.
The choice was easy for Roberta, as she told me, “I can stand some country music, but just not too much.”
Last week’s trivia question was a piece of cake for Roberta, as she said, “Along with Judy Garland and Patsy Cline, Nat King Cole is one of my favorite singers.”
Roberta also told me that she feels like a real celebrity of late as she and her husband, Tobe, were featured last week on the front page of the Roundup. The lovebirds are “celebrating nearly 70 years of Valentines.”
Lastly, I’ve added two new sets of pictures to my Web site this past week.
Last Saturday, I had the privilege to entertain for the C.J. Johnson-Kristen Wooldridge wedding at the Assembly of God Church next to Green Valley Park. C.J is the son of Charlie and Twila Johnson of Payson and is employed at Del Taco. Kristen is the daughter of Pastor Kelly and Terri Wooldridge, also of Payson, and is employed as the secretary at the Assembly of God Church. More than 200 guests joined the bubbly couple for their ceremony and reception.
Pictures I’ve also added are from Tonto Basin School’s St. Valentine’s Day dance, where the kids are not a bit shy about getting out on the dance floor and having a great time.
Have a great week!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com