#Breaking #Grammys2023 Best song for Social change #WINNER #Baraye By Shervin.#Iran #MahsaAmini #IranRevolution pic.twitter.com/FtGRrEzcKr
— Cyrus Razavi (@cyrus_razavi) February 6, 2023
It’s a good song, IM (totally ignorant) O…
The First Lady of the U.S.A. (@FLOTUS) Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) announced the winner of the 2023 Grammy Award (@RecordingAcad) for Best Song For Social Change as Iranian singer, songwriter Shervin Hajipour for his song "Baraye"#WomanLifeFreedom #IranRevolution #kayhanlife pic.twitter.com/6DdH2TRWcb
— Kayhan Life (@KayhanLife) February 6, 2023
The #Grammy for song of the year goes to Bonnie Raitt's "Just Like That."
See the full winners list here: https://t.co/OcVu0Ex2k3 pic.twitter.com/T329XXrhGj
— Variety (@Variety) February 6, 2023
.@Beyonce made history tonight! #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/TvkTBDaMVB
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 6, 2023
Hold the line !!!!!!! Viola Davis just became EGOT #18 !!! Omg @violadavis U are absolutely everything ! Congratulations to a living LEGEND. Time to celebrate !!! pic.twitter.com/jwZZeY9y3a
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) February 5, 2023
.@samsmith and @kimpetras win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for #Unholy. ?? #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/9cxocDKllF
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 6, 2023
Quavo’s tribute to Takeoff at the Grammy’s is worth 2 minutes of your time #RIPTakeoff pic.twitter.com/rxVvp98vIy
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) February 6, 2023
"I wanna make people feel this way with my music." ? @Lizzo #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/ggwVAmwlkb
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 6, 2023
Mildly NSFW (swears)
Other favorite moments:
In Memorium segment with Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Mick Fleetwood, the Barry Gordy salute, performances by Brandi Carlile, Bad Bunny, and 50 years of hip hop (feeling old now?!).
@TaMara: I like the cover of your new book. You can stop by anytime you are in MA.
The Up and Up
Someone posted the Sam Smith and Kim Petras duo win on Mastodon. That’s great.
Kim’s Future Starts Now song was on the air just prior to
It’s especially delicious that Sam Smith and Kim Petras have the wing nuts and talibangicals going nuts. Love me some Lizzo, who also drives them nuts. Pretty much everything about the show would drive them nuts, which is just one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much. I only wish Beyoncé and Taylor had performed. I really like both of their latest albums. I’m amazed Taylor Swift has grown on me like she has over her last few albums.
I enjoyed it. Thanks for featuring.
J R in WV
I was so happy for Bonnie Raite’s Grammy awards, she was so stunned when Dr Jill announced her success. Have been a huge fan for… lessee, since the late 1970s at least. So 40 (very) odd years now. Great guitarist, singer, and obviously composer/songwriter.
Not to take away from the artists, but I’ve always found it to be rather unpalatable to hand awards out to folks that invariably are among the most privileged in society. They wouldn’t even have been nominated if they hadn’t have become wildly successful. Academy awards at least has the prior day awards to more of the rank and file artists – best costume design, etc. That person doesn’t name drop for restaurant reservations.
It always feels like handing out awards for greatest return on investment to some billionaire, as if they need the added recognition, and as if we are obligated to give it.
It doesn’t help that these awards so often seem so far from the mark. For me, the best picture was always the one that expanded the artistic space – that plowed through some boundary that filmmakers weren’t supposed to go past. They do get those now and then, but I think the protests against some of these orgs for failing to see black artists, etc. shows that isn’t really what they’re in the business of doing.
I always feel like the weirdest person when awards come around because I not only don’t give a shit, I find them actively offensive – and I have friends who have won Oscars.
Bonnie’s face when she won was adorable, honestly. The fucking Daily Mail’s post about it originally had the headline “Unknown blues singer wins…” and I was like, did an actual preteen write this?
One thing the show taught me is that some people’s favorite flavor is sour grapes, and also that you can outwardly look like an adult while inwardly being a toddler and thinking that’s something to be proud of.
@schrodingers_cat: Oh, thank you! I try to get back there every year-ish. I have family and friends on the South Shore. My cover designer is awesome…
@J R in WV: I saw her at Red Rocks in the 90s and I think it’s my favorite show I’ve seen there.
@Martin: Well…I mean, yeah, the people who get nominated are successful. The Grammys aren’t gonna give awards to indie bands playing at local pubs. There were (I believe) 86 in total and plenty of the ones not televised were for smaller categories where I’m sure some of the nominees are not millionaires living the high life.
@Martin: Yeah. Though the record of the RIAA members voting on Black women for Album of the Year is not great. Women who have become wildly successful, and yet don’t get the top award. Too many times.
Harry Styles saying “This doesn’t happen to people like me”? Huh.
@TaMara: Okay, I was wondering when Sheryl Cros and Bonnie Raitt died, so thanks for scaring me.
@Alison Rose: Exactly. Bluegrass and traditional jazz, for example, aren’t pulling in Lizzo money. Not to mention that a lot of people work on the major productions; even if they don’t get a statue they can say that the worked on a Grammy winner. That doesn’t look bad on the CV.
@Citizen Alan: That was my first thought too.
This might have been deeply tongue in cheek.
@TaMara: Me too.
@Alison Rose: I posted this last night and no-one gave a fuck but I’m going to post it again. Art was a great person and not anywhere near what our “valuable commenter” said.
@RaflW: Okay, so many people around the internet have been ragging on him for that line. First, I’m gonna point out, there were Beyonce stans literally heckling and yelling her name during his speech, so he might have been thrown off a bit, which is also maybe why he got quiet and let the other guys come up to speak. I’d imagine trying to give a thank-you speech for the biggest award of the night is a little difficult when people are acting like embarrassing fools and you can hear it up on stage.
But also–it’s hardly as though he meant “white men” when he said “people like me”. My assumption is he was referring to two things: having started out in a boy band, which people generally dismiss as not real music, no talent, lightweight, etc etc; and that he came from a modest, mostly working-class background. It’s frustrating to me that people are taking that one line and trying to make him seem like an ignorant douchebag when he is neither of those things.
@Brachiator: Eh, I don’t know. They changed it later after a bunch of “wtf” comments.
The Grammys categories are among the most diverse of the arts, because there are so many music genres. And knowing how dishonest and cutthroat the music industry can be, to talk about many of these artists and other contributors as being among the most privileged is unnecessarily cranky. There have been times when an artist won a Grammy for a song that he or she had lost all rights to.
Also, artists are people who have sometimes been raised to heights because of fans and appreciative audiences. We celebrate them because they are where we want them to be.
@raven: I love that he called it “Art of Field Recording”. Puns are always welcome.
@geg6: Same. I am enjoying pop music more right now than I have in years.
I have tickets to see Springsteen and T Swift this summer. Wish I could also afford Madonna and Beyoncé!
@raven: Thanks for sharing, I appreciate it.
Art also did the “art” for the Athens Folk and Dance Society Folk Festival for all of the 37 years it has been held.
Congrats to Bonnie Raitt and Viola Davis, but if I were an espionage agent captured by a hostile nation they would only have to pin my eyelids open and threaten to make me watch the Grammy Awards.
I would tell them everything I knew. Maybe things I didn’t if I thought they wanted to hear it.
I don’t follow the mainstream categories but I was stoked that Molly Tuttle won best bluegrass. I love her album and she’s a great person.
@SpaceUnit: I think that is why television sets have on and off switches.
Funniest part of the night: when the camera panned over to Mrs. and Mr. JLo, and it looked like he had never heard music ever before and didn’t know what to do.
@raven: Are these recordings in the Library of Congress? Years ago our library had about 100 LoC LPs of American folk music that could be checked out. Amazing music collected by volunteers wandering around the country, I think in the 1930s and 1940s.
Art Rosenbaum Georgia Folklore Collection AFC 2000/003
Guides to the Collections in the Archive of Folk Cultur
After the Smokey-Stevie duet on “Tears of a Clown” I turned it off and went to bed. Knew that couldn’t be topped. No offense meant to any other participants, award winners, etc.
BTW, my wife was at the old Harvard Sq. Theater concert where Springsteen was the opening act for Bonnie Raitt. According to legend, Raitt refused to go on after Bruce. According to Alice, she came on and did her set, but didn’t look happy about it.
But what if you were strapped down and couldn’t reach the on-off switch.
You could literally be bored to death.
Somebody on twitter said Ben Affleck has ‘resting bored face, the male equivalent of resting bitch face’.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Affleck, because he reminds me of the best of the working-class Irish Catholic men I grew up among. Ruefully cynical, even at their most hopeful. We called it the Ash Wednesday Irish Creed: Remember, man, thou art but dust, and unto dust thou shalt return! as a mantra.
(You can see this in the way Joe Biden reacts sometimes, and I think people find it relatable in the same fashion. Terrible stuff’s gonna happen, we’re all weak sinners in the end, but meanwhile, crack a joke and extend a hand… )
@SpaceUnit: You could just go fuck yourself to sleep.
@JMG: When I saw her a Red Rocks Hornsby played with her.
@Anne Laurie: He banged his kids’ nanny, which just seems like such a cliche.
@SpaceUnit: Well I didn’t watch it either but since everyone is being so cute I thought I would too.
I can be an towering and insufferable indie, hipster snob about music when the mood strikes, but I don’t hate the Grammys. They are mainstream awards for largely mainstream musicians. I don’t watch them but I don’t feel compelled to shit on them. FWIW, I also don’t take part in gaming threads or the Sunday morning garden threads because I really don’t care about the subjects. But thanks for sharing.
No, it’s funny.
@Omnes Omnibus: Ask the professor how he feels about Medium Cool threads?
@J R in WV: Bonnie Raitt and her band performed at my college in 1977, and she had already been a star for several years at that point. (Yup; I’m old. Of course, during the concert we all wore onions on our belts …)
@SpaceUnit: That’s me, funny as hell.
Injuries, that’s what I like.
@raven: oh. I’ll check that out. I have some of the Harry Smith stuff on Folkways. Cheers.
@Omnes Omnibus: I don’t mean to shit on them. Y’all do you. I get that people enjoy them, but for some reason that I don’t really understand I can’t get there. Like at all. So I guess I am the weirdo after all.
@Tony G: Did you pay for the tickets with bees?
@Tony G: I don’t know if she was really a star then. She had a solid following but didn’t really hit till “Nick of Time”.
@Alison Rose: Thank you, Alison. I agree. But I am a Harry fan (even though I am an old).
I always look forward to your righteous rants, Alison. And I don’t think there has ever been one that I disagreed with.
Carry on. 😊
Two weeks ago we replaced our big gas-electric furnace-AC unit with a heat pump. The drop in the PG&E gas bill has been precipitous (we have consumer-owned electric utility). Now, this.
CPUC are utility lapdogs and I’m interested to see whether this gets meaningful traction.
I enjoy the Grammy Awards show. Granted it is usually a hot mess, but almost every year there is at least one transcendent performance that makes it worth watching. Last night, in my opinion the Higher Ground performance was it.
The Balloon Juice version of “bless your heart”?
@Scout211: Righteous rants are my speciality. Sometimes they are even about things that matter.
@trollhattan: Glen Schwartz was the guitar played for PG&E, check him out.
Glenn Schwartz: The Fall And Salvation Of The White Hendrix
I saw them open for Jeff Beck and he blew Beck away.
@Alison Rose: The all matter to someone.
@raven: Mid-late ’70s I reckon this* was her peak popularity, at least in NorCal. “Nick of Time” definitely pushed her into another level.
*Stick around for peak Norton Buffalo.
I didn’t watch the Grammys, but I did read Go Fug Yourself’s coverage of the red carpet this morning. Some crazy outfits. I have no idea who half these people are. Viola Davis is a classy dresser. I learned that Nancy Wilson and Cameron Crowe have been divorced for over a decade. Last week I learned that Nancy Wilson is in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She’s the blond that Brad gives the eye to, until she laughed and he realized he was wearing his pirate uniform.
I didn’t watch the Grammys’s, but I have been watching some cooking videos. I’m switching up my mac and cheese from roux-based to custard based.
That’s all the news I have, other than awaiting word on whether I get hired for a new job this week.
@raven: Thanks. I’m going to check with my library and see if they are available for inter-library loan.
My dislike for these events stems from my weariness for the music industry in general. The awards are for achieving great things in narrowed genres best defined by their conformity. There are some wonderful artists, obviously. Bonnie Raitt is a legend. But she’s mostly confined to the music-industry established genre of Adult Contemporary on Clear Channel radio stations.
As an explorative music lover who’s been mostly interested in alternative acts, I feel like most of the real creative action is taking place on the fringes of the music biz. And there’s been so many incredible but non-conforming artists, so many bands that have labored away in obscurity, producing amazing art only to be surpassed by acts that are more suited to the mainstream music industry’s business model.
It bothers me.
ETA: Okay, actually it pisses me off.
@oldgold: I enjoy the show, too. I don’t really care about the awards themselves at all. I like the performances and the clothes.
I like some music in every genre, really, so there’s always something worth watching.
is it me, or does it seem that the way winners are chosen in these big-ticket award shows is from a saving throw on a D20 die? They are all quality acts…how in the fuck do you choose best artist/album/track from the plethora of talent considered for each award? Sorry…I don’t get it and never will.
Every word of this, in addition to my little rant above.
I doubt that Kevin and Steve Scalise are either really powerful or really leaders of this Republican House. And the way I see it, they have made an enemy of the traditionally pro-Republican US Chamber of Commerce, rather than the other way around. I’m pretty sure the US CoC supported far more Republican candidates than Democratic ones in both 2020 and 2022.
Thank you. Nice to know I’m not alone on this.
ETA: I could give a fuck about which musical acts the corporate world has deemed worthy.
@HumboldtBlue: Hell Yeah!
And let us not forget that in 2011 the Best New Artist award went, not to the mega-successful teen idol (Justin Bieber), or the mega-successful rap star (Drake), but to a relatively unknown young jazz musician (Esperanza Spalding).
Mike in NC
@HumboldtBlue: Good luck!
I am told we have a “certain demographic” around here and thus should not discuss such things lightly.
I don’t know that Grammys or Oscars or whatever awards really matter in the end. I like what art I like, I am moved by whatever moves me, and whether or not it won an award just doesn’t enter into what I think of it.
LOL. The GOP Twitter account tried to do some “REAL MURRICA” shit by tweeting a photo of farmland and saying “Wait until the coastal elites find out that this is where their food comes from!”
Except the Twitter sleuths pointed out that the photo is of Manteca – which is in the Central Valley in California. A rep from there got in a good clapback:
Do these absolute dipshits not realize that 1/3 to 1/2 of all the produce they eat comes from California?
@SpaceUnit: 1) The Grammys are, first and foremost, an industry reward, not an artistic reward.
2) Bonnie also toiled in relative obscurity before becoming mainstream.
These absolute dipshits do not realize that the elbow is the pointy one.
AGENCY: “We can’t tell, because it’s all three.”
Wait until those rural MAGA’s realize where their income comes from.
It’s gonna blow their minds when the coastal elites tell them where the seafood comes from…
@SpaceUnit: Not to mention their healthcare.
It’s so cute how rural people act like they can survive without cities. I mean, human civilization literally pushes us to specialization of skill in order to advance.
Assumes facts not in evidence. Don’t be sure that they eat produce unless you see it.
@HumboldtBlue: Excellent! But linky no worky!!
[eta:] Actually, user error here (URL viewer box was hidden).
@coin operated: Old joke from my long-ago college days … “I used to be into Charles Nobody and the Nothings, but then they got too popular so I had to hate them.”
@Tony G: (Actually I know nothing about any of the popular music of the past 30 years.)
@Suzanne: There might be a shred of lettuce on their hamburgers.
I’ve hit some quality indica in the bong tonight, so my inner 5y/o is surfacing. They missed a golden opportunity to name it the “Sam Alito’s Mom Should’ve Swallowed” abortion clinic.
Other than the name…totally support what they’re doing here.
@Alison Rose: Ketchup is a vegetable, right?
OT but OMG….Spawn has these little ice cube feet. And she wants to rub them on my tummy EEEEEAAAAAAAAAGGHHHH.
West of the Rockies
Too bad. You’re missing some great stuff.
@Suzanne: [pedant voice]: Technically, it would be a fruit.
@Alison Rose: Ketchup as a vegetable has a Wikipedia page. Possibly Ronald Reagan’s stupidest moment.
What did the rock drummer name his twin baby girls?
@Mike in NC:
Sister Golden Bear
@trollhattan: PG&E ripping off its customers — and still not using the extra profits to doing their needed maintenance to keep the state from burning down…. this is my unshocked face.
Sister Golden Bear
Especially when the Midwest / Great Plains farmers rely on mechanized and computerized equipment, which is manufactured where….
Ironically, CA is far more reliant on actual farmer workers because our crops require more hands-on attention and harvesting, unlike the corn-belt/wheat-belt states.
@Sister Golden Bear:
The family thread has been the scene of a lot of vitriol for PGE. Bills have skyrocketed, and even in my small apartment my bill was nearly $100, an absurd amount considering my energy bill hasn’t broken $75 dollars in winter in the 15 years I’ve lived here. Family reports huge increases as well.,
Saw Bonnie Raitt at the Bacchanal in San Diego about 35 years ago. She and her band tore the place apart. I mean, at the end of the evening we had to crawl through rubble to get out.
David 🎈🕵️The Establishment 📸🛩 Koch
Meanwhile, 3rd Lady Melania announced the winner of the best golf course grave site.
Wow, here’s a blast from a blog era past. Remember this guy? GB News presenter quits after channel tries to make him pay Ofcom fines
I can’t remember if it was TBogg, or Roy at alicublog who nicknamed him “The Human Steyn”.
@Martin: All I’ll say about this is that it seems small to think we shouldn’t award excellence if the person is successful and has money. Most of these people weren’t born rich; they earned their money with hard work.
The Thin Black Duke
I never understood the people who go out of their way to piss in other people’s cornflakes.
J R in WV
@J R in WV:
Bonnie Raite won multiple Grammys back in 1990,
1213 in all so far, and was inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame in 2000. “Unknown Blues artist” indeed. One of her albums is on the Library of Congress list to be preserved. On the Rolling Stone list of best guitarists AND best singers. But “Unknown” to whoever did the Grammys for the Daily Mail… who also doesn’t know how and when to use Google.
J R in WV
February 6, 2023 at 9:51 pm
Lots of times we’ve seen an opening act tear it up successfully, leaving the headliners to just do the best they could. Back in 1969 in Philadelphia I went to the big arena hall, the Chambers Brothers opened for the Kinks. The Bros were great — classic big R&B band with horns dancing in unison, singers doing 5 part harmonies, just a remarkable musical performance.
Then the Kinks came out after a really long set up intermission. Shit wasn’t even in tune. I left my great seat going into the third song. They were terrible even without that great opening performance by the Chambers Bros.
Paul in KY
@RaflW: I think he meant blue collar English blokes who are a little fey, like me. Might have been a tad tone-deaf, though.
Paul in KY
@suzanne: Think movie stars like him are inherently uncomfortable in places where they have no control over the lighting, camera angles, etc.
Paul in KY
@raven: That was a little harsh, IMO.
Paul in KY
@Tony G: And we liked it!!
@SpaceUnit: I thought your earlier comment was funny! Not whiny.