Hello, and welcome to a short work week. Hip Hip HOORAY!!!
First of all, I must mention how proud I am of my football team, the Call Boys, for an outstanding season! We made it all the way to the Championship game, and came up just a little short. However, for a team that finished in last place last year, 2nd place this year is fantastic!!!
I would say that overall I was pretty entertained. I remember just a few years ago, these award shows were full of such lackluster performances (i.e. a rapper just strutting across the stage with no rehearsed plan in mind...)
At least now it looks like the performers are TRYING again! I would say that Lady Gaga's boundary-crossing performances have a lot to do with this! When one artist raises the bar, the rest are likely to try to follow.
Speaking of Lady Gaga, her performance of 'Bad Romance' and 'Speechless' was the showstopper! For such a new artist, she really is putting many of the other musical giants to shame.
Whether you like her style of artistry or are just plain frightened of her, you have to at least admit that you look forward to seeing what she is going to do next!...and she does not disappoint there. Since she sings live, and dances her butt off, she truly is the standard to compare the rest to.
And while we are talking about 'singing LIVE,' it's no secret that some artists are clearly lip synching their performances (Janet Jackson, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez). However, I am not mad at that...because they at least gave us a show! It would be different if they were just standing there at a microphone and lip synching.
Many artists lip sync so that they are able to dance, which really is their strongpoint. (Yes, that is ironic since it's a show rewarding singers, but whatever...)
I have to say, I thought that Jennifer Lopez' performance was one of the night's best! That is her first song in a while that I can say was actually catchy, and she showed us that she can still dance as good as when she was a FLY girl way back when... She did take a humbling tumble though, which was kind of funny.
JayZ & Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Black Eyed Peas: You all did a fine job. Thank you for putting some effort into your performances.
Kelly Clarkson showed us what a beautiful voice she really has. Whitney Houston, it is so good to see that you are back to looking and speaking somewhat coherently!
Daughtry, your song was very nice.
Rihanna, Keith Urban, Green Day: eh...whatever.
So, let's talk about something that bothers the heck out of me...and I'm talking about YOU, Taylor Swift.
Let me say, I like her. I think her songs are cute, and she is a talented songwriter/guitar player. (Vocally, a little on the weak side.) However, she has been winning every big award on every award show so far this season. It should NOT be such a surprise to her anymore when she wins these big prizes.
So Taylor, the "Oh My Gosh, I can't Believe It" shocked-face look is getting a little tiresome. Just get up there and OWN it! Don't pretend like you didn't know it was coming...
Paula Abdul's dress was nice. Kate Hudson almost showed us her nip.
And finally, Adam Lambert. Without being too hard on him, I will just say this: Adam, you don't have to try so hard. We get it...you wanted to 'shock' us. Gimme a break...
I really would've just preferred a nice performance that showed us why you should've won American Idol, and probably would have convinced a few more people to pick up your new album when it comes out this week.
Instead, we got that vulgar shitshow of a performance!
Plain & simple, he tried to outdo Lady Gaga. He didn't pull it off.
Only a few more months until the Grammys, y'all!