Lady Gaga's Egg
"MUSIC IS well said to be the speech of angels," said
Mr. Carlyle probably wouldn't have thought most of the music heard on the Grammy Awards was angelic, but he died in 1881 and Eminem was nowhere in sight.
The Grammys have already been well dissected by music critics and fashion mavens so I won't take up too much space here. But I'd be remiss not to say the show was pretty spectacular. And even if I didn't know some of the acts and a great many lyrics were indecipherable, it was a stunning collection of talent really putting on the dog for their peers.
As far as I was concerned the show could have ended after that dazzling display of vocal pyrotechnics by
THERE WERE other highlights and a few low points. But I never lost interest. I was primed for Lady Gaga, as I'd watched her with
I loved her Grammy egg entrance and her vividly energetic number. I'm sure her fans know all the lyrics to her new song, "
(A wiseacre I know said of Gaga's egg, "Very appropriate. After all, Madonna laid her." I asked what he meant? He said, "Look, she sings better than Madonna. She moves better than Madonna. She's been classically trained on the piano. But she ain't doing or writing anything Madonna didn't do 25 years ago. Her empowerment message is terrific, but hardly groundbreaking." Everybody's a critic.)
TEEN DREAM Justin Bieber sang quietly on guitar -- and very well, too -- before going into a raucous hip-hoppy number with Usher and
I really enjoyed a young girl named
And I thought another young performer,
Rihanna was all over the night. On the red carpet in a dress that appeared to be so revealing that an E! correspondent said he, "didn't want to look down!" and onstage with Eminem and Drake in two separate performances (and two more revealing getups.) She sizzles, no doubt about it, although her hair hanging in her face all night began to irritate me. She's so pretty.
Eminem. Could not understand a word of his intense rapping, but it is hard to deny his presence, energy and charisma. He has made a remarkable comeback and his acceptance speech was sweet and humble. And he's rather handsome when he calms down and isn't screaming.
AND NOW to what didn't appeal to me at all. Bob Dylan's standard mouthful of marbles. He was never a great singer, but once upon a time he was able to interpret lyrics for a generation and you knew what the hell he meant. It was like watching somebody speak in tongues.
The audience went crazy for
FINALLY, there was Miss Barbra Streisand. I guess
Introduced by her "A Star is Born" costar
Nerves weren't such a bad thing for a star who is often considered chilly and removed. And to be honest, I preferred Barbra's slight straining to
That was pretty much it. Barbra presented "Album of the Year" to a scruffy band called Arcade Fire, which seemed to drive the audience mad with joy. It also drove Miss Streisand and her crinolines offstage.
OH, ONE last thing -- a fashion note. The prettiest girl in the prettiest dress on the red carpet was teenager
She's also supposed to be dating
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