December 11, 2013 |
There comes a point at every Kanye West concert where he addresses the crowd and riffs on whatever is on his mind -- which is usually a lot. Whether he's venting about his position in the fashion world, media perceptions, defending why he's labeled himself a genius or fawning over fiancée Kim Kardashian, his onstage monologues are instant fodder for blogs, mostly dismissing what West said as another rant (and he's had plenty). During Tuesday night's show at Phoenix's US Airways Center, a tiny part of his onstage address was dedicated to his Grammy nominations, or lack thereof, in his opinion.
March 12, 1988
Robert Hilburn almost hit the nail on the head in his analysis of Michael Jackson's failure to win any Grammys ("A Good--and 'Bad'--Night," March 4). You see, it took 30 years for National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences members to recognize substance over flash. Jackson's material today is too visual, overproduced and insultingly pretentious and egomaniacal. When my grandfather Emile invented the disk record exactly a century ago (and coined the word gramophone from which NARAS gets its "Grammy")
February 17, 2007
FINALLY! The Grammys get it right this year as they awarded the Dixie Chicks a Grammy for every category they were nominated in, including the night's biggest and top honor, album of the year ["Grammys Make Nice With the Dixie Chicks," by Geoff Boucher, Feb. 12]. Take notice, President Bush, and listen to the lyrics of "Not Ready to Make Nice." They mean something not only to these beautiful ladies but also to many millions of Americans, including myself. I only wish former Vice President Al Gore had presented this award and not the penultimate one for best rock band.
February 20, 2000
MACY GRAY How does it feel to be the darling of the Grammys, the artist people are counting on to give some credibility to the awards? "I didn't really know it was that deep, but I'm definitely proud of that. I'm really proud of all the acclaim that I'm getting from the critics. . . . It's cool to be at the top of the list. I don't know if I give credibility to anything, but that's great that poeople think that.
April 26, 2013 |
George Jones, who died Friday, worked magic with the hyper-melodramatic lyric of “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” the self-negating story line in “The Grand Tour,” and the romantic hopelessness in “The Race Is On.” But there's another George Jones track, one that originally wound up on the cutting-room floor, that I've gone back to time after time after time since it surfaced a decade ago. This recording represents to this longtime country...
February 1, 2010 |
The Grammys are the strangest, most unwieldy and messiest of the big award shows, an affair that wants to be the Kennedy Center Honors and the Super Bowl halftime show at the same time. There was certainly no shortage of spectacle at the 52nd annual ceremony Sunday at Staples Center, from the 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson to Beyoncé transitioning from her "If I Were a Boy" to a down-on-all-fours, hair-whipping cover of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." Will Rogers once said, "I belong to no organized political party.