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The Grammys are over – what did you think?

Of course Adele is happy - she just swept the Grammys! Photo: Matt Sayles (AP).

Of course Adele is happy - she just swept the Grammys! Photo: Matt Sayles (AP).

Even if you follow music only casually, there’s no way you could have been surprised at Adele’s sweep. And a well-deserved one at that. Her “21″ album has resuscitated an industry on life support for years and with pure music, too.

So that part of the Grammys was kind of a given.

But what did you think about the rest? Were the Whitney Houston tributes sufficient? Surprised at the five wins for the Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl gets my vote for best speech of the night)? Psyched for Springsteen’s upcoming tour? Hope that Nicki Minaj decides to become a banker so we never have to see her on stage again?

Sound off below while I rewind my TiVo to re-watch that awesome show-closer with Paul McCartney, Springsteen and Grohl.

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MyPatootie

February 12th, 2012
11:57 pm

That “New Star Award” has me completely baffled. How did that happen? Apparently knows somebody in high places! Agreed on Nikki Minaj, had to turn it a minute into that final number of hers. Pure garbage! Thought Taylor Swift’s number “Mean” was unique and refreshingly done.

kmariag

February 12th, 2012
11:59 pm

Loved the show. But Nikki Minaj should have been “exorcised” for that hot mess of a “performance”. Also, not sure why so much attention on Chris Brown. Definitely could have done with less of him. On the plus side, kudos to great performances of Adele, Glen Campbell, Jennifer Hudson, Bruce, Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt.

Barry

February 13th, 2012
12:56 am

They got it right here the winners are concerned. Bruce was a great choice to open, and I’m pretty sure “We Take Care of Our Own” will be the show opener on his tour. Adele deserves all the accolades and praise, Taylor gets the last laugh singing “Mean” on the Grammys (and doing quite well and completely live). I really hope people run out and buy/download a Glen Campbell greatest hits record, the Foo Fighters proudly carry the flag for ROCK! Lastly, closing with McCartney singing Abbey Road medley is just one of the reasons this show will stay on my DVR for a long, long time.

Now, if only I could omit that Nicki Minaj train wreck, it would be almost perfect!

Atticus Joad

February 13th, 2012
7:20 am

How soon people forget that Chris Brown missed his last scheduled Grammy performance two years ago because he chose to beat a woman hours before.

miked706

February 13th, 2012
7:21 am

I agree 1,000,0000% Nicki Minaj sucked bad. They should have saved Adele for last. I have never understood what people see in Nicki Minaj she can not rap and looks crazy most of the time.

Atticus Joad

February 13th, 2012
7:22 am

It was hard trying to determine who’ll be in the nursing home first: Beach Boys or Bruce. Great songwriting there, repeating “We take care of our own” over and over and over and over again.

Confusted...

February 13th, 2012
7:22 am

Last night’s Grammy Awards was the worst Grammy show I’ve seen in years. The show was heavy on performaces but light on awarding the winners. The performances were ok for the most part but – hey this is an awards show correct?

YAWN ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

jlagds

February 13th, 2012
7:26 am

sucked as usual

CmdrR

February 13th, 2012
7:34 am

Bruce! Adele!

The music industry is dying… because of the music industry. Let the artists do their thing and stop rewarding only performers who sound like somebody else. Factor out the impotent industry leaders who only look at $uccess. There’s a place in the world for new talent. (btw, Bruce is huge now, but he was doing his own thing while everyone else was trying to be the Beatles.)

R

February 13th, 2012
7:45 am

Poo fighters should never have been nominated in the Best Hard Rock/ Metal Performance category, yet alone win it. They’re not even in the same class as Dream Theater, Megadeth and Mastodon.

tonto

February 13th, 2012
7:45 am

Typical Hollywood crap……….

TOM

February 13th, 2012
7:50 am

show had too few presentations, missed many awards, very cumbersome in general, the ‘Roman” presentation was wierd, not appropriate, tired of hearing praise of weathy stars with wonderful lives who overdose on drugs, concentrate on sucessful people, Tom

kool$kat

February 13th, 2012
7:53 am

Overall it was a very good show. Agreed there could have been more award presentations. Would have like to have seen the Allman Brothers receive their lifetime achievement award, wish they had performed. The only part I fast-forwarded thru was Nikki Minaj. That was crap. But I guess since LL Cool J opened the show with a prayer, Satan was given equal time. Thats the only excuse for that “performance”. I give extra extra credit to this year’s show because there was no Lady Gaga performance, and no sign of Kid Rock anywhere! Thank you Grammy’s!

PJ

February 13th, 2012
8:03 am

Overall, I enjoyed the show, but would like to have seen more awards given and fewer commercials. Favorite performances were Maroon 5/Foster the People/Beach Boys, Foo Fighters, and the Paul McCartney jam at the end. The collaborations are an interesting idea, but put some thought into combining musicians’ styles. Rihanna and Coldplay?! Who thought those 2 would mesh? The Nicki Minaj thing was awful. I knew we were in for a painful performance when she walked the red carpet in that costume escorted by a “pope”. Glad to see Adele sweep — it shows that pure music written and performed by a musician still trumps elaborate sets, dance numbers, and freak shows.

Madkins

February 13th, 2012
8:07 am

Great show…one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. I used to hate watching these shows, but they’ve finally figured out how to strike the right balance between performances and awards. People are less interested in seeing the awards and want to see more “must see tv” moments. This show struck the right tone, even with the Whitney Houston tributes. Everyone still appeared to be excited, and LL had a lot to do with that. I thought Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift’s performances stood out, but there were so many good ones – Adele, Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Foo Fighters. Even the electronica stuff was decent. The only bad performance was that Nikki Minaj trying to be Madonna/Lady Gaga garbage… Great Grammy’s show..

PJ

February 13th, 2012
8:14 am

Forgot to mention Bruno Mars — that was a great performance! And he had the funniest line of the night.

gm

February 13th, 2012
8:15 am

Frank Ski V103 was on this morning praising Chris Brown, performance, this shows how we have accepted below standards, Chris is a good singer, why not let his vocals cords show? the guy has so much computer background you could not hear him.
Young artsist, please pull up the tape of Luther, MJ. Marvin, on how to perform live, even old guys like Glen Campbell and the beach boys sounded better then these young artist, and some of the people did not give any acknowledge to Whiney.
During the Motown days some one like Nikki Minaj, would cleaning up the office at Motown, theres no way Barry Gordy would have given this no singing person a mic, once again this shows how far the talent has fell.

dwayne

February 13th, 2012
8:20 am

minaj=crap
Glen Campbell forgetting his own lyrics was sad…bless his heart, he has alzhimers and should not have preformed.
Mccartney, Bruce, Joe Walsh and company know how to perform.
Kudos for the Whitney tributes.
Having said that, no one has the pipes to do her music…close, but they aint Whitney

Alex

February 13th, 2012
8:24 am

I guess I’m an old dinosaur, but I actually preferred the Grammy’s back in the day when people referred to them as the “Grannies”. Nowadays it’s nothing more than an overproduced hip hop/rap lovefest showcasing lightweights (from a talent perspective). Minaj a talent? Puh leeze. Anyone who requires 47 backup dancers to perform is a putz, not a true talent.

TG

February 13th, 2012
8:24 am

One of the best shows in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed almost all the performances. (The only ones I couldn’t watch were Nicki Minaj and that little dance/dj thing at the end, I didn’t get the point of that.) I felt like it was a re-birth of sorts, a re-introdcution to real singers playing real instruments, etc.

I will disagree with you AJC writer, I think it is possible to be a casual music fan and be surprised at Adele’s wins. I know a lot of people who have never heard of her. Her music is not played on all stations (specifically R&B type stations.) That said, even though I only recently discovered her, I find her refreshing. For one thing, she keeps her clothes on (much more than you can say for a lot of the so-called artists nowadays). Also she doesn’t do a lot of gimmicky stuff. Very different. I also have a theory of why she receives almost goddess-like praise but I will reserve sharing the theory because it is related to race and I think some would misinterpret it.

Anywho, other highlights for me: Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift (she looked so surprised when she got a standing ovation, lol. I think people liked the artistic element of her presentation.) Kelly Clarkson and the guy she was singing with, the country duo who introdcued Swift (don’t know name), Jennifer Hudson did a surprsingly good job, she actually tamed her delivery and left all that howling and whatnot to better match Whitney’s classy style, and the list goes on.

I’m just glad this show was about real music. No Be… or Ja… or Gag… or whatever. Other folks got a chance to shine last night and sooo glad they did.

Alex

February 13th, 2012
8:25 am

Minaj actually reminds me of the character “Wanda Wayne” that Jamie Foxx played on “In Living Color”.

Heeeeeeey….word UPPPPPPPP!!!!

rick

February 13th, 2012
8:26 am

RIP Whitney But……..Courtney Force went a round in her F/C debut and dad John wins again.Best T.V. of the night.One thing don’t win Best New Artist at the Grammys or you’ll end up like Jody Whatley.
Jody Who?

Where is the soul

February 13th, 2012
8:28 am

Chris Brown where is the Soul in music, whats up these pop sounded brothers,
This why old school brothers like Luther, Same Cooke, James Brown, Teddy are missed.
A person like R. Kelly who sang with soul can not get on stage but pop sounded Chris Brown who will not let his true soul come out, because he fears of not crossing over, Nikki Minaj back in the day would be fliping burgers this shows the mine set of the youth with that garbage and no talent.

DHD

February 13th, 2012
8:28 am

Congratulations to Chris Tomlin. Well deserved!!

dwayne

February 13th, 2012
8:29 am

I have a theory on why ninaj got to “sing” at the grammy’s, but I wont bring it up because it has to do with…..and …….

kool$kat

February 13th, 2012
8:30 am

C’mon Alex, you didn’t really watch the show did you? Bruce, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Blake Shelton, Beach Boys, Glen Campbell and I’m sure I’m leaving out someone, all the above are not hip hop or rap. There was something for everyone, and it was all well done, except the the Minaj atrocity…thats almost a great pun, if I say so myself.

Alex

February 13th, 2012
8:30 am

DHD
February 13th, 2012
8:28 am

Absolutely. But when did they announce the Contemporary Christian winners, 11:42 AM?????

TG

February 13th, 2012
8:35 am

Forgot to add my other highlight–the audience. For once the audience wasn’t dead. They were very energetic and gave multiple standing ovations. They were generous and seemed appreciative of folks really trying to show real talent again. That Foo Fighters guy speech seemed to really hit home. So do that Bon venir guy’s, he mentioned those great singers who will never get a Grammy. A real hat tip to real music all the way around, that’s my takeaway from the night.

Sam

February 13th, 2012
8:35 am

Loved my Sir Paul McCartney – what a performer, and nearly 70 years old! He can rock with any of the much younger ones, and outdo many of them onstage!

Glad WH’s death didn’t overshadow Adele’s huge evening. I like her voice, but not so much her songs.

Loved Kelly Clarkson – looked lovely, and what a fabulous voice that girl has.

Minaj – what a total disaster.

Looking forward to Ellen tomorrow to see the adorable little Sophia Grace & Rosie interviewing on the Red Carpet. They are the funniest little kids I’ve ever seen. Did see them on E!’s revolving camera thingy they use to show off dresses.

Alex

February 13th, 2012
8:37 am

kool$kat
February 13th, 2012
8:30 am

Actually, I did watch the show. First time in years.

Bruce? I loved him “back in the day” but I’m not one who thinks everything he does is perfect. Some(perhaps yourself) would think a recording of him f a r t i n g would be great.

But, Bruce, McCartney, Campbell, Beach Boys – yes all were great at one time and I have actually seen all perform live in the 70s and 80s. I don’t seem to remember either of them needing to lyp-synch the music, wear 17 outfits and 4 hair colors during their performances, or require a bunch of sweaty backup dancers on stage to present a worthy “performance”.

Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton? Yep, like both. Best to see them on the various Country Music Awards shows. This is actually where you’ll see groups like the “Eagles” perform. And guess what, no backup dancers and pyrotechnics.

Jennifer Hudson? Great voice, great success story.

Bruno Mars? Meh.

DC

February 13th, 2012
8:37 am

TG you must be living under a rock if you have just heard of Adele…dont care what station you listen to…

dawg

February 13th, 2012
8:47 am

Adele – yaaay! Nikki – booo! honorable mention: bruno, kelly clarkson, bruce (did she mess up at the end?) duo, j-hud and coldplay (although not their best performance). but overall a BORing show.

Frank Furter

February 13th, 2012
8:53 am

Pretty awesome….would like to see some more rock bands perform!
http://www.notquitedevils.com

Amy in the ATL

February 13th, 2012
8:59 am

Overall, I thought it was an enjoyable show, and so good to see Adele back! That said, I definitely think they shouldn’t have wasted space on Chris Brown—-for him to be at the same show as Rihanna was a disrespectful to her. I also thought Paul McCartney was hands down the WORST performer of the evening. I know everyone loves him, but wow, he is really bad.

JR

February 13th, 2012
9:00 am

Can we protest Nikki—I’m so sick of her, Bruno Mars performance was ten times better than Chris Brown.

TG

February 13th, 2012
9:01 am

DC, you must be living under a rock if you think everyone knows who she is. You sound very silly. Clearly you don’t know that her music is not played on R&B stations, it’s just not. It’s not an indictment on her, it’s just a fact.

Jazzie Dee

February 13th, 2012
9:01 am

I don’t typically watch the Grammy’s even tho it’s the most prestigious music award to be received. I thought the show was horrible!!! Instead of the Grammy’s, it should have been called (as I heard someone else say) the GRANNY’S!!!! all of those OLD, outdated performances were boring…… I went to bed after the “so-called” Whitney Houston tribute. Jennifer Hudson looked great and sounded great, but I was disappointed that I waited 2 hours and 45 minutes for a 3 min “tribute”.

I do like Adelle……..CONGRATULATIONS to her!!! Bruno Mars’ performance was good and there may have been one or two others, but the Beach Boys??!! Come on!!! I’m not taking away from thier talent and contributions from back in the day…….but this is the 21st century and ALL of the performances should have been current and relevant maybe with a couple of “throw backs”. And even with the current performances, they needed to be careful with who they choose. And yes, I know, the Grammy’s celebrate all genres of music.

R.I.P. to all the singers, songwriters, performers, producers, etc. who have passed away. Thanks for your talents and contributions to the music industry!!!

kool$kat

February 13th, 2012
9:01 am

Alex – I never said the Boss was perfect, far from it. I agree his older stuff is much better than anything he’s done in the last two decades. I saw Zeppelin, McCartney, Bruce, etc in the 70s and 80s, so it sounds like we are contemporaries.
But I was responding to your initial comment “Nowadays it’s nothing more than an overproduced hip hop/rap lovefest showcasing lightweights (from a talent perspective).”
There was some hip hop/rap, but it was a balanced show, old and young, urban and country, big production numbers and acapella performances. Lightweights? Really? Other than MInaj, and maybe Foster the People, who at this point are a one-hit wonder…every performer and recipient was talented. DId I like them all? No. Doesn’t mean they aren’t great performers. I prefer live bands to dance shows, but there was (again) a decent balance I thought. Thats my 2 cents. Rock on brother!

Mr.Obvious

February 13th, 2012
9:10 am

Adele, Hudson, Bruno, The Beach Boys, and Foo Fighters had good performances… Nikki bashers must understand that she is not a true rapper, (not sure why she tries to be), she actually has a great singing voice, she would had did better to sing while having some weird stuff going on in the background, rather than try to rap… At least people would have said that she sounded great… She is a modern day Maddonna, lots of sacrilegous stuff going on stage and/or her videos… That perfomance was equilvalent to Madonna’s “Like a Prayer Video” in the 80s. And on another note, what was up with that Mikey Mouse character who was spinning like a d.j. during that dance off? That was more bizzarre than Nikki’s performance in my opinion.

gm

February 13th, 2012
9:10 am

The Boss, we take care of our own, sounded better then any of the crap that was on stage, this song was so American, why dont our younger artist write lyrics that has meaning?
Lil Wayne and Chris Brown have droped the ball on soul music its all about selling with them, poor Barry Gordy is shaking is head and saying, wow

amy

February 13th, 2012
9:19 am

mark me down in the column of those who didn’t watch because it’s really not okay to send a message to victims of domestic abuse that, as long as you pretend you’re sorry and sell a bunch of albums, everyone will forgive you and act like it’s all okay.

http://www.tmz.com/2009/02/22/rihanna-photo-face-beating/

TG

February 13th, 2012
9:24 am

Amy, then you should never watch anything ever again. You have no idea how many there last night and in years past and in years to come will have skeletons like that in their closets. I’m amazed that you think Chris Brown is the only one.

gunga din

February 13th, 2012
9:30 am

adele certainly deserved her awards. bruno mars was fantastic. however, too much rap and hip hop. chris brown ought to be in jail not on stage. beach boys were major disappointment (poor ole brian is just a burned out pothead) nicki minaj was just plain awful. tony bennets’ manager needs to get him to retire before he makes a fool out of himself. agree with dave grohl about too much manipulation of the “music”. let’s get rid of computers and auto-tune in music. too much overdubbing.

Turnt_up!

February 13th, 2012
9:33 am

gm, Barry Gordy is shaking his head because he can’t fleece these young artist today like he did back in the day. I generally like the grammy’s to be exposed to artist I wouldn’t normally listen to. The country male female duo who performed in the center were good, definitely wouldn’t have heard them. Time for Chris Brown to get back to R&B, and stop with the crossover world pop (can u say Usher) that everyone is doing for sales. Minsk is talented, but did NOT show it last night. I also wish Bruno Mars would have sang and played one of his ballads by himself so that people can really see how incredible he is. Sometimes the production and dancers get in the way. Notice on W Houston’s I will always love you, the first 45 seconds of song is all voice, acapella. Who does that? Special does that! Special ain’t scared!

Turnt_up!

February 13th, 2012
9:37 am

Also loved ColdPlay, minus Rihanna. Do like Maroon 5 generally but was not a strong performance by Adam at all, disappointed. I actually also like dance/electronica, but should not be at Grammy’s. I prefer artist to play instruments and sing (preferably both), not spin

Ms B

February 13th, 2012
9:37 am

So glag that Taylor Swift did not take show like she normally do with winning awards she definitely cannot sing I don’t know how in the world I just can’t wrap my head around how famous she isand that country perfomance that she did was just as bad as nikki M if not worst.so glad Adele got her props she definitely deserved it. Chirs rocks.

JAXDAWG

February 13th, 2012
9:40 am

Mark in Johns Creek

February 13th, 2012
9:43 am

I don’t watch a lot of awards shows but this was better than most. Adele was great and so were many of the performances. Nicki Manage a trois was a true trainwreck. It was bizarre and calculated to get attention and cause controversy with little talent to back it up. Chris Brown MUST have been lip synching because he couldn’t have been jumping around like that and singing/rapping at the same time! But I certainly get why people don’t like him given his personal history.

justduckie

February 13th, 2012
9:46 am

Mr. Obvious.. “what was up with that Mikey Mouse character who was spinning like a d.j. during that dance off” – that’s DeadMau5. He’s quite well known in his genre of music. (please let’s not debate “what is/is not music” – there’s all kinds of interesting stuff out there – this was just to help Mr. Obvious out. :)

Pete

February 13th, 2012
9:48 am

The Beach Boys song selections couldn’t have been worse !! I mean, this amazing group has recorded over 50 awesome top, top songs so the screwball producers of the Grammys chooses the most boring, listless, dreary of the lot.
Beyond lame.