Thoughts About the 54th Grammy Awards

Before I go into my thoughts about last night’s Grammys, I wanted to make a major criticism to CBS and the Grammy Association itself.  Those of us who are music and pop culture bloggers on the west coast had to wait three hours behind the east coast to see the telecast of the Grammys.  It made it very difficult to tweet or blog about who was performing or who won what when the east coast knew three hours before we did.  It’s not like it couldn’t be shown at the same time as the east coast.  I have seen it done with other award shows.  Now that I got that complaint off my chest on to the show itself:

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Grammy Performances Scheduled for Awards Show on Sunday

Just announced this morning at 7:45 am PST, the Beach Boys will reunite on the Grammy stage and perform with pop/rock groups Foster the People and Maroon 5.  This will be the first time that the Beach Boys have performed live together in over twenty years.  Also scheduled to perform is The Civil Wars, Diana Krall, Joe Walsh, Nicki Minaj, and more.

One of the most anticipated performances is British band Coldplay and R & B superstar Rihanna, who will perform “Princess of China” from Coldplay’s new album Mylo Xyloto.

Music Videos You Should See 2/3/12- The Nicki Minaj Edition

Welcome to another edition of “Music Videos You Should See”.  In this article, all but one of the videos has Nicki Minaj in them.  The videos featured here are from a pop icon, a dj/ producer, Nicki Minaj herself, and a British band.

The first video is from the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.  “Give Me All Your Luvin'” is the first single off of Madonna’s twelfth studio album, MDNA.  The video, directed by Megaforce, is a football and cheerleader theme inspired by her upcoming performance at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show set to air on Sunday.

The next video is “Turn Me On” by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj directed by Sanji.  The video is set in a steampunk world and has a Frankenstein and his monster feel to it.

Nicki Minaj is front and center in the next video.  “Stupid Hoe” is the first single from Minaj’s forthcoming second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.  The video, directed by Hype Williams, is a menagerie of eclectic imagery.  While it broke the record of number of views in 24 hours on Vevo, 4.8 million views, more people disliked the video than liked it.  Christopher R. Weingarten of Spin Magazine described Nicki Minaj as “Grace Jones getting lost in one of Katy Perry’s wonkafied adventures“.

The final video, from British band Coldplay, is “Charlie Brown” once again directed by Mat Whitecross.  The video centers around a concert or festival.  While this is the third video/ single from Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album, this is one of favorite songs.

 

Review of Coldplay’s New Album, Mylo Xyloto

On Monday, October 24, Coldplay’s follow-up to Viva La Vida was released in stores.  The album is called Mylo Xyloto and it is 44 minutes of bliss.  Mylo Xyloto opens with the title track which is 42 second-long instrumental piece that leads into the first song on the album, “Hurts Like Heaven”.  I, like so many other Coldplay fans, feel to have the whole effect of “Hurts Like Heaven” you have to listen “Mylo Xyloto” as well.  “Hurts Like Heaven” is one of those songs that makes you want to dance and once you learn the words sing it out loud.  Aside from the first two singles of this album, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” and “Paradise” respectfully, other great songs on this album include “Charlie Brown”,  “Up in Flames”,  “Up With the Birds”, and the next single from Mylo Xyloto, “Princess of China” featuring Rihanna.

New Music Videos- Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce

So many great music videos have premiered here recently that i decided to do a post with all of them.

First up, we have “Paradise” by Coldplay.  The second single from Coldplay’s new album, Mylo Xyloto, “Paradise” music video features Chris Martin in an elephant costume making a voyage to reach his band mates, who are also in elephant costumes.  The video is directed by Mat Whitecross.  The video was filmed in London and South Africa.

Since I did not cover it when it first premiered, I thought would talk about the video for “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” from Coldplay, the first single from Mylo Xyloto which is out in a few short days.  This video was also directed by Mat Whitecross.

Even though the video to Jennifer Lopez’s “Papi” has been out for a month, I thought this video was worth mentioning because it is Jennifer Lopez at her best and this is one of my favorite songs off of her Love?.  The video was directed by Paul Hunter and choreographed by the So You Think You Can Dance choreography duo known as Nappytabs.

Finally we have Beyonce’s “Love on Top”, which I have loved since the album first came out and I even said that it had an eighties feel to it.  The style used for the video for “Love on Top” was similar to the style of music videos that the 80s band, New Edition made.   The video features Beyonce singing and dancing with a group of male backup dancers.

 

Coming soon, I will post the video to one of this blog’s favorite artists, Lady Gaga.  She just wrapped filming the video for “Marry the Night”, the fifth single from Born This Way.  As soon as the video premieres, I will have it on here.