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

Welcome to what I hope will become a regular staple on Pop Culture Redefined, Music Videos You Should See.  The first video is from the legendary band Duran Duran.  The song is “Girl Panic” from their latest album, All You Need Is Now.  Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, “Girl Panic” is a nine and a half-minute film that serves as a faux documentary with supermodels as members of Duran Duran and the band as reporters, hotel bellmen and photographers.

The next video is from the band Foster the People.  As I had reported once before, Foster the People is the band to watch.  Their newest video, “Call It What You Want”, is the third single off their debut album Torches.  Directed by Ace Norton, the concept behind the video is rich kids finding ways to relieve boredom.

Another video that is worth viewing is “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine.  Led by British born Florence Welsh, this band is amazing.

Last week,  the hit show Glee celebrated a milestone, 300 musical performances.  The 300th performance was the Troubletones, with former New Directions members Mercedes (Amber Riley), Santana (Naya Rivera), and Brittany (Heather Morris), performing a mashup of Adele’s hits “Rumor Has It” and “Someone Like You”.

Finally, a big shout out goes out to my fellow Southern West Virginian, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.  The America’s Got Talent winner came out with his debut album yesterday and Landau is making the rounds to morning talk shows.  If you are a fan of the classic singers like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, I suggest you pick up Landau’s album, That’s Life, in stores now.

One final thing, as my readers are aware, I promised that next time I posted a music video post, I would post Lady Gaga’s new video, “Marry the Night”.  While the video itself has not been released , a prelude to “Marry the Night” is on YouTube.