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Not your Grammies Grammys

By February 13, 2012

The 2012 Grammy Awards broadcast was the second highest-viewed Grammy show in its history. No doubt Whitney Houston’s recent death had an impact. It was a recurring theme throughout the night.
The tributes were tastefully done. LL Cool J opened with a prayer. It was an odd sight though, seeing Lady Gaga somberly bowing her head in a wacky outfit. Jennifer Hudson belted out “I Will Always Love You,” visibly choked up.
Countless musicians spoke of the tragic loss to the music community. The real tragedy, though, is that Whitney Houston lost her musical gift to a horrid drug addiction.
Look back at how beautiful and talented she was-

It goes to show, the disease of drug addiction is a beast. No amount of fame and fortune could withstand it. Houston’s death is a precautionary tale. If only she had taken her own advice — “crack is wack.”

Onto other noteworthy Grammy moments. Adele swept the show with six Grammys, including album of the year. After watching her “60 Minutes” interview, I gotta say, she deserves it. She came across nice, funny and down-to-earth. It’s cool to see true talent being recognized and goes to show you don’t have to be a rail-thin sexpot to win.

Too bad Skrillex lost best new artist, but it’s cool he was nominated. He brought dubstep to the mainstream, and while many dubstep purists don’t like his aggresive style, I dig it.

Speaking of electronic music, my favorite act of the night was Deadmau5. Foo Fighters played first, then Deadmau5 stepped in with a cool mash-up. Deadmau5 closed the set with fan favorite “Raise Your Weapon.” While he specializes in electro-house, I’m glad he chose to play one of his few dubstep tracks. It has to be the first time dubstep was dropped on the Grammys. I can only imagine the reaction of the average Grammy viewer who tuned in for The Beach Boys- “What’s the deal with the glowing mouse head? Turn down that godawful racket!”

Landon Christensen

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