The musical extravaganza that is the Grammys aired Sunday night, with its mix of established artists and new faces. And like 25 million or so other people, I tuned in to check out the performances and see who was honoured.
Though it’s always challenging for me to watch something as personal as music put into a competitive setting, it’s nice to see the hard work of so many musicians from so many genres celebrated.
Among the legends that took the stage, I was excited to see Tom Jones still performing at age 74. The Welsh wailer has a powerful, distinctive voice, and the song he sang with Jessie J – You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling – is a classic.
It reminded me of Elvis’s version, one of my favourites because he sounds like he’s pouring the pain in his heart right into the microphone. And of course, the original 1964 Righteous Brothers version showcases their soulful voices along with producer Phil Spector’s trademark “wall of sound” treatment.
I was most happy and surprised that Beck won in the album of the year category for Morning Phase, a record that creates an otherworldly feel with its contemplative lyrics. My favourite song on the album, Wave, shines because of its lush orchestration and I respect Beck for having the courage to be different.
Congratulations to all the winners!