Despite Taylor Swift’s head-banging, Nate Ruess’s child of a moustache and Katy Perry’s “performance”, last night’s Grammy awards actually had some very memorable moments. Yes it is still mostly a popularity contest, with the likes of Bruno Mars and Perry still getting nominated in way too many categories, but there were some pleasant surprises nonetheless. First, was Lorde taking home the awards for best pop solo performance and song of the year for Royals, which had me feeling like a proud daddy. Then of course, was Daft Punk bringing home five awards in all five categories in which they were nominated and becoming the first electronic artists to win the album of the year award.
But despite all the nice surprises, there were also some unfortunate ones, like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis taking home the best rap album over Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. Clearly, Macklemore felt the pain with this post-Grammy statement to Kendrick: “He deserved best rap album… I’m honoured and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO. And that’s taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC it’s proper respect.” Much respect to you big Mack, and keep fighting for the cause. After all, it’s all about the cause, not the music right? I don’t know. The Grammy awards will always be riddled with bullshit, and when it comes down to it, it’s still a veritable popularity contest. Anyway, if you missed last night’s Grammy’s here are my top 3 moments:
1. Pharrell William’s hat. Yes, the soul singer was nominated in a total of seven categories but it still begs the question; is he hiding his cat in there, or training to be a Canadian mountie? I don’t care, it’s awesome.
2. Taylor Swift getting down and dirty to some Kendrick. Ya, we know you’re from the hood Taylor, you don’t have to prove it.
3. Daft Punk’s performance. With a lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Nile Rogers, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk, you really can’t go wrong. This super-group threw down the groove right from the get-go, with a mash-up of hits Get Lucky, Le Freak, and Harder Better Faster Stronger. This was easily the performance of the night for me, and a perfect celebration of Daft Punk’s return to fame.
But of course the Grammy’s are not everything, and while Jay-Z and others drooled over themselves, a few musical notes were popping up here and there. Luckily, after being up all night to get gnocchi, sorry to get lucky (haven’t had lunch yet) and being in an incredibly funky mood after watching the Daft Punk performance, I bring you two little funky gems that popped up on my radar this morning. First is a cover of Bob Marley’s I Shot the Sheriff, by producer N.A.S.A. and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s singer Karen O. This one puts a funky melodic spin on the classic tune, and will have you feeling more than okay on this monday morning.
And then there’s the incredibly funky mixtape released by Montreal’s Fonkynson! I just discovered this young producer this morning, and well, I think it’s fair to say he has the coolest name ever. He just released this mix gathering his influences in electronic funky disco house music. Yay! This shizz will have you dancing right into Tuesday morning, and then stopping abruptly to get back to work. Seriously, make sure you get back to work at some point ladies and gentlemen, your kids need to eat.