Monday, February 09, 2009

The Grammys

I spent 3 and a half hours watching the Grammys last night and aside from the mind blowing drum major-backed Radiohead it seemed to be a night to celebrate old men from the 60s, 70s and 80s which I didn't find overly inspiring. Don't get me wrong, there is, obviously, amazing music from those eras, but Neil Diamond isn't it. That's just my opinion.

But I digress.

What really struck me was what followed the the Grammys' memorial tribute. The last person mentioned was Bo Diddley, a rock icon famous for his cigar box guitar and "Bo Diddley Beat." He is also famous for including women in his band, not only as back up singers, but also as guitar players, playing up front alongside him. It is believed that he is one of the first in rock 'n roll to do this, first with Peggy Jones (Lady Bo) and then most famously, Norma-Jean Wofford (The Dutchess).

You'd think that the Grammys would have then found at least one woman to join the men (BB King, Keith Urban, Buddy Guy, John Mayer - all amazing musicians in their own right) who followed the memorial with a tribute song. There were certainly more than enough women there.

Not to mention that the Grammys got off to a bad start with the news that Rihanna missed the Grammys due to an alleged assault.

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