Opinion: The Grammys and Amy Winehouse

by | February 10, 2008 at 12:45 PM | General

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Today, PopMatters has weighed in on tonight’s Grammy Awards, calling it a severely outmoded machine of yesteryear, pretty much only good for musicians patting themselves on the back and for struggling music labels putting on a show of glitz and glamour:

In a Net age, the multi-hour awards ceremony is about as timely as an 8 1/2 inch floppy disc and these performances aren’t enough to make the Grammys important or wholly relevant even if they’ve figured out that a group like Jethro Tull might not be a metal band or that they look doubly stupid for awarding and then unawarding Milli Vanilli.

The bottom line is that the Grammys ain’t for fans per se. It’s about the industry toasting itself, specifically the dying-out majors. And again, it’s about artists calling being able to themselves Grammy-winners (or to say that they can keep winning Grammys) alongside other achievements like chart positions and gold records.[PopMatters]

True dat; the Grammys, as the entire music industry itself, is in dire need of a web-friendly makeover. Maybe into an entity that, ohhhh I dunno, is relevant for today’s young audiences? (it would help if they would stop conducting systematic MP3-stealing witch hunts, locking up babies and grannies and such). But still, we can’t help but enjoy the reports and photos of the Grammy parties, happening just a few freeway exits away from us (for a great rundown, see E!’s party report). And of course, who isn’t looking forward to Brittish uber talent/uber trainwreck, Amy Winehouse, who has been fighting tooth and nail to perform on tonight’s stage.


She was given a Visa much too late and will be performing via satellite. We wonder how the stage will react to Amy? She’s amassed 6 nominations and she actually may just be one of the most talented musicians out there. But lest we forget, she’s also fresh from a crack pipe scandal, boyfriend jail busts, and rehab. Will a standing ovation from her peers in the audience (which we suspect will take place) be perceived as the industry overlooking her serious problems, or will it signify something more–something sadder and maybe tragic, kind of like a pre-death ovation to a star who just might leave us too soon? We only hope for the best.