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Memorable Grammy Moments 2007

2007-02-13 14:51

This year's best moments

Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines: "For the first time in my life, I am speechless." It didn't last long, partly because, in the American music industry's scramble to make nice for not doing enough when the war started, the chicks were the winners and ended up with more appearances onstage than they could handle.

The Police reunited on stage for the last time, even if they chose the least surprising song in their repertoire: "Roxanne".

The Grateful Dead getting the lifetime achievement award. I'm sure they're very er...

Don Henley being rude to Scarlet Johanssen. And it didn't look scripted, and went something like this
Don: So, Scarlet, you're recording an album?
Scarlet: Yes, Don, any advice for me?
Don: (curtly) No!
Come on dude. You haven't made a decent record for quite a while. Or perhaps that's why he hasn't any advice to offer?

Mary J. Blige name dropping the entire LA phone book and giving a short bible reading - mainly riviting for squirm factor - as the music swelled louder and louder. Little Blige she know she'd be back for more trophies, and that there was no need to do her whole speech in one go.

Watching a star being born - phone vote stars can be awful, but Robyn Troup is the real thing. She looked comfortable onstage, even in those shoes, and that gorgeous but very short skirt.

This year's toilet breaks
(The Grammys are four hours long, and frankly, mostly very boring)

An extended Eagles medley featuring Carrie Underwood and including "Hotel California" - and that song's on every Karaoke set from Antananarivo, Madagascar to New York, USA. And it seems the performers picked up a few style tips from the bars. Give me Steely Dan, anyday.

Xtina going too over the top in her performance of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's world". Enough with the kneeling and shrieking, chick. A new treatment of that song would have been much more interesting.

The Rhythm and Blues Medley which inexplicably included Chris Brown. He's cute, but the "Grannys" as some call them could have chosen their youth appeal drive tactics better. Weird Fact of the Year

For those of you who don't already know, the Grammys are an industry-voted event. In other words, you can sell ten albums and win best album. Only in theory, of course. You can also sell millions of albums or copies of your song and not get the nomination nod. For example, this year, the album that sold most was the soundtrack to the Disney Channel movie High School Musical (3.7 million copies) and Daniel Powter sold over 2 million digital copies of his hit, "Bad Day" and also didn't snag a nomination.

Quotes from the past

Steven Tyler: It's a real honor to be presenting this award with the legendary B.B. King.
B.B. King: Thank you, boys. That means a lot to me. I got to tell you, I've been an Aerosmith fan since, well, I was a boy.

Sharon Osbourne: Ozzy and I are very happy to be here tonight.
Ozzy Osbourne: I'm happy to be anywhere.

About the Grammys, not at them

Joss Stone: I've got a checklist of things I want - including a Brit, a Grammy, an Oscar and a white poodle. Sometimes it gets lonely, and I want a baby too! I'm ticking things off the list.

Cyndi Lauper: I've got a Grammy and Emmy, I'd like to have a Tony.

Maynard James Keenan, Tool lead singer: "I think the Grammys are nothing more than some gigantic promotional machine for the music industry. They cater to a low intellect and they feed the masses. They don't honor the arts or the artist for what he created. It's the music business celebrating itself.

Well, ain't that the truth.

- Jean Barker
Every year there's the dress that shocks (Beyonce's the winner this time, with something gold that must've been glued to her breasts, else it would have fallen off for sure) and every year there are a few choice moments that will remain forever in our mind - funny, embarassing or politically active.

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