If you missed last night’s Grammy Awards, consider yourself lucky. They were truly terrible, absolutely awful, and thoroughly reprehensible. And that’s not putting too fine a point on it. But since I was forced to sit through all three hours and forty-some-odd minutes of it, so that I could live tweet the event via @PhillyMagTicket, only to have @PhillyMagTicket get inexplicably suspended by Twitter, well, then you’re going to have to sit through my synopsis of the evening. I’ll keep it short. Read more »
Is Queen Latifah really going to marry 34 people — including homosexuals — on stage at the Grammys? Better yet, will she take it as an opportunity to come out of the closet? What’s Lady Gaga going to wear? I mean, assuming she isn’t too high to make it to the ceremony in the first place. Will Madonna act her age? Will Paul and Ringo make magical music together for the first time in many, many years?
These are only a few of the questions we’re asking ourselves as we head into tonight’s 56th-annual Grammy broadcast, and you better believe we’ll be dishing dirt along the way. Keep up with what we’re saying with Philly Mag arts editor @VictorFiorillo, who will be live-tweeting the show with the rest of Philly.
You can also follow along via our nifty live feed below, and, for goodness sake, join the conversation using the hashtag #GrammysPHL. The conversation’s already starting!
On Sunday night, music industry royalty congregated at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Here, my winners and losers from the night. For the real winners in each category, scroll down. Read more »
Turns out the dude dressed in KKK garb to make a point about black-on-black violence has quite the background as a provocateur. In 2003, Nicholas ‘Sixx’ King, walked on stage during the Grammys, then did it again at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. Also, he’s a former Daily News “Sexy Single.” Below: video of him interrupting Panic! At the Disco receiving an award. (A public service, really.) [Daily News]
This week, Philadelphia social worker and family therapist Abena Afreeka announced her “Nigga Recovery Program.” The Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University graduate says it’s time to do something about the “addiction” to the N-word that she sees in so many black people today, and she says she has the answer. Read more »
That statement is a truth-fact. Mostly because Kevin Mackie of Montgomery County won one Grammy award and Katy Perry and Lady Gaga both struck out last Sunday. Mackie—who works as a dairy manager at the Cheltenham Shop Rite—won a Grammy for Best Children’s Album for his work on All About Bullies… Big and Small. Nothing like the dairy guy at the Shop Rite winning a Grammy to make you feel like you’re idling. [CBS 3]
Last night’s Grammy Awards marked two momentous occasions: the first public memorial for Whitney Houston, who died in a Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday, and the first time rapper Chris Brown was allowed to return to the ceremony after being blacklisted following charges for beating the crap out of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009.
For the Grammys, it was a moment of respectability and shame—though maybe not for the reasons you’re thinking. Read more »