I watched the 54th annual Grammy Awards from the beginning to the end.
While I was watching, I was online on Facebook and i was kind of surprised at the reaction from some of my friends.
They kept saying that it was a "white" event and that people like Don Cornelius, Etta James and of course, Whitney Houston were given short shrift.
I don't think so. After all, isn't music, music?
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Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt paid tribute to Miss James at the very beginning of the show. It was a lovely duet. It was not, however, her most well-known song, "At Last." Maybe that was why it wasn't noticed?
Whitney was mentioned throughout, beginning with a sweet prayer by host L.L. Cool J.
Toward the end of the show, Jennifer Hudson was simply amazing as she sang "I Will Always Love You."
I think the dance music segment had been planned and Cornelius was mentioned at the beginning of that. But I never think of the Foo Fighters as a dance band, do you?
And I think people forgot that the Grammys is a huge event and singers are scheduled on a pretty tight deadline.
Whitney died Saturday. I think the organizers had to scramble and figure out how to do this tribute.
Had they had weeks to prepare, maybe there wouldn't have been as many criticisms.
That said, I thought the Beach Boys reunion was wonderful. Bruno Mars is my new crush.
And that final guitar thing with Bruce Springsteen and the other guys was amazing.
I also thought Paul McCartney's Valentine's song was sweet and I'll bet he wrote it for his new wife.
In between, there was the spectacular Adele.
All in all, a great evening of music.