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Despite the obvious snubs many hip hop and R&B artists received at this year’s Grammys, overall the show was great.
Let me go ahead and get my complaints out of the way:
- B.o.B and Drake both deserved to win!
- I was tired of hearing that damn Lady Antebellum song
- More awards should have been televised. It’s the Grammy Awards, right?
Anyway, highlights included:
I’ve never given her much thought, but ever since I heard her blow it out acapella at the VMAs I wanted to take a closer look. Her performance was awesome. She had a concept and rode it to the very end. She was an egg. So what? I don’t have to get it or vibe with it. But I definitely respect it. Plus. her vocal ability is sick. I think she did the most singing-whilst-dancing among any of the performers.
B.o.B/Janelle Monet/Bruno Mars
I love each of these artists individually but their talents combined provided a stellar performance! I love B.o.B’s versatility from the gutair to rapping to singing. Janelle Monet cannot be described in words. And every time I see Bruno Mars I learn something new about him. I never knew he played the drums, too! Plus, a childhood friend’s brother is in his band (go, Phred!). Janelle Monet shocked me (and my sister) when she stage dived, but it worked out well for her. I deem this: BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT.
Cee-Lo is known for his theatrics on stage and didn’t disappoint last night. What the hell was he, anyway? A peacock? Plus, he performed with Gwyneth Paltrow. Um, is she a singer now? Though their set had many confusing elements for me, I’ve decided to list it as a highlight because the song is the tea (if you don’t know, ask or look it up) and only Cee-Lo can have a band made up entirely of puppets. Hot shit.
I love Katy-friggin-Perry! She’s so awesome to me! Her performance started sweetly. I was worried about her trying to get down like Pink did at last year’s Grammys but she stayed true to herself. Did anyone else notice the hearts all over her skirt? Too cute. And the tribute to her new hubby, comedian Russell Brand, was too cute! I must admit, I rolled my eyes a little bit when she dedicated Teenage Dream to all the Valentine lovers. But only a little bit. I’m trying not to hate on love.
Detroit, WHAT! Em put it down this year. Ever since he dropped “Recovery” his shows seem so genuine. They seem to come from a place of hard work and sacrifice, not drug-induced excitement. Mind you, I had no problem with Purple Pill-poppin’ Em, but I’m always down for a man trying to make a change. Clearly his has been positive, as reflected in his attitude, his music, this performance, and his Grammy win. It was great to see Dre back on somebody’s stage again. And Skylar Grey shitted on Rihanna vocally. That’s a damn shame.
- The Aretha Franklin tribute (mainly Jennifer Hudson and Yolanda Adams)
- Train’s win for Hey Soul Sister – I love that song
- Usher, Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith – did anyone catch Will yell “that’s my baby”? LOL!
- Rafael Saadiq leading Mick Jagger’s band
- Ricky Martin’s pants
- Christina Aguilera trying to out-sing Jennifer Hudson and Yolanda Adams
- Miranda Lambert’s dress (I kept saying she looked like Mud from the Swiffer commercials)
- Bob Dylan sounding like a pack-an-hour smoker
- Rihanna’: the single performer with the least vocal ability got two performances
- “Diddy” being introduced as “Puff Daddy” who the hell is he these days?
- Separate mention for the bottom grill that fool was wearing
- Raheem DeVaughn not winning shit! *folds arms and pouts*
For a complete list of the winners go to http://www.grammy.com/nominees
I patiently waited through the weekend (and a bangin’ birthday party) for TV One’s Second week of Way Black When. This time the 1980s are highlighted. I love the 80s! I couldn’t wait for this show!
Niecy Nash is a wonderful host. Her monologue was funny and her weave was RIGHT! There’s nothing worse than seeing a woman with fame and clout with busted hair. I’m just saying…
During the Bill Duke interview I got worried. Ms. Nash seemed to be a bit loud and teetering on that Mo’Nique-ish line. Her interview skills are great though. She got good info and tied Bill Duke’s past success in entertainment with helping the next generation of actors (Taraji P. Henson attened his well-known boot camp).
First lady of hip-hop, Roxanne Shante, was my favorite interview of the night. She’s so humble and wise. Rap’s first female MC is also a breast cancer survivor. Wisdom doesn’t always have to come from the elderly.
“If you hated me in the white outfit, oh baby, I’ma kill ya in the black!”
– Roxanne Shante on haters
Roxanne Shante has written a coffee table book titled The Young Girls’ Guide to Old School Dating. I haven’t been able to find information on it but I look forward its release. I’ll be sure to do a review on it. Young girls need some tips on dating. And I’ll definitely take some from her. Did you see the rock on her hand!?
Remember The Last Dragon? Tamiak AKA Bruce Leroy was on the show too. This man has barely aged. And he’s still fine! Whew, lawd! Tamiak taught Niecy Nash how to build her chi…well, he tried to teach her. The lesson was more flirtation and comedy than anything else. LOL
Comedian Gary Owen was…alright. I’ve seen him do funnier sets before.
Kurtis Blow closed the show out on the best note. The crowd was hype. His flow is still tight. And it was a family affair: Kurtis Blow, Jr. was his hype man and his other son manned the turntables. Plus he had some original B-boys break dancing with him. These dudes were well over 40 jammin’ like it was 1980! Too live!
Be sure to catch the rest of the 80s party weekdays on TV One at 10:00p EST
Roxanne Shante interview: http://player.theplatform.com/ps/player/pds/TTkeLsW7G_?pid=LKTsM_99JmGD5xEs9sZQSbHfcj7z6Vek
Kurtis Blow performance: http://player.theplatform.com/ps/player/pds/TTkeLsW7G_?pid=hJtPPJkvQBnuGaxPh_aOKzvXnJcOT_aF
I must admit, folks, I don’t give two shakes of a lamb’s tail about football. But I was totally down to watch some commercials and check out the Black Eyed Peas’ halftime performance. I probably caught a total of three commercials, but the halftime show was awesome!
Guitarist Slash of Guns N’ Roses fame made a surprise appearance alongside BEP’s Fergie (ridiculously magnificent). And even Usher hit the stage with Will.I.Am to perform OMG. Did y’all see him bust that split in the MC Hammer pants?
This was the best Superbowl halftime show in a long time. I enjoyed it so much! The costuming, choreography, lights and, most importantly, the music were spectacular. I’ve never seen the Black Eyed Peas perform live but after that show, I’m down to buy a ticket. Check out the video!
This week TV One launched their 2011 Black History Month celebration, Way Black When. Each week a decade will be the focus of discussions in music, movies, television and politics. The first nostalgic look back is at the 1970s with host Sinbad. I was able to catch the first episode and – though a LOT of it went over my head (I’m totally an ’80s baby) – I enjoyed the show! The first thing I noticed was the beautiful set. TV One has been hit or miss for me over the last year or two, but they’ve done well with this one. Even if you don’t know anything about the ’70s I encourage you to watch. How can we know where we’re going if we don’t know where we’ve been, right?
I’m excited for next week’s ’80s shows with Niecy Nash as host. I plan to groove in front of my TV in pajamas with some ice cream just like I would’ve in 198… 😉
The week of February 14th celebrates the ’90s with Christopher “Kid” Reid hosting.
Added Incentive: After each show there are questions you can answer on TV One’s website to be entered to win an all expense paid cruise on the Tom Joyner Foundation’s Fantastic Voyage. For more information visit www.tvoneonline.com
Goodness! As promised, Bravo brought the drama with the much-anticipated finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, season 3.
Cynthia Bailey’s wedding was the focal point of the finale. Her dress was designed by Rubin Singer and was absolutely gorgeous! Though I was hopeful that her mother and sister wouldn’t give her the “lost” marriage certificate, it was so staged! Really? I’m gonna deceive my daughter/sister on camera and say I’ll never tell her? Yeah. That made a lot of sense, Bravo. It seemed like Cynthia was just a jittery bride who forgot to grab the paper and some overreaching producer said, “Let’s turn this into a scandal!” Fail. We’ll see how long the union lasts.
Speaking of Kim, eeew! She’s pregnant with Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann’s baby. Does anyone else realize that pregnancy must be a result of unprotected sex? With Kim? Eeew! In other news, Kim’s still working on releasing The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing. Unfortunately, her knowledge of the music business is parallel to her singing ability – limited.
Kandi…Kandi Kandi Kandi. Why didn’t I know she had that body on her before? I support just off that. This season she showed more of her side of the music business. I’m hoping Closet Freak, the song she wrote for Miss Lawrence (Washington), will take off. And I sincerely hope she finds the love she’s looking for. Kandi’s new album, Kandi Koated is available in stores and iTunes.
Sheree Whitfield is a mess coming to a theater near you. How she got the part for the movie she auditioned for, I’ll never understand. I don’t know the woman personally to know if she’s got “potential” but her little one-liner on The Game’s season opener was horrible. I wanted my money back and it was free to watch! So now I’m supposed to pay to see If These Hips Could Talk (a play turned movie)? I’ll wait for the reviews on that one.
Phaedra Parks was a trip throughout the entire season and didn’t disappoint for the finale. I loved the lone tear she shed upon leaving baby Ayden to return to the workforce. Wasn’t she as excited as a drag queen in La Perla when she left the baby to go to Miami with the cast? The Southern belle showed America that she’s fluent in both English (her confessionals) and Country (every other piece of footage with her requiring subtitles). One thing I can say about Ms. Parks is that I’m sure if marriage will last. Full service goes a long way.
The RHOA Season 3 Reunion Special airs on February 13, 2011 on Bravo.