For some odd reason, I decided to tune into the annual Grammy Awards show last night at the risk of being called a masochist. Actually, the Grammys is like a bad accident on the highway........when you pass by, you just have to bend your neck and have a look. That's a shame ain't it? The Grammy Awards should attract an audience because of an anticipated excellence, quality and achievements that are worthy of recognition. Instead, the Grammys is a bad accident. I find it difficult to believe that there are not hordes of people that really really know that the Grammy Awards are bogus. We all knew that officially back when Jethro Tull won Best Hard Rock Group several years back. Interestingly, this year, the winner of the Rock Group category was the Red Hot Chili Peppers......hehehe......one of whom, by the way, upon accepting the award...said "we need some more rock groups!" as if there wasn't any. Well if the media moguls that run the Grammy would have it their way, as they already have, you will never ever hear about all of the numerous rock groups out there. They never get airplay......and this has been the problem all along, hasn't it? The very same people that are in charge of the Grammys are the very same people that ruined the initial concept of MTV. I haven't heard any "music" on MTV in years.
It should be no surprise that my own favorite music to listen to never gets airplay. The musicians never win awards either. Oddly, those same musicians operate outside of the control of the big music industry conglomerates. Some of those musicians have managed themselves rather nicely for many, many years. Example: Consider Todd Rundgren. I cannot even comprehend exactly what Todd would have to do to get recognition for his efforts from the folks at the Grammys. Musically, Rundgren has always been on the cutting edge, a pioneer..........a musician whose sounds are often copied by others. Aside from being a great musician and vocalist, he happens to be a great producer. Strangely, not many people are aware of this. XTC's Skylarking, Grand Funk Railroad, and Meat Loaf! to name a few he has produced. The same industry that rejects Rundgren's efforts also once rejected the Bat Out Of Hell album. Idiots! That album went on to be one of the largest selling albums in history and started a franchise that continues to this very day.
So instead of watching a program where I would be in awe of the performers onstage, the only reason for me to have any "awe" was how so many talentless morons were able to be considered worthy enough to perform and be presenters.
If ever there was a sign of the end.........this is one of them.
Music isn't dead.........yet.........but they sure want us to think it is. Meanwhile, I shall be listening to folks like Todd Rundgren, David Sancious, Kate Bush, and others like them...........oh.......and I discovered something recently...........it appears that other countries have much more appreciation for great musicianship. So I figured I would listen to music from around the world instead of any radio. Sorry........I just cannot support the morons that run the music industry in the USA. If my radio is on, it's on talk radio.
.............they should be ashamed of themselves.