This is another shameless endpoint of a culture, or an establishment that was respected ,if not reverred just a couple of year ago. Maybe I am old fashioned, but how could a completely classless singer like Amy Winehouse, grab 5 Grammy Awards ? in the year 2008? Something is completely ill somewhere.
When I say classless, I don't necessarily intend a reference on character - the music industry isn't the Church of england - but as a singer, a performer, an artist...
Further, I confess I hadn't even heard any of Amy Winehouse Grammy Award Quality songs.Until I heard the announcement. I quickly did a Youtube search, and having listened to this and this - REHAB, I could only but shake my head.
You used to look forward to the Grammy awards. I remember vividly the spark days of Seal, picking up an award for Kiss from a Rose, Tupac Shakur picking nomination for his eternal All Eyez on me dual CDs.
Even R.Kelly's I believe I can fly that won 3, sent colour and thrill down your spine, for the reason of their deservedness. And this were only just the 90s.
You have to feel sorry for the music industry. With technology effectively nuking them in terms of the mega sales of the years past, and the disconnect between music and art, as evidenced in the hundreds of "computer" bangs and dins churned out today, and now the Grammy Awards losing it, there can be no other conclusion - the road ahead is going to be rough.
To be fair, I have no problems with giving 5 awards to a single performer. Afterall, Lauryn Hill and if I am right on fact, Nora Jones and Alicia Keys are recent singers who went home with packs of Awards.
In Lauryn Hill's CD of the time - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - you could feel creativity. Alternatively, you could truly dance out some of the tracks. If you are feeling starved on the philosophical side, pop in the CD and at least one track will do justice. Essentially, there was value for the album, so much you could rationalise it picking an award.
I am afraid, I see no reason why I should listen to Amy Winehouse. Maybe I am oblivion of the criteria the Grammy 'Awarders' deploy in their rating process. Fair.
What I cannot understand is how anyone would rate that song - Rehab - a song of the year 2007.
I don't understand the Grammys anymore...