Monday, Nov 12, 2018
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 43 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, February 2, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 05
Grammys 2018: Jennifer Higdon and Benj Pasek lead LGBT artist wins; Elton and Miley, Lady GaGa and Kesha give memorable performances in overall lackluster telecast
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Grammys 2018: Jennifer Higdon and Benj Pasek lead LGBT artist wins; Elton and Miley, Lady GaGa and Kesha give memorable performances in overall lackluster telecast

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Music's Biggest Night turned into Music's Biggest Disappointing Night on Sunday evening when the 60th Grammy Awards were presented on a three-hour telecast from New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Only a few of the nearly 20 performances were spectacular, the others ranged from good enough to mediocre to flat out horrible. And of the 84 categories presented during the main telecast and the Premiere Ceremony hours before, Grammy voters proved that they were more interested in rewarding popularity than artistic credibility, handing out the hardware to many undeserving recipients.

One of the deserving winners was classical composer Jennifer Higdon, who collected two Grammys on Sunday, for Best Contemporary Classical Composition ('Viola Concerto') and Best Classical Compendium ('Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto and Oboe Concerto'). During her acceptance speech for the latter, the New York-born artist thanked her wife Cheryl Lawson for the many years of supporting her music career. Higdon also has a Pulitzer Prize for Music to her credit, receiving the prestigious honor in 2010 for her original piece 'Concerto for Violin and Orchestra'.

Benj Pasek, the gay half of songwriting super team Pasek and Paul, also deservedly took home a Grammy this weekend. The musical pair won gramophones for composing and producing the soundtrack for Dear Evan Hansen, which emerged victorious in the category of Best Musical Theater Album. With their Grammy win, the duo completed the 'G' in their quest to achieve a rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), a milestone in the entertainment business of capturing the four top awards; they only need an Emmy. Ben Platt, who played the lead character in Dear Evan Hansen and who is also openly gay, is included in the Grammy win and will receive his own gramophone for being one of the soundtrack's primary soloists.

Sir Elton John was joined by Miley Cyrus in a great duet of his signature hit 'Tiny Dancer', featuring the younger pop star donning an elegant ruby red ballroom gown. Lady GaGa brought the house down early in the program in an elegant pink tulle dress with an emotional performance of 'Joanne' and 'Million Reasons' that was dedicated to her late aunt, named Joanne. Even more powerful was Kesha's delivery of her nominated ballad 'Praying' that included an all-star lineup of backup singers, such as Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day and Camila Cabello, as well as a full choir; everyone was dressed in white from head-to-toe, a united effort to further call awareness to women being sexually harassed and discriminated against in today's society. It was the second time that an awards show addressed the #timesup campaign this month, following the Golden Globes a few weeks ago.

Pink, U2, Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar gave above par performances, as did Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris, who collaborated on a tribute to the late rock legend Tom Petty.

Among the worst performers, and there were many, was openly gay singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who appeared to be talking in his sleep, as he mumbled the words of his new single 'Pray' dressed in what looked like a doctor's outfit complete with a long, white lab coat. Also with a surprise poor showing was SZA, who lost the Best New Artist award to Alessia Cara; I think she just chose the wrong song, 'Broken Clocks', to perform on the show. In contrast, the song picked by Eric Church, Maren Morris and the Brothers Osborne to honor the victims of last year's attacks in Las Vegas and Manchester was perfect, Eric Clapton's 'Tears in Heaven', but they sang the verses in completely different vocal ranges and Church went for too much, so it sounded discombobulated. The mood was right, but I would've preferred Morris perform it solo because she carried the other three.

Speaking of tributes, the one that was supposed to feature Patti LuPone and Ben Platt saluting Broadway musicals wound up being two solo performances by the theater stars; Platt beautifully sang 'Somewhere' from West Side Story (and got a standing ovation), followed by LuPone belting out 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina' from Evita. It wasn't a cohesive effort and felt a little awkward.

As for the hardware, The Recording Academy proved their love of Bruno Mars, bestowing him with Album of the Year (24K Magic), Record and Song of the Year ('24K Magic', 'That's What I Like'), plus two other awards in the R&B field. Lamar was denied a third time for AOTY and even more disappointing was the hip hop genre being refused a Grammy in a major category again. Chance the Rapper claimed the Best New Artist prize last year and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did the same thing four years ago, but no rap artist has ever won Record or Song of the Year, and not since Outkast in 2004 has a rap recording nabbed AOTY.

Another Grammy darling, Ed Sheeran, added two more Grammys to his trophy case, topping worthier nominees like Kesha and Lady GaGa for Best Pop Solo Performance ('Shape of You') and Best Pop Vocal Album (Divide). Seattle's own Odesza missed out on a pair of Grammys in the dance/electronic field, losing to Kraftwerk for Best Dance/Electronic Album (3-D The Catalogue) and LCD Soundsystem for Best Dance Recording ('Tonite'). However, the Pacific Northwest didn't leave New York empty handed as Portland band Portugal.The Man pulled off a surprise win for Best Pop Duo or Group Performance for 'Feel It Still', beating out the heavy favorite 'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.

On Monday, following the Grammy ceremony, The Recording Academy President Neil Portnow landed himself in hot water when he said that if women want to win awards they need to 'step it up,' fueling artists like Pink, who handwrote a letter to Portnow, to respond swiftly by objecting to his statement. For a complete list of winners, go to www.grammy.com.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Announcing #HAM4HAM lottery for Hamilton tickets in Seattle 40 tickets for every performance (except three) @ $10 each
------------------------------
February 2018 theater openings
------------------------------
Grammys 2018: Jennifer Higdon and Benj Pasek lead LGBT artist wins; Elton and Miley, Lady GaGa and Kesha give memorable performances in overall lackluster telecast
------------------------------
Country-folk duo First Aid Kit shines at the Moore with bravura performance
------------------------------
Howard Jones opts for stories over music in Benaroya Hall show
------------------------------
Do we really want to go Camping with Henry and Tom?
------------------------------
Kitten LaRue reflects on 10 years of 'J'ADORE!'
------------------------------
Seattle Humane - Pets of the Week
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Help create a social and support network for LGBT veterans
------------------------------
Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band squeeze lots of songs and fans into The Neptune performance
------------------------------
Glitzy Freak puts on a heck of a show
------------------------------
Energetically convoluted Death Cure brings the Maze Runner saga to a close
------------------------------
Three Dollar Bill Wednesday series kicks off February 7 with 'Queer Fast Flirting' and 'Date Night Short Films'
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1707 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2018 - DigitalTeamWorks 2018

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News