This week’s podcast: these Grammys don’t sing

Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix during THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Stevie Wonder with Pentatonix: the one simple moment where blending old and new music worked.Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS
LL Cool J and James Corden during THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson asks if I enjoyed The Grammys. Not really, although I only watched a little here and there of it. I was put off by how the whole deal has become one giant CBS promotional opportunity. You had Colbert setting up the Broadway number, Corden sharing the stage for another intro, Gary Sinise from the new Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders saluting soldiers, Kaley Culio from Big Bang presenting and, of course, LL Cool J from NCIS: Los Angeles hosting the whole thing. That was just in the few minutes I watched. I tweeted CBS had gone four whole minutes of The Grammys without hyping themselves–take a drink.

Don Cheadle from CBS-owned cable station Showtime also did an intro, but he’s legit just for the dozen years he’s put into getting his bio-pic of Miles Davis off the ground.

The Weeknd on the Red Carpet at THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS broadcast on the CBS Television Network on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Photo: Trae Patton/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Music-wise, this show is just not aimed at me. I could care less about either Taylor Swift or Alice Cooper. I saw a lovely little moment with Stevie Wonder harmonizing with Pentatonix that made me want to buy that album, if they still sell albums.

I guess people watch for the stars now and not the music but the show seems such an odd mix of oldies acts and manufactured pop schmaltz that I’m not sure who it is aimed at. Seeing Robin Thicke bring his mom, Gloria Loring, as his Grammy date kinda summed it all up.

The tribute to the late Glenn Frey by The Eagles was boring. The whole show felt wrapped in bubble wrap and about as far from live and dangerous as you could get.

Scott also asks if there might be, as rumoured, a Friends reunion. That segues into a discussion of one of the new episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling roaming around the old New York street exterior from Seinfeld’s old sitcom.

Click here to listen to the whole damn radio yakfest.

Alice Cooper of Hollywood Vampires perform during THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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One Response to “This week’s podcast: these Grammys don’t sing”

  1. The tributes could have easily been made into a seperate show itself.
    Kendrick Lamar and Hamilton:The Musical saved the show.
    Betweeb the audio issues…Neil Portnow’s very odd rant about music streaming services and the cold jump to the In Memoriam segment.
    The Grammys were not exactly memorable

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