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Grammy Awards

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:10 am

OMG, What an entertaining show. Pink was amazing until water (from some source) started dripping on the crowd. Lady GaGa and Elton John were flamboyantly fabulous together..and Stevie Nicks and Taylor Swift's duet made me feel old. (although Stevie Nicks looked like she was 20!)It was a great show until the end when they had a ridiculous rap group come on and bleeped out three fourths of the rap. Why they have those clowns on, I don't know?
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Re: Grammy Awards

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:38 am

Silence wasn't golden when Grammys bleeped lyrics
FRAZIER MOORE,AP Television Writer


NEW YORK (AP) — During the U.S. telecast of the Grammy Awards show, the sound went dead for seconds on end, over and over, like some kind of short circuit no one could fix.
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It cropped up Sunday night during the big production number with rap artists Eminem, Lil Wayne and Drake, who ended up miming as much as singing for the TV audience.

More than coincidence?

Not to any of the 25 million viewers wondering why certain recording stars were invited to appear on a show while the sort of music that earned their invitation was turned into audio Swiss cheese.

To be honest, the rap medley of the songs "Forever" and "Drop the World" contained some lyrics you might not hear in Sunday school. But this wasn't Sunday school — it was actually late Sunday night, on a TV extravaganza celebrating a wide range of music.

The network that aired the Grammys, CBS, was caught in the dilemma of having it both ways. It sought to include on the Grammycast cutting-edge artists whose music is selling like hotcakes, while, at the same time, it felt compelled to take every precaution to prevent a vocal version of a wardrobe malfunction.

"It was a rousing musical performance, but words were edited from the live telecast that didn't meet our broadcast standards," said CBS spokesman Chris Ender. "We have great respect for artists' creative freedom, but there are certain things you can't say, or sing, on television."

Even so, New York magazine's Web site was among those wondering "why were whole lines being cut to avoid one profanity? Why was the music cut out along with the mikes? Did the bleep button keep getting stuck in the on position or something?" Then, helpfully, the Web site posted annotated lyrics to the performance, with bleeped portions highlighted. (It also noted the performers "were doing a pretty good job of censoring themselves, making the silences all the more pointless.")

On Twitter, Mandypeacelove complained that she "only gotta hear freaken half the song. KINDA makes me mad." And Staciallthetime suggested to CBS, "If you are going to bleep out more than half of the song then dont put it on!"

Paul Levinson agrees.

"Don't have performers on the show if you're going to bleep the hell out of their performance," proposed Levinson, professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University.

Levinson argues that the Grammycast did an injustice to the performers' music as well as to the audience expecting to hear it.

He pointed back a half-century to when CBS' "The Ed Sullivan Show" refused to show Elvis Presley on camera from his gyrating waist down, and when, at Sullivan's command, the Rolling Stones substituted the line "Let's spend the night together" with the seemingly less racy "Let's spend some time together."

"We laugh at Ed Sullivan today," Levinson said. "But that's exactly the same thing CBS was doing Sunday night."
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Re: Grammy Awards

Postby bob_rx2000 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:04 pm

Well, since I view the Grammys (Emmys, Globes, etc.) as gigantic bores, and find most of what passes for "music" today to be puerile excrement, I exercise my right to their free speech by not bothering to watch the shows. I've considered writing to the companies that advertise on these shows to protest their sponsorship of such drivel, but that would mean caring enough to find out who sponsors the show...
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