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Grammys: Daft Punk, high ratings, and bloated commercial breaks

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56th Grammy Awards

The French helmet-wearing duo, Daft Punk, are probably feeling pretty lucky today and for good reason. They walked away with some the biggest awards at the Grammys last night, including, Record of the Year for “Get Lucky,” Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories,” and for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. I have not heard their entire album, but  the song “Get Lucky” has been playing on local radio stations for months.

The electronic pop beat of “Get Lucky” is catchy, but the lyrics are so limited and superficial. Some of the lines that repeat the most in the song:

We’re up all night to get some
We’re up all night for good fun
We’re up all night to get luck


My choice for Record of the Year: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” or Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” Taylor Swift ended up going home empty-handed. I would have given Swift’s album “Red” the Album of the Year Grammy or maybe handed it over to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for “The Heist.”

Then Song of the Year went to 17 year-old Newbie, New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde, for “Royals.” Interesting song — but Pink and Nate Ruess’ “Just Give Me A Reason” is much more deserving of the honor. I was disappointed with a number of other decisions by The Recording Academy members — but that is usually the case with the Grammys. Still, like a lot of folks I watched the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, from Staples Center in Los Angeles, to the very end.

The rating were the second best ever with 28.5 million viewers. The highlights for me: Pink performing hanging from the ceiling, John Legend at the piano, and of course, the marriage of 33 couples by Queen Latifah, during a rousing rendition of “Same Love” by  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, and Madonna.

The negatives, LL Cool J’s long winded introduction, the supersized commercial breaks, over abundance of CBS promos, and that awful halftime Pepsi video. Sigh. That’ the Grammys.

Full list of nominees and winners here.


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