Downloads – Grammys Edition

The Grammy’s were on this weekend! Aside from a few groan moments (Chris Martin and Rihanna performed a duet that clearly originated in a game of “draw stars out of a hat” by the TV execs) there were also quite a few tune-in-worthy moments too. Here is my roundup, below:

1. Bon Iver won the Grammy for Best New Artist! I have loved Bon Iver for a while now, and it was wonderful to see the world recognize the artist that caught my attention. Although by “recognize,” I am ignoring the huge amount of Facebook friends who reacted with epiphanies like “Bon…who?” or “Who is Bonny Bear?” or, my favorite, “He looks like an accountant.”)

However, it was wonderfully edifying to see them beat out the tragic riff-raff (like the Band Perry and Nicki Manaj) that were also nominated. When Justin Vernon stepped up to accept the award, he showed a beautiful humility and unaffectedness about being honored.

2. Despite the aforementioned duet disaster, I enjoyed watching Coldpay perform their new single “Paradise.”

3. In a not-total-disaster, the duet by Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt (obviously another set selected at random for a hat of names) of Etta James’ “Sunday Kind Of Love” worked, and – more importantly – reminded me that I should download the original soon!

4. Adele was a pitch perfect songstress, entertainer, beauty, and sarcastic bombshell. Eat your heart out girls!

5. Ultimately, it was Dave Grohl, of Foo Fighters, that best summed up the evening, when accepting one of his 5 awards that night, he said:

“For me this award means alot because it shows that the human element of making rock is the most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning your craft is the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about sounding correct. It’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (points to heart) and what goes on in here (points to head.)”

Download suggestions from the Grammys:

– Bon Iver, For Emma Forever Ago (album)

– Sunday Kind of Love, Etta James

– Paradise, Coldplay

– Learning to Walk Again, Foo Fighters,

– 21, Adele (album)

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