Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham


Grammys Be Gone

Another Grammy season has come and gone, just like the cold winter — oh, wait, it’s still freezing out there. For those of you keeping score at home, I successfully predicted four of the six winners featured in last week’s Headphones. I’m not saying I know what’s good, I’m just saying I have a pretty good idea of how people in the recording industry vote these days. Although my eyes weren’t exactly glued to the television set last Sunday night, here are a few of my favorite memorable moments.
• Robot helmets-wearing electronic music duo Daft Punk are so weird and I couldn’t have been happier when they shimmied off with five Grammys, including album of the year and record of the year for their anthem “Get Lucky.” They cemented their memorable evening with a massive jam with Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell. Daft Punk collaborator Paul Williams had one of the best acceptances of the night; “Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there,” he said. “And then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album.”
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won for best new artist and swept the rap category, taking Grammys for best rap song and rap performance for “Thrift Shop” and best rap album for “The Heist.” Their performance of “Same Love,” an anthem for equal rights for same-sex couples, featured Queen Latifah presiding over a group wedding at the Staples Center and Madonna singing “Open Your Heart” backed by a gospel choir.
• Jay Z sent a message to his daughter after snagging a Grammy: “Look, Daddy got a gold sippy-cup for you.”
• Kathy Griffin thanked Lindsay Lohan and her family for providing her with the material for her Best Comedy Album win.
• Lorde’s song “Royals” earned her Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance and left her looking awkward and speechless … because she’s 17 … and she should be allowed to be awkward and speechless at times without being dissected.
• Dave Grohl honored the Beatles when he accepted the Best Rock Song Grammy with McCartney for their Sound City collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack.” “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Paul and for Ringo.”
• Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong twanged along to the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved.”
• The Highwaymen performed with Blake Shelton in the absence of Johnny Cash. The group swaggered through Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee.”
• Metallica played its war anthem “One” slightly out of tune with classical pianist Lang Lang.
• The night’s finale — a supergroup of Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham — gave a trippy feel to NIN’s “Copy of A” and Queens of the Stone Age’s “My God Is the Sun,” before advertising appropriately and abruptly ended the night.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Wax 13 Unlucky Numbers (Interscope/Atlantic) 1995

Editor Tom Graham is a musician and singer/songwriter rooted in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
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