Whitney Houston passed away the day before the Grammy Awards at the age of 48. It’s so tragic when an unbelievably talented artist dies. It forces me to reexamine everything I loved about their music. As soon as the news about Whitney’s death broke on TMZ and Twitter, my immediate thoughts went to her music. And to all the memories. I remember watching the “How Will I Know” video on MTV and wishing I had that awesome hair bow. “Greatest Love of All” became my little “lift me up” anthem. I first heard “I Will Always Love You” on the radio while I was studying in my college apartment. I was stunned silent. The song was so beautiful. I haven’t really thought about Whitney much lately, but just like when Michael passed, she’s been front and center in my mind. She was a true talent with the most amazing voice. It was all about the music.
It was fitting that Jennifer Hudson sang “I Will Always Love You” in Whitney’s honor last night at the Grammys in Los Angeles. Jennifer has the voice that will do that song justice and she did not disappoint. It was all about the music.
The big winner of the night was the lovely Adele who is back from throat surgery and sounding better than ever. She went six for six (!) which included Album, Song, and Record of the Year. She won because she can sing. She can sing alone in front of a microphone with no fireworks or set changes or fancy costumes. It’s all about the music.
I also got a kick out of Bruno Mars and his fun set. And, of course, I loved my girl, Taylor Swift. She sang “Mean” and won a couple of awards too. Katy Perry came out to kick some butt, and give some digs to her ex-husband Russell Brand, with her new song, “Part Of Me.” Nicki Minaj gave me nightmares with her freaky deaky exorcism mini-operetta. (I thought I was just getting old, but lots of Twitter folks didn’t get it either. ) Chris Brown was there and I just don’t understand the support he gets. (You should read this post by my fellow mom blogger, Mom-101. You will be SHOCKED – or maybe you won’t be – by some of the Twitter comments she references from women defending Brown.)
I thought Rihanna did a great job lighting up the stage with her voice AND her dance moves and I even enjoyed the old school folks: The Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Tony Bennett and Paul McCartney. The Beach Boys, and especially the tributes from Maroon 5 and Foster the People, were a blast. It’s amazing how Glen Campbell’s music has stayed with me all these years. I remember being a little kid and my parents would play his records. McCartney’s jam session at the end with Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters totally rocked. I was surprised how much I enjoyed all the classic stuff.
But then I remembered. It’s all about the music.