The Grammy Awards, an awards show that recognizes music artists who have achieved musical excellence over the past year, took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles the day before Valentine’s Day, 2011. Despite the awards show’s running time of over three and a half hours, with awards in 109 music categories, the televised show revealed only a fraction of the award recipients. There was a wide selection of Grammy nominees, surprise winners, and memorable performances. I felt the music artists were more focused on their stage performance and looks rather than the actual music, if only because they had a worldwide audience during the show.
This year at the Grammy’s we saw both long-time music artists as well as new, up-and-coming artists, with many of the latter following the footsteps of the former. The performances of Justin Bieber, Jaden Smith, and Usher, all of whom are poised to make their contributions to the music industry for years to come, paid homage to Michael Jackson. And you can’t forget Bruno Mars, who did an exceptional job portraying soul music, the predecessor of R&B. Watching the Grammy’s this year made me realize was that no matter what age you are, your music can span generations of fans as long as you keep making music. Mick Jagger performed a memorable tribute performance even at the age of 67. Lifetime Achievement Award winners included Julie Andrews, the Ramones, and Dolly Parton. All three never gave up their love for music. In the words of Dolly Parton: “Just because you give me a Lifetime Achievement Award doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop.” I hope these timeless artists have inspired many musicians to keep persevering and moving forward with their music.