Did you happen to catch the Grammy Awards last night? I didn’t. Hell I don’t recognize half the nominated performers anymore. Who the hell is Daft Punk & Pharrell or Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I know they won Grammys but who are they? I never heard of them let alone their music until I read their names in this mornings Times. Yeah, nothing on the Grammys for me to see.
Not even the greatly publicized appearance of the two remaining Beatles, (my least favorites by the way) could compel me to tune in. What’s the big deal? Giving up my evening to watch Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono of course, receiving a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the Beatles and their enormous contribution to the music industry seemed like a colossal waste of time. A case of too little, too late as far as I’m concerned. Come on, the four lads from Liverpool deserved this recognition a lifetime ago, two actually. Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to watch all four Beatles taking the stage to be honored by their peers? Now that I would have paid to watch. Yeah the Recording Academy really screwed up.
Let’s face it folks the Beatles last album “Let It Be” was released back in the spring of 1970 nearly 44 years ago! Before that, over an eight year period, the Beatles released 12 studio albums and 22 singles and are still the number one best selling music artist of all time! I’d say they have deserved recognition from the academy decades ago. What’s the Academy been doing all these years standing around with their heads up their asses! Brings to mind a line from the Beatles “A Day in the Life” “now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.” I wonder if those holes were related to the Academy assholes who overlooked the Beatles for so damn long? Probably.
I guess it’s pretty obvious that I don’t particularly care for the Grammy Awards. I don’t. Their tastes have always run toward the pop/soft side of music rather than good old rock and roll. The word “Rock” should appear in at least a half dozen more catogories and the words “Pop” and “Rap” need to be cut in half! But hey, that’s just me. The whole overlooking the Beatles thing is so typical of the Academy. Just look back at the 1965 Grammys, the 7th year of the awards show. That year the Beatles were nominated for Best New Artist. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. “A Hard Day’s Night” was nominated for Best Original Score Written For a Motion Picture or TV Show, Best Performance By a Vocal Group, the Songwriter’s Award and last but not least, Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Recording of the year. Pretty damn impressive.
Leave it to the Academy to screw things up. The Beatles didn’t come away empty handed. They won for Best New Artist and Best Performance By a Vocal Group. However they lost the Record of the Year Award to “The Girl From Ipanema.” Can you believe that? The Songwriter’s Award went to “Hello, Dolly!,” and the Best Original Score Written For a Motion Picture or TV Show was awarded to “Mary Poppins”! Yep, that’s the Grammys for you. By far the real mind-blower of the night was the award for Best Rock and Roll Recording. “A Hard Day’s Night” truly a classic rocker lost to that rock and roller super hit “Downtown” by Petula Clark! Go figure. Oh well, classic Academy move.
Congrats Beatles on this the 50th anniversary of your American Invasion and the birth of Beatlemania in the U.S. I can still recall sitting in front of the TV set that night so long ago, just 12 years old and already a fan, anxiously waiting for Ed Sullivan to introduce the “four lads from Liverpool.” It was an incredible moment. Just the shot in the arm the country needed after just having lost our president just a few months before. Yes the Beatles truly were the Fab Four! They helped shape the music scene of the 60’s and defined what rock and roll is all about. Their contributions to the music industry are immeasurable! Thanks for the recognition Academy, it was a long time coming, but better late than never. Long Live Rock… Yeah, yeah yeah…