Grammy Night Impressions
February 14, 2011
What an opening - that Aretha tribute! And Ms Franklin looked good in her video greeting - best wishes for continued recovery!
Thought Lady Gaga's big production number absolutely superb - nothing that followed all night could match it in my book. Other highlights: The muppets with Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mick Jagger doing his energetic Solomon Burke tribute. So funny, the skinny doing the substantial. Appreciated seeing more performances and fewer on-air awards, hence fewer thank-you speeches.
Was super pleased when Esperanza Spalding won. Some nincompoops messed up her Wikipedia page because they thought Bieber should have won. Anyone in doubt about Ms Spaldings talents - just youtube the words > Esperanza Spalding White House < and watch and listen to a few of the Stevie Wonder songs she performs - she'd have a great career just as a bassist!
These two were judged the best-engineered recordings -- congratulations to all involved:
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Battle Studies
Michael H. Brauer, Joe Ferla, Chad Franscoviak & Manny Marroquin, engineers
(John Mayer) [Columbia Records]
Best Engineered Album, Classical
Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina
Mark Donahue, John Hill & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Giancarlo Guerrero &
Nashville Symphony Orchestra) [Naxos]
Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works
Leslie Ann Jones, Kory Kruckenberg, Brandie Lane & David Sabee, engineers (Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams) [Dorian Sono Luminus]