Sarah Jessica Parker
Justin Timberlake and Arturo Sandoval
"The hits just keep coming,"
said HBO star from Sex In The City Sarah Jessica Parker, as soloist
Justin Timberlake commanded the Grammy Awards stage. He was later joined by
the incredible trumpeter Arturo Sandoval who could belt out the notes! What an
amazing, outstanding, and impressive show.
Yoko Ono Lennon (who some blame for the demise of The Beatles),
walked onto the stage to say a few words concerning John Lennon and The
Beatles. Then Ringo Starr, followed by Paul McCartney, appeared via videocast
to thank everyone for forty wonderful years. The main theme of the 46th Annual Grammy Awards
was one of how music brings us all together. How all these remarkable
musicians allows us all to, eh hem, enjoy the music.
The Black Eyed Peas
The nominated Record of The Year song, rap-styled "Where
Is The Love" by The Black Eyed Peas & Justin Timberlake, was
performed. Many rap artists appear to be taking things "old school"
not just within their music, but also in their dress code. OutKast seemed to
have brought this style into the popular forefront, and now it could also been
seen as worn by some members of the Black Eyed Peas.
Musicians Van Cliburn and Doc Watson earned Lifetime
Achievement Awards while Best Female Country Vocal Performance for Keep On The Sunny Side
by the deceased (on May 15, 2003) June Carter Cash was happily accepted by her
son John Carter Cash. Next up was Beyoncé, looking more like a mermaid than a
human in her silver topped and blue fanned out bottom dress, sang soulfully.
The Best New Artist Grammy Award, who's release establishes the public identity of that artist,
went to Evanescence due in part to their song "Going Under" on the
pop music release Fallen.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson came onto the stage singing the
praises, like a preacher, of music and then legendary funk band Earth, Wind
& Fire began playing "Shining Star." Directly after Earth,
Wind & Fire was OutKast, then came Robert Randolph & The Family Band.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
The funk just kept coming as the true Godfather of Funk, the man of
Interplanetary Funk, the Atomic Dog... yes, i am talking about George Clinton
and the Parliament Funkadelic. Feel free to see our concert report of George
Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic by clicking
here. As a side note, the Rastafarian hat George Clinton wore at the
concert, and also during the 1999 Woodstock show,
is owned by Enjoy the Music.com™'s editor
Steven R. Rochlin.
After a television commercial break came the sensational jazz
pianist Chick Corea with rock band Foo Fighters' song "Times Like
These." Then pop stars Coldplay won Record of The Year for Clocks.
Next up was Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and it was
earned by Warren Zevon and Bruce Springsteen with their recording Disorder In The House.
Song Of The Year, strictly for songwriters, went to Richard Marx and Luther Vandross
for the lyrics within "Dance With My Father."
Then came Neil Portnow, the President of the Recording
Alchemy, who provides some insight to the show and the industry as he sees it.
Neil stressed how "we are all one family". This not only includes the musical
artists, but also those who enjoy it. He asked for us all to come together to
further help with better exposure to music within schools. The funding cuts by
the United States government have been extreme, while spending on various war
efforts have escaladed. The Grammy organization has announced a national
program to make more people aware of legal music downloads via a new website, www.WhatsTheDownload.com.
Naturally if people are stealing copyrighted music, then the musicians who are
trying to make a living are not paid for their efforts. They then played the
commercial that will be employed in hopes of educating people of the new
website and the ramifications of illegally downloading copyrighted music.