OK, It's no secret that the Grammys were never on the cutting edge and generally only honor the most commercial and safe music (yes, kids, Lady GAGA is pretty safe). That's fine, no big deal, that doesn't bug me.
What does bug me is that everyone cloaks their performance in shit that isn't even relevant to their music. Look, I love artists with strong images and even gimmicks. I love Kiss, DEVO, David Bowie, Daft Punk. Shit, I'm the guy with a band that wears Robot helmets. Though to me all the theatrics of these bands make sense, all part of a larger statement. It worked in harmony with their lyrics, sonics and life style.
So, please someone tell me what relevance there is to Pink swinging around upside down like she is in cirque du soleil or Green Day turning into a Broadway musical (I could just feel Joe Strummer turning over in his grave) or The Black Eyed Peas trying to represent some vision of the future. Nothing felt the least bit authentic. It all just seemed like a distraction.
I'm not going to pass judgement and tell you that you shouldn't listen to any of that music or claim that it is crap. I'm a firm believer in liking what you like and that's it. It's not a matter of something being popular or commercial, I love tons of commercial music, in fact most stuff that I do listen to would be considered pop.
I'm no elitist. I'm no hater. I just want to hear, see and feel something real.