To combat the televised snore fest that is usually the annual Grammy awards ceremony, the Recording Academy is enlisting the aid of Louisiana rapper Lil’Wayne, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, and Rhianna. Each of them will appear in television, print, web, and radio spots that will hopefully drum up some hype for the ceremony, which suffered poor ratings last year.
In the plugs, each artist references songs that have influenced or affected their lives in a positive manner. Predictably esoteric and ever protective of his role as an “artist,” Thom Yorke cites Scott Walker (“Psoriatic”) and Modeselektor—two acts not many people have heard of. Nice! On the other end, and equally predictable and obvious, is Lil’Wayne who trumpets Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock the Hustle” and Young Buck’s “Pocket Full of Paper.” Whoa! How did he come up with that? Like, how deep into the American Lexicon of song did he have to reach to pull that rabbit out of the hat? You’re a rapper and you’re citing a rap song. You guys are CRAZY, MAN!!! Maybe the two of them could get together during the actual Grammy show and do one of those outdated song and dance numbers. Vaudevillian madness. That would be off the chain.
The ad campaign is said to be the biggest in the Recording Academy’s history, supposedly costing in the “multimillions,” according to Billboard magazine. It was developed by TBWA\Chiat\Day, who are responsible for the Absolut Vodka ads you see everywhere. The promotion, dubbed “music makes us,” is coming a year after the Grammys suffered their lowest ratings since 1992. More recently, a prime-time Grammy special announcing this year’s nominations didn’t fare too well in the ratings, finishing in fourth place for its time slot.
Aside from the opportunity to root for "home team" Louisiana acts nominated in the Cajun/Zydeco Grammy category (which might not even be televised), there's not much reason to watch the Grammys...unless you enjoy hoaky skits, bad pop music, robotic banter, staged "rock & roll" moments, and seeing an industry pat itself on the back for rewarding celebrity idiocy rather than timeless music.
What is a music fan to do? I don't know. But here’s a suggestion for the music industry: quit blaming the music industry slump on illegal downloads and start putting out real music again.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, April 21, 2014:
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.