Rap royalty joined the extremely pregnant M.I.A. for a turn through “Swagga Like Us” last night.
Evan Sawdey commented in his Grammys essay this morning about the seemingly random match-up of artists last night during the telecast. Well not entirely random, they all share in common moving major change. About this pairing he said, “Coldplay’s Chris Martin delivering a sensitive piano rendition of “Lost!” only to have Jay-Z barge in half-way through in order to move more copies of the Prospekt’s March EP?” It doesn’t entirely work, does it?
Radiohead, not surprisingly, turned in the best performance last night at the Grammys. They played a super percussive version of “15 Step” with help from the USC Marching Band. Visually and aurally electrifying.
U2 trotted out their latest single “Get On Your Boots” last night at the Grammys. In a performance reminiscent of the Manic Street Preachers, they flashed bits of lyrics on the screen behind them evoking the aesthetics of visual propaganda art accompanying music that the Welsh artists excel in. All this was surrounded by their usual brand of anthemic rock.
Morrissey was on Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night playing “Something Is Squeezing My Skull”, one of the best songs off his upcoming album Years of Refusal. Moz and the boys look a little confined on the tiny stage but deliver a strong performance with Morrissey shouting “Lux Interior!” at the end, in tribute to the Cramps’ singer who passed away the day before.
Years of Refusal is out February 17.