I Remember, back in the 1980s, I needed permission from my folks to stay up late at night just to watch a one-hour capsule on Doordarshan which had musicians, acts, dance performances, not to forget a man moon walking across the stage to the tune of Billie Jean, the women in chorus for Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Prince with a purple guitar singing Let’s Go Crazy and much more. These are my first memories of the 26th Grammy Awards.
Time flies and the 59th Grammy Awards are right here on Sunday. The year gone by saw a lot of musicians collaborate and experiment with their craft which, to music lovers, only translates to newer sounds. The power houses like Adele, Rihanna, Lukas Graham, Beyoncé, Twenty One Pilots are all in the running for Record of the Year. I think, there will be a surprise winner in this category, someone who is not Adele. Adele fans, please don’t get me wrong, but this year it could be Lukas Graham.
What will be interesting for us music fanatics is that we will get to see Metallica perform live. Daft Punk will come in with TheWeeknd and yes, we all love a Michael Jackson-inspired voice, so bring it on, The Weeknd. Hope Keith Urban has got his issues sorted out, as he will be performing on stage, but what could well be the showstopper is the performance by the one and only Bruno Mars.
I think, like me, a lot of David Bowie fans would be ecstatic if the late rocker gets one for Blackstar—his nomination for Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Album. Fingers crossed there. Well the rapper who wants to run for President someday has a nomination as well for Best Rap Album. If Kanye West does win, he might just end up believing that he could be the President of the United States of America someday! James Corden hosts the big gig on Sunday and it all looks like it will be a night of drama, great music, path-breaking performances and like always, a few bloopers! See you next week!
The writer’s views expressed here are entirely in his personal capacity.