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The Grammys Were Actually Fun To Watch

The Grammys Were Actually Fun To Watch

2021 has been a really, very lengthy two-and-a-half-months yr, and one factor that’s made it really feel much more insufferable has been having to observe Hollywood awards reveals occur… over Zoom.

Last month, the Golden Globes proved to be a nightmare of lower feeds, overlapping speeches, and technical difficulties, sucking all of the enjoyable out of a ceremony that’s normally host to a bunch of hammered celebrities making fools of themselves—in a great way. But on Sunday, the Grammys, by comparability, killed it. I had a lot enjoyable watching, and it proved that awards reveals through the pandemic don’t need to be a very painful snooze. Here’s how they did it and why different awards reveals (taking a look at you, Oscars) ought to take observe.

The Grammys created quick movies of the nominees forward of time, and so they additionally pre-recorded some segments (like the BTS efficiency), so the present averted the awkward glitches the Golden Globes and Emmys struggled with. I used to be so joyful to observe Taylor Swift settle for her award IRL, as a substitute of watching her feed lower out and have her say, “Should I go? Am I on?” which actually occurred to Daniel Kaluuya through the Globes.

To be clear, that is solely attainable with in depth testing and COVID-19 protocols in place. It’s no straightforward feat to have all these folks in the identical room (or… car parking zone?). But understanding the attendees had been protected made the viewing expertise extra nice for me too. Less anxiousness, extra “holy shit, Billie Eilish looks amazing.”

Obviously, awards reveals aren’t anybody’s prime concern proper now, however tuning into a really irregular Grammys made me really feel kinda regular. That video of Taylor Swift and Harry Styles chatting through the Doja Cat efficiency made me suppose, Yeah, possibly there’s a light-weight on the finish of the proverbial COVID-19 tunnel, and I can let my jaw comfortably relaxation on the ground whereas watching this as a result of pleasure is definitely allowed. The entire evening felt like a balm. If I’m seeing Beyoncé on my display screen accepting Grammy quantity 28, one thing have to be going proper.

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The ceremony itself appeared to have two essential agendas: applaud the artists whose music acquired us by means of the final yr, and spotlight all the companies which have suffered due to the pandemic and can want our help within the After Times. The Recording Academy tapped staff at native music venues across the nation to current awards, which reminded viewers of the actual financial affect the pandemic has had on regular individuals who work within the music business. The Oscars, which aren’t for one more six weeks, can and may undertake the identical technique, so…the Academy, when you’re nonetheless within the planning levels, right here’s a listing of priorities:

  • Get as many nominees in the identical area safely, masked up, socially distanced, and COVID-19 examined prefer it’s nobody’s enterprise
  • Pre-record as many segments as attainable to, please pricey god, keep away from technical difficulties and awkward lags. I don’t want Brad Pitt to remind me of my 9-to-5.
  • Show as few folks as attainable over Zoom, as a result of actually, we’re all simply so bored with that rattling interface and ring lights can solely accomplish that a lot.
  • Highlight the theaters and companies which have suffered through the COVID-19 shutdown (particularly on the epicenters of the leisure enterprise, New York City and Los Angeles, the place theaters are simply now reopening)

      If performed proper, awards reveals ought to remind you ways unimaginable and transformative the humanities could be. They ought to make you respect how a lot motion pictures, music, and tv improve your life and make you’re feeling higher even within the crappiest occasions.

      Last evening’s Grammys ceremony made me bear in mind how a lot I fucking love music. I danced on my sofa as Harry Styles did his little jig and screamed when his boa went flying. I squealed when Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B did that twisting leg dance transfer that made them seem like they had been one being with 4 legs. I’ve been listening to “Future Nostalgia” on repeat all morning and considering whether or not or not I wish to attempt to be taught Dua Lipa’s choreo (if anybody finds a YouTube tutorial, hit me up). That’s what these reveals ought to do. Make me really feel joyful to have the ability to benefit from the ridiculously excessive degree of artwork that introduced me the enjoyment and help I wanted to get by means of this previous yr. Oscars, you’re up subsequent.

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