Grammy Nominations 2011: Kid Friendly, Adults Only and One WildcardJohn Cave Osborne
My wife and I are fired up about the Grammys. We’ll be tuning in for sure. We’re particularly excited to see the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons performing alongside the great Bob Dylan. Our 9-year-old daughter is pretty stoked about tonight, too. She wants to catch nearly all the acts. Little does she know, she’ll only be catching some of them. For while the 2011 Grammy-nominated performers are sure to deliver plenty of kid-friendly moments, they’re also sure to deliver some not-so kid friendly moments as well. And though I have no crystal ball, I have a hunch I know which will be which.
Oh. Except for one act that could go either way. Talk about a true wildcard…
Kid Friendly: One performance that’s sure to be kid friendly has a big-brother feel to it. For according to PopEater, that’s the role Justin Bieber has taken on to 12-year-old Jaden Smith this past week. Now, Bieber’s not exactly a veteran, nor is he particularly old, but he’s has, indeed, been around the block a time or two. As such, he’s taken Will and Jada’s son under his wing as the two spent the week preparing for their live performance. Usher will be sharing the stage with the young duo. Look for this one to be surprisingly good (regardless of your opinion of Bieber). Look for it to also be kid friendly.
Jennifer Hudson (love her), Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and Christina Aguilera will be paying homage to the great Aretha Franklin. This one will be okay for the kids, too. Assuming Christina remembers the lyrics, it should go off without a hitch. The five performers are a talented and classy assortment, to be certain, which is only appropriate seeing as how they will be tipping their cap to one of the most talented and classy ladies to ever pick up a microphone.
Adults Only: Okay, don’t get me wrong. I’ll be watching. But Alli won’t. When Eminem takes the stage, that is. But it’s not that I’m dying to see the controversial rapper, who tops all artists with 10 nominations. It’s because I’m dying to see the legend who will be performing with him — Dr. Dre. I’ve been a fan since his NWA days. That said, I just assume my daughter stick with Bieber.
And another act I’m dying to see is Lady Gaga. I’m a big fan. Plus, she potty trained my triplets. True story. But I’m not dying for my daughter to see her. Lady Gaga is many things. Rated G is not one of them.
Wildcard: Of all the acts, there’s one that could clearly go either way. It’s an unlikely trio to say the least. Wholesome, Hollywood A-lister Gweneth Paltrow and the Muppets, of all people(?), will be on the stage at the same time. Sounds like a family friendly act to be sure. Until you throw in one little fact. They’ll be performing with Grammy nominee Cee-Lo Green as they sing a song whose title is too profane to print on this fare cite. But it rhymes with New Truck. Wait, Truck New. It rhymes with Truck New.
Come to think of it, maybe that one’s no wildcard after all. Hard to imagine how they’ll pull that one off. But two things are for certain. I’ll be watching. And my daughter will not.
Will you and your family watch this year’s Grammys? What acts are you excited to see?