2014 Grammys – Which Artists Will Still Be Around in 10 Years? [POLL]
Is today’s music – and by extension, today’s artists – durable?
For instance – Paul McCartney performing onstage last night with Ringo Starr, having composed yet another new tune. You might say that despite not having had a hit in a while, Sir Paul is still relevant.
Same goes for Nile Rogers, the former front man of Chic – having collaborated with Daft Punk on the night’s winning album.
The ageless Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Chicago – all seem to defy time, and still make music that’s as fresh as the day they first appeared on the charts.
Could you say the same of any of the night’s honorees? Who do you think will be around in 10 years and still seem relevant?
Hard to pick out anyone – and perhaps that might have something to do with the disposal nature of today’s music – along with the tendency record companies have of not really developing talent.
Daft Punk and collaborator Pharrell Williams won four awards, including top honors album and record of the year, and best new artists Macklemore and (Ryan) Lewis matched that with four of their own. Lorde won two awards for her inescapable hit “Royals.”
Lorde performed “Royals” wearing black lipstick and fingernail polish with little production, standing in opposition to the large-scale presentations from some of the night’s other performers.
Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo of Daft Punk continued the celebratory feel of their hit, record of the year “Get Lucky,” by asking Stevie Wonder to join them with Williams and Nile Rodgers in a colorful performance. And Macklemore and Lewis invited 33 couples, including some of the same sex, to get married with Madonna serenading them and Queen Latifah presiding.
Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” was the year’s event album, capitalizing on both the growing popularity of electronic dance music and the presence of popular music figures like Rodgers and Pharrell. They beat out reigning pop queen Taylor Swift, the odds-on favorite to win the award.
Hours earlier, it looked like the day might belong to Macklemore and Lewis, a couple of virtually unknowns from Seattle who dominated the pop world with three huge hits that were wildly different and rivaled “Get Lucky” in popularity — “Thrift Shop,” ‘’Can’t Hold Us” and the gay rights anthem “Same Love.”
They won three awards during the Grammys’ pre-telecast ceremony — rap song and rap performance for the comical “Thrift Shop” and rap album for “The Heist,” beating out Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z and Kanye West in that category before taking major award best new artist. They’re just the third rap act to win best new artist, but their wins in the rap categories are sure to chafe average hip-hop fans — especially after Kendrick Lamar failed to win an award despite seven nominations.
And then there’s the curious case of Lorde, the New Zealand teenager whose invitation to ignore all the status symbols and swag signifiers of pop music in her song “Royals” was one of the year’s out-of-nowhere hits. She took major award song of the year and best pop solo performance.
The singer shyly summed up the experience in just a few words during her acceptance speech: “Thank you everyone who has let this song explode. Because it’s been mental.”
Most anyone I’ve spoken to had the same reaction to the artists and the performances from last night's show?
A very “Seinfeld-ish” “who are these people and why are we watching them?”
But it does make you wonder, who are they indeed, and will we be hearing from them in 10 years, 5 years, or fewer?