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Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, and More Grammy Highs and Lows

Did you get the chance to watch the Grammys? After Whitney Houston died, I was hoping they would pay homage to her, but was disappointed with the effort. Not just because there was not a significant enough tribute for her, but because the awards show as a whole was lacking.

Following are my highs for the show:

  • LL Cool J did a fantastic job hosting, and he began with a prayer for Whitney Houston. Seeing everyone bow their heads in prayer was really refreshing.
  • I was so happy that Adele won six Grammys. She looked and sounded beautiful. She just recently had surgery for her voice, so everyone was eagerly anticipating her performance.
  • Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, when accepting a Grammy, said something I completely agree with:

Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do… It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].

  • Chris Brown thanked God when receiving a Grammy. I’m not a fan of Brown, but I am a fan of God, so I appreciated that.
  • Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You,” was beautiful. I really feel that more should have been done for Houston, though. I understand it was last minute, but they could have pulled together a slide show or clips of her best songs, and a speech about her life. It would have been better than some of the performances offered. Which brings me to the lows of the show.

Lows:

The Grammys was not a great show overall. Its quality performances were few and far between. Bad or boring performances included Chris Brown, Rihanna and Coldplay, and Katy Perry. But the biggest low was Nicki Minaj’s horrible and offensive performance, as if her red carpet walk with a man dressed as the Pope wasn’t bad enough.

Minaj performed an immoral song featuring her alter ego “Roman,” who she has said is a demon inside her. Her song began with a disturbing Minaj confessing to a “priest,” who shakes his head and covers his ears as if her confession is evil. Then they showed a short movie clip of Minaj’s version of the film “The Exorcist.”

The audience’s attention was then brought back to the stage, where “priests” and “altar boys” danced and “prayed” while Minaj was strapped to a bed as if being exorcised. At one point a half-naked woman stretched back while an altar boy prayed between her legs. The song ends with Minaj being elevated into the air, convulsing.

The whole thing was horrific, profane, and disturbing. Not only did Minaj mock the Catholic church, but also she acknowledged evil, which satan loves. I’m just glad I wasn’t in that room at the time. I was considering posting the clip itself here, but decided against it. It’s gross and demonic, and I don’t want to give the devil a platform.

I’m always afraid when artists touch upon demonic subjects. I find it very arrogant and dangerous. They act as if what they’re doing isn’t harmful, that it’s just art, but they have no idea that they’re playing with fire. I believe there are some subjects performers should never consider, and demons and the devil are two of them.

Did you watch the Grammys? What was your one high and low for the Grammys? What did you think about Minaj’s performance?

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  1. abbie478

    Posted by abbie478 on February 21, 2013 at 22:05

    Nicki’s performance sounds so disgusting >:( I would normally think that’s GAGA’S place, not Nicki’s?!?!?!

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    Posted by lillySUN on June 26, 2012 at 12:38

    Coldplay is awesome but with Rihanna. ew

  3. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on June 20, 2012 at 07:31

    i didn’t watche the grammys, but one of my favorite bands is coldplay. i wish they hadn’t teamed up with rihanna, because
    i’m not a huge fan.

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    Posted by memphian_voice on June 6, 2012 at 13:35

    i only saw the movie trailer for the performance of nikki but i though she was making a point that the exorcist was stupid or somewhere around that reasoning then my dad and i just walked out of the room during her performance on tv needless to say my family went into an uproar about it.

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    Posted by Avalon on April 15, 2012 at 15:32

    I agree with every thin you said. Even with what you said about Coldplay part. I love there music, but not when they do it live.

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    Posted by ella.mckenzie.17 on April 3, 2012 at 17:14

    Okay, I looked up the lyrics of Nicki’s song just to see what they were (I couldn’t imagine that it could be worse than that video), but I couldn’t finish the first two lines because of all the language. Nice, Nicki. Real nice.

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    Posted by ctayluvjesus on March 5, 2012 at 05:19

    man, nikki was so disappointing and shocking! but Jesus still loves her, so i thing we should pray for these lost…’fallen’ stars….<3

  8. jones.dana46

    Posted by jones.dana46 on February 21, 2012 at 10:35

    I loved foster the peoples performance with maroon 5 and the beach boys. My churches pastors son plays with foster the people and t5he bass player is Rebecca st. James’ husband. They are not a christian band but we should that the christians in the band will speak truth to the others.

  9. Blacky99

    Posted by Blacky99 on February 20, 2012 at 07:35

    I loved Taylor Swift and Adele’s performance!! I thought Katy Perry’s song was good, but a little weird. I think Nicki Minaj’s performance was sad, depressing and mean.

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    Posted by ladycoco22 on February 19, 2012 at 01:57

    My j\high was seeing Adele win all those grammy awards.I didn’t have a low until I read this article, I didn’t think much of it, but now that you’ve explained it; its become clear that its a negative message. I also enjoyed Jennifer Hudson’s performance, although I still prefer Whitney Houston’s version better.^^
    Lets pray for Nicki Minaj, and hope she changes her ways.
    God Bless. :]

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    Posted by GodsLittlessStar on February 18, 2012 at 12:25

    This is just depressing for me. I saw Nicki Minaj’s peformance at the grammys. I’m not catholic but I am a christian and Nicki was my inspiration. I am not listing to any of her albums no more and i’m trowing out her album pink friday. Who knows what kind of message she might be hidding in those songs. I Pray to God that she makes a public apology, but for now, on my blog i’m not posting anything about her.

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    Posted by Kaylyn on February 17, 2012 at 20:37

    I’ve been waiting to hear what you would say about Minaj. I completely agree.

    However, I hate that you dissed Coldplay. Sure Rihanna performed with them (which was bad, and wrecked a lot of it) but the individual Coldplay performance was overall good. Plus many Coldplay songs acknowledge God, and they never do in a disrespectful manner, usually those song lyrics are in forms of prayer. You thought it was bad/boring? That’s sad. That band is one of the greatest out there.

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on February 19, 2012 at 08:59

      Ah…but you just agreed with me. I didn’t say Coldplay was bad or boring, I said that Rihanna and Coldplay were bad. So were some of the other collaborations. Let me be clear…I like Coldplay:) Best and blessings to you.

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    Posted by elyse456 on February 17, 2012 at 12:47

    i have a hard time understanding that while you aren’t a “fan” of chris brown, you appreciate his thanking God in his speech? just because someone thanks God or prays doesn’t mean we should givethem accolades. plenty of unjust things have been done inthe name of God. chris brown brutally beat in his girlfriend’s face. but because he thanked God in a speech we should be admiring him? the kk did things in the name of God. as do many other horrible people committing atrocities. and because a girl may wear provocative clothing she deserves to get called out as “un-christian” this horrible hypocracy makes this website often painful to read for many of me and my christian friends.

    • ShanellElise

      Posted by ShanellElise on February 7, 2014 at 07:58

      Hey Sweetheart i just had to say something because you have to understand something, anyone can thank God. Most people who thank God aren’t even Christian, and most people thank God for what they have become, when what they have become with is against God. Just because someone says thank God does not mean they are actually thanking God, because they could very well be serving their own God, like Buddha or something or serving themselves. Not everyone who prays is praying to the One True God. God is against many things and when i see someone thank God because they are doing what He is against, it’s wrong. Because just because you get a reward out of doing something wrong does not mean it’s right. I just wanted to say that. I Love you.

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on February 19, 2012 at 08:53

      I’m afraid I don’t agree with your comparisons. What Brown did was awful, but it was not in the name of God and far from the atrocities of the KKK and and other evil organizations. I was referring to Brown’s action of thanking God for his award. It was the action I appreciated, not Brown I was admiring. Needless to say, I appreciate your feedback. God bless.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by 88do on February 18, 2012 at 14:38

      Yeah I agree with a lot of your points.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by elyse456 on February 17, 2012 at 12:48

      kkk, excuse me.

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    Posted by pinkgirl7 on February 16, 2012 at 20:45

    I did not watch the Grammy’s, but I saw on facebook people saying things about Nicki Manaj’s performance so I decided to look it up. As a child of God and also as a practicing Catholic I was thoroughly appalled!! I couldn’t believe she would do that, or that whoever is in charge LET her do that!!! The whole thing was really frightening, from the film, to the dancers, to the song itself!! I immediately made the sign of the Cross after seeing it! Besides the performance scaring me it scared me that Hollywood has sunk this low! This is considered art and entertainment????? We need to pray HARD that celebrities stop this! They’re TERRIBLE role models and people are seeing these things as acceptable!! We need more people like Nicole and like Tim Tebow!! Stand up for what you believe in!! Help people see God, and pray Hollywood doesn’t support devil worshipers and and those who mock our Faith!

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by amjd on February 16, 2012 at 19:25

    As others have said already, I was horrified by Nicki Minaj’s performance. I didn’t watch the whole thing, but it was very disturbing and extremely anti-Catholic. I agree with Kate- if she had offended any other religion, there would have been much more of an uproar, but of course, everyone seems to think it’s ok to offend Catholics. As a life-long Catholic, I’m horrified….

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    Posted by Psalms241 on February 16, 2012 at 13:58

    I did think the Nicki Minaj Performance was offensive. I also didn’t like Rihana.

    Cold play, Chris Brown, Adele,Taylor Swift, David Guetta, Maroon 5 and Beachboys feat. Foster the People, Deadmau5, and Jennifer Hudson’s performances were all great 🙂
    I dont think the people i just mentioned where boring at all

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    Posted by Christ4life on February 16, 2012 at 13:50

    I’m sorry but I don’t expect anything from celebs, most of the celebs are fake and all they celebrate is lust. so they are not celebrities we actually are. And Whitney h died because of that world, the real musicians don’t participate in awardshows. and I ll cool j is fake with his so called prayer for Whitney! oh please don’t let me started, they didn’t even showed respect with canceling off the Grammy pre party because of Whitney, they all just parade that red carpet like nothing happened, really? that’s why I don’t buy it, fake!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by starryeyes on February 29, 2012 at 11:53

      LL cool j is not fake. alot of the ppl there are real christians and i’m glad he prayed before the show. Real musicians participate in award shows all the time to be recognized for there work. How rude would it be to not even show up for winning something?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by 88do on February 18, 2012 at 14:37

      It is a very fake world out there 🙁

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by Hazelnut on February 16, 2012 at 11:11

    I only watched a little bit, because I really wanted to see taylor swift and adele preform. We changed the channel during katy perry, and nikki minaj, because I knew they weren’t going to be anywhere near decent, and from what you say, I am VERY glad I didn’t watch Minaj’s. it’s just so depressing what are worlds considers “entertainment”.

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    Posted by QuannasLove on February 16, 2012 at 09:46

    I’ve honestly never watched the Grammys and don’t really know how they work, but, I’m so glad Adele got six Grammys!:D

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    Posted by Kate on February 16, 2012 at 08:15

    Also, Jennifer Hudson’s preformance was beautiful. Really reinforces the notion of how far downhill the entertainment industry has gone since Whitney’s heyday. Taylor Swift was also really cute in a really modest, pretty dress.

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    Posted by Kate on February 16, 2012 at 08:14

    As a Catholic, Nicki’s preformance was horrifically sacriligious! I didn’t watch more than a minute of it then read the rest online…awful. If she’d profaned any other religion, you bet there would have been an uproar. Nobody should ever do that to any religion, but just saying that Christians (especially Catholics) take the hit pretty hard.

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      Posted by Just13 on February 23, 2012 at 14:56

      I go to a catholic school even though I’m a Baptist. But walking into class after the nicki grammy’s preformance was heartbreaking. All my catholic friends and classmates usually laugh and talk in the morning, but that morning was literally dead silent with no one talking but quiet and sullen. My best friend was on the verge of tears. :'( My poor teacher was trying to cheer everyone up the whole 1/2 hour before announcements

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    Posted by maryhbellamy on February 15, 2012 at 20:24

    I did not watch the grammy’s. I don’t listen to secular music just because i know how demonic it all is. many of the artists worship satan openly and boldly through their songs

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    Posted by Maddie on February 15, 2012 at 20:16

    This is disappointing. I love Coldplay and yet you say their performance was bad/boring. They were the cleanest artists there! They did a wonderful job and so did Adam Levine and others who did a tribute to the Beach Boys. Jennifer Hudson did a beautiful tribute to Whitney Houston. It seems as if you do not give them enough credit for remembering her. The whole thing was unplanned. They didn’t expect her to pass. We need to focus on the highs of the Grammys instead of the lows.

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on February 16, 2012 at 15:29

      Coldplay was great alone. I didn’t like the collaboration with Rihanna. The Beach Boys were fun to watch. The Grammys didn’t do much of anything for Whitney. Some of the individual artists did.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by 88do on February 18, 2012 at 14:36

        They showed a video of her at the Grammys in the beginning and said a prayer for her.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Maddie on February 17, 2012 at 21:12

        Neither did I, but Coldplay did an excellent job as a group. They will truly go far with their amazing music.

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    Posted by redspottedpurple on February 15, 2012 at 18:57

    I totally agree. It was sick. What makes me the most angry is that people say it’s just art. So mocking the catholic religion is an art? I don’t think so.

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    Posted by 88do on February 15, 2012 at 18:54

    I think that they gave sufficient homage to Whitney Houston. I love Whitney Houston, but this is an awards show, not a memorial.Keep it professional. I liked Coldplay’s performance. What was boring about that? They sounded good live.

    Other things I liked was Adele’s performance and Taylor Swift’s performance. Woo 🙂

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on February 16, 2012 at 15:26

      I didn’t like Coldplay and Rihanna together.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by 88do on February 18, 2012 at 14:34

        oh yeah that I didn’t like. But I liked “Paradise”. 🙂

  26. Project Inspired

    Posted by divegirl on February 15, 2012 at 17:17

    This makes me so upset! I hope that they never book her again, because that was disturbing, no matter what religion you are, or what you think of the Catholic Church. Seeing a mockery made of my faith is not something that I enjoy, and I will not support Minaj any more. She has lost my respect as an artist, and unfortunately, my respect as a compassionate human being. This was extremely rude, and over the edge. I hope she realizes this, and makes a public apology.

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    Posted by KristenLovesJesus on February 15, 2012 at 17:15

    I don’t think I understood enough about Nicki’s performance to exactly find it offensive. Normally I don’t mind her too much, and I believe a lot of what she has to go through is because of the record company and such. Also from what I know, The Grammys people wanted her to do that song. Idk, it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, The Grammys I feel is usually a bit more conservative, but is probably competing with the other more teen-aimed award shows? I was disappointed in things like Nicki’s Performance.
    I loved Katy’s for the most part. Word is that Russell wanted her to give up her religion entirely, and that’s why they split? Which would make sense to her new song that she performed, which was clearly geared towards him.

    I was so happy that Adele beat out Gaga on everything! Adele did such a wonderful job with her album. She turned a trying time in her life into a trimuph!
    There were a lot of good things about the show in the end. I love LOVE LOVED Maroon 5 and the beach boys (however I’m not a Foster the People fan). I listened to Surfin’ USA everyday on my way to Kindergarden when I was a kid and still listen to them from time to time 🙂 So I loved that!

  28. Project Inspired

    Posted by Paypay13 on February 15, 2012 at 17:04

    I thought Niki looked like she was having a seziure at first, the way she acted. I recored the Grammy’s and then skipped past her cuz it was.. yuck.

  29. Project Inspired

    Posted by Nisa on February 15, 2012 at 17:02

    That is a very disturbing performance. Reminds me of a gaga performance.

  30. Paris

    Posted by Paris on February 15, 2012 at 16:51

    I loved LL,Adele and Jennifer Hudson. Minaj claims to be a christian,but that performance did not show it.

  31. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gillzbabygirl on February 15, 2012 at 16:44

    I was disturbed when i saw her performance Sunday night, me and my mom turned off the Grammys because of this!!!

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    Posted by Kuroneko3773 on February 15, 2012 at 16:31

    I wonder if Minaj knows this will only do her more harm than good in the not so distant future…

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by reannegabriel on May 13, 2012 at 13:41

      i know right! I like her music and all but I hate when the celebrities send demonic messages I mean what are you achieving? I thought there was no need for the theme of the performance,and I found it pretty offensive

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by lizzylulz on February 18, 2012 at 18:57

      Let’s pray for her.

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    Posted by shortycake1213 on February 15, 2012 at 15:24

    Yes! I loved Dave Grohl’s speech!!! Jennifer Hudson’s performance was very beautiful. As for Minaj’s performance…I didn’t even watch it.

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    Posted by galeprimrue on February 15, 2012 at 14:50

    I watched some of the Grammys, and my one high was Taylor Swift’s performance! I am a huge fan of Taylor, and I am just so happy that her performance wasn’t harmful! My low would Nicki Minaj’s performance…..wow. That was heartbreaking…

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      Posted by Janazza on February 19, 2012 at 16:29

      OOHH YYAAHH!!!! Taylor swift is an amazingly talented girl and I hope she continues doing what she id doing and that she stays away from demonic ideas for performances.