Music & Culture
Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, and More Grammy Highs and Lows
Written by T.M. Gaouette | February 15, 2012
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.
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?