Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Grammy Awards and Dylan

Most of the critics seem to agree that this year's Grammy Awards show was the best in recent (or even distant) memory, and I'd have to agree. I thought the evening got off to a mixed start with the Aretha Franklin tribute, but after that there were a lot of winners, from Cee-Lo Green to Bruno Mars to Miranda Lambert to (especially) Arcade Fire.

But for me, the highlight of the night was Bob Dylan, ably augmented by Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers. A lot of people seem to have hated Dylan, including some whose taste I admire a great deal, but to me Dylan's performance was just great - growling, unexpected, and entirely entertaining. For me, if you didn't enjoy that, then you just don't get Bob Dylan.

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