This label of ‘genius’ is so over-used… There have been very few true geniuses in the history of mankind. Real geniuses such as Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and the like don’t come along very often. Neither do such men as Mozart, Beethoven or Chopin. To say that a rapper such as Eminem, who cannot even play a musical instrument, is “one of music’s geniuses” is idiotic to say the least. It just goes to show how low the standards of our society have fallen. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
But their love for Eminem seems to only extend to the rap categories. Despite being regarded as one of music’s geniuses, he has never won a Grammy outside of the genre — a streak that continued on Sunday.
Eminem, who went into the Grammys as the leading nominee with 10 nominations, including in the prestigious album, record and song of the year categories, walked away with just two: best solo rap performance and best rap album for “Recovery,” which was last year’s best-selling album and marked a triumphant comeback for an iconic figure who stumbled in recent years due to a former drug addiction.
He lost album of the year to Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs,” and his Rihanna-assisted “Love The Way You Lie” lost to Lady Antebellum in the record and song of the year categories.
It marked the third loss in his career for Eminem in the album of the year category, as well as his Eminem’s third loss in the record of the year and second with song of the year.
While the night was a disappointing one for Eminem, it was a dream come true for the night’s top winner, Lady Antebellum. The country trio was the night’s top winner, earning the song and record of the year trophies for “Need You Now.” They won five of their six nominations.
It was their night on top in the pop world after a year of coming in second place. Their crossover hit, “Need You Now,” peaked at No. 2 on the pop charts, and their album of the same name was 2010’s second best-selling album, behind Eminem’s “Recovery.”
But on Sunday night, they were No. 1.
“That is the most humbling feeling in the entire world. It’s going to make us work even harder to make a better record,” said Hillary Scott, as bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley stood by her backstage.
It was the second year in a row that a country act with multiplatinum crossover appeal won big at the Grammys: Last year, it was Taylor Swift, who got four awards and won album of the year for “Fearless.”
This year, that award went to “The Suburbs,” which marked Arcade Fire’s only Grammy win that evening, and in 10-year career in which they have been consistent critic’s darlings. Though the album was considered to be among the year’s best, Eminem was still the favorite — so much so that Arcade Fire’s Win Butler uttered “What the hell?” when they went onstage to accept their award.
Immediately following the win, the group — who had just performed — headed to the stage in an apparently spontaneous move and played their song “Ready to Start,” where band member Win Butler advised: “Everyone leave to this song.”
The night’s biggest upset came in the best new artist category, as jazz singer Esperanza Spalding picked up the coveted best new artist Grammy.
Spalding, 26, was the first jazz artist to win the award, and beat out 16-year-old pop phenom Justin Bieber, along with Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons.
“I feel really lucky today,” she said backstage. “From the world that I come from this is the beginning of the beginning for me.”
Other key winners on the night included Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and John Legend, who all won three awards each, tying them for most wins following Lady A. Usher, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck and the Black Keys joined Eminem with two wins each.
Gaga performed her new single “Born this Way” and entered the stage in dramatic fashion — as usual. She was encased in an egg, then “hatched” onstage to perform the dance tune.
Her hit song “Bad Romance” won best female pop vocal performance and best short form music video. When she won best pop vocal album for “The Fame Monster,” she said Whitney Houston played in a role in the making of her new song.
“I wanted to thank Whitney because when I wrote ‘Born This Way,’ I imagined she was singing it because I wasn’t secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar,” she said.
Eminem wasn’t the only hip-hop star to lose in the night’s top honors: Newcomer B.o.B, who had 5 nods, went home empty handed, while Cee Lo Green’s expletive-laden smash, “(Expletive) You,” also known as the edited “Forget You,” only won best urban/alternative performance.
But Cee Lo had one of the night’s best performances: Dressed in a colorful feather getup that looked made him look like a gigantic colorful bird, he was joined onstage by Gwyneth Paltrow and Jim Henson Co.’s puppets, giving a funny and unforgettable performance of “Forget You.”
GhostRider of http://ghostriderandfriends.wordpress.com/ghostrider-friends-come-to-life/ fame here with the first of series of three guest blogs.
Just a week ago in a phone conversation with my long-time friend, TGO, your blog host, I ended it passionately by saying how, “…the cycle just had to end.” In that conversation – and my friend and I must have somewhat matured over the years because we would have never discussed the topics we do today – the context was of a different nature but this article caught my attention as there are many “cycles” that we must bring an end.
Kudos to Eminem for being able to look deep into his own abyss and write a song like this. Needless to say that it has its critics and a generation ago, it would no doubt have had twice as many. When I was a teen, I don’t even think that the label, “Domestic Violence” even existed and people certainly didn’t talk about it much.
With stars like Eminem and Rihanna bringing more awareness on the subject matter, it does not take a big stretch of the imagination to see it less and less of an issue in future generations.
An applaud to Megan Fox, which according to Yahoo! Finance, and stars opposite Lost actor Dominic Monaghan as one half of a physically abusive couple, has given her salary to the Sojourn House, which provides battered women and their kids with a place to rebuild their self-esteem and their lives.
Refer to story below by Rochell Thomas, and then watch the video.
Come Back on Monday for the second in this series…
In Eminem’s controversial new video “Love the Way You Lie,” love and violence intertwine seamlessly. One moment, a couple sleeps in each other’s arms, the next, they’re violently fighting, tossing bed sheets. Later, they kiss passionately, pressed up against the same wall the man has just punctured with his fist. All the while, Rihanna croons the chorus which includes the line, “That’s all right because I like the way it hurts.” But is it really all right?
Less than 24 hours after MTV debuted the video for Eminem’s chart-topping single about the evolution of his relationship with his ex-wife, Kim, many are wondering: Does “Love the Way You Lie” glamorize domestic violence?
“The most important thing the video is doing is raising the topic of dating violence among young people,” Stephanie Nilva, executive director of sexual assault and trauma resource center Day One, told MTV News.
An expert in relationship violence and domestic abuse prevention, Nilva praised the clip for accurately depicting a pattern typical of abusive relationships. The video stars actors Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox as a couple involved in a relationship that starts out passionately and lovingly but quickly devolves into a violent affair.
Nilva said the video is especially potent because of Eminem’s and Rihanna’s personal histories with violence or abuse. “Eminem’s history is …as someone who sings a lot about violence,” she said. “And Rihanna’s experience [is] as someone who was abused by Chris Brown.”
That history, she added, is what will make people look at the video and see “that the message is not ‘Don’t you want a relationship like mine?’ The message is a warning sign.”
During the four-minute span of “Love the Way You Lie,” Rihanna alternately sneers in the frame and seems to physically diminish before finally crumbling to the ground in front of the burning house that serves as her backdrop throughout. The images may be melodramatic but symbolically, they are accurate, according to Nilva. “Someone who is victimized in a relationship does become smaller, does lose their power and their strength.”
“I think we tried as hard as we could to not glorify the violence, to try and explain that this was a relationship that is by no means ideal and a relationship that probably should have ended a lot sooner than it did,” Monaghan told MTV News recently. “The concept of ‘Love the Way You Lie’ was essentially a look at the relationship that Eminem was in with his wife, Kim, so I kind of felt like I was playing Eminem a little bit, and Megan Fox was kind of playing Kim.
“It’s the story of them getting to know each other, and it’s the story of their tumultuous relationship, and it was the story of the breakdown of their relationship,” he continued. “Ultimately, what I think he’s trying to say in the song … is that he should have walked away a little bit quicker than he did and not let it get as messy as it did.”
To learn more about how you can prevent or get help for dating abuse and domestic violence, visit DayOneNY.org. If you are involved in an abusive relationship and would like help you can also call 1-800-214-4150. Love should not hurt.