"Imma do the things that I wanna do. I ain't got a thing to prove to you."
Surely you've seen this video for Weezer's "Pork and Beans" featuring all sorts of viral "stars" like the "Chocolate Rain" guy, the Dramatic Chipmunk and, of course, Miss "Like, Such As" South Carolina. But I'm posting it today in honor of the band's win for Best Short-Form Music Video at this year's Grammy Awards. The others in this category were the videos for Erykah Badu's "Honey," Gnarls Barkley's "Who's Gonna Save My Soul," Alicia Keys and Jack White's "Another Way to Die," and Radiohead's "House of Cards."
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When it comes to awards shows, anything music-related usually brings out edgier style, and last night's looks at the Grammys were no exception. While some were good, others were bad — and, let's face it, some veered toward the fug. Whether it was on the side or up high or really high, we saw an abundance of volume last night. Will you be duplicating any of these styles?
Here are a few things we know about Katy Perry: she loves pink, purple, lime green, and fruit! Katy paraded around Grammys weekend in ultra frilly frocks all leading up to her Carmen Miranda-inspired performance costume. She's not afraid of color, kitsch and showing off her entertainer-toned bod. Go Katy! Here are her four key looks. She went dramatic pink in Basil Soda for the show red carpet, flapper-esque lavender Georges Chakra for the Salute to Industry Icons red carpet, fruit loopy for the stage, and ruffled pink Jenny Packham for the press room. Which Katy Grammy look blew you away?
After a long night of fun-filled performances and red carpet madness, the Grammy attendees headed out in LA to hit up the after party circuit. House Of Hype Island Def Jam threw a bash that drew out Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish as well as Kanye who also made an appearance at Jay-Z's party at Katsuya. Gwyneth Paltrow also headed to the restaurant to see her friend Jay-Z who had an awesome on stage collaboration with Chris Martin. Kate Bosworth and Hilary Duff weren't in the show's audience, but the hot blondes were happy to get dressed up for the late night festivities with some of the biggest names of the night.
Sunday night's Grammy Awards were so full of performances, I kept forgetting that awards were actually being handed out! My personal highlight reel? Like Pop, I loved watching a very pregnant MIA getting her swagga on with Kanye, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and TI. Lucky TI, he's actually in two of my favorite moments of the night — his duet with Justin Timberlake's the other. I also got a kick out of watching the USC marching band backing up Thom Yorke during Radiohead's performance. And I'm still wondering this morning what all that background noise was when Robert Plant and Alison Krauss accepted their final award — it couldn't have actually been booing, right?
Your turn! What were your favorite Grammy moments?
Last night while I was watching the Grammys, my ears perked up when the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Neil Portnow began addressing a certain two-time Grammy winner directly — President Barack Obama.
Potnow wasted little time getting to his point: He wants the president to create a new cabinet position, namely secretary of the arts. On stage he persuaded:
And to our new president, we have a request: Our finest national treasure is our culture and the arts. It's also one of our most embraced and economically significant exports all around the world.
So it's time that we acknowledge that fact with the creation of a cabinet position of secretary of the arts to promote and develop this vital contribution to society everywhere.
Recognizing art and artists with a cabinet-level position would surely send a strong signal that America is serious about fostering a meaningful and vibrant culture, just as it's serious about defense or agriculture. Then again, you could argue that the government should only sponsor projects that benefit the public in concrete ways, and that the art business should thrive independently. What do you think?
The 2009 Grammy winners kept things exciting backstage posing with their new statues last night. John Mayer is an old pro by now at posing with multiple Grammy Awards, while Carrie Underwood showed off a new dress to smile for the cameras with hers. Many of the winners were announced before the show, but it was still exciting for them to join the crowd of all the other recipients. MIA, whose baby decided to give her at least another day before giving birth, showed off lots of silly poses with her fiance Ben Brewer. Katy Perry had yet another pink dress — would this land on your best dressed? Paul McCartney can do what he wants, which includes wearing jeans to the biggest awards of the year for music.
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