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Monday, February 13, 2012

My Top Grammy Moment

I was planning on sharing a longer recap of my favorite Grammy moments, but I'm not feeling it anymore as I'm over 24 hours behind (since I wasn't able to watch the show live).

While there were several inspiring moments on the show- Adele's domination (and her snot), Jennifer Hudson's tribute to Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney's closing number- the moment that made me want to get up on my feet and cheer was Dave Grohl's speech after the Foo Fighters won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Here's what he said:

"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important. 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]."

He nailed it. I for one am sick of auto-tuned, over-synthesized tracks clearly made for the sole purpose of being played at dance clubs. I'm not saying it needs to go away completely- I've been known to enjoy some Britney Spears- but I think we can do better. I think our standards have fallen too low. Here's hoping that the music industry- and aspiring musicians we haven't heard of yet- rise to Dave's challenge. Instead of just a good dance beat, let's get more heart, soul, and meaning back into the music.

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