Pink Flies High at the Grammys
"Think Pink!" sang the great
But in some ways, I thought the night belonged to Pink.
Ten years after her initial surge to fame with "Get This Party Started," the soulful-voiced blonde, had one of those classic gasp-inducing moments that usually fall to newcomers --
I watched the Grammys with more attention than usual. I'd made a promise that at the very least I'd remember to tune in to catch Lady Gaga's opening act. For all the hype on this girl, I'd never seen her perform, although I'd found her charming in a recent TV interview.
So now I know what it's all about. Lady G. is a hell of a singer and she sure knows how to put on an entertaining show. There have been comparisons to Madonna, but when Gaga rolled out on stage, paired with
Elton's calmed down a lot in recent decades, with the exception of a stray earring here and there and the random wacky jacket. (One felt Elton was there to pass on his mantle of over-the-top glitz to the Lady.) How many years will Gaga keep up the extraterrestrial glamour? Audience attention spans grow notoriously shorter. Will she ever come out in a simple gown and blow everybody away with her sound alone? Stay tuned.
Other Grammy highlights -- yes, I managed to stick with most of the show --
The Michael Jackson tribute, which brought all the fire and passion
I hope we don't see them trotted out much after this. Michael worked hard to keep them away from the show biz limelight. He knew the terrible toll of public exposure.
I admit my mind wandered during some of the hip-hop and rock acts, although Green Day's performance of a number from their coming Broadway musical "American Idiot" didn't cause me to flip the channel. In fact, it looked and sounded fascinating.
Still, Grammy 2010 was Ladies Night.
And no lady soared higher, in every way, than Pink. She didn't need to make a comeback. But she did. And I bet even today, two days later, she's topic A in the industry.
Pink Flies High at the Grammys - Liz Smith
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