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American Music Cuts

Posted in music by vinylrecordsunc on November 24, 2008

Last night the American Music Awards were aired and I have to say, I was a little disappointed.

There were some great performances, but Rihanna and, sadly to say, Kanye West both ignored the idea of putting on a high energy spectacle for the audience, but instead took the opportunity to sell their new releases. Beyonce, The Pussycat Dolls, and Alicia Keys, however, BROUGHT IT. No one can shake it like Beyonce and I love her for it. Pussycat Dolls are trashy and far far FAR from being musicians, but they know how to entertain, which I kind of think is the point of pop music. Alicia Keys is a performer that I have come to respect as a real artist and song writer, and performed a trio with once opera great Kathleen Battle and an always confidant Queen Latifa as the finale of the show.

As far as actual awards go, I was simply stunned. There was some justice done as Kanye West claimed both of the awards he was nominated for, and Alicia Keys was 2 for 5, but the slight of the night award went to Coldplay. The band was nominated for Artist of the Year, Favorite Band, Duo or Group-Pop/Rock, Favorite Album-Pop/Rock, and Favorite Artist-Alternative Music. I watched as one by one, Chris Martin & Co. lost every award. Awards instead went to Chris Brown, Linkin Park, Alicia Keys (I love her but she shouldn’t have cut Coldplay), and former American Idol contestant’s group, Daughtry. None of these pop icons should have beaten out Coldplay, who I find a thoughtful and creative band. I would have given every one of those awards to Coldplay. Pathetic.

If you would like to see performances, winners and losers, you can visit the American Music Awards website. I highly recommend watching Beyonce’s performance and judging everyone else. Man, oh man.

-Kathleen

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