As tempting as it is to say something about Nicki Manaj’s bizarre and offensive performance at the Grammy’s last Sunday, I’m honestly speechless about it. I think I should be offended due to the abuse of so much religious imagery, but no one is sure of the message she was actually trying to communicate. Someone actually tweeted that her performance might be marked as the death of hip hop.
While that eulogy may be premature, what struck me about the evening wasn’t Manaj or Katy Perry’s attempt to make a statement to her ex-husband. It was how pitiful their performances seemed along side of those of the Civil Wars, Jennifer Hudson, Glenn Campbell, and especially Adele -- whose unbelievable voice captivated the entire music scene of 2011 and led to her domination of the Grammys.
In a very real sense, real music won a significant victory. And real music has been the loser of this over-produced, who-can-be-the-most-shocking chapter in recent music history. As Christians we should value creativity and artistic beauty, and this was a step in the right direction. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.