This year’s production of the American Music Awards show glorified vulgarity, self-indulgent behavior at its absolute best – or worst – depending on your point of view, I guess.
It also made me realize that there is dim hope that stellar and pure vocalists such as David Archuleta, Jason Castro, Michal Buble, Katharine McPhee, Josh Groban -need I go on – will have the opportunity to grace the stage with their eloquent brand of musicianship.
And you can forget about ever seeing a classical performer on the AMA stage! Heaven forbid if that ever happens!
This show is a Pop/Rock/Country/R&B/Rap/Hip Hop show and anyone straying from those genres is toast in the music industry.
They call it the American “Music” Awards, but, for the most part, where was the music? It was lost amid the psychotic stage spectacles, fortified by costly technology that would feed thousands of starving children in the USA.
So, who did I like? Well, let’s see now——let me think. (fifteen minutes go by and still thinking). Oh yes, Kelly Clarkson comes to mind. She was my absolute favorite of the night and reminded us just why she was the first winner of American Idol. She can actually sing!
Also, I generally liked the Alicia Keyes/Jay-Z duet, even though Alicia was a little “pitch-challenged “during the New York, New York segment. Nonetheless, it was a passionate and memorable performance.
Daughtry was impressive if you can close your eyes to his faulty technical skills. The boy still loves to raise his head and tighten those throat muscles on the upswing toward his higher range.
However, there is no denying his natural vocal skill but, for my money, I will take American Idol Season 7 winner, David Cook’s brand of artistic rock over Daughtry’s more impersonal form.
Whitney proved that she is still Whitney, minus the impressive vocal range that made her a star. But, the gal still can perform, even though she did so by purging her entire life story before an audience of millions. Whatever turns your crank, sweetheart, and keeps you on the straight and narrow!
The lighting effect at the end of her number was very celestial and emphasized the fact the she has indeed seen the light. I truly hope so because she has a beautiful and loving daughter who needs her mother to be healthy, grounded and centered in every aspect of her life.
Other than that, I am sorry to say that the rest of the show left me cold. It was a smooth production, but the super-charged visuals became tedious after a while and I was longing for some pure, unadulterated vocals.
So, needless to say, I was not a fan Of Adam Lambert’s maniacal performance. Adam twittered his fans calling his AMA showcase artistic integrity.
Artistic integrity? I don’t think so, Adam – it was a vulgar mess and sad all at the same time given the fact that you possess an exceptional voice that deserves to be heard – not buried under a pile of choreographic garbage.