The 2014 Grammy Awards have come and gone, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief. What was intended as a ceremony to honor outstanding achievement in the music industry has turned into a smorgasbord of bad taste as one performer after another resorted to shock value to get attention. It wasn't always this way, but as the entertainment industry has spiraled out of control, they have hijacked what used to be respectable and turned it into spectacle.
While most artists and industry professionals seem to just smile and go along with it with inane comments like "The Grammys are just the Grammys," this year a couple of celebrities took a polite stand. Natalie Grant decided to leave early and Tweeted that she had "many thoughts, most of which are probably better left inside my head." Former Alabama football player AJ McCarron Tweeted that the show and performances seemed "really demonic." You can say that again!
From Katy Perry's staged witchcraft apparently summoning Beelzebub, to Beyonce's sexually explicit dancing, mass homosexual "weddings," course language and jests, revealing clothes that objectify women (and make them lots of money), and other vulgar behavior that seemed contrived to one-up the last performers, the Grammys have become a tasteless joke.
I have to ask: Do these women wear skimpy, provocative clothes to sing because they don't have the talent to carry it off fully clothed?
In the midst of a lot of amoral and immoral performances, the gospel Grammy winners were also honored: Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Mandisa and The Civil Wars in a country category. Our congratulations go to all the 2014 Gospel Grammy award winners and to those who quietly and politely walked the walk and spoke truth. You made us proud.
In some media, the 56th annual Grammys built upon and attached the ceremony to the Beatles' "night that changed the world." In certain circles the Grammys somehow became "the night that changed America," but in reality, the Grammy Awards and their ceremonies in no way change America--the garish show is merely the dipstick that measures how far American entertainment and pop culture have fallen.
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