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The Grammys Cut Off The Rock

Despite their best efforts to constrain the Rock the Grammys had a few kick-ass moments for those of us that still enjoy a loud guitar and shitty attitude.  The mega collaboration at the end featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac, and the bug light that brought them all together, Dave Grohl on drums was amazing until (like last year) producers decided to run a a couple of commercials over it and then cut it off because they had to make time for that whining country half-Beiber, Hunter Hayes.  Did we also need the Ringo Starr performance/commercial for his new coffee table book?  I know, he was in the Beatles and I respect that, but that time could have been used better. Like a live Sabbath Performance instead of just a few seconds of a chaotic/brilliant introduction with Ozzy doing a classic delivery.  On a side note, it was good to see Tony Iommi looking healthy and evil in the midst of his battle with cancer.

One of the most surprisingly outstanding performances of the night was the Imagine Dragons/Kendrick Lamar performance mash up of "Radioactive" and "M.A.A.D. City".  It might have been the most real and unhinged performance last night.  

I was very much looking forward to Metallica returning to the Grammys 22 years after losing the first Metal Grammy to Jethro Tull.  But I felt they were doing their best not to crush classical pianist Lang Lang which may have taken away some of the passion.  It was like watching King Kong trying not to crush Ann Darrow in his gigantic fist.  Kudos to Kirk Hammet for paying tribute to former Metallica collaborator Lou Reed with his t-shirt.

You can get a full list of Grammy winners here.