As with every awards show ever, last night’s Grammys ceremony has inspired a glut of reactions online — not all of them good. So what’s the pitchfork-wielding mob upset about this morning? Here’s a sampling:
1. They misspelled Cory Monteith’s name
As we noted last night, the Grammy proofreaders dropped the ball on honoring the late Glee star (see above). Not a good look, guys.
2. They cut off the closing act
In a show woefully short on straight-up rock music (but thank you, Metallica!), many were looking forward to the epic confluence of Nine Inch Nails, Lindsey Buckingham, Queens of the Stone Age, and Dave Grohl. Which viewers at home caught some of before the Grammys rudely interrupted the guitar heroes with a Delta promo — and then ended the telecast altogether. Trent Reznor had some feelings about it, too:
Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) January 27, 2014
3. Kendrick Lamar going home empty-handed
It’s not just the rap internet that has problems with MackleLewis’ The Heist winning Best Rap Album over Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city — Macklemore himself was nonplussed. Take a look at the text he sent Lamar (whom we shall all call Kendrick Real from here on out) last night after the show:
And that’s to say nothing about Kanye West’s Yeezus getting shut out, though at this point, Ye’s bigger than the Grammys. (Furthermore, the fact that Macklemore went public with his text in the first place is inviting commentary of its own.)
4. Trusting Jared Leto with a Lou Reed tribute
We can see the idea behind it — an Oscar-campaigning actor who played a transgender character (and who frequently plays a musician as well) talking up the legacy of one of the most towering (and gender-bending) figures in rock history. But we’re not co-signing it, and Leto’s awkward spoken-word rendition of “Walk on the Wild Side” didn’t help. As one observer quipped:
Having Jared Leto eulogize Lou Reed is like having Urkel eulogize Malcolm X.
— Adam Roberts (@amateurgourmet) January 27, 2014
5. We never got to see what was under Pharrell’s hat
The people deserve to know, P!