Not that I have meticulously followed the Grammy Awards through the years - I watch with pleasure when fate wills it, otherwise not - yet it seems to me to be less and less an awards ceremony and more and more numbers of top-notch musicians taking great pains to impress one another with their performances.
Unexpected duos and re-arranged hit-songs have become run-of-the-mill procedure.
This year's highlights :
- Surprise trio; Paul Mc Cartney, Rihanna and an unexpectedly subdued Kanye West.
- Katy Perry, also unusually restrained.
- Pharrell Williams in an new version of 'Happy' (Kudos for that! The Stones still play the album versions of all of their hits...)
- Hozier and Annie Lennox in a mashup of 'Take Me To Church' and 'I Put A Spell On You'.