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Critics rate Grammy Awards a so-so show

February 9, 2009

The Grammy Awards on Sunday failed to elicit a chorus of praise from the critics, whrobin-thicke-lil-wayneo tended to agree that the show was all over the musical map.

Brian McCollum, pop music critic for the Detroit Free Press,  called the show “one of the most sizzle-free Grammy events in recent memory, marked by tepid live performances, unmemorable acceptance speeches and low-key presenters with dud jokes.”

McCollum said the Grammys’ recent practice of not using a main host made the 3 1/2-hour show less watchable. 

“The maneuver keeps the gala moving briskly — and offers face time to a wider assortment of stars — but it also leaves the Grammy show without a real center. Late-night comedian Craig Ferguson’s brief but spirited slot as presenter was a quick reminder what a charismatic emcee can bring to the affair,” McCollum wrote.

Jim DeRogatis, pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times was not impressed with the show’s performances.

“… The producers continued to follow the ill-advised cross-genre/cross-generational programming that has dominated the last several telecasts. These may sound like intriguing ideas on paper, but in practice, they’re never as satisfying as hearing the individual artists on their own,” he wrote.

Ann Powers, music critic at the Los Angeles Times, also said the show was all over the place.

“The show’s producers made sure that every mainstream genre got its due — country, particularly, was better represented than usual — which had the strange effect of making nothing specifically stand out as the night’s highlight,” Powers wrote.

But if the critics could agree on a memorable moment, it was Jennifer Hudson’s emotional and heartfelt rendition of “You Pulled Me Through.” It was no doubt hard for the singer to take the stage, as her mother, brother and nephew were shot to death in her hometown of Chicago in October.

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