Did you all see the nonsense that was the 2010 Grammy Awards 3D tribute to Michael Jackson? Need I remind you how many people complained about the lackluster BET Awards tribute. You would think “music’s biggest night” would bring out the big guns…you’d be wrong.
How do you get great talent like Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood and Usher together and still end up with the crap they aired?
With his exhaustive catalog of hits, why would anyone choose the lackluster Earth Song? Clearly the whole 3D thing was propaganda to buy the DVD for This Is It (which conveniently went on sale last week). And everyone I know who went and got the glasses from Target said they didn’t even work!
The (sad) fact is, when you want to honor a black musical icon (dead or alive) and do it right, you call Christina Aguilera. I present to you:
BET Awards 2001
Here is Christina singing the Whitney Houston classic Run To You long before it became fashionable to put non-black people on BET!
Grammy Awards 2007
Few young artists can match the swagger James Brown possessed. I think Christina did a wonderful job of paying homage to Brown, while still putting her own stamp on his classic It’s A Man’s World.
Poor Etta James is in the hospital because she knew Beyonce would win a Grammy for crucifying her classic At Last. The only reason Beyonce got the role in Caddilac Records is because she’s black! Christina was singing At Last long before Bey and her remake was even endorsed by Etta herself.
Hopefully we don’t lose any more black musical legends in 2010. And if we do, I hope they make the right call this time.
Update: As if you weren’t already convinced, several readers pointed out that I forgot her cover of Nina Simone’s I Love You Porgy. Thanks Everyone!
Grammy Nominations Concert 2008