LOS ANGELES – This year’s competition for the most-watched cerememonies was quite clearly between the Oscars and The Grammys. 4 shows were considered, but the way the points fell, and due to cuts in the ceremonies, and some random factors which no one is entitled to know, only two ended up in this completely biased report.
Best Host – L.L. Cool J. Sure, he protested the awards in 1989 when rap was finally included. The reason? The category, though hugely culturally relevant, was not one of the categories televised. Will Smith also boycotted the Pre-Telecast. Both have very clearly made peace. L. L. Cool J. was minimally present, giving the floor graciously to announcers and those there to perform. But he led in a few heartfelt words about Whitney Houston like the preacher that healed the soul of a hurting world.
Why Billy Crystal didn’t win… Maybe the Oscars are overhosted. Maybe expecting someone to do what Bob Hope did as perpetual host is unwise. As much as it was hoped that Crystal would heal the wounds of previous years and bad hosting, it just didn’t work. Perhaps minimal hosting is better. Maybe next year it will be Jimmy Kimmel who generally has his act in order, says funny things, and gets a good esprit de corps going with his famous friends who appear for silly skits on his show. Jimmy Fallon would also be a good choice. Plus, he can sing. (TeBowie!!) The other advantage is that either can bring house bands with them. Fallon has Grammy Award winners The Roots (?uestlove!!) and Kimmel has Cleto and the Cletones.
Best Incidental Music Band – The Oscars. Sheila E. was in the Oscars band where the Grammy watchers would have recognized her skills as a percussionist and penchant for looking fabulous. Go Sheila E.! She also deserved a Gammy Award for showing a little leg at the Grammys on the Red carpet, but wasn’t presenting.
Most Viewed Awards Show – The Grammys beat out The Oscars, even if only by half a million views. It’s the first time since 1984 when Michael Jackson swept the Grammys. According to International Business Times, in 2012 The Grammys scored 39.6 million viewers, while the Oscars scored 39.3 million viewers.
Best Esperanza Spaulding Spotting – The Oscars. Spaulding looked a bit distressed during the Grammys and was sporting a rather frumpy gown on the red carpet and during the Pre-Telecast. Could be she was still trying to hide out from the Beliebers after winning a Grammy over Justin Bieber for Best New Artist. In hommage to those Oscar Academy members who passed away last year, Spaulding sang “What A Wonderful World.” As much as it’s important to see the montage of who passed away, Spaulding is a lovely performer. It would have been nice to see her face (and her fabulous ‘fro) in an inset during the montage. But just when she thought it was safe to go to the Oscars, Beiber showed up in a skit with host Billy Crystal to “capture the 18-24 demographic.” Advantage Esperanza Spaulding. The Bieber skit really didn’t work.
Best Group or Ensemble Presenters – The Grammys. Since the Oscars moved several categories to their Pre-Telecast, the Oscars took it as an opportunity to have presenters – all actors – talk more about how wonderful each of the nominees were. It was sweetly verbose, but quite overacted. The Grammy presenters kept it short, sweet, and to the point of having those accepting the awards be the stars-even if they did win in previous years or were there presenting because they just won the Superbowl.
Best Solo Presenter – The Oscars. Angelina Jolie and her right leg! It’s not what she said, it’s what she DID with her right gam!! Those presenters all talk too much anyway. Does anyone even remember what she said?
Biggest Losers – The Grammys. Katy Perry has lost a total of 8 nominations. They keep asking her to present and perform, and she does. The question is, after 5 number one hits off her Teenage Dream album, and a feelgood song like “Firework” can she do better? Or will she write that Gospel album she always wanted to and sweep the Grammy Awards in Gospel music but not be nominated for a single Christian Dove Award. Compare Grammy Awards Biggest Losers and Oscar Biggest Losers. The Grammys seem to have bigger losers with bigger losing streaks.
Best Pre-Telecast – The Grammys. Joyce DiDonato sang opera to a standing ovation. Melanie Fiona walked allllllllll the way up to the stage for her 2 Grammys for a duet with CeeLo Green, so did Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift actually showed up to accept her awards in the Pre-Tel even though she’s a big name star who also appeared on the telecast. The Foo Fighters swore. Tony Bennett deferred his acceptance speech for his 17th Grammy to Amy Winehouse’s parents.
Best Fashions – The Oscars-by a very slight margin. The Grammys were a bit Oscary this year in that fashions were a bit conservative, but many still looked like they were having some fun. As much as the Oscar fashions were more beautiful, do we have to go on and on and on about it? It makes thrift store shoppers/tuxedo shop renters and nominees Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey in the Best Short Film category for Time Freak that much more endearing. They talked about their nomination and what they were wearing on CBS news. The fashion controvery stirred up by Nicki Minaj left people feeling just insulted rather than “eggs-cited” to see what GaGa would look like when she performed after having showed up on the red carpet in an egg. Who can beat Angelina Jolie’s leg? Maybe Sheila E. giving her great gams equal time was a mistake.
Best Wardrobe Malfunction – The Oscars. Many could have had more controversial wardrobe malfunctions. Singers Katy Perry and Rihanna were constantly in motion. Rihanna’s severely low cut Versace didn’t give the world a nip slip, but it sure looks like J Lo did. Steven Tyler appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and said it was just a shadow after a very close, creepy, and comical examination of a photo. Check out the video.
Best Prank – The Grammys. DJ/recording artist Deadmau5 showed up in a t-shirt. The Grammys are the only awards show where some people do that, as did Foo Fighters. But Deadmau5 made it extra special because it had the phone number of fellow nominee and winner Skrillex plastered on it. The prank continued for a few days.
Best Song Performances – The Grammys. Instead of great performances or even a video showing of Oscar winning “Man or A Muppet” which featured Muppets, Jason Segal, Peter Linz, and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons (Sheldon), The Oscars gave people Cirque du Soliel with a score by Hans Zimmer who has won Best Score awards in previous years. The Grammys, meanwhile, gave great performances in multiple categories, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Foo Fighters, an angry Katy Perry, a fun 1950s homage by Bruno Mars, a deeply moving tribute to Whitney Houston by Jennifer Hudson, opera by Joyce DiDonato and a comeback performance by Adele. Oh, yes, there was also a controversial, overbaked, poorly executed performance by Nicki Minaj as well another two by Chris Brown. The good far outweighs the bad here.
Best Winning Streak – The Grammys. In recent years, none have won more than Adele who took home 6 Grammophone statues in one night. But fans still recall that Michael Jackson picked up 8 Grammy Awards in 1984, the last time the Grammys got more viewers than the Oscars.
Best Joke About Awards Shows – Independent Spirit Awards. Barbed and timely, host Seth Rogan hit the mark in a very sore spot for both awards. “You say a few hateful things, they don’t let you within 100 yards of the Oscars. You could literally beat the shit out of a nominee, they ask you to perform twice at the Grammys.”
Best Protest – The Grammys. It was barely discussed on television, but Latin Jazz musicians and other artists who found their categories junked took it to the streets to protest the Grammy Awards overhaul. 31 categories were junked. Male and female categories were scrapped and rolled into one category in multiple fields. While some artists were peeved that their Oscars were relegated to a pre-telecast award ceremony, at least their categories weren’t scrapped.