What's better than winning some prizes in a show? Win an award ceremony. There is no trophy for what Brandi Carlile did on Grammys Sunday, shut down the house and raised the social media roof with "The Joke". But she should leave an empty seat on her coat anyway at this point.  The proof was in the pudding. Just as Carlile was performing at the Staples Center, "The Joke" was ranked number 83 on the digital iTunes song charts. When the replay of the West Coast ended at midnight, it was at # 2 where she was sitting one day later, keeping only Lady Gaga's "Shallow." Her album: "By the way, I forgive you," Hangs since the television broadcasts in the Nos. 2-3 slots on iTunes and is ranked # 1
Needles were moved, souls were shaken, jaws loosened, goose bumps led to sales bumps, re-votes were seriously considered, and the Twittersphere was a lot of fun and excitement.
As Anna Kendrick said after completing Carlile's turn on the microphone, "So." [Pause for double spacing.] "I am changed." [Another double space, for pregnant effect.] "My jaw is lying on the floor, holy crap."
Carlile was not the only artist to see immediate benefits from a standout show on the show, and Kacey Musgraves's album from this year's Golden Hour has also surfaced and played with Carlile in the aforementioned digital album charts.The country duo Dan + Shay's song "Tequila" was cited by Shazam as the most wanted of the night in this service, HER, Lauren Daigle and the soundtrack "A Star Is Born "got all the gigs on the charts
but it took" The Joke "to give America the musical idiot we all long for, Carlile quietly sang her opening verse about a bullied boy when the news literally was displayed on a giant screen and the text was rendered in handwritten writing, and then the belt and the octave change begin, and we are all from ge No manipulative uses of these things have been made to land us at Pop-Hospital for the rest of our lives, but there is still nothing like an honest octave shift. Is there? And the choir reiterated the age-old admonition that the first will be the last, and the last will be first, and the tormentors will fall away and relieve the pain, even before they come to a second verse in which displaced refugees and victims of the Sexism all part of Carliles were misunderstood gospels train to fame. And even if you did not read along with the LED texts, all you had to do was hear those final, wordless, high notes to know that a day of reckoning and healing was coming up for the underdog.
When amazing buddies meet pure emotion and this combination with unexpected melodic twists, there can be enough chill to make the entire Staples Center the largest haunted house in the world.
It would be considered a "star born" moment if Carlile had not done so In the last 14 years, he became a star big enough to offer tickets for Madison Square Garden for sale. But the music culture of the 2010s is so broken that hardly anyone has heard anything from anyone – and so it was a "star is born" moment, because someone who is already a star, it is enough. No guilt for the newcomers, yes?
But if Carlile owned the show, this was a year of at least a custody battle. Musgraves won in their own way when subjected to "Rainbow" while Carlile shot up with "The Joke". Cardi B offered too much insight into the nightclub of our dreams and shook the tail feather all tail feathers. Janelle Monae brought her Elastic Lovesexy funk and even more dizzying choreography. Beside her there were H. E. R. and also St. Vincent and Sofi Tucker, all decorated in separate lead guitars. Annie Clark and Dua Lipa had such diva-on-diva chemistry that no one dared, "Get a room," because they already had a room, and it was the Staples Center. In the show, Camila Cabello found her lost Cuban heart in a culturally comprehensive All-Star production medley. It had Andra Day as Aretha. And Dolly as a dolly.
Did the Grammys bring all these women together in one program, as mass tokenism and remorse? Or would most or all of these performers have been gathered in a 2019 television program anyway and dominated by their own outstanding earnings?
That's a hen-or-the-egg question that we'll never know the answer to. but what matters is that they have all defeated. And most of all Carlile (yes, we know that art is not a competition, but still). For as effective as all patented "Grammy Moment" collaborations can be, there is nothing better than a Grammy moment in which a single talent seems to be fusing a mind and mind with a happily paralyzed audience. So, please, God – because the cosmic talent pipeline is not really up to Ken Ehrlich – can we have more than one of these galvanizing episodes of mass discovery per generation?