The conservative-black Latin Grammy Awards. Was it supposed to be a funeral or a celebration of Latin music and artists? It looked more like a funeral.
UPDATED (El 21 de noviembre de 2014):
Hola. ¿Qué tal? Well, I watched as much of it as I could take. In past years I enjoyed it. But from what I saw of the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards they seemed to be obsessed with the conservative colour black.
Musicians in all black. Dancers in all black or gray/white (except for one group of dancers I saw in red). Santana in funeral black? Loco. Pitbull in black and white? WTF? One Latin artist after the other wearing funeral black. Mi amigo said: “I’m surprised they’re even allowing dancers.” I said: Well by this time next year they probably won’t. I’m surprised they allowed las chicas to show their asses, even though it was only for seconds at a time. Los chicos were certainly all covered up…in black. As someone said in the comments, this thing has been sanitised. Yes, like most every thing else.
Let’s get as conservative as we can here in The Cesspool/los Estados Unidos/the US. What useless people. If one didn’t know this was the Latin Grammy Awards, one might think it was a type of funeral that thousands of people attended in Las Vegas that had dancing with it and a colourful place (a LED set) for the coffin.
Why would the network do this to their own Latin Grammy Awards? I don’t understand that at all. This has happened since the network hooked up with the conservative corporate ABC inglés-language network, and I’ve never liked the idea that these two networks are connected. I was suspicious of this from the start based on what I knew about ABC.
Other than the colourful LED set/stage, the colours were drab, dull and fucking boring. They were not Latin.
I remember about six years ago when Juanes performed the opening act with John Legend. They performed “If You’re Out There” with a Chorus from Los Ángeles on the stage with them. It was quite good. Juanes was in jeans and a T-shirt for that performance and he looked caliente. Later he had a faux hawk. But for 2014? Juanes wore a conservative light blue suit and conservative-looking hair. His faux hawk gone. Fully corporatised is how he looks now. For this event he looked more like a corporate CEO at a corporate event than he looked like the Juanes of six years ago. WTF happened to him?
There must be something in the water. And that’s a recurring theme these days.
Latinos/Hispanos/Mexicanos/Chicanos et al love bright colours, but aside from the LED stage which was full of beautiful colour, the people there looked drab, dull and boring—with a few exceptions to that—compared to past years.
Didn’t I read something last year or the year before about the network banning jeans from the Latin Grammy Awards? Even though a couple of artists broke that nonsense rule and wore jeans anyway. I’d break the rule too. Fuck their ludicrous rule. I’d wear what I fucking want to wear and they can piss off. What are they going to do? Call Mr Bully Security and have him haul the artist off the stage?
And don’t get me started on all the stupidphone commercials during this thing. (Smartphones are transforming society into a sea of stupid). Apparently the network doesn’t get it: The more people they help get addicted to these stupidphones, the less people will be watching their thoroughly corporatised and act-as-stupid-as-you-possibly-can type shows. Viewers will be too busy on their stupidphones looking for and using the “Where to take a Shit?” app. Chau.—el barrio rosa