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I had meant to write about the 2012 Grammy Awards earlier. I was excited for the Grammys show this year, which hasn’t happened in forever. I did end up “live tweeting” it, god bless my husband for putting up with my antics.

I remember when Lauryn Hill’s album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won a Grammy — in 1998 — I decided to buy it. Hill won a number of categories that year: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album. At the time, she broke records by being the first woman to be nominated in 10 categories in a single year, and the first woman to win five times in one night. I thought it was an exciting time for women in music! Maybe the Grammys were relevant again!

The album, however, was not as exciting as the hoopla in my opinion, and I pretty much stopped paying attention to the Grammys.

And then the 2012 Grammy Awards rolled around and it turned out that I owned music from a lot of the nominees. Either the Grammys are relevant again, or my taste in music stunk last year.

Mileage varies.

The Grammy artists that I had in heavy rotation in 2012: Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Gotye, fun., Jack White, “Call Me Maybe”, Rihanna, Adele (who won HUGE for her 2011 album 21), The Lumineers (whom I saw live a about a month ago — the week before the Grammys as a matter of fact — and who have a great, great, great live show. Tons of energy), Florence and the Machine, even (I’m not afraid to admit it), The Muppets soundtrack.

Anyhoo, I enjoyed watching the show. The best performances of the night in my opinion were Jack White, the Levon Helm tribute, the Bob Marley tribute, and Mumford & Sons. I didn’t like the pairing of Black Keys with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band — although I seemed to be in the minority there.

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In the meantime, going forward, these are some of the songs Flora has stumbled onto lately (the first two thanks to me, the last thanks — I guess — to Pokemon).

She really likes “Somebody I Used to Know” by Gotye. I should probably worry about that?

I also turned the girls onto The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, which is like a Sly Stone/ABBA/80s synth pop mash up. The single we keep listening to is “Heart Attack”. I love that she says, “Jeez Louise.” Bonus: They cover that ’80s pop classic “Safety Dance”. Playing that for the girls tonight!

Finally, she likes this cut by a band named Superchick, “Stand in the Rain”. I said, “That’s a pretty good song” to which she replied, “It’s a *great* song.” Well, all righty then. Bonus: American Christian alternative pop/rock. So, safe to listen to more!

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Did you watch the Grammys? What’s on your kids’ (or your own) playlists?

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