The 2017 Grammys came and went and — outside of James Corden’s telegraphed punchlines and Carpool Karaoke schtick — we can say it honestly wasn’t that bad. Music’s biggest night managed not to be actively terrible, which is more than we can say for many previous 3+ hour slogs.
With that being said, everybody knows that some incorrect choices were made and the entirety of the viewing audience certainly felt the ceremony’s runtime by the time the show wrapped up. It’s our job here to cover it and it still felt like an endurance test by the end. What I’m saying is, the Grammys weren’t bad but they definitely could have been better and there’s simple fixes that the producers could implement to make next year’s ceremony greater than the one that came before it.
To put it in producer-speak, we have some notes.
Liven It Up
Barring a national tragedy the day before the Grammys, the show should never start on a downbeat song. Look to the Oscars for inspiration. In 2015, it kicked off with a massive musical number lampooning everybody in the room. These weren’t even music people and they absolutely killed the Grammys at their own game.
The night is meant to be a celebration and — all due respect to Adele — a call to a long-lost ex on a darkened stage doesn’t exactly set the laudatory mood. Move Bruno Mars up to bat lead-off next time and get folks excited about the idea of being here for the next few hours.
Go Easy On The Tributes
Listen, we know that people love tributes. People like being reminded of the things they like. It’s human nature. But did we really need Demi Lovato and co. singing songs from a John Travolta movie? Did we really need to hear a tribute to the very much still alive Lionel Richie at last year’s show? Save the career retrospectives for people who have actually passed away.