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What I Learned Watching the Grammy Awards

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  • Carrie Underwood was amazing. I don't even like country, but her presentation of Before He Cheats complete with 10 women beating on car parts was nothing short of amazing.
    • You can sing a song or sell a song. Carrie sold it.
  • Tom Hanks did a little speech and was spell-binding. His gifted ability to speak had the crowd responding to his every word.
    • Good communication matters.
  • There was a Beatles tribute. They didn't say this, but I'm guessing the Beatles were rediscovered after we did our Beatles Christmas series. The Grammy performance included a song from the Las Vegas Love Cirque du Soleil show, as well as a song from the movie Across the Universe. Does anyone have any idea how they did the exploding Volkswagon? I rewound it and watched it three times.
    • We hit the Beatles wave at the right time.
  • They had a stunning music video behind Let if Be including synchronized singing on the video by the same guy who was singing live. Our guys do this amazingly well.
    • This is the future for effective, life transformational, musical performance.
  • The show was interactive. Stage inside; outside; and in London. Even a way for the audience at home to vote and see their results happen during the show.
    • Churches have to figure out how to involve the audience more.
  • They included new and classic; young and old; edgy and traditional. I was watching the show with my 13-year old daughter and 67-year old dad. There was something for all of us.
    • A church "targeting" a certain age doesn't have to exclude other ages.
  • About an hour into the show I got a text message from a friend saying, "Wasn't Daft Punk amazing?" I had no idea what he was talking about. I had to rewind it.
    • I'm not as in touch with pop culture as I'd like to think.
  • That same friend asked me to save it on my DVR. No problem. Then at the end of the show I accidentally hit "enter" twice and deleted the show. Bummer.
    • I might need a new friend.
  • They have a category for "album" of the year and a different category for "record" of the year. I have no idea the difference between the two, but I was disappointed the Foo Fighters didn't win either category.
    • I'm not disappointed, however, that I have my ticket for their Chicago appearance in two weeks.

I really didn't expect to enjoy the awards show. But it was a good night and a great way to learn better ways to impact our culture.