MY THOUGHTS ON THE 2011 VMA’S

I haven’t done this in a while, but I am having an urge for some good old fashioned shallow blogging. I decided I would give my thoughts on the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s). I don’t have cable so I always watch them the next day on mtv.com. Sorry for the delay but I am cheap.

  • Dear Lady Gaga-you are lucky you have built up some credibility with huge singles and a gigantic tour because your opening performance of an already underwhelming single was not just weird, but spent many credibility chips.
  • There was no host this year. I read that MTV was turned down by a few people they asked and just decided to go without rather than stretch for someone not great. Not sure what that says when people don’t want to do it because last years ratings were a record…but it says something.
  • Jay-Z and Kanye-You know I loved them and this, but I am a sucker for radio hits and I find this album underwhelming. I know they wanted it to be natural and all-I read the reviews.  Anyway, it was a well designed performance with the flames, smoke, flag and great camera angles as they came the whole way out from backstage, to stage, to runway.
  • I find it interesting that Nicki Minaj is now beating Lil Wayne for hip video awards. I wonder if his ego (or hers for that matter) can keep their label together.
  • People thought Kanye was crazy when he did the whole Taylor Swift thing and said Beyonce had the video of the year, but I found it interesting that even when he won, he admitted that Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne were the best in that category and better than his.
  • I didn’t know if Pitbull would have the guts to keep his verse that says “I got it locked it up by Lindsay Lohan” since she is currently suing him for that line….but he did.
  • I already mentioned that there wasn’t a host, but Kevin Hart did the work of one with the opening monologue and videos but didn’t get paid I am sure
  • It was also interesting to see Cali Swag District in the one video because I haven’t heard or seen them since their fourth member was shot and killed.
  • Because of twitter, I was expecting a lot from a few moments (Gaga, Beyonce’s pregnancy, and Adele). Adele is great and I am not saying she isn’t, but this performance was nothing special. I think people just appreciate that she has a natural hair color that isn’t in a Crayola box and doesn’t use autotune.
  • Justin Bieber could win any award he was up for. I bet his fans would stay up all night and vote 1,000,000 times if he tweeted once to his fans and told them to.
  • They say that people who are taller have more earning potential, but I have to think that if you could dance like Chris Brown your life would be better too. I love that he isn’t happy dancing anymore and wanted to be Peter Pan on cables.
  • Its funny to me that people like Beyonce and Britney are getting lifetime achievement type awards on the last couple award shows I watched. It makes me feel old, but they started so young they both already have two greatest hits albums full of singles.
  • Its also so easy to see why Britney still makes money because she has mastered getting 12 year olds and their mom’s to buy her music which is double the income and easier concert sales.
  • Ok, Lady Gaga stop with the playing a dude thing. You aren’t even good at it. Its like me doing impersonations, it almost seems like something I should laugh at as terrible. You had an hour to change our of your outfit to intro Britney.
  • Its amazing to me that Beyonce was able to keep her pregnancy a secret.  I guess she is good at everything so I shouldn’t be.
  • Dear Tyler the Creator, you were not the Best New Artist. I would say that conservatively you were the 3rd best nominee so cherish that trophy.
  • The last part of this show was boring and included people who aren’t good enough to make a good awards show. It also included Lady Gaga still playing a dude.
  • Lil Wayne closed the show….and you all know how I feel about him. Please DON’T buy his album as it was released this morning at 12am.
  • Adios.
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MOMENTUM 2011 PARODY VIDEOS

Finally caught up on sleep and life from Momentum and thought I would put this year’s parody videos up for anyone who cares.

These videos may not show it but it was a great week of God speaking to the 1600 people in attendance about reaching and impacting their “one” person.

 

MY US ROYALTY SHOW

Last week I traveled to Cincinnati to see my friends from college who are now in a band called US Royalty play a show. They were the opener for a Third Eye Blind theatre tour. Here were my thoughts before, during, and after the show.

  • I promised myself I wouldn’t act like a proud mom and I did a good job hiding it but in my mind I was proud.
  • I didn’t actually teach them anything or contribute to where they are, but give me this moment.
  • It was weird because no one there had ever heard of them before so I got to sit back and watch them try to win the crowd over…..they did it.
  • I look for two things in bands to distinguish them-an entertaining front man and songs that are catchy enough to play on radio and they have them both.
  • John is an entertaining front man won them over in a Mick Jagger sort of way.
  • Paul was always a great guitar player but he was what set them apart, I heard multiple people in the crowd comment on him and cheer as he soloed.
  • They just made a list of the 50 best dressed male musicians and they do make me want to shop at high end vintage boutiques.
  • Hoping to see them again soon and maybe get to take some friends if they make it to Columbus.
  • Not sure how to sound like the gushing friend who says his friends are good, but I was thoroughly impressed and expect big things…

Check out this latest video

SUNDAY SET LIST

The majority of Student Pastor’s in America do one of two things on top of working with students; lead worship, or have a part time job.  Luckily tomorrow morning I just have to put on a guitar.

Sunday Set List-Grace Church- March 27, 2011:

1)    Our God-Chris Tomlin

2)    You alone can rescue-Matt Redman

3)    My chains are gone (Amazing Grace)-Chris Tomlin

4)     Give me Faith-Elevation Worship

GRAMMY AWARD’S 2011 PREDICTION FOLLOW

A few weeks ago on this blog, I made my picks for this year’s Grammy Awards. Since the ceremony happened this past weekend I decided I should put up the winners and admit the picks I got wrong and see if I got any right. I hardly got anything right-2 and some half rights. The truth hurts. I wish I could blame it on something….How about it was a pretty wild year with some major unpredictable upsets?

 

Album of the Year

My first pick            » Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster

Runner up pick            » Eminem – Recovery

Actual winner            » Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

 

Record of the Year

My first pick            » Eminem (featuring Rihanna) – “Love the Way You Lie”

Runner up pick            » Cee Lo Green – “F— You”

Actual winner            » Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

 

Best New Artist

My first pick            » Florence & the Machine

Runner up pick            » Drake

Actual winner            » Esperanza Spalding

 

Song of the Year

My first pick            » Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”

Runner up pick            » Cee Lo Green – “F— You”

Actual winner            » Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

 

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals

My first pick            » Sade – “Babyfather”

Runner up pick            » “Glee” cast – “Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version)”

Actual winner            » Train – “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”

 

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

My first pick            » B.o.B, Eminem and Hayley Williams – “Airplanes II”

Runner up pick            » Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”

Actual winner            » Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare – “Imagine”

 

Best Dance Recording

My first pick            » Lady Gaga – “Dance in the Dark”

Runner up pick            » La Roux – “In For The Kill”

Actual winner            » Rihanna – “Only Girl (In the World)”

 

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals

My first pick            » Kings of Leon – “Radioactive”

Runner up pick            » Muse – “Resistance”

Actual winner            » The Black Keys – “Tighten Up”

 

Best Hard Rock Performance

My first pick            » Soundgarden – “Black Rain”

Runner up pick            » Stone Temple Pilots – “Between the Lines”

Actual winner            » Them Crooked Vultures – “New Fang”

 

Best Rock Song

My first pick            » Mumford & Sons – “Little Lion Man”

Runner up pick            » Kings of Leon – “Radioactive”

Actual winner            » Neil Young – “Angry World”

 

Best Alternative Music Album

My first pick            » Vampire Weekend – Contra

Runner up pick            » Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Actual winner            » The Black Keys – Brothers

 

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals

My first pick            » Sade – “Soldier of Love”

Runner up pick            » John Legend and the Roots – “Shine”

Actual winner            » Sade – “Soldier of Love”

 

Best Contemporary R&B Album

My first pick            » Usher – Raymond v. Raymond

Runner up pick            » Chris Brown – Graffiti

Actual winner            » Usher – Raymond v. Raymond

 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

My first pick            » Eminem and Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”

Runner up pick            » Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

Actual winner            » Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

 

Best Rap Song

My first pick            » Eminem and Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”

Runner up pick            » Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

Actual winner            » Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

 

Best Rap Album

My first pick            » Eminem – Recovery

Runner up pick            » Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

Actual winner            » Eminem – Recovery

 

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

My first pick            » Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson – “As She’s Walking Away”

Runner up pick            » Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson – “Bad Angel”

Actual winner            » Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson – “As She’s Walking Away”

 

Best Country Song

My first pick            » Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”

Runner up pick            » Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

Actual winner            » Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

 

Best Country Album

My first pick            » Miranda Lambert – Revolution

Runner up pick            » Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

Actual winner            » Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

 

Best Americana Album

My first pick            » Willie Nelson – Country Music

Runner up pick            » Robert Plant – Band of Joy

Actual winner            » Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone

 

Best Traditional Blues Album

My first pick            » Jimmie Vaughan – Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites

Runner up pick            » Cyndi Lauper – Memphis Blues

Actual winner            » Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – Joined at the Hip

 

 

 

2011 GRAMMY TWITTER RECAP

The Grammy’s were this past weekend. I love watching the show and I tweeted a lot during the ceremony. If you didn’t catch it I thought I would recap here. They are in descending order. Follow me on twitter.

  • All the members of Arcade Fire must have the greatest prayer lives ever? #grammys #musicthatidontcareabout
  • @courtneycherest @sarahknepper yeah but they are seat fillers:)
  • The target.com commercials for wigs intrigue me. I wondered how long till Lady Gaga and Katy Perry brought them into white culture too.
  • Didn’t care about arcade fire until I realized they had a redhead in the group. #grammys
  • Its bad on most networks, but the placement of CBS personalities from their shows on the #grammys is shameless.
  • Been praying for @lecrae to be light and network at the #Grammys
  • I read that Lady Antebellum would win because most voters were divided on the record of the year but Nashville would unite. #grammys2011
  • @kristinartrip gets mad just seeing Jennifer Lopez with Marc Anthony or even talking about and acknowledging they are married. #grammys
  • Did anyone see Eminem smile tonight?….me neither. Great Lyricist but he looks like he might kill somebody 🙂 #grammys2011
  • I have never understood the Barbara Streisand thing. Sorry, I just don’t get it. #grammys2011
  • After upsetting Drake and Bieber for best new artist, it is safe to say Esperanza Spalding can never go to Canada again.
  • Dr. Dre and Eminem-So Good! #grammys2011
  • Is John Mayer trying to look like a creepy Johnny Depp? Wait a creepy Depp would be the normal one.
  • Cee-Lo just solidified his status as the black, chubby Elton John in that outfit.
  • Man the bearded buy in Lady Antebellum sure looks like Lance Bass. #grammys2011
  • I am trying to explain to Ross Owen why “American Honey” is a great song. He is indifferent and wants to talk about U2.
  • When Lady Gaga won, she (and her reaction) seemed normal until she stood up and we were reminded by her outfit she is a little different.
  • I have the same purple zipper suit that Usher is wearing…ironic!
  • I am defending Justin Bieber to everyone at our house watching the Grammys.
  • Question: Should I go buy a monacle like B.O.B. wore tonight?
  • Its still crazy to me that Muse is an arena touring and Grammy band now. They are good, but I just have them trapped in theaters forever.
  • Miranda Lambert is gonna deservedly win like 7 Grammy’s and non country people will be confused what is going on. #grammys2011
  • And as soon as I open my mouth Christina falls as the song ends and the camera pans away. She can’t win. #grammys2011
  • Christina Aguilera just ripped that Aretha tribute! #Grammyredemption Hudson was impressive too.

 

MY PICKS FOR THE 53rd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

As is the yearly tradition around here on markartrip.com I thought I would give my Grammy Predictions after the nominees were announced last night on the CBS concert special. After the ceremony in February I will repost and tell you how wrong I was. The winners are in bold and the dark horse with an outside chance (second place) are in italics.

This is not who I want to win but who I expect the RIAA to pick.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on 13 February 2011. The famed nominees compilation disc is out on 28 January.

Album of the Year
» Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
» Eminem – Recovery
» Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
» Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
» Katy Perry – Teenage Dream

Record of the Year
» B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars) – “Nothin’ on You”
» Eminem (featuring Rihanna) – “Love the Way You Lie”
» Cee Lo Green – “F— You”
» Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”
» Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

Best New Artist
» Justin Bieber
» Drake
» Florence & the Machine
» Mumford & Sons
» Esperanza Spalding

Song of the Year
» Ray LaMontagne – “Beg Steal or Borrow”
» Cee Lo Green – “F— You”
» Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”
» Eminem (featuring Rihanna) – “Love the Way You Lie”
» Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
» “Glee” cast – “Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version)”
» Maroon 5 – “Misery
» Paramore – “The Only Exception”
» Sade – “Babyfather”
» Train – “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
» B.o.B, Eminem and Hayley Williams – “Airplanes II”
» Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare – “Imagine”
» Elton John & Leon Russell – “If It Wasn’t For Bad”
» Lady Gaga and Beyoncé – “Telephone”
» Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls”

Best Dance Recording
» Goldfrapp – “Rocket”
» La Roux – “In For The Kill”
» Lady Gaga – “Dance in the Dark”
» Rihanna – “Only Girl (In the World)”
» Robyn – “Dancing on My Own”

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
» Arcade Fire – “Ready to Start”
» Jeff Beck and Joss Stone – “I Put a Spell on You”
» The Black Keys – “Tighten Up”
» Kings of Leon – “Radioactive”
» Muse – “Resistance”

Best Hard Rock Performance
» Alice in Chains – “A Looking in View”
» Ozzy Osbourne – “Let Me Hear You Scream”
» Soundgarden – “Black Rain”
» Stone Temple Pilots – “Between the Lines”

» Them Crooked Vultures – “New Fang”

Best Rock Song
» Neil Young – “Angry World”
» Mumford & Sons – “Little Lion Man”
» Kings of Leon – “Radioactive”
» Muse – “Resistance”
» The Black Keys – “Tighten Up”

Best Alternative Music Album
» Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
» Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
» The Black Keys – Brothers
» Broken Bells – Broken Bells
» Vampire Weekend – Contra

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
» Chris Brown and Tank – “Take My Time”
» Chuck Brown, Jill Scott and Marcus Miller – “Love”
» Ronald Isley and Aretha Franklin – “You’ve Got a Friend”
» John Legend and the Roots – “Shine”
» Sade – “Soldier of Love”

Best Contemporary R&B Album
» Chris Brown – Graffiti
» R. Kelly – Untitled
» Ryan Leslie – Transition
» Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid
» Usher – Raymond v. Raymond

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars) – “Nothin’ on You”
» Chris Brown, Tyga and Kevin McCall – “Deuces”
» Eminem and Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
» Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”
» John Legend, the Roots, Melanie Fiona and Common – “Wake Up! Everybody”

Best Rap Song
» Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”
» Eminem and Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
» Eminem – “Not Afraid”
» B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars) – “Nothin’ on You”
» Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz – “On to the Next One”

Best Rap Album
» B.o.B – The Adventures of Bobby Ray
» Drake – Thank Me Later
» Eminem – Recovery
» Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
» The Roots – How I Got Over

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
» Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson – “Bad Angel”
» Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury and the Punch Brothers – “Pride (In the Name of Love)”
» Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson – “As She’s Walking Away”
» Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins – “Hillbilly Bone”
» Marty Stuart and Connie Smith – “I Run to You”

Best Country Song
» George Strait – “The Breath You Take”
» Zac Brown Band – “Free”
» Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”
» Gretchen Wilson – “I’d Love To Be Your Last”
» The Band Perry – “If I Die Young”
» Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

Best Country Album
» Dierks Bentley – Up on the Ridge
» Zac Brown Band – You Get What You Give
» Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song
» Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
» Miranda Lambert – Revolution

Best Americana Album
» Rosanne Cash – The List
» Los Lobos – Tin Can Trust
» Willie Nelson – Country Music
» Robert Plant – Band of Joy
» Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone

Best Traditional Blues Album
» James Cotton – Giant
» Cyndi Lauper – Memphis Blues
» Charlie Musselwhite – The Well
» Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – Joined at the Hip
» Jimmie Vaughan – Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites