If the children are our future, then watch out for Bieber 2016. Last night’s AMA festivities showed us it’s that the kids of America are running the show, not the suspiciously, well-aged hosts roaming the red carpet.
Among the top nominees were Nicki Minaj and Rhianna. We can applaud that the ladies were leading the corrall of pop culture phenomenons. Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Linkin Park even showed they are not just a fleeting craze, maintaining nominations, and even a win for Mrs. Jay Z and the alternative Linkin Park.
Then there’s the Biebs. Walking the red carpet with his mother on his arm, and walking away with 3 of the nights top awards – Favorite Pop/Rock artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album, and the coveted Artist of the Year. I’ll just go right ahead and note that perhaps the definition of “Pop/Rock” has changed ever so slightly since the conception of the AMAs. I liked it when the Rock/Pop decision meant you had to choose between the Stones and the Beatles.
Let’s take a quick history tour to the year 1973, when Dick Clark had the bright idea to create a BETTER award show, and compete with the Grammys. That first year, the winners ranged from Diana Ross, Al Green, the Carpenters, and Stevie Wonder. With every passing year, more of the greats that fill our walls started bringing home nominations. ’76 won The Eagles favorite Album! The big difference with the AMAs is that they are based on airplay and album purchases and the public opinion…I guess that brings us to today.
We don’t know when it happened, but the evolution of music brought on a new subset of “musicians” and the fans who helped them rise from youtube sensations to whirl wind success. For those of you who have been to our place, you can see our lack of excitement as music hasn’t changed in the last ten-plus years. There was barely an effort to introduce any real NEW artists to scene – sorry Carly Rae. And is Taylor Swift even considered Country anymore?
The highlight of the evening was most certainly the revival of No Doubt and that all of them can still rock the house better than the young tycoons packing the Staples Center these days. However, we are still a little unsure of what to make of the Psy/MC Hammer remix. We think good, but aren’t sure.
That’s enough of our witty banter… if you’re feeling as concerned as we are, come belly up to the bar or one of our picnic tables and enjoy some of these newly tapped brews:
- Heretic, “Torment”
- Stone, “The Perfect Crime”
- Stone, “Double Bastard” 2011 R&B Vault Reserve
- Speakeasy, “The Witness”