the ralphie report – grammy edition.

Ralphie Aversa  —  02/11/2008 — Leave a comment

catch this in the weekender on wednesday…

On Sunday night, Amy Winehouse reaffirmed her position as an artist that can perform, inspire, and revolutionize what we know as contemporary music. The British singer won 5 of the 6 Grammy awards the Academy nominated her for, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the track that may define Wino’s career – Rehab.

Due to problems with renewing her Visa, as well as the ongoing rehab stint, Winehouse performed and accepted one of the five awards via satellite in London’s Riverside Studios.

Here on WYOU, we watched the Amy Winehouse that America fell in love with over the summer. The Amy Winehouse with swagger and confidence. The one that appeared to scoff at you while belting out the memorable, authentic, “No, No, No!” when they asked her to go to rehab.

The intervention of her father, Mitch, led her to a different response when they proposed another stint in rehab last month, just after video surfaced of the bee-hived singer as a blond, smoking what appeared to be a crack pipe.

“I’m useless to you anyway now, I just took about six valium,” slurred Winehouse in the grainy footage.

With a Grammy debut that ended with five pieces of hardware and one brilliant performance, it’s doubtful that people will regard Winehouse in such a dreadful light for the time being.

Now the blogs and vlogs have new material – like her reaction on live TV to winning Record of the Year. Overcome with shock, Winehouse embraced band members and her parents, thanking them while also offering up her second shout-out of the night to locked-up husband Blake Fielder-Civil .

“For my Blake incarcerated, and for London! This is for London!” Winehouse emotionally proclaimed.

This success may be for her home city, but by all means, you can’t deny the British vocalist’s All-American comeback story.

DON’T WORRY – OTHER ARTISTS WON TOO

– Prior to the show’s start, Kanye West already coroneted himself a Grammy winner. Yet, for the third time, the Album of the Year Grammy escaped him, awarded to jazz musician Herbie Hancock.

Despite this, West still stole and extended the spotlight. While accepting his Grammy for Best Rap Album, producers began to play the “wrap-up” music right before the Chicago-rapper entered into a tribute to his mother. West politely asked the Academy to kill the music, and they obliged.

Kanye also paid homage to his late mother, Dr. Donda West, earlier in the night with his performance of Hey Mama. West won four Grammys.

– Vince Gill earned himself a little street-cred Sunday night. After receiving the Best Country Album Grammy from Beatle-legend Ringo Starr, Gill offered up the following on stage:

“I just got an award given to me by a Beatle,” gleamed Gill. “Have you had that happen yet Kanye?”

West smiled it off. After all, no egos would be injured in the production of this awards show.

– Reading’s Taylor Swift appeared in her first Grammy’s, presenting an award and losing Best New Artist to Winehouse.

Ralphie Aversa

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