I am blown away by artists standing strong

I have to be completely honest with you, I am out of touch with what’s hot, what’s in, what’s on TV, and even the award season.  Sure if I am home and it is on, and I am not exhausted from my day of work that I love and kids, maybe I will choose to watch over my precious sleep. Usually sleep wins, I love my sleep, it is my health, my pleasure, my recharge, and I literally cannot function without it.

So as I was driving home from work I heard that an award show was on TV, and for some reason I got in my head that it was the Oscar’s, and when I turned on the show, it was the Grammy’s and I literally could not pull myself away.  I have always been a music lover, but I am not a musician, so for me it is purely what hits me and I just love, or for whatever reason I am not into it.

I actually have not watched the Grammy’s for a long time, probably because I have been busy making and raising babies the last eight years.  Last night was EVERYTHING! It was a combination of what I grew up with, amazing tributes to artists that have passed, and new musical talents that literally just blew me away.

My highlights and why:

  1. For some reason the Grammy’s aired twice, and we started watching it towards the end first, before it ran again, and it was about respecting not only the singers, but the writers, engineers, and everybody else in the background who makes it happen.  About supporting new talent to have jobs in the music industry, educating the public how to be consumers so we reinforce and allow the industry to keep creating the music we love.  So the first thing I saw was a 12 year old boy who won a Grammy, and it made me think of my son who is excelling and loving his piano lessons, why not dream?

2.James Bay and Tori Kelly, two new artists that did a duet, their voices were so powerful, they each had a guitar, no other instruments, totally mesmerized the room.

3. Justin Bieber with Diplo and Skrillex.  I honestly did not know one Bieber song before this new album, my kids love it, and I like cool collaborations.

4. Andra Day and Ellie Goulding, WOW! These two gorgeous ladies have such unique voices that harmonized so beautifully as they sang together.

5. Lady Gaga doing justice to David Bowie.  The way she dressed, the songs she picked, I honestly am not a big fan, but love when she steps outside her pop music and does creative out of the box performances, and she rocked the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

6. The Lionel Richie Tribute took me back to my childhood, we moved from Russia, he was all over the radio, his songs are one of a kind and these artists even blew Lionel Richie away, and he finished with “All Night Long!”

  • John Legend – Easy
  • Demi Lovato – Hello
  • Meghan Trainor – You Are
  • Luke Bryan – Penny Love
  • Tyrese – Brick House

7. Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood sang what sounded like the ballads I used to love in the 80’s.

8. Kendrick Lamar really took us into a world of reality, celebration, and being proud of his roots, culture, and people.

9. Hollywood Vampires tribute to Lemmy Kilmister, who I had the pleasure to meet when I was 18 coming to LA to party with my girlfriends at the Rainbow and on Sunset Strip, good times!

Finally I want to give a shout out to Jennifer Lopez, always making up her own mind, breaking norms, boundaries, and not following anybody else’s path but her own!


Happy Listening,

Coach Yulia

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