Review by Steve Bloom
The Grammys have cleaned up their act. Gone are the lengthy salutes to classical music and endless acceptance speeches. The last several Grammys have concentrated on live music, a la the MTV Video Awards. This year’s show, the 47th ever, spread the awards around pretty well, with Ray Charles, Alicia Keys and Ushers winning the lion’s share.
However, unlike previous years, many of the 2005 winners were well-known stoners.
Here are our High 5 Grammy victors:
1. Maroon 5 – Best New Artist
Featured in the Jan. ’05 issue (“Stony Maroony”), the Maroons told HT: “Every song on Songs About Jane was written under the influence of marijuana.”
2. Velvet Revolver – Best Hard Rock Performance
Featured in the Feb. ’05 issue (“The Frontlines”), Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland told HT, “I started doing drugs because it felt good and I found the people who took drugs interesting.”
3. Los Lonely Boys – Best Pop Performance by a Group
Ringo, the drummer of this Austin-based rock trio, was recently busted for pot possession.
4. Green Day – Best Rock Album
Riding high with their political album, American Idiot, the Bay Area punk quartet was featured in the Jan. ’95 HT (“There’s a Riot Goin’ On”). Said drummer Tre Cool: “I get mad when people are against pot.”
5. Toots and the Maytals – Best Reggae Album
One of reggae’s founders is also one of reggae’s biggest ganja advocates.
Another Grammy winner, the Garden State soundtrack (Best Compilation Soundtrack Album), went to a movie that features pot smoking and Ecstasy.
Unfortunately, longtime HIGH TIMES contributor Paul Krassner did not win in the Best Liner Notes category. His essay about Lenny Bruce in the Let the Buyer Beware CD set was nominated.
Best musical performances:
1. Franz Ferdinand’s rocking “Take Me Out”
2. Green Day’s “American Idiot”
3. Alicia Keyes’ “Georgia”
4. Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone’s tribute to Janis Joplin (“Cry Baby” and “Piece of My Heart”)
5. Dickey Betts’ “Rambling Man”
Worst musical performance:
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s interminable duet in Spanish.
Best acceptance line:
Maroon 5’s Adam Levine: “This is the trippiest thing that’s ever happened to me.”