I know a couple of people who attended the Grammy Awards ceremony yesterday, and having been to the Grammy Awards twice before, I was thrilled for them knowing well what an enthralling and memorable experience it is. Then, Bruno Mars, Sting, Rhianna, Ziggy Marley and Damien Marley all got on the stage together. My excitement for my friends and music colleagues actually shifted into pure unabated jealousy for those four minutes of that performance. To me, the Bob Marley tribute at the Grammy’s was the performance of the night, and oh….I wish I was there for that!
The energy that those musicians created in that room was off the charts, and you could just see the other music celebrities in the audience rocking out and having the time of their lives. Ellen Degeneres, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Adele — it didn’t matter what genre or background the artists came from — they all were moved by that performance. I loved seeing the huge smiles on everyone’s faces and just enjoying the moment together. That, after all, is what music is all about.
At one point during the performance, Sting and Bruno Mars were performing “Walking on the Moon” together. Mars introduced Rhianna and the Marely brothers onto the stage saying that “Without Bob Marley, none of this could be possible.” He gestured to himself and Sting in an obvious reference to their syncopated reggae-style sounds in their music and a collaboration among musical artists that was noteworthy and poignant.
I am still smiling to myself as I think about that performance and seeing music at its best. That is why my song of the day is last night’s tribute to Bob Marley. There were actually three songs in that mix: Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” The Police’s “Walking on the Moon” and Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” Of course, the performance is already on Youtube. Click HERE before the Grammy Awards takes it down, because if you didn’t catch the show last night, this is something you won’t want to miss.
I love the Grammy Awards. It just makes me feel good all over to see musicians being recognized for their work, because music is such a powerful entity. It has the ability to move, to heal, to enable us all to rejoice, and there is nothing better than a night in celebration of all that!