PAUL MCCARTNEY Shows the Kids How It's Done

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 9, 2009 at 11:34 AM

It seems it was "generational collaboration" night at last night's Grammy Awards, and in most instances, it was fun and entertaining. Anyone who witnessed Sir Paul McCartney rock the house down with "I Saw Her Standing There" saw just why he is still the man. At age 66, and with much of the room young enough to be his grandchildren, Macca owned the place. And did you seeDave Grohl pounding the skins the way someone granted the opportunity to play with a legend ought to pound? Going out there and giving 110% to the performance was the ultimate sign of respect. Kudos, Mr. Grohl!

Conversely, was it me, or were the Jonas Brothers too busy trying to be cool that they didn't realize the enormity of the privilege they had to play with "cool" personified, Stevie Wonder? Whereas Macca brought out the best in Grohl, here it seems the JoBros made Stevie look more like a prop than the icon he is.

While this next one isn't exactly a "collaboration," it's certainly generational. Congratulations to guitarist Dweezil Zappa for winning Best Rock Instrumental Performance, for his version of father Frank's "Peaches In Regalia," from the album Zappa Plays Zappa.

And in our final generational pairing: Congratulations to Robert Plant and Allison Krauss on winning five well-deserved Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for Raising Sand. In this age of sampling, studio miracles, and canned music, it's refreshing to see this music get the critical recognition it deserves.

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