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Grammy Awards: Arcade Fire prove the Grammys aren't a complete waste of time

February 13, 2011 |  8:26 pm

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Look at that! Oh my, oh my. So a band is allowed to perform without someone popping up from the middle of the stage? It's possible for a band to sing A FULL SONG without trotting out some kid or some veteran artist, who supposedly the Arcade Fire were influenced by?

And it not only worked, but it was also far and away the strongest performance of the night, in fact the ONLY non-tribute/non-MusiCares performance actually better than average? So that can happen?

So it is.....possible? Really? The Grammys can be -- gasp -- relevant? Huh. Weird. Never woulda thought so. 

Anyway, the act's take on "Month of May" was no frills, all epilepsy-enducing lights. I was hoping for "We Used to Wait," which shows off the way the band can build to an arena sing-along, but "Month of May" hits hard and fast, and it was the only moment of pure rock 'n' roll on this telecast.

Still, coulda done without the BMX biker dudes with cameras on their heads. Not really sure what was happening there.

As  for the inanity of giving the band an album of the year nomination and then not awarding them alternative album of the year, well, we covered that earlier. The Grammys are sure to muck up something.

-- Todd Martens

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

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