Awards, Awards… Grammy 2011… Why Does Christina Aguliera Have To Overdo it??

I’m not a big fan of awards shows. The awards themselves are kind of – well, lame? Especially music. It should be judged by how many buy the song – shouldn’t it? Everything else is subjective. Let’s face it – really – in any given 365-day period, how many “songs of year” are there? The answer – many. I never really understood the difference between “song of the year” and “record of the year.” Is it the material it’s pressed on, or how it’s downloaded?

Great seeing LL Cool J. Loved seeing Eminem and his happy self… that guy can really put on a smile – can’t he? Barbara Streisand sounded incredible as always. Nobody moves around a stage like Mick Jagger. What happened to Bob Dylan’s vocal? The sound person was asleep. Christina Aguliera butchered that Aretha Franklin song with her overwrought tones (so typical with today’s singers).  Just sing the song! Jennifer Hudson looked and sang fantastic. Announcer Ellen K – was OK, but not spectacular. For years, this radio gal’s been trying to make it as an actress and/or TV on-camera.

Arcade Fire… way over the top. Couldn’t see them half the time with those blaring lights and I have to admit, I was waiting for one of those stunt bike riders to wipe-out.

When’s the next award’s show?

Mr. Pop Culture Report – August 16… Gordon Gekko Diagnosed With Cancer… Dylan’s Art… China Passes…

A tumor in Michael Douglas’ throat has reportedly been discovered by doctors. The “Wall Street” actor, 65, will endure eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Douglas’ doctors expect him to have a full recovery, a spokesperson for the actor told the website. Douglas said in a statement, “I am very optimistic.” Gordon Gekko returns to the screen in late September and hopefully, we’ll have better health news.

Music news – American music legend Bob Dylan, who has turned to painting in his later years, will unveil a new set of works in Copenhagen next month, the National Gallery of Denmark announced Monday. Some 40 acrylic paintings and eight drawings from Dylan’s “Brazil Series” created especially for Denmark’s largest museum, also known as the Statens Museum for Kunst, will go on display from September 4 to January 30. “It was an honor to be asked and a thrilling challenge,” said the 68-year-old folk music icon better known for his songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world’s second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday. The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most striking evidence yet that China’s ascendance is for real and that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.

Original Kingston Trio Member Passes

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nick Reynolds, a founding member of the Kingston Trio who jump-started the revival folk scene of the late 1950s and paved the way for artists such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, has died. He was 75.

Reynolds had been hospitalized with acute respiratory disease and other illnesses, and died Wednesday in San Diego after his family took him off life support, said son Joshua Reynolds.

“Dad was so happy he turned people onto music in a way that people could really approach it, in a simple and honest way,” Josh Reynolds told The Associated Press. “He was a very gracious and loving performer. He was a devoted family man.”

The Kingston Trio’s version of the 19th century folk song “Tom Dooley” landed the group a No. 1 spot on the charts in 1958, and launched the band’s career.

Born on July 27, 1933, in San Diego, Nicholas Reynolds demonstrated an early love of music and did sing-alongs with his two sisters and their Navy captain-father, who taught him to play guitar.

He graduated from Coronado High School in 1951 and attended the University of Arizona and San Diego State University before attending Menlo College, a business school near Palo Alto. He graduated from Menlo in 1956.

It was during the mid-1950s that Nicholas Reynolds met Bob Shane, who introduced him to Stanford student Dave Guard. Guard and Shane knew each other from playing music in Guard’s native Hawaii. The three formed the Kingston Trio.

In 1958, “Tom Dooley” earned Reynolds, Guard and Shane a trophy for best country and western performance at the first Grammys. The group, defined by tight harmonies and a clean-cut style, went on to win a Grammy the next year for best folk performance for its album “The Kingston Trio At Large.”

Later member John Stewart joined the group in 1961, replacing Guard. Stewart died in January, also in San Diego.

Among other things, the group had the distinction of being the first pop group featured on pay television back in 1962. You can catch the 1960′s weeks in the Mr. Pop Culture site for more details.

AP/Mr Pop Culture