Always have been.
Probably always will be.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still gonna watch ’em tomorrow, of course. I do love the spectacle of an over the top musical performance.
The Grammy’s are incredible at that.
However, while I’m 100% emotionally invested in the Oscars and Emmys and (to my highest extreme of awards love) the Independent Spirit Awards, I could give two shits about who wins a Grammy.
I mean, aside from the potential to EGOT. That’s the only time I really care about the “G”.
I threw the word EGOT out there assuming everyone even knows what that means, but not everyone is as obsessed with awards shows like me, so I will explain it.
Plus, I haven’t been feeling very blog-y lately, so I figure explaining about something I am passionate about might help.
An EGOT is when an entertainer wins the “four big” awards – An Emmy (TV), Grammy (Music – however sometimes actors win this one for reading kids books or something), Oscar (Movies) and Tony’s (Theater).
I mean looking at that it’s still mostly an acting award.
Did you know Jennifer Hudson of American Idol fame is an EGOT? This fact tickles me to no end because I remember Simon Cowell kicking her off American Idol because he knew she was too good for the show.
At least that’s the way I remember it. I mean, he was right, wasn’t he?
So the Grammy’s are Sunday. I’ll be streaming them on Paramount Plus and always like to receive DMs during awards shows, so hit me up if you’re watching too.
If you have been following my personal Instagram, you might have been noticed that, while I have not been able to write, I *have* however been able to art.
I’ve been arting a bunch of Oscar nominees and then I fell in love with a sketch on last week’s SNL with the incomparable Sarah Sherman. So I arted it.
When I share these pieces, I make a point to add a link to Logan’s heart transplant fund, because I am tagging all the famous folks in the art.
And hey, if they see it and wanna donate, cool! Hell, even if they share the art – like Sarah Sherman did, it helps to get Logan’s fundraiser in front of more eyes.
My brain, of course, can’t just allow myself to create art happily and has to complicate things, so it started making me feel really bad about not working on a piece of art for the Grammys on Sunday.
I spent like two days trying to figure out what to create for Sunday’s music awards.
Eventually I realized that actually looking at the nominations might be helpful.
So I did that in the bath yesterday.
And, almost immediately, knew exactly what I needed to do.
Mary J. Blige is a multiple nominee this year.
Now, I don’t know about you, but the first thing I think of when I hear “Mary J.” is Ava Coleman.
Walk with me here.
“Abbot Elementary” is a front runner for the show right now that can turn my mood around immediately.
The episode I use most for this is Season 1, Episode 10 “Open House”.
Sometimes I only ever need to watch the end of episode sting to feel better.
Let me set the scene for this stinger:
It’s the end of an Open House night at the school. Ava is the principal who got her job by blackmailing a school board member who was cheating on his wife.
Welp, in this episode (spoiler alert) Ava finds out that the school board member recently married the woman he cheated with, rendering Ava’s blackmail useless.
So, DJ Ava C knows she’s going down.
And she uses Mary J as a way to communicate that.
As he’s leaving Mr. Johnson tells her, “Gotta turn the lights off, Mary J.”
Ava hits “play” on her turntables and sings along, “I’m go-ing doooo-ooooooowwwwwwnnnnn!!!”
And it always makes me feel better. Always. Without fail. Can’t even put my finger on why exactly. This is only one of many, many incredible Ava Coleman moments.
So my Grammy art is honoring that TV moment courtesy of good ol Grammy Nominee Mary J.
AND EVEN COOLER IS THIS:
I realized that by investing emotionally in Mary J Blige via Janelle James as Ava Coleman, I’m now officially rooting on Mary J to win all the Grammys tomorrow night.
Yes, this blog is a fever dream and for that I apologize. I’m a bit out of practice, but hopefully this is a step in the right direction towards getting myself back on track.
Pretty proud of the art though.