We lost a lot of good ones this year from across the board, and many before their time. Motown and soul music were hit particularly hard. This year the Academy foregoes the applause-o-meter route and goes right into a curiously muted Bo Diddley tribute featuring Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, and Keith Urban. Lots of guitar face and soloing and, apparently, confusion between the players and the sound men over what order in which they're supposed to play. Is that Rickey Minor from the "American Idol" band on bass?
The show is nearly over and it's been fine, but it just doesn't feel like there's been that one transcendent/controversial/unexpected performance that everyone will be talking about tomorrow. Except maybe outrage over the bizarre Wonder-Jonas collab.
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James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
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