The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt35 – The Grammy’s 2015
I had just got off the phone with a friend mentioning how I’d never been to an awards show. It was one of those things on my #BucketList that I felt like I should of checked off by now. I guess the opportunity hadn’t presented itself. Then minutes later, I get a call from one of my writers asking if I want to go to The Grammys. Irony? Law of Attraction? I don’t know, but I can’t make this stuff up. Of course, I said, “Yeah!” and made travel arrangements for Los Angeles immediately. Found a round trip flight for $243 through Virgin Air. Score!
When I arrived, I reached out to the #ShineHard Family [LA] to set a time for brunch and also plug into the weekend festivities. I began the weekend hiking up and down West Hollywood’s Runyon Canyon. Yes, we paused for an impromptu photo shoot. Everyone knows Runyon is 10% hiking and 90% selfies. After the workout I was ready for some Grammy business. I linked with Jae, Chris, and Melo on the way to the Atlantic Records Day Party. The rain put a damper on that move, so the consolation highlight was seeing Chris and Jae roll up in the back of a cocaine Bentley! Haha classic.
The next day I suited up for the main event. To be honest, I haven’t really kept up with The Grammys over the last few years, so I didn’t know what to expect. When I picked up my pass I found out The Grammys are pretty exclusive. You must be in the music industry or know someone in the academy to score tickets. I sprinkled additional appreciation on my connect for the plug.
As I approached the Staples Center, traffic was nuts and LA Live was jumpin’! I snapped a few pics on the way in and picked up my media gifts. On the way to my seat I bumped into my guy Davidson Petit-Frere and Super Bowl hero, Malcolm Butler. They were sharp as a tack and just as hype for the opening as I was. The tone of this years show was surprisingly mellow. Kanye West sung “Only one,” Beyonce sung “Take my hand, Precious Lord,” and Common & John Legend sung “Glory.” Sam Smith won four Grammys for his song, “Stay with me.” I think the biggest turn up of the whole show was Pharrell singing “Happy!” or when Kanye fake rushed the stage after Beck won the album of the year award over Beyonce lol. I probably would have tweeted more during the show, but the way my Sprint service is set up…
For me personally, seeing Kanye West perform at the Grammys was super inspiring! Simply because I remember him from 2003, my freshmen year in college, as a new artist on the College Dropout. Twelve years later he’s performing on music’s biggest stage. That’s a true example of “Anything’s Possible.” I’ll always remember Rihanna’s big pink dress that took up two and a half seats, and the “Wrap it up!” acoustic that swoops in when award speeches get long winded. Rude, necessary, and funny all at the same time.
The more I navigate around stars and millionaires, it’s obvious that they are normal people just like you and I. The only difference is that they’ve focused and dedicated years of their lives to a particular craft. Combine Talent x Commitment x Time and you too will find yourself on the world’s biggest stage. The Grammys were a great experience. I enjoyed it! There’s a good chance I’ll make it back and next year I’ll be sitting just a little bit closer. #Grammys2015