So as we all squirrel away what little money we have for the ensuing shitstorm that is our rapidly deteriorating economy, the music industry is preparing the grandest display of fuel-burnin' extravagance this side of the Super Bowl.
The show is this Sunday, Feb. 8, and performances are scheduled from Adele, Chris Brown, Sugarland, Duke Fakir of the Four Tops with Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo, U2, Kid Rock, Rihanna, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney (with Dave Grohl on drums), Katy Perry, Radiohead, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and the quartet of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West. Noted Nashvillians (honorary and official) playing include Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney and--here's the one you'll freak over--Taylor Swift AND Miley Cyrus. They'll be performing Swift's song "15" together. That is, if Lil Mi-Cy doesn't go into hiding over her arguably-racist-potentially-just-dumb gesturing.
The most incredible bit of all this beautiful music industry let's-kiss-our-own-asses shenaniganry is Katie Couric's finest work since her Palin interview: her All Access Grammy Special, airing tomorrow night on CBS. As you'll see in the clip above, Couric sat down with Lil Wayne to "rap" about bowling, Hurricane Katrina and all thangs Wayne. You'll find Lil Wayne thinks that "music is another form of journalism," but that he's "a gangsta, and gangstas don't ask questions." A journalist who doesn't have to ask questions. I like the sound of that. It's nice to see a lighter side of the artist, but just because he opens up a little doesn't mean we have to behave "LYK WE SEEN FUCKEN ALIENS O SOMETHIN."