Thursday, February 7, 2008

What is a Grammy?

We are coming up on the second anniversary of the first public outing of Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, the 2006 Grammy’s. Interesting that is the only time that Kidman and Urban paid attention to the music industry’s biggest night. For Urban, the Grammy’s are a chance to be seen and to acknowledge all of those who share the music community with him. For Kidman, it was a very long evening and important for her image. For the Grammy folk it was a night they would have loved to put behind them.

Keith was up for Best Country Performance - Male for You'll Think of Me, a song that was already three years old. But Keith was a Grammy darling. He had been nominated a few times since his first solo record in 1999. He was coming off his best career year ever. He was expected to win.

Keith had become a fixture at the awards ceremony. He performed in a tribute to Southern Rock in 2005; a performance that caused people to notice him. He presented a few other times. He respected the award; the Grammy people liked him so much so they included him in one of their special nights.

The night before the Grammy’s in 2006 there was a tribute to James Taylor at Music Cares, a division of the recording academy. Keith was there and performed. He was ill, but he did a good job. Of course few noticed this because Keith had someone at his table that sulked, frowned and seemed pretty bored by the music and the performers. Her name was Nicole Kidman.

Yes, Kidman was at the program and was as noticeable as her shiny forehead allowed. But she was outclassed by the musicians that were there. Kidman found out that the music community is as tight as her botoxed face. She wasn't welcome and she reacted to this rejection by having a first class hissy fit and subjecting Keith to a bit of words that ruined his evening.

On to the Grammy’s: Keith's award was presented off-camera. Kidman chose to attend but snuck in at the very last minute in a "not" obvious white trench coat. Her entourage held up several seats and many could not sit because they were being held until Kidman could be seen and seated. She took a quick glance around the room after Keith got his award and she noticed there were no cameras, so she left. Keith went to the press room and fended off questions about Kidman. Not one reporter asked him what it was like to hit the heights of music and about his struggle to get there and what that win meant for him. Nope, it was about Kidman. Meanwhile the main show was about to begin.....

The 48th annual Grammy awards opened with Stevie Wonder, music icon and rare public performer. The people were in their seats, Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, U2 and musicians from all types of music. Wonder was halfway through his song when a rustle in the crowd made the cameras look to the audience and there they were -Nicole Kidman and that country music dude that she was dating. She caused such a ruckus that it ruined the end of Stevie Wonder’s performance. But that was the goal; to get noticed, to cause a ruckus, and to produce those lovely photos that they still use to this day. Music be damned, it was all about the big public outing. The Grammy folks saw it all. Kidman stayed in the audience for the entire show but looked bored and tired. Why did she stay? Because Keith was interested in the show. He cared about the music and the evening. Kidman did not and she doesn't care about his music or music in general to this day. It was just another place to be seen and foster her image to the world.

If you have followed the famewhore since this event you will have noticed that she never stays at awards shows until the end, nor has she been to the Grammy’s since. Been there done that, eh Nicole? But you see those awards were important to your husband and his career. Wendy Day even uses them when writing about the overblown down-under couple. The world knows the power of winning a Grammy. Kidman only saw it as being a way to get some press about her private life. Does anyone wonder why Keith and Kidman haven’t returned to the Grammy Awards after that night? Let's hope for the sake of the folks that run the awards they don't use the 50th anniversary awards for more of their PR propaganda.

19 comments:

maclen said...

No doubt you noticed after kidmans movie debacle last year, that she upped the public couple photo ops. She even allowed urban to "escort" her on her red carpet, whereas before in the previous year, at the Rome festival premiere of Fur, and to the british premiere of Happy Feet, she was solo. But of course, the terrible productions of Invasion and Compass, and ultimate dismal failures at the box office, suddenly the very private and "low key" couple are out and about posing non stop for the paparatz. The performance of her movie career dictates what the PR strategy for the "couple" will be. If she were successful, they would remain very private and guarded... and he would not have been allowed on her red carpet, or be allowed to block the glare of the spotlight from her.

Sonora_Melody said...

"Does anyone wonder why Keith and Kidman haven’t returned to the Grammy Awards after that night?"

There has only been 1 Grammy award since then, and that was in early 2007. Keith had just gotten out of rehab, and they both chose not to attend.

Maclen - get your facts straight. Of course she went solo to the Fur and Happy Feet European premieres because Keith was about to enter rehab, in the case of Fur, and in rehab in the case of Happy Feet.

doublewide said...

maclen is still right about her ALLOWING him on HER red carpet.

i wonder how keith felt this year, when brad p. among other country artists were invited to perform and he wasn't.....price of your PR marriage and lifestyle, isn't it hon?

maclen said...

doublewide said:
"i wonder how keith felt this year, when brad p. among other country artists were invited to perform and he wasn't.....price of your PR marriage and lifestyle, isn't it hon?"

Just another indication of his slip in popularity, doublewide... obviously a majority of his former fans aren't too impressed with the publicity mistake. Perhaps urban is finally wise to that, which might explain kidman's absence from this tour so far. But could she still make a few "appearances" to a couple of shows? Sure, but I expect her to only show at a few gigs for the only reason she'll travel while hiding out in Oz.
And I'd guess that would be for the Oscars, because she keeps her word when its about business photo ops... but not so much when its about something you would think would be more important to her, or maybe personal... and that was to be on tour with urban... as she stated in magazine interviews, and later in a PR flacks released statement. Now, what are the odds urban will be on the red carpet for her?... Well, all you have to do is check the date of the oscars and urbans tour dates...the oscars are on feb. 24, and urban takes a break from feb. 16 thru 29. I guess she has his breaks all scheduled out as well.

maclen said...

...Well, I overlooked the Grammys themselves, which i checked and are on feb. 10... this sunday. So we get an earlier indication if kidman will fly over for that, to be with her "beloved" on an important day. So what is the answer?

doublewide said...

yeah maclen.....i'm sure she tells him when to sneeze as well

realitycheck said...

I wouldnt be surprised if Keith wasnt there. Country music has been getting the shaft from the Grammys. His award wont be televised. Vince Gill was offered something like a measley two minutes to perform. He rightfully turned them down. I hope Keith wins but i dont care if he'll be there or not. Hes got more important things in his life going on right now like a baby on the way.

Sonora_Melody said...

" doublewide said...
yeah maclen.....i'm sure she tells him when to sneeze as well"

And you know that because ....???

It's actually bloggers like you who want to tell Keith when to sneeze, as well as control every aspect of his life and career. The fact that you can't do that make you bitter, and lash out at his wife every chance you get.

doublewide said...

sonora melody, stop attacking the posters, or leave.....and make no mistake about it....she rules the roost in that marriage. for one concession she has made for him....i could name 100 he's made for her.

sonora, when she kicks him to the curb and he has no career left, and he is in despair, what then? he's too busy catering to the Queen to nurture his career and she sure isn't gonna do it. she flat out doesn't give a rip.

cricket said...

doublewide,I too can think of a hundred consessions he has made to try and hold this farce of a marriage together,but I can not come up with one thing she has done. She has to be one of the most selfish self absorbed people on the planet.He;s going to have nothing left to go back to when she decides that a divorce will get her more attention than a fake marriage will.

wastedemotion said...

I cant think of one concession she's made either....if any of you that worship her can come up with one Im all ears....otherwise Im sticking by their relationship being one sided.

maclen said...

Yes, fellow Urban Mythbusters... it would be highly likely, and typical, that if you believe that kidman is a coldly calculating, manipulative, attention craving opportunistist... (and I do).... then its very reasonable to believe that she would search out and find a vulnerable and personally choatic person... and no doubt guilt ridden personality...such as a addict/alcoholic who would be more than likely to submit to such demands. And it certainly gives me no cause whatsoever to have any respect or pity for urban... as he seems to want to replace certain addictions for other ones. And as Ive commented before, that is not a sure way to rid oneself of those self destructive tendencies.

Dominique said...

wat is it with u ppl?? u dont even no nicole kidman or keith urban... maclen- u'd swear u wre like his therapist, the way u go on... are ur lives so boring that u have to sit and analyse every detail of a celebraty couple's marriage that u no nothing of??? keiths a big boy,guys- im sure he married nicole knowin full wel wats shes all about... instead of sittin here and judgin a marriage u hav no part in why not just be happy for them... after all wat difference does it make in ur lives... and maclen, swty, get a life... stop tryin to live keith's for him- ur obsessed.

maclen said...

Dominique, i fell ur pane... u shud try and tak a breath... before u pas out... ;)...

...Hey I feel just like a tween again! Another refugee from monkeyland or NKUsocrazy...It must be something in the html code... but wow, an honest to goodness internet slangist... just a few months in a young persons life surfing the internets, and its years of English and writing class flushed down the drain. Really sad...

doublewide said...

LOL.....i love me some maclen. i'm dying laughing here....

and in response, yes, keith is a big boy....and he has made his decisions. and you know what dominique, i hope you're right. i hope she doesn't kill his career. but she is one powerful, persuasive, manipulative selfish broad. and you can mark my words. when she decides it's over, he will be the one to suffer. and i hope i'm wrong.

stillhopefull said...

Sadly...I don't think she will ever find it over for her. Unless he up and really screws up again, don't see it happening. Seems the appearance of a happy relationship is more important to her than an actual happy relationship. I think she will hang on forever, unless some big public scandel hits town again. I do think Keith learned one thing from re-hab, and that is how to play the game better.

not anon said...

I wonder if Nikkers pressured Keith not to attend the Grammy's this year because of the writer's strike. I know the writer's guild was doing their best to get the top performers to boycott the show. I think they have a tentative settlement right now, but the strike isn't technically over. How would it look if the royal couple graced the red carpet during the strike?

Imahick said...

She makes no concessions for anyone. She never has for her own kids...so why would she for her paid escort?

NK is a cold calculating controlling self absorbed manipulator. I do think she's taken advantage of Keith's weaknesses. I also think he feels beholding to her for not leaving him after he cheated & embarassed her in the fall of 06. But how long does this go on?

He looks weak and emasculated. She clearly wears the pants in this relationship.

Of course NK isn't going over to the US for the Grammy's. That's Keith's world. People will excuse that cause NK is pregnant and it's oh so hi risk. Meanwhile she is exercising vigorously 3 hours per day in Australia, and has flown in her private jet at least twice so far. So...she could be here and showing him some support IF SHE WANTED TO.

Oh...she'll be over for the Oscars though. That's HER career we're talking about...and if she has to fly over for the Oscars, maybe she'll make an appearance at one of his shows to prove how much she cares.

She's transparent ... everything she does is calculated ... and the purpose is always to benefit herself and her career.

Keith is a pawn in all this...and sadly, he allows it to carry on without asserting himself. I believe he will regret the way he's conducting his life and his career at some point. I hope it isn't too late when he finally realizes what is happening.

maclen said...

Oh yeah, doublewide I get a big kick out of the goat monkeys showing up here and throwing their little hissyfits... that is until i grow tired of them and simply ignore them! No doubt their little yahoo or myspace buddies are IM-ing them about this place. So these little "fawnsite" members are just too naive or just dellusional about their boy urban, who if he blows off the Grammys again, it is not with any confidence because of the measly one nom. And not showing up is an acceptance of his futility in any hope of winning. And since hes on another week and half break from the tour, and he doesnt show for the
Grammys, its because kidman refused to leave Oz, where she can hide her washboard forehead under baseball caps, and has ordered urban to fly all the way back to Oz... so that he can do his job and spot her or hold her sweaty towels when she works out.