Monday, February 13, 2012

Grammy Awards 2012: Opens with prayers, ends with demonic possession, thoughts? (videos)

The February 12, 2012 Grammy Awards opened with a prayer led by host LL Cool J after the sudden and tragic death of Whitney Houston, and ended with a bizarre portrayal of demon possession. Internet buzz has been in favor of LL’s prayer while many were left sidetracked and confused by Minaj’ display of ill-fitting lyrics and an assault on Catholicism. One question frequently asked on today’s social media networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, is whether LL Cool J planned the prayer or if it was an impromptu move.

LL Cool J uttered the following words, “Heavenly father, we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us. Today our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter and all of her loved ones. And although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit, and to have the legacy of her music to cherish and share forever. Amen." By the way some of those in attendance responded, it appeared they had no idea about the prayer. LL Cool J also looked as if he had a glint in his eye before leading the prayer, sort of, “I’m going to pray for Whitney’s family whether you like it or not” though this may be conjecture on my part.

What did you think of LL Cool J’s prayer? Were you offended that he offered prayer for Whitney’s family? It may have been more offensive to many if he had prayed in “Jesus’ name.” What really may be the most important question, however, is what was more offensive: LL Cool J’s prayer or Nicki Minaj’ Roman Holiday revisited (the demon possession of her alter ego Roman Zolanski)?

Catholic League President Bill Donohue fired back after Minaj’ perplexing performance and asked if she was possessed. The statement reads as follows:

Nicki Minaj, fresh off looking like a fool with Madonna at the Super Bowl, showed up last night on the red carpet at the Grammys with a guy dressed like the pope. This was just a prelude of what was to come.

Minaj’s performance began on stage with a mock confessional skit. This was followed by a taped video depicting a mock exorcism. With stained glass in the background, she appeared on stage again with choir boys and monks dancing.

Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, “Come All Ye Faithful” was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating.

None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys. Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam.

It’s bad enough that Catholics have to fight for their rights vis-à-vis a hostile administration in Washington without also having to fend off attacks in the entertainment industry. The net effect, however, will only embolden Catholics, as well as their friends in other faith communities.

What did you think of Minaj’ performance? What were you more offended by? LL Cool J’s prayer or Nicki Minaj’ demonic possession? Or were you not offended by either?



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