Perhaps it's just me, but throughout the past ten years or so--a time period in which I've actually been paying attention to the GRAMMYs--I've noticed that the performers chosen are generally pretty one-dimensional, and seem to be cherry picked just to bolster TV ratings.
When considering this year's list of performers: Arcade Fire, Barbara Streisand, B.o.B, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow with The Jim Henson Company Puppets, Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow with The Jim Henson Company Puppets, Mick Jagger and Raphael Saadiq, Miranda Lambert, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, Muse, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Drake, and Usher and Justin Bieber with Jaden Smith, I just have to scratch my head and wonder where the Recording Academy's priorities lie.
With the exception of just a few of these, they all seemingly fit into the same mega pop-star category who cater directly to the IDOL crowd. Janelle Monae is the only semi diverse artist in this lineup (I can see an argument for Muse also). Why no performances from other critically acclaimed artists in 2010 like Mumford & Sons, Gorillaz, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, The Black Keys, or Florence & The Machine? Does everyone just want to see this explosion of mega-stardom perform year after year? I can't imagine so.