Happy Grammy Day! As The Grammys kick off at 8pm tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, you may be asking yourself, "Which acts will be appropriate for an elderly audience?" You may be sitting down to catch up with your grandparents, you may be wondering how to connect with Baby Boomers, or you may just be feeling sentimental and missing the diversity of an environment populated with the old and young alike. I propose that, on this night, we all appreciate the Grammys with an eye for connecting across age lines. And with that in mind, I present "Grammys with Grammy: A Guide to Watching with Your Grandmother."
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
Heck, I have a crush on Paul McCartney, and he's been enchanting crowds of women since the sixties. If your grandmother has beef with either of them, it's probably due to Ringo's current facial hair. If she has beef with Paul McCartney, it's probably due to the fact that he never called her back. Either way, conversations are sure to get interesting.
This needs to happen. Turn to your grandmother and tell her, "This woman just had a baby."
Sara Bareilles and Carole King
If this isn't sublime cross-generational collaboration, I don't know what is. You've got to be "Brave" in those moments when someone tells you, "I Feel the Earth Move." If the emotions get to be too much to handle, take your grandmother's hand and tell her, "I 'Care-A-Lot' about you."
Yes, that is Carole King. Or should we say, "Care-ole?"
You can impress your grandmother by singing along to Swift's songs, and seal the deal with, "She dated a Kennedy." If your grandmother asks why you haven't achieved as much as Swift has at the ripe old age of twenty-four, deflect with, "She dated John Mayer."
After these acts, the rest is up to you! Your grandmother may or may not object to Macklemore singing about your granddad's clothes, so the judgement is entirely in your hands. Have a lovely evening, don't be afraid to ask those in-depth questions about the sixties, and happy Grammy Day!