But long lines, airport like security checks, a late start, tech glitches, restarts, and plenty of talking as it was an awards show, turned this three hour PBS TV taping into a bit of an endurance contest.
Performances ranged from mediocre (Andra Day did NOT capture Simone's Mississippi Godamn) to excellent so it was a mixed bag. Meanwhile Randy Newman's wry political insights, Shirley Caesar with Kirk Franklin, and a rousing Sly Stone tribute with Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson and Living Colour guitar god Vernon Reed were the highlights. I did get to see plenty of folk I've never seen live before anyway including Charlie Pride, Dwight Yoakem, and John Cale in a Velvet Underground tribute. Nice to see the brilliant R&B producer Thom Bell paid tribute to by Russell Thompkins of the Stylistics. Oh, and somehow not surprisingly- Sly Stone didn't show up to get his Grammy.
All in all a flawed but nice enough night out to be televised later this year. With tight editing this probably will be a decent enough TV show to catch.