A Look Back at the Very Bizarre 1998 Grammys


This weekend the Grammys will celebrate and award the biggest and best in the music industry. For the first time ever, the biggest award of the night, Album of the Year is missing a white male artist/group as Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Jay Z and Lorde are all nominated. (I swear if Jay Z wins Album of the Year when Beyoncé didn’t win last year, I will raise hell on Twitter.)

20 years ago the Grammys looked a lot different than what we're accustomed to. The ceremony were hosted by Kelsey Grammer, I know Frasier was a big deal but really? Kelsey Grammer? Hanson were a big deal and performed “MMM Bop,” Shawn Colvin’s “Sunny Came Home” was a big hit and she snagged a bunch of awards and then we never heard from her again. But the most interesting incidents were not who took home the trophies, but the odd behaviors that happened on stage.

Before Kanye West told Taylor Swift he was going to let her finish after his speech at the VMAs, there was ODB. Shawn Colvin was just announced as Best New Artist when Wu-Tang Clan’s ODB stormed on stage to rant about his group’s loss in the Best Rap Album category to Puff Daddy. ODB reminded us that Wu-Tang is for the children.

Bob Dylan performed “Love Sick” with his band from his comeback album Time Out of Mind when Michael Portnoy (who was a part of the Dylan’s assembly group) emerged from the back and ripped off his shirt to reveal the message, “SOY BOMB” while doing some sort of interpretive dance. Oddly enough, Portnoy remained on stage for the majority of the performance as most believed it was part of Dylan’s act.

This Sunday you can expect to see U2, Pink, Kesha, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, SZA and Little Big Town to provide live performances. Who knows, maybe we’ll have an updated “Soy Bomb” incident. Be sure you check my Twitter account as I will be live-tweeting the red carpet and ceremony.