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- Posted on Feb 7th 2008 12:30PM by Steve Baltin
The celebration of the 50th Grammy Awards kicked off in L.A. last night with the Music Preservation Project, a night dedicated to 'Songs of Change.' And the hour-and-a-half show -- a mix of live performances, video footage and speakers -- did an impressive job encompassing five decades of musical social commentary. Of course it helps when you have the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and John Fogerty.
After Ryan Shaw started the night off with Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come,' Lewis was brought out to a standing ovation. He left to another standing o following a raucous 'Great Balls of Fire,' which he said he was doing by request. Meanwhile, Grammy nominee Fogerty -- a voice for social change with Creedence Clearweater Revival and on his own -- delivered a powerful four-song set that started off with a moving acoustic 'Deja Vu All Over Again,' accompained by a poignant video of war footage and the effects on survivors.
Fogerty, who performs on Sunday's show with Lewis and Little Richard, told a story of how his mom used to take him to see the folk singers and meeting Pete Seeger when he was just 12, and the effect that had on him in terms of combining "the beat" with a message. To illustrate, he then ripped through a 'Fortunate Son' that had the crowd in a frenzy.
It was a tough act to follow, but Natasha Bedingfield and Musiq Soulchild gave it their all, tackling John Lennon's 'Imagine' and Bob Marley's seminal 'Redemption Song,' respectively.