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Age and Experience Won at the Grammys

Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 10:11 AM

By Jon Friedman

For reasons I can't quite fathom, Americans tend to go a little nuts over the Grammy Awards broadcast. Baby boomers can't stand (or understand) any music that came along after MTV started — sorry, folks, but you know I'm right. Meanwhile, anyone who has never used a vinyl-record player thinks the '60s were vastly overrated and remain horrendously obsolete.

Yet, we all tune in and talk about it for days afterward.

It makes me smile to think that Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan dominated the post-Grammy watercooler chatter in offices across the nation.

I was proud of both of my heroes.It was so cool to catch the ecstatic grins on the faces of the young folkies who performed on stage with Dylan when they collaborated on "Maggie's Farm." It was great to see that the stars of today were so respectful of an icon for every year.

Meanwhile, Jagger tore it up when he paid tribute to Solomon Burke. He looked much younger than his 67 years. He seemed more spry than in previous years and he also had a big smile on his face. Jagger proved that he didn't need the Rolling Stones to make a statement.

I hope the other, younger peformers on the bill that might took notes and saw that experience trumps fancy haircuts every single time.

Jon Friedman wrtes the Media Web column at MarketWatch.com. Click here to read his latest column.

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