The Grammys Were Rated R, But They Were PG on My TiVo

Awards shows are my favorite “sporting events.” The Golden Globes are my World Series. The Oscars are my Super Bowl, and the Grammys are my slam dunk contest -- they’re always a blast to watch, and you never know what’s going to happen. Most parents eagerly anticipate the day they can share favorite viewing experiences with their children. Last night, my wait was up.  Both my kids were begging to watch the Grammys. But what should have been an exciting moment suddenly became a huge dilemma.

The Grammys, unlike the Oscars, are all about people my kids actually recognize. There’s Lady Gaga in her crazy getups and those three hotties, the Jonas Brothers. Not to mention Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Fergie, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus—all their favorites. Why, it’s almost children’s programming… Almost. The problem with the Grammys, of course, is that there’s always the possibility of a curse-filled acceptance speech, or an R-rated performance; things I’d rather not explain to my 5- and 8-year-olds.

I’ve seen way too many questionable award-show moments to leave the possibility of my children witnessing one of them to chance. Instead, I made a game-time decision. I decided to give myself some executive control over the remote and recorded the show, so I could watch it with my kids at a later date. I’m glad I did. Pink was practically naked, and spinning while soaking wet from a ribbon 50 feet in the air. Eminem’s performance toward the end of the night had more bleeps than lyrics; I certainly didn’t want to have to fill in the blanks when my kids asked, “What is he saying, Mom?” No, tonight my family will watch the censored, PG-rated Grammy awards at a normal hour, without commercial interruptions and with mom manning the remote.

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