Honoring pioneers like LL Cool J and Gloria Estefan enhances the power of the ceremony instead of diminishing it.
As our own Chez Pazienza wrote last week, episode 14 of Season 5's 'Breaking Bad' was 'A perfectly formed, flawlessly executed hour of television'. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more intense, episode 15, 'Granite State' aired Sunday night and took viewers through another pulsating hour of nail biting drama. Could 'Breaking Bad' be the best television show ever?
If you caught Sunday's episode of Breaking Bad you know how great it was. If you didn't, you've probably been regaled online with paeans to its greatness. Basically, all the seemingly hyperbolic praise that's been heaped upon it isn't simply true, it barely begins to scratch the surface of what a perfectly formed, flawlessly executed hour of television it was. Did Walter White finally get his humanity back? The question is: why does it matter?
Far from being the escapism usually associated with fantasy, perhaps we are all watching Game of Thrones because it provides more political realism than we see in our news. Ignoring the mild misogyny and orientalism it tells a tale of the nature of power at a time when people are questioning their own system of governance.