The Queen of the 2012 Grammy Award’s that took place last Sunday night, February 12th, Adele, didn’t hesitate to use her power and influence to take political action during the Grammy commercials. It may have been kept on the “hush hush,” as few have yet to report it, but Adele, who won six awards that night, including the highly coveted “Album of the Year” decided to take a break from singing about “rubbish relationships,” as she would call the subject of her Album, 21, and sing instead, about rubbish politics. Perhaps, starting the night in an exclusive interview for 60 Minutes by Anderson Cooper motivated the singer to use her strong vocal chords and voice to be a booming negative political case against the former Speaker of the House and current controversial GOP republican candidate, Newt Gingrich.
Newt has received negative attention in the past for criticizing Clinton for his extramarital affairs, yet having multiple affairs himself, and his highly recommended resignation as Speaker in 1998 under Clinton’s presidential term. Most recently, negative attention has leant to the policies he wishes to propose, should he win the nomination, such as the implementation of student janitorial worker programs in public schools and his desire to fund the building of a base on the moon. He has been accused of being, as Adele would put it, “A political insider.”
The negative accusations were all highlighted in Adele’s version of “Someone Like You,” renamed “(Any guy besides) Someone Like Newt.” She performed the rendition during the commercial break for the Grammy Awards in a polished, dramatic, and perhaps, quite brave political performance. Many musical artists in the past have taken their moment in the lime-light to express their political views, only to be reprimanded by their fans and take a huge hit in ratings (ie. The Dixie Chicks); however, it appears no one doubts Adele will have any trouble influencing an audience that just saw her win every category she was nominated for (that’s as many Grammy’s as Whitney Houston won in her entire Career).
“Someone Like You” won one of those awards and one can only wonder whether “Someone Like Newt” will gain any sort of popularity on the political stage. Considering Newt has been slipping in the polls in the recent primaries since South Carolina, it may not be long before his critics pick up this hot new single.
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