Why Lalah Hathaway Deserved to Beat Tamar Braxton

Lalah Hathaway GrammyLalah Hathaway is a vocal beast. This is not news. But even still, I was initially upset that her feature on the Snarky Puppy song “Something” beat out Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War” for Best R&B Performance. But I’ve gotta give it to Ms. Hathaway. She achieved something vocally that I thought was literally impossible.

I listened to the song. It starts off as standard R&B/Jazz fair. There is full band instrumentation. Hathaway croons about love. The band is mean. But still, nothing that hasn’t been done before.

Then she dives into minutes upon minutes of scatting. And she handles it like the queen that she is. It’s powerful. It’s electric. It’s raw. It’s real. But I’d still put her and Tamar neck-and-neck performance-wise.

Then she went and did the impossible. She leaned forward, opened her mouth, and sang a chord. All at once. No backing track. All by herself. She harmonized with herselfThe practice is called overtone singing, and is believed to have originated in western Mongolia.

The band laughed with disbelief. Some were simply stunned. And for those that missed it, didn’t believe it, or it thought it was a fluke, she did it again. And again.

Give her the Grammy, a gold star, and a cookie. She deserves it all.

You’ve got to see it and hear it to believe it. Watch the video here:

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.

1 Response

  1. Shawna says:

    DAG!!!! That was hot!!! Now, I am gonna date myself cause Lalah is worth it. I’ve been grooving to her since cassette tapes and even though I own some of her CDs I still can’t bring myself to get rid of my cassette tape of her singing. She is singing a song that is so old on here, but yet sounds brand new! I am just mad I didn’t get this chord on my CD…Lord, Lord, Lord!!!! That girl can SAAAAAANNNNNNGGGGG. Been lovin’ her ever since she first got airplay and I learned her dad was another fave of my ol’ soul…It ain’t even Christmas till Donny Hathaway saaaaaannnnnnggggsss This Christmas on the radio!