A night plagued by a flat Taylor Swift, an awkward father-daughter exchange with the Colberts and three Bon Jovi performances (why?) shined a ray of awesomeness on San Diego resident Jason Mraz, who won two Grammys.
Unfortunately, we didn't get to see it. Mraz, who lives in a community of family avocado farms (in Fallbrook), won his first-ever gold statuettes for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Make it Mine" and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Lucky," his duet with Colbie Caillat, during the Grammy pre-show on Monday.
Managed by former UCSD student/San Diego concert promoter Bill Silva (of Bill Silva Presents), Mraz tweeted the following from his seat:
"Sitting in the crowd a Grammy winner. Numb in whelm. Grateful for 10 years of fan support. Thank you. I'll follow up with a blog soon."
Mraz, who is originally from Mechanicsville, Va.,, acknowledged his Java Joe's/Ocean Beach roots by wearing an EcoGear ensemble consisting of a suit made from recycled water bottles and a black tie made of recycled cassette tapes. Attending the ceremony with his dad, when asked on the red carpet about the "next big thing," he responded with, "Marriage equality." In another exchange, he admitted to being out of the loop because of time spent "on the road":
Next time you see Mraz around town, perhaps surfing or having coffee with local artist Gregory Page, be sure to congratulate him. A mellow, kind dude, he would appreciate the sentiments.