With apologies to the Super Bowl next week, last night was my “Super Bowl.” The 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles had laughs, shocking moments, and even tears. The night had some unforgettable moments that I think will be considered “Grammy moments” for a long time. There were also a couple of moments that made me a bit angry. I’ll get to those in a few.
Macklemore: The biggest winners last night weren’t just the ones that took home the most awards. I’m most excited for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. They took home four awards and had arguably the best and most memorable performance of the night with “Same Love” featuring Madonna with a mashup of “Open Your Heart” while Queen Latifah married more than 30 couples in the aisles. It was one of the neatest Grammy moments I can remember.
Kacey Musgraves: I think I was most excited for country singer Kacey Musgraves and her two wins last night. Plus, she put on a great, no-frills performance. She’s the future of country music and a really humble talent. She’s come a long way since her appearance in the 5th season of the long gone country-Idol wanna be show, “Nashville Star.”
Sara Bareilles: Sara had the honor of performing alongside Carole King on the Grammy stage. Sara has been beaming about this performance on Twitter for the last couple weeks and it lived up to the hype. I would buy not only that performance on iTunes, but I’d definitely buy a duet album with those two. Just a very cool moment for Sara (clearly as she squealed when it was finished) and for the whole audience.
Hats: From Daft Punk’s multiple helmet changes, Madonna’s Quaker Oats man hat, to Pharrell’s Dudley Do-Right/Smokey the Bear. There were ridiculous headwear a plenty at the Grammys.
Giuliana Rancic: I don’t think there’s a more awkward red carpet interviewer than E! Network’s Giuliana Rancic. She always comes across as unprepared, awkward, and never seems to really know a lot about the people she’s talking to. On multiple occasions last night, after asking someone who they were wearing, she’d reply with “Oh just a little Gucci” or “Oh just a little (insert designer here).” No G, it wasn’t “Just a little,” it was the whole outfit. She even asked someone “So, how do you feel about fashion?” Riveting.
Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age: They were hyped as a big performance in the weeks leading up to the show. Then, it was relegated to the last performance of the night and had most covered by the credits and was ultimately cut off before the ending. It was unfair and disrespectful to the television audience that were promised the performance. In addition, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor tweeted out a joyous “F-YOU” to the Grammys after learning that the performance was cut off.
Two moments at the Grammys made me angry. First was Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr’s performance of “Queenie Eye.” The Grammys will be honoring the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in a couple weeks, so they clearly requested that no Beatles songs be performed at the awards show. This robbed us of a cool moment. Instead, we had to sit through one of Paul’s newer songs. This was a bit unfair to the Grammy audience. Come on man, just a tease of “Sgt. Pepper?”
My other annoyance is the sudden anointment of Beyonce and Jay Z as the king and queen of music. They were shown at least three dozen times during the show. Sometimes for no reason at all. It’s like how Jack Nicholson sits front row at the Oscars, despite not having made a good movie since the 90s. You just know that Beyonce and Jay Z’s people have made it clear to the Grammy folks that their clients don’t sit in anything worse than the front row. So we were forced to check in with them all night to make sure they were still having fun.
I had a great time tweeting for the STAR 102.5 account last night. However, several brands were all over the event. Roast Beef connoisseurs Arby’s had the tweet of the night:
— Arby's (@Arbys) January 27, 2014
Pharrell had a great comeback after clearly being informed by his people:
Well played indeed.
In all, the Grammys were fun this year. Daft Punk is weird, Taylor Swift dances awkwardly, and we give Beyonce and Jay Z way more attention than they really warrant. Then again, it’s all of those moments that make the Grammys what they are – an award show unlike any other that you’re going to see. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Beyonce & Jay Z – “Drunk in Love” – B
Lorde – “Royals” – A
Hunter Hayes – “Invisible” – C
Katy Perry & Juicy J – “Dark Horse” – A
Robin Thicke & Chicago – “Saturday in the Park/Blurred Lines” – A
Keith Urban & Gary Clark, Jr. – “Cop Car” – B
John Legend – “All of Me” – A
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” – B+
Pink & Nate Reuss – “Try/Just Give Me a Reason” – A-
Ring Starr – “Photograph” – C
Kendrick Lamar & Imagine Dragons – “m.A.A.d City/Radioactive” – A+
Kacey Musgraves – “Follow Your Arrow” – A+
Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr – “Queenie Eye” – B
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Blake Shelton – “Okie from Muskogee” – B
Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers – “Get Lucky/Le Freak/Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger/Another Star/Lose Yourself to Dance/Around the World” – A+
Carole King & Sara Bareilles – “Beautiful/Brave” – A+
Metallica & Lang Lang – “One” – B-
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna, Queen Latifah – “Same Love/Open Your Heart” – A++
Billie Joe Armstrong & Miranda Lambert – “When Will I Be Loved” – B+
Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham – “Copy of A/My God is the Sun” – B-