The 55th Grammy Awards Celebration: The Winners and Performances (Review)

Some of the biggest names in music gathered for the 55th annual Grammy Awards Ceremony Sunday night. The lavish spectacle was the usual glitz, glamour, and gold, hashing out a total of 25 awards.

As usual, the guest list was star studded including well known artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Adele. Others in attendance were Nas, Ne-Yo, Wale, and The Roots all who were nominated that night. LL Cool J was set to host the evening. The rapper turned actor is no stranger to the Grammys, with two awards under his belt.

While in most cases, the show opening is reserved for jokes and punch lines, the host brought a more heartfelt, and inspiring mood to the evening during his opening monologue. He shared how the opportunity of hosting this years Grammys was such and honor to him, and how artists before him inspired him to chase his dreams and earn the Grammys he’s won so far. This indeed set the tone for the events that took place.

 

TOP PERFORMANCES

Taylor Swift kicked off the show performing her hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” twisting it up with a circus/ringmaster theme. The upbeat, and bubbly track is an expression of a heartbroken girl who vows to never get back together with her ex-lover. Swift, who is constantly in the spotlight when it comes to her many, many relationships, is known for writing songs about her past experiences. Wonder who she could have been serenading this time.

Ed Sheeran joined the great Elton John for a once in a lifetime performance of Sheeran’s single “The A-Team.” The artists, both whom are of English descent, kept it simple and intimate, with John on his signature piano, and Sheeran strumming his guitar.

R&B hit maker Miguel performed his popular single “Adorn”, accompanied by soon-to-be father Wiz Khalifa. The performance began with Miguel singing and playing keyboard out in the audience in dimmed red lighting, setting a sexy tone, perfect for the song choice. “Adorn” was awarded that night for Best R&B song, earning Miguel his first Grammy.

Justin Timberlake confirmed his comeback debuting his new single “Suit & Tie”, featuring Jay-Z. The 40’s themed song has an old Hollywood glamorous feel, and to keep up with that theme, the screen went into a sepia tone for the remainder of the performance.

The highlight of the night could have been the highly anticipated Bob Marley tribute, featuring Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, and Damien & Ziggy Marley. It instead turned out to be a rushed disappointment. Mars, opened up with his single “Locked Out of Heaven”, followed up by Sting on the second verse. While the stage was lit up with festive island colors, there was still some confusion as to when tribute to Bob Marley would actually take place. Mars tried to tie everything together stating that “None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for Bob Marley”, and finally introduce Rihanna, Ziggy and Damien who sang “Could You Be Loved”. Before you know it, the “tribute” was over. While it was an entertaining performance, there could have been more.

WINNERS

25 golden gramophones were given out Sunday night. Here are winners from the general categories (not categorized by genre):

Album of The Year: Babel – Mumford and Sons

Record of The Year: Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye

Song of The Year (awarded to writer of the song): We Are Young – FUN.

Best New Artist: FUN.

Here are some of the winners from other popular categories:

Best Pop Solo Performance: Set Fire To The Rain – Adele

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: No Church in the Wild – Jay-Z & Kanye West ft. Frank Ocean

Best Pop Vocal Album – Stronger – Kelly Clarkston

Best Country Solo Performance – Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

Best Urban Contemporary Album – Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Best Rap Song – N***** in Paris – Jay-Z and Kanye West

Best Rap Album – Take Care – Drake

For a complete list of this years winners, you can visit www.grammys.com

 

Over all,the show turned out to be a success. Of course there were upset fans of the artists that did not win, especially when popularity vs. quality music is at hand. However, I believe that the winners of each award were deserving of them. My only gripe with the Grammys is the extremely short and almost irrelevant tribute. If you are going to promote a special performance all evening long, at least live up to the hype. I was pleased with their decision to choose LL Cool J as the host. He was charming, funny, and very enjoyable to watch. Grammys night is the most important night of a musical artists career, and I am looking forward to next year. I am always excited for new music, and it is inspiring to see someone get recognized and awarded for their hard work and creativity.

 

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