Joey O’Hern Staff Writer
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, your recap to the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Since the show is so long and packed with performance you’re getting a stripped down simple to read recap even though it’ll still end up pretty long, after all it is a 3.5 hour show.
Taylor Swift opened the show with “We Are Never Getting Back Together”. The
“Circus-Meets-Alice in Wonderland” was actually pretty neat but her performance wasn’t the high energy opener you need for a show like the Grammys. Overall
B-(and I’m being generous).
LL Cool J, I actually think is a very charismatic host. Unlike other shows where you need a comedian to keep the flow going and energy up LL is just naturally cool and keeps the train on the tracks effortlessly.
Elton John and Ed Sheeran performed together. This is why I like the Grammys. 2 different performers come together and it’s nothing less then incredible. Great song, great performance.
Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy goes to: Adele. I’ll be honest, I love me some Adele but I was expecting it to go to Kelly Clarkson for “Stronger”. Oh well, moving on.
Neil Patrick Harris introduces Fun. A dear friend of mine, who if she reads this will know who she is *coughEmilycough* once made the comment that Fun. is this generations “Queen” and I’m starting to agree with that. I think they can expect many more years in the business. Great performance, they made it rain. Not in cash though, actual water.
Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bently perform. I love Miranda because I just think she’s one bad-ass chick. Dierks though I don’t really get the appeal and I couldn’t understand a word he said. I’ll give it a
B-and that’s only because Miranda was there.
Miguel and Wiz Khalifa: I’ll be honest this isn’t my favorite type of music and I don’t know much about either one of them, but I actually liked their performance.
Song Of the Year Grammy goes to: We Are Young from Fun. Which let me add, I also thought Kelly Clarkson was going to take this one. Who wasn’t jamming out to “Stronger”?
Mumford and Sons performed, “I Will Wait”. At first I wasn’t crazy about them. Now it seems like I never take “Babel” out of the CD player in my car. Love these guys.
Ellen and Beyoncé presented together. I’ll let you have a moment to let that sink in. They introduced Justin Timberlake, who brought it tonight and made me a fan, he has officially returned to music.
Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album: Frank Ocean for Chanel Orange.
Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance: The Black Keys
Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys perform “Daylight” and “Girl on Fire” together; this was a brilliant idea from the producers. Not to mention Alicia Keys playing the drums? That was unbelievable in itself. All around
Best Pop Vocal Grammy goes to: Kelly Clarkson for “Stronger”. I think it’s her best album yet, I saw her in concert on her “Stronger” tour and was blown away. Not to mention her acceptance speeches are always so humble and gracious. Here’s to hoping she does in fact work with Miguel one day.
Rihanna’s performed a new song “Stay” which I thought was really beautiful and well performed. When she isn’t overloading her tracks with beats she’s real talent. I’ll give it a
Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “No Church In The Wild”, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The Dream. Where was Kanye? Keeping up with the Kardashians?
The Black Keys performed and honestly, even if you aren’t crazy about them or their music it was a great performance that was a lot of fun.
Kelly Clarkson performed “The Tennessee Waltz” by Patti Page and then went into “Natural Woman”. Her voice is astonishingly good. She truly is a modern day legend. How about we get a full album of soul Kelly?
Grammy Award for Best Country Album: Zac Brown Band “Uncaged”.
Bob Marley tribute: I liked it better then I thought I would. Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Sting, and Ziggy Marley all contributed. Anyone else think it was weird they started the Bob Marley tribute without a Bob Marley song? I will say it was well done. Overall I’d give it a
The Lumineers performed “Ho Hey” which I actually liked. Even though it’s the Grammys and usually the performances are magnified, they didn’t do anything that wasn’t them.
B+The performance then merged into Jack White’s performance which I wasn’t a fan of. It was just messy. Couldn’t understand anything, to much camera movement, overall a mess.
Grammy Award for Best New Artist: Fun. I thought this was going to be an upset with Frank Ocean taking it.
Carrie Underwood performed her hits “Blown Away” and “Two Black Cadillacs”. Of course her vocals were top notch, but her dress stole the show. At the start of her second song it began to light up with designs and patterns. Pretty legit. Overall
Grammy Award for Record of The Year: “Somebody That I Use To Know”, Gotye. No shock here.
Elton John appeared back on the stage for the Levon Helm tribute. The Zac Brown Band, Mavis Staples (who looked great), Mumford and Sons and Brittany Howard, joined him on stage and overall it was a really great performance and a great assembly of talent.
Frank Ocean made his Grammy performance debut with “Forrest Gump”. Simple yet impressive. Does Tom Hanks know someone wrote a song about him? I like him tremendously though. I expect a big career from him.
Grammy Award for Album of The Year: “Babel”, Mumford and Sons.
LL himself closed the show. Personally I enjoyed it and it was good to see Travis Barker on the drums. Nothing stellar, but it wasn’t a snooze fest. Maybe it’s time for a new LL album?
Overall I thought the show was great. I wish we actually got more awards presented during the telecast, and longer performances but, in the end it a great show.
Next up folks, we have the Academy Awards and that show will be the one I predict will have everyone talking.