It always feels like a thankless chore to watch this every year, but I got through The Grammys and I'm not sure how. The festivities kicked off with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street performing "We Take Care Of Our Own."
It was a little sad to see the band up there without "Big Man" Clarence Clemons.
Host, LL Cool J led the audience in a moment of silence for Whitney Houston, her presence was felt throughout the show with shouts from Stevie Wonder and Rihanna. Alicia Keys and Bonnie Rait performed a duet in tribute to Etta James, but it was Bruno Mars that got the crowd on it's feet. "Get of your rich asses and let's have some fun," well someone had to tell them.
The Grammys made the Foo Fighters play outside in a tent, then orchestrated the weirdest mash-up of the night by having them play with David Guetta, DeadMau5 and Chris Brown. It was headache inducing and probably caused a few seizures. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 got together with Foster The People to honor The Beach Boys. Sadly, Uncle Jesse couldn't make it.
Stevie introduced Paul McCartney and Blake Shelton and The Band Perry paid tribute to the original Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell. The moment we were all waiting for came towards the end of the show after the In Memoriam segment, which seemed to be missing a couple of people.
Jennifer Hudson did an excellent job with Whitney's "I Will Always Love You." She sang it her way and brought us all to tears. I know people were unsure about her being the one to pay homage Whitney, but she did the song justice and won over a lot of people in the process.
The biggest WTF moment came from the show's last performance. Nicki Minaj staged an exorcism and made us all uncomfortable for her in the process. Seriously, WHAT THE F***!!
I guess this is what happens when you don't nominate Lady Gaga for enough awards. (I'm sure she was happier chilling in the audience with Tony Bennett.)
I wasn't all that impressed with Katy Perry's performance either which was a sort of eff you to ex-husband Russell Brand. Did she forget her performance from last year's show that was also dedicated to him? I won't even start with that crimped hair. Her BFF Rihanna did her best Zumba moves in a joint performance with Coldplay. I wasn't here for either but hey, it wasn't all that bad.
Adele returned to the stage for another awesome rendition of "Rolling In The Deep" and received one of the night's many standing ovations. Well deserved though. She was the big winner of the night *ahem Karl* taking home Album of The Year and Record of The Year.
Foo Fighters won for Best Rock Performance and our boo Dave Grohl made one of the best speeches which was ironically interrupted by (idiot) Ryan Seacrest. "The human element that makes music is what's most important, singing into a microphone and learning how to play guitar. It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes into a computer." Cue LMFAO. Yikes.
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver accepted his award for Best New Artist and made the cutest speech, thanking all of the "non-nominees" and explaining why he was so nervous. He had made a stink about being asked to participate in one of the performances with a bunch of other bands, which kind of came off as ungrateful, but after this mess of a show can you blame him?
The show closed with a huge performance from Sir Paul with a little help from his friends Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh. Something felt a little off this year, it was the same people over and over again and yet it was hard for me to even recall what I had just watched.
So we'll do this again, same time next year? I have another three and a half hours of my life I don't need.
Written by: Brittani
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