Tonight, the stars came out to play for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The anticipation for some of the hottest performances were high, but did they deliver? Did all of your predictions come true
We kick off the evening with a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. LL Cool J introduces the women who will be singing some of her biggest hits. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride.
Lady Gaga took to the stage to perform for the first time her new single Born This Way. After her much talked about walk down the red carpet, her egg appeared on stage and she hatched with a group of dancers in see-through choir robes. In the most simple Gaga performance to date, she wowed the audience with a full out dance routine and organ playing skills.
Miranda Lambert gave a shout out to artists that came before and honestly, it was snooze fest 2011. At one point in the performance, it seemed that Miranda was bored with her own song and checked out. Thank god Muse rocked the stage afterwards to wake up the crowd with an amazing visual rebellious performance.
With still only one award handed out so far, Bruno Mars, B.o.B and Janelle Monet hit the stage together to rock the stage. We begin with B.o.B’s Nothin’ On You and the three of them make it sound so great. Bruno takes the stage solo in a black and white tribute to the 50’s. I think Bruno used up all his vocal chords in the pre-Grammy performance. His high notes were a little strained and forced. Janelle is last to hit the stage with Cold War. Bruno plays drums for her while B.o.B plays guitar. The performance is pretty epic but not my favorite from Janelle Monet however, the motown through back had everyone on their feet.
Up next is Justin Bieber and Usher. After a cheesy walk down memory lane with the two, Justin begins with an acoustic version of Baby and then into a ninja inspired performance of Never Say Never. Justin was strong and his dancers were brilliant. Jayden Smith joins him on stage to rap in some pretty interesting pants. Usher takes the stage with a massive troupe of dancers in a rendition of O.M.G. that leaves the Staple’s Center on the feet.
Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan take the stage together followed by Lady Antebellum’s strong acoustic performance with a small tribute to Teddy Pendergrass. Their harmonies were amazing and I think they are my favorite country group right now.
With the most colorful performance of the evening, Cee-Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow sing a version of Forget You that is one to remember. Fraggle Rock met the Grammy’s with his muppet inspired performance and outrageous feathered outfit. With the muppet puppets giving it their all as the backup singers and the band members, I think everyone will be talking about this performance tomorrow.
With a tribute to her husband, Katy Perry gives an emotional and vocally strong performance of Like The Movies in which projections of their wedding were displayed behind her beautiful swing. Then, she transitioned into a great, friendly version of Teenage Dream. Nicole Kidman was even singing along to the song. If her concert is going to be like that, I want to see it.
The stand out performance of the night for me is for sure Rihanna, Eminem, Skylar Grey and Dr. Dre. The performance was from Rihanna was so strong and Eminem commanded the stage. Skylar Grey rocks out the chorus of I Need a Doctor as Dr. Dre hits the stage to show everyone he’s still got it.
With the weirdest segway known to man, we leave the in memoriam into Mick Jagger’s first performance ever on the Grammy stage. In the words of Patrick, he was obviously making the statement, “I’m not dead… yet.” His performance has everyone in the Staples Center on their feet, even Nicole Kidman once again.
All-time diva Barbara Streisand takes the stage in her commanding presence to sing one of her biggest classic, Evergreen and I loved it. Her dress was fabulous and its good to know that Bab’s still has it. I will say that her hair wasn’t my favorite. Donovan compared it to Beyonce’s after a 3 hour concert and the wind machine has died.
Rihanna performed for a second time with Drake in an amazing sensual rendition of What’s My Name. Her Caribbean inspired outfit and styled dancers brought us back to her older roots and we were lucky that her big bonfire in the background didn’t burn down the building. Her vocal wasn’t its best, however, the performance was still great to watch.
Rock group Arcade Fire rounded off the performances of the evening with a seizure-inducing light show which also involved stunt bikers wearing the latest in industry gadgets, a go-pro. With some fun footage of them riding around on the bikes, I wish they would have picked one of their more melodic songs to use a closing number for the Grammy’s.
What was your favorite performance of the night? Who was a swing and who was a miss? And now, for the winners circle. Who came out on top and who was left sitting in their seats?
Check out the winners below:
Album of the Year: The Suburbs, The Arcade Fire
Record of the Year: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem
New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Song of the Year: “Need You Now”, Lady Antebellum
Country Album: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Rock Album: Muse, The Resistance
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Train, “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, Crazy Love
Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”, The Fame Monster
Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are” Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Imagine”, Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare, The Imagine Project
Pop Instrumental Performance: “Nessun Dorma”, Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion
Pop Instrumental Album: Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto
Female R&B Vocal Performance: Fantasia, “Bittersweet”, Back to Me
Male R&B Vocal Performance: Usher, “There Goes My Baby”, Raymond V Raymond
R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Sade, “Soldier of Love” Soldier of Love
Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: John Legend & The Roots, “Hang On In There”, Wake Up!
R&B Song: John Legend & The Roots, “Shine”, Wake Up!
R&B Album: Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots
Contemporary R&B Album: Raymond V Raymond, Usher
For a full list of Grammy winners, check out the official Grammy site at www.grammy.com.