The Grammys awarded some the industry’s best musicians with music’s most prestigious awards last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gotye, Fun, and The Black Keys were among the nights biggest winners.
The show opened with Taylor Swift performing her hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” featuring an elaborate staging production reflecting “Alice In Wonderland.” It included everything from a rabbit and magicians to a man pinned on a wheel.
The bridge of Swift’s song contains Swift talking to a friend about how her ex called her up telling her he still loved her and her replying that the relationship was “exhausting.” Swift made some lyric changes for the Grammy performance, which included a fake British Accent and stating that she was “busy opening up the Grammy’s.” Speculation has it that the fake British accent symbolized Swift’s recent breakup with One Direction singer Harry Styles, but Swift has not spoken about performance.
Last year’s host, LL Cool J, returned this year and his opening monologue was one of the rappers most memorable highlights of the night. It’s message showcased the symbolism of the Grammy’s. He took the stage after Swift’s performance and stated, “Here at the Grammys, we always get back together and that is what make’s it music’s greatest night.”
LL Cool J then when on to talk about how music brings people together as he highlighted the many places today’s stars come from, stating the an appearance at the Grammy’s was a blessing for all of them by saying, “A Grammy isn’t just a shiny trophy, it’s a dream come true.”
While the Grammys is about honoring the past year’s best music makers, the show is also known for it’s performances and collaborations. This year was no different, as we saw some unlikely artists come together, some memorable tributes and some show stopping solo performances.
“I just love getting to see all the various artists perform together on one stage,” Meek said. “There were many great performances.”
The first collaboration of the night came in form of a British “A Team,” which included new comer Ed Sheeran and hit maker Sir. Elton John. The two turned Sheeran’s Grammy nominated song, “The A Team,” into a duet.
Meek enjoyed the performance.
“Ed and Sir Elton were fantastic,” Meek said. “It must be a sheer honor to have a legend such as Elton John be such a fan of Ed’s to perform together on the Grammys.”
Arizona State University student Kyle Payne, found the performance to be a “nice complement,” stating that it was mix of the old and new sound.
Arguably the most talked about performance comes with the return of Justin Timberlake, who took to the stage to perform part of his new single “Suit & Tie” and a new song, “Pusher Lover Girl.”
“I really did like Justin Timberlake,” Payne said. “He is such a talented performer and getting Jay Z on stage was more that his own wife could get him to do a week ago.”
Timberlake’s performance was filmed to look like an old black and white movie for his first song, giving it a classic throwback feel. The staging and props behind him complimented the look.
Carrie Underwood lit up the stage with her performance and brought a special effect with her. Underwood’s vocals were flawless as she performed an acoustic version of her two time Grammy winning song “Blown Away.” She then jumped into her current single “Two Black Cadiallacs,” in which her beautiful, floor length, silver gown becomes animated.
Underwood’s tour mate and three time grammy nominee Hunter Hayes performed a snippet of his number one single “Wanted” and then passed the stage to Underwood.
The Grammys also honored Bob Marley with a tribute performed by Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Sting as well as Marley’s sons Ziggy and Damien Marley. The powerful performance has the Staples Center audience on its feet and clapping along.
“Bob Marley’s tribute was appreciated,” Meek said. “He would have been 68 this past January and he is well missed.”
Judging by this years winners we are seeing a new trend into alternative/indie music. Last year’s grammy was a pop music sweep as British songstress Adele won 6 awards. While, Adele’s music is pop, her power lyrics could have alluded to the strong sweep of alternative artists who won big this year.
Many of the Grammy’s most popular awards were handed to alternative artists.
Gotye was a three time winner Sunday night. His hit song with Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know” won for Record of the Year and Best Pop Dup/Group Performance. Gotye’s album, “Making Mirrors,” won for Best Alternative Music Album.
Fun. took home Grammy’s for New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for their hit “We Are Young.”
Mumford and Sons won the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year for “Babel.”
A full list of winners can be found on the Grammy website.