Monday, January 27, 2014

Grammys 2014 Recap

  


It's Grammys night, meaning its that time of year when everyone with access to a television and social media account become music journos for a few hours. Missed it? Don't worry, I've done a slim recap of the night so you won't be left out of that water cooler talk tomorrow at work.





So before the actual Grammys telecast even started, there were already quite a few surprises. Most notably, in a year full of strong rap albums, music critic darling Kendrick Lamar lost to....wait for it...Macklemore. I know what you're thinking:

What,
What,
What,
What,
What,
What,
What,
What?


I thought the same thing. The Grammys have been VERY friendly to commercialized pop as of late, and tonight was no exception. Also, Alicia Keys won "Best R&B Album" for "Girl on Fire", so there's that.  Macklemore later shared that he thought Kendrick Lamar was "robbed" of the "Album of the Year" title.

                                                                              Let's not talk about Ed Sheeran's creepy face in this picture. Thanks.

Good news: Beyonce just showed up at the beginning of the official telecast and the night instantly got better. But what else is new? Mrs. Carter got down with Jay Z himself for "Drunk in Love", off of Bey's self-titled surprise album. My bet is that the word of tomorrow will be "SERFBOARDT!"



After, hip-hop Mountie Pharell caused an uproar on social media by rocking an offbeat, brown hat. Smokey the bear would be proud. 


Lorde performed. She creeped a lot of people out, but looks like she was really feeling herself while doing so.


Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" was odd and fantastical, yet sloppy and a bit clunky to watch unfold. It was the best Katy Perry performance so far for her "Prism" album (which is a little sad). But hey, who can complain when watching a witch pole dance on her broom? Okay, don't answer that. 


Chicago performed a wonderful medley of hits with Robin Thicke, with solid vocal and instrumental performances on either end. 

 John Legend and Taylor Swift took it back to basics for their respective stripped-down piano performances. While Legend had the better vocals of the two, Swift had an equally powerful presence. Considering Taylor's whimsical pop-culture status quo lately, this was a much needed display of raw talent.


Deja Vu hit the Grammys as P!nk performed another acrobatic rendition of a song at the Grammys again. 
Deja Vu hit the Grammys as P!nk performed another acrobatic rendition of a song at the Grammys again. 
(Woah, Deja Vu.)

Lorde won for "Pop Solo Performance" and seemed shocked and giddy at her award. 

               

The world envied the power couple of the night, Jay Z & Beyonce, as the camera kept focused on the pair before Jay Z won "a gold sippy cup" for Blue.


Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar would've won a Grammy for "oddest yet best collaboration" if there was one tonight. Their mashup performance was truly outstanding. Their energy level? Out of this world.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performed together and boy oh boy did Yoko Ono rock out.

Willie Nelson's performance started off weak, but was greatly improved once Blake Shelton and Merle Haggard hit the stage. The instrumental performance was the highlight here.

Pharell, Stevie Wonder, and Daft Punk hit the stage. Everyone from Yonce to Ringo got up on their feet.

Carole King and Sara Barilles joined forces for a subtle yet soulful duet. 


"Song of the Year" went to Lorde for "Royals", right before Metallica took to the stage to perform a quick, but visually engaging piece.

In the worst kept surprise of the night, Macklemore joined forces with Madonna, Queen Latifah, and Mary Lambert to perform "Same Love" as 33 couples were wed on live television. Madonna kind of yodeled actually. But it's the thought that counts.

"Record of the Year" and "Album of the Year" went to Daft Punk. They were speechless (as always).


Nine Inch Nails closed out the night with Dave Grohl a member of Fleetwood Mac. NIN's Trent Razor took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the telecast cutting out the end of their performance. I'd link it, but the language in the tweet can only be described as, erm, crude.

And that's a wrap! What did you think of the night? Who was robbed? 

Soundsage out!