Thursday, February 14, 2013

THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS



This year's Grammy awards was a dazzling evening filled with some incredible performances and imaginative musical match-ups. LL Cool J hosted once again and despite a well-intended but overly long speech about what The Grammys means to him, continued to fill the role with plenty of charm and grace.

Unlike last year where Adele swept the Grammys, no single artist dominated the awards as the wealth was spread around. There was not a single dull moment to be found on this telecast but I did have a few favorites;  Jack White tore it up with an all-female band for a slinky take of  "Love Interruption" before rocking hard with his male group during "Freedom At 21". Miguel delivered a sexy and smooth version of the Grammy-winning R&B Song of The Year, "Adorn" that made even Kelly Clarkson take notice which she announced during her accepting of the award for Best Pop Album. Later, she made her own impression with a rousing musical tribute to Life-Time Achievement honorees, the late Patti Page and Carole King. The two all-star tributes, first for reggae legend, Bob Marley that featured Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and the musician's sons, Ziggy and Damian as well as a performance of The Band's "The Weight" which included Elton John, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown and Mumford & Sons to honor Levon Holm, who died last year and Justin Timberlake, using the show as a platform for his long-awaited return to music,  previewed the first single, "Suit and Tie" (which Jay-Z got out of his seat to add his contribution) and another tune, "Pusher Love Girl" from his forthcoming album as he proved that he's still got it.

While I'm not particularly crazy about the song, "Forrest Gump" but I loved the staging of Frank Ocean's set and I'm sure this was the first time on the Grammy stage where a song about same-sex love has been performed. I'm very surprised that neither Gotye or Carly Rae Jepsen didn't perform something on the show considering how many nominations that both received.. Even host, LL Cool J took to the stage to close out the show by bringing some old-school hip-hop with help from Chuck D and drummer, Travis Barker that took a moment to honor the Beastie Boys. For true music lovers, the Grammys is the only award show to watch and the one to absolutely not miss.

Here is the partial list of this year's Grammy winners presented on the telecast:

Album of the Year: "Babel" - Mumford & Sons
Record of the Year: "Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye featuring Kimbra
Song of the Year: "We Are Young," -  fun. 
Best New Artist: fun.
Best Pop Solo Performance: "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)" -  Adele
Best Pop Vocal Album: "Stronger" -  Kelly Clarkson
Best Rock Performance: "Lonely Boy" - The Black Keys
Best Urban Contemporary Album: "Channel Orange" -  Frank Ocean 
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "No Church in the Wild," - Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, The-Dream. 
Best Country Solo Performance: "Blown Away" -  Carrie Underwood
Best Country Album: "Uncaged" -  Zac Brown Band

For the complete list, please go to:
Grammy.com

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