Sunday night marked the 57th annual Grammy Awards. I typically always enjoy these types of things; I love music and watching people perform so for me it checks all the boxes! But this year was different…I was underwhelmed to say the least. There were definitely some stand out moments: AC/DC was a nice throwback, Hozier and Annie Lennox were amazing, Ed Sheeran sounded great with John Mayer on the guitar, and Sam Smith crushed it in the awards department. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you’re in luck; I jotted down notes throughout the entirety of the show so I could recap all the highs and lows with you! So Grab some popcorn and a coke because this will take a minute! Here we go….
*AC/DC kicked off the show and closed their 2 song set with “Highway to Hell” which for anyone who loved the 70s and 80s was a real treat! The crowd really seemed to enjoy their performance but lets’ be honest, how could you not?!?
*Best New Artist was the first award of the night. This category had quite a few deserving nominees: Bastille, Haim, Iggy, Sam Smith and Brandy Clark. Taylor Swift had the honor of presenting the award and mentioned that she had quite a few friends in the category. She went on to remind those friends that she herself did not win Best New Artist back in 2008 so clearly it doesn’t always predict the future of ones career. It probably comes as no surprise that Sam Smith walked away with the shiny gold hardware for this category, after all, he’s had a stellar year and that voice is like butter.
*Ariana Grande was the next artist to perform on the Grammy stage. I’ll be honest, she’s not my favorite. Her personality doesn’t strike me as overly friendly and she doesn’t seem like she’s the sharpest tool in the shed…(Is that mean? probably, I’m sorry). Now, having said all of that, I do love a few of her upbeat singles as they are catchy and fun but I wasn’t a fan of the slowed down version we saw Sunday night. I felt like she was trying too hard to showcase her vocal ability and it just didn’t come off as strong as I was hoping it would. And I won’t even get into how much I loathe that ponytail she ALWAYS has…but that’s for another time – overall, she was Eh.
*Best Pop Solo performance was the second award of the night and went to Pharrell for his song “Happy”. I don’t think that was much of a surprise…at least it surely didn’t surprise me. It was a mega-successful pop song that became infectious after hearing it once. That song is upbeat, fun, and well….happy!
*Miranda Lambert was one of three country stars to perform last night. She sang her hit song “Little Red Wagon.” As a country fan it was nice to see the genre represented on such a big stage. Her performance wasn’t my favorite, but I think that’s because that song doesn’t do much for me in general. Having said that, I think she looked and sounded great!
*Best Pop Vocal Album was given to the one and only…..Sam Smith (shocker, I know) for his debut album In The Lonely Hour. His speech was short, sweet and to the point.
*Kanye West was the next artist slated to perform…he was VERY underwhelming and did an OBSCENE amount of autotune. As much as I dislike Kanye’s personality I have never had an issue with his music. I’ve enjoyed a fairly substantial amount of his work…but I definitely could have done without that performance. Madonna was up next. And to be quite frank, I thought it was beyond boring. With that being said, she has never done much for me so I’m probably not be the right person to critique her performance. Within about 25 seconds I was ready to turn my tv on mute (and I did); however, I suppose those that have been fans of the Material Girl forever and ever amen might have really enjoyed all she had going on! But for me, it was just blah.
*Best Rock Album & Best R&B Performance were handed out back to back. Beck & Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” won in their respective categories. Beck has been on the scene since 1985 and hasn’t won a Grammy since his win for Best Alternative Music Performance in 2000 for his album Mutations. Beyonce pretty much had it in the bag as far as I was concerned. Her song “Drunk In Love” was catchy, upbeat and mega-successful….she’s the queen B, you can’t deny that.
*Ed Sheeran performed with John Mayer, Herbie Hancock and Quest Love. He sang his newer single “Thinking Out Loud” and he sounded great. John Mayer killed it on the guitar as per usual, and I must say, John looked divine in those glasses he was wearing. At the end of his performance he announced ELO and they began to sing their hit “Evil Woman.” The cameras were panning the audience and it appeared that Haim and Paul McCartney were really enjoying the ELO reunion! Adam Levine & Gewn Stefani were up next! Now I’m not a huge fan of Gwen’s (solo) music but I thought Adam Levine’s face would keep me interested enough to make it through the performance (I was wrong). They sang a ballad and I was unimpressed. I love the new Maroon 5 song “Sugar” and was hoping they would perform that, however they opted for “My Heart Is Open” which features Stefani. It was a sweet song, I just got bored about a minute into the performance; le sigh, maybe they’ll do better next time. Then came Hozier & Annie Lennox; this was by far my favorite performance of the night, his song “Take Me To Church” has been everywhere recently. I saw a lot of tweets suggesting that he sounded bad and seemed to be nervous…I didn’t get that vibe, in fact I thought he sounded fine. Did he sound just like he does on the record? No. But most performers don’t. The combination of Hozier and Annie Lennox was edgy, raspy and mysterious (aka – ridiculously amazing), they were like the cool kids in school that I’d always hoped I could be! In case you were wondering…I never turned into that cool kid. Oh well.
*Best Country Album was given to Miranda Lambert for her 5th album, Platinum; beating out the likes of Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brandy Clark and Lee Ann Womak. Miranda has been racking up at various award shows over the last few years so a win last night seemed pretty obvious.
*9 performances would span the next 45 minutes of the show. Pharrell Williams would lead things off by doing a new rendition of his hit song, “Happy.” He crushed it…no shocker there. Katy Perry turned in a very serious and somber performance after a Domestic Violence monologue. There were no dancing sharks or lollipops this time around. It was a different look for Katy…and I didn’t hate it. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga were up next. I don’t really have any words for this…it was weird and I felt awkward watching it. Moving on. Usher performed Stevie Wonder’s hit “If It’s Magic.” He looked great and sounded even better. Towards the end of the song Stevie Wonder came out and played the harmonica as they finished the song together. I definitely enjoyed their performance, good work fellas! Eric Church was up next. He was the second of 3 country performances. He’s not my favorite, so it’s on to the next. Brandy Clark & Dwight Yolkam rounded out the country performances and they crushed it. They sounded incredible and I couldn’t have been more pleased or surprised. Rihanna, Kanye & Paul McCartney took the stage next! Kanye redeemed himself after that horrific performance earlier in the night and the crowd really seemed to enjoy the trio. But I mean it’s Paul McCartney, Kanye West & Rihanna…that’s a lot of superstars on one track, it was bound to be successful. Next up was Sam Smith & Mary J. Blige who performed “Stay With Me.” It was as good as I expected it to be. I think I would have preferred Sam Smith by himself, but either way it was still good. Juanes was the last performer to round out the 45 minute music set. It was all in spanish so I obviously had ZERO idea what he was talking about. It seemed good…but again, I was clueless as to what was happening so I could be wrong.
*Album of the Year was handed out next. To much surprise, Beck won for his work with Morning Phase. As he walked up to accept his award Kanye decided to jump up on stage….again. Although this time he decided to let Beck finish his speech and decided to save the trash talk for after the show. What a class act! Newsflash Kanye; Beyonce doesn’t have to win every award she’s nominated for. Have several seats. Sidenote: if that was my husband I would legitimately walk out, how Kim deals with his nonsense is beyond me. What a joke. Ugh. Anyways, I think it was cool to see Beck win Album of the Year, clearly he didn’t anticipate winning so it really felt like an authentic moment in an otherwise typical Grammy night.
*Sia (I think) performed next. She’s weird, that’s all I can say. As a former dancer I thought the theatrical component of the performance was great but aside from that I had no idea what was happening.
*Song of the Year was handed out next. I’m sure none of you are surprised to hear that Sam Smith won for his song “Stay With Me.” I’m telling you, he racked up!
*Beck & Chris Martin performed next. It was neat. (Lol. Neat). I love Chris Martin, he can do no wrong in my eyes so that was a treat!
*Record of the Year was the last award given out during the live telecast…and you guessed it, Sam Smith won! As he accepted his award he thanked the man whom his hit song was about, classy move Sam. He definitely deserved a thank you, after all, that man got him 4 Grammys!
*There were two performances to finish off the night. Beyonce lead things off by executing a beautiful rendition of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” She looked stunning and sounded great. For me it was a little slow to be capping off the night, but she sounded nice nonetheless. John Legend & Common finished things off with their hit song “Glory” from the film Selma. John Legend and Common never disappoint so the performance was as good as I expected it would be! While I enjoyed the last two performances from a vocal standpoint, I wasn’t wowed. I expected to have my socks knocked off by the last performance of the night instead of feeling sad and depressed. Wah Wah. Maybe next year will be better.
Overall the Grammy’s were meh for me. Some things were great (Hozier & Annie Lennox) and some things were not (Kanye & Eric Church). And for those of you that are wondering, there are 83 Grammy awards in total that are handed out. Unfortunately only 9 of those are presented on the live telecast. As much as I love the performance aspect of the show, I would love it if they incorporated more awards into the live broadcast. I’ll keep my fingers crossed but won’t hold my breath!