The Staples Center hosted the 54th Grammy Awards with performances
from artists including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift,
Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Katy Perry,Lil Wayne,
David Guetta, Deadmau5, Rihanna and Jennifer Hudson who specifically paid
tribute to the late Whitney Houston by singing “I Will Always Love You”.
Houston, who died last Saturday, definitely shared the spotlight
throughout the show as many artists gave “shout-outs” to her.
On a different note, I can’t help but criticize artists such as Chris Brown
for lip syncing and Nicki Minaj for attempting to one-up Lady Gaga with the
most bizarre performance of the night. Sure, Chris Brown put on a show,
but I thought that the Grammys were a celebration of music…not dance.
Nicki Minaj also put on quite a show as she acted out an exorcism while singing.
What happened to the good ol’ days of being recognized for one’s singing talent,
instead of one’s outrageous attire and strange performances? The Grammys
also shed light on electronic music becoming a part of mainstream media
consumption by allowing Deadmau5 and David Guetta to perform. I’m really
bothered by these artists performing for some reason. Maybe it’s because
I highly dislike David Guetta, or that I’ve seen Deadmau5 live and think
he cannot DJ with that stupid thing on his head. If you really are an
electronica lover, you probably didn’t even want to watch this
performance, and if you did, then you might feel the same way as me…pissed
off. The producers tried way too hard to epitomize the experience of
attending a rave by specifically putting this performance outside in a
tent, with a bazillion different lights going off, as the cameras panned past
hundreds of kids screaming with their arms up as if they were praising
these DJs. Way to go mass culture!
Anyways, if you didn’t watch the award show here are a few memorable
moments of the night: Bruno Mars wore a hideous gold suit, Katy Perry
rocked blue hair, Taylor Swift finally lost the award for Best Country
Album, Paul McCartney made old guys look hot and Adele sang her bootay
off, definitely earning every Grammy she won. Overall, the three-hour
award lacked dullness, but at the same time was nothing that special in my
opinion. Sure, there were moments of awe and chills, such as Alicia Keys
and Bonnie Raitt singing Etta James’ “Sunday Kind of Love” or Jennifer
Hudson combating her overwhelming desire to cry while singing one of
Whitney Houston’s greatest hits; but as I turned off my TV I could only
wonder about the future of music and why Chris Brown continues to perform
on something as huge as The Grammys when so many people openly hate him?
Favorite Performances: Adele, Alicia Keys & Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Hudson,
and Paul McCartney
Least-Favorite Performances: Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Bruno Mars
☮ Sarah Agopian