2015 Grammy Review

Musics biggest night, The Grammy’s, has come and gone and social media has created a lot of buzz surrounding the show from the red carpet to the usual Grammy snubs. This review is not a play by play of the show being that I wasn’t fully interested. A lot of the performances were very somber and nothing made me jump out of my seat. Anyway, here are my highlights.

sam smithFirst of CONGRATS to the biggest winner of the night, Sam Smith. He won 4 Grammy’s: Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. His feat reminded me of Adele as they both capitalized on breakups to make amazing music.

FAVORITE Performances:

tumblr_njholmKhZ41r7mjwxo1_500The first performance that I loved was Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ alongside Annie Lennox who then performed ‘I Put a Spell On You.’ I’ve heard Hozier’s song before, not any of his other music, but I do like his voice. Annie Lennox MADE the performance with her energy. I absolutely loved it.

giphyThe second performance that I loved is of course from Sia. She brought Maddie Ziegler along with her, of course, and added actress Kristen Wiig. I’m upset ‘Chandelier’ didn’t win anything. I guess she’s invisible to the Acaedmy. 1000 Forms of Fear is still my favorite album of 2014. I’m for any and all things Sia. Unfortunately Sia didn’t win any Grammy’s DESPITE ‘Chandlier’ being an amazing song with amazing performances.

I’m not discussing all performances simply because there’s nothing for me to discuss. I will say that I did like the Target ad being Imagine Dragons performing ‘Shots’ (click HERE for that review) LIVE from Vegas. Other performances were ok. I did like Katy Perry’s ‘By The Grace of God,’ and Miranda Lambert’s, ‘Little Red Wagon,’ but that’s about it.

Performances I DIDN’T Like:

There was talk of Pharrell performing a different version of ‘Happy’ which shouldn’t have been allowed based off the title of the song. He came out looking like a hotel Bell Hop speaking the lyrics and having it spoken in different languages, excuse me, creepily whispered in different languages before the song took a dark turn. What was supposed to be ‘Happy’ sounded like something that belonged on a soundtrack to a scary movie.

Another performance that I didn’t like was Rihanna’s with Paul McCartney and Kanye West. they all came out in suits and what not and did the song. As I stated in my review (click HERE for that), I don’t see this as a comeback track, but I’ll stick around for what’s coming.

Speaking of albums, Album of the Year went to Beck for Morning Phase. Other nominees in the category were: Beyoncè (Beyoncè), Sam Smith (In The Lonely Hour), Pharrell (G I R L), and Ed Sheeran (X). Kanye was about to go on stage and interrupt as he did to Taylor Swift at the VMAs, but he had a change of heart. Beck invited him to come back, but talk about another awkward moment. He did rant in an interview after the show saying:

And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncè.

I can’t sit here and completely agree with that although it would’ve been great to see Beyonce win an award she’s never won before. I will say that every artist has their own form of artistry and that it’s the people who pick the artist as the winner, no the artist that should get the backlash. Another artist that had something to say about Grammy snubs was Trey Songz. He tweeted (see right):

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In certain areas of music, I will say that there are a lot of artists that could be nominated yet they do get snubbed in one way or another. There’s not a huge presence of R&B aside from Beyoncè. Speaking of she won Best R&B Song for ‘Drunk In Love’ and fans watched her perform ‘Take My Hand Precious Lord’ as the introduction to the final performance of the night, ‘Glory,’ by John Legend and Common. The song on the Selma soundtrack was performed by Ledisi, a Grammy nominee, but she just sat back and watched as Beyonce did what she should’ve done.

Also Kendrick Lamar might have been snubbed last year in the Best Rap Album category, but he ended up winning not one, but TWO Grammy’s this year for his track ‘i’; Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Better late than never.

Overall while the show moved rather quickly with few interruptions, it wasn’t all that entertaining to me. I love that there were a lot of performances, just not any that were upbeat enough to make the crowd dance like last year. Another thing was that these artists need to work on their acceptance speeches and keep them from 30-45 seconds. If you’re nominated you should have a speech prepared just in case.

Click HERE for full list of winners. Until the next award show…

2014 Grammy Review

So the Grammys aired this past Sunday (1/26) and the show was very typical for me. There were some performances that stood out and some that were bland. In this review I’ll be highlighting all my favorite performances and to see all the winners of click here.

My favorite performance of the night was Imagine Dragons & Kendrick Lamar performing ‘M.A.D.D. City’ & the ‘Radioactive (Remix).’ I just can’t stop watching the performance. The energy from both Kendrick and Imagine Dragons as a whole. I love when artists feel the music and really get into it. I just want to download an unedited version of this entire performance. It was just ON POINT from start to finish. The Radioactive Remix is available on iTunes NOW!

Kendrick might not have won any Grammys last night, but this performance was a sure win in the books for another successful Hip-Hop/Rock merge. Some say he was robbed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, but here’s what Macklemore had to say about the situation in a brief Hot 97 morning show interview (1/27):

It’s the blessing and the curse, a little bit more the curse. First and foremost, Kendrick is a friend of mine. He’s somebody that I love his music and, in my opinion, had the best Rap album of the year. And knowing how the Grammys usually go, I knew that there would be a great chance that we’d win that award and, in essence, rob Kendrick. That’s what happened tonight. It kind of sucks. I think we made a great album. I think that Kendrick made a better Rap album.

The winners of the Grammys are pretty much set in stone now, but Macklemore could not have said it any better. Although the ballot is filled out by many people in higher up positions that know music, they do not know every single artist nominated, nor all the music from that genre. With that it does boil down to popularity and who’s name was out there more along with who topped the charts. When you put those two factors together it goes to show why some artists may have gotten ‘robbed’ in the eyes of others. Overall, congrats to the winners!

Beyoncé opened up the show with, ‘Drunk In Love.’ Although I LOVE the song the performance overall was bland. Jay Z came out and it was the usual, he hugs her, touches her butt, same old same old. I wish she would’ve done something more upbeat off the album. It would’ve been dope if she did ‘Flawless.’ This performance for me was just basic. Nothing against the simplicity of performances, but on the level and pedestal that Beyonce is put on I was expecting more. Shout out to Taylor Swift’s ‘Diddy Bop’ all night long.

John Legend performed ‘All of Me’ as his wife stared on mesmerized by the performance. He did not so the entire song, but it was just enough. Classic R&B. His voice + his flawless piano playing = perfection! I am a huge John Legend fan and his ballads are always Grammy worthy.

Sara Bareilles teamed with Carol King for a medley of ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Brave.’ This comes down to being one of my favs because I love Sara Bareilles and her song ‘Brave’ is just AMAZING! Also Carol King is a legend in her own right. The medley was perfect. The two did not sing over the other making their voices complimentary of each other. It was a short performance, but it was a great to merge the past and the present.

Daft Punk teamed up with Nile Rogers, Pharrell, and Stevie Wonder for their performance. I loved how it was a recording studio theme. I see that as the mystery of whats to come out of the studio when performing a song with that of Daft Punk’s mystery personas. Pharrell got a lot of flack for his hat, but there’s no denying his talent. Stevie Wonder ended the set with his song ‘Another Star.’ What an amazing ear to segue between those two songs. My 2nd fav performance of the night.

Lastly I have to give props to the Queen of Physicality, Pink! She did her signature acrobatic set and her strength plus the ability to sing on key through all that does not go without mention. She performed ‘Try’ and the Grammy nominated song ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ with Nate Ruess. Absolutely loved the performance.