As an avid music lover I can't wait for the Grammys each year. It's my night to turn the TV up super loud, jam out and dance. It's a good thing my boys are such sound sleepers because the volume is always UP on this night. My friends know me all too well because shortly after the show started I received a text saying, "Are you in deep with the Grammys now? I picture tears streaming out of your eyes, edge of your seat". Well, there were no tears, but a few dance sessions. I wouldn't say this was the best Grammy show, but there were still several stand out performances.
This year there weren't many shots of the audience during a performance. I missed that this year. It's always so fun to watch Taylor Swift standing and singing, and appreciating each artist. I feel like so many times fellow artists just sit there during a performance. Do they not know they're at the best concert of the year?!!
Best of the Red Carpet
Unfortunately Adele, a favorite in this house, didn't have a great performance. While watching there was clearly sound problems with not only her performance, but also Justin Bieber. Now I could care less about Bieber, but come on, you can't have sound difficulties during a music award show! Apparently piano mics fell on the piano strings during Adele's performance of "All I Ask".
There were several performances that were good, really good. However I feel with the Grammys it's your time to shine and put on a "show". Clearly the front runner for a knock out performance was Lady Gaga. She did a performance honoring her idol David Bowie. Simply put Gaga is a performer and can "get into character" and take the audience to another place.
Another tribute performance to a lost artist was performed by Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt. They honored the King of blues, Mr. BB King. I think he would have loved this performance and could imagine him swaying back and forth with his beloved guitar Lucille. Just hearing the first few chords of "The Thrill is Gone", you can't help but truly feel the music and guitar.
Lionel Richie won Person of the Year and to honor this award there was yet another colaboration of artists singing his songs. You have to love when the camera pans to Lionel and he's thinking they're doing amazing. John Legend and Demi Lovato slayed it.
For me personally, I love a scaled back, acoustic version of a song. Then put that on a small intimate stage, and well, you have my favorite moment of the Grammys. James Bay and Tori Kelly, both new artists, did a mashup of their two most popular songs and it was perfection.
Hamilton the musical won for Best Muscial Theatre Album. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the brain child of this never-been-done-before rap on Broadway is a genius. And of course he raps his acceptance speech!
One of the funniest moments of the night was Stevie Wonder poking fun at the audience for not being able to read braille. Before presenting the Best Pop Solo Award to Ed Sheeran, Stevie said, "we need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability." It's such a reminder of how much farther we need to go to as a country.
Leon Bridges was nominated for Best R&B Album. Although he didn't win this year, I'm sure this new artist will be seeing a lot of Grammys in his future. Squarespace hired legendary photographer Danny Clinch to make a short video showing his quick rise from a dishwasher in Fort Worth, Texas to a Grammy nominated artist. Check out this new artist, I'm sure you'll too fall in love with his old sound.
Thanks for reading! What was your favorite moment or performance?