Monday, February 14, 2011
The 53rd Grammys
The show kicked off with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, as sung by Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and Yolanda Adams.
Best Pop Duo or Group: Hey, Soul Sister (Train)
Note: I must say that I believe the award was for the group and not the song, but this is how it was announced.
Lady Gaga gave an amazing performance of "Born this way". She emerged out of an egg wearing a hat, jacket and skirt combination that brought an 80's look.
After such a performance, the softness of Country Singer, Miranda Lambert, followed with "The house that built me".
Then off we were again with one of my very own favourite songs, "Uprising", sung by English Rock Band Muse. What a great performance, they totally rocked!
New Hip-Hop sensations, Bruno Mars, B.O.B and Janelle Monáe followed with an all-star group performance.
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: The House that built me (Miranda Lambert)
Heartthrob Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith (Will Smith's son) took the stage by storm, with the help of pal Usher.
Best Rock Album: The Resistance (Muse)
Best POP Vocal Album: The Fame Monster (Lady Gaga)
This was followed by David Letterman, live from his studio, with a Top 10 List: Surprises at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and special guest, Bob Dylan, gave an outstanding performance with guys playing banjos and the cello rocking to Folk songs, building up to a great rendition of "Maggie's Farm". This just proves that Rock and Folk go together... In the Grammys!
Lady Antebellum performed a medley that ended with their number one song "Need you now".
Best Country Album: Need you now (Lady Antebellum)
Cee Lo Green followed, with the Muppets as his back up band and special guest singer, Gwyneth Paltrow, for a performance that left me totally speechless. Gwyneth is a better singer than I would have thought and I have to state this as one of the best, if not the actual best moment of the Grammys so far.
Katy Perry was next with a fairy-tale start, showing videoclips of her wedding to Russell Brand as she sat singing on a swing, but just as you were getting into an "Awwwww" mood she bounced into "Teenage Dream", complete with a Valentine's Day theme and many hearts to follow on the monitors.
Norah Jones, John Mayer and Keith Urban sang "Jolene", in honour of Dolly Parton, before presenting the following Grammy.
Song of the Year: Need you now (Lady Antebellum)
"Love the way you lie" joined Rihanna and Eminem onstage in a great performance with a Devil-like setting. "I need a Doctor" was then a good excuse to bring on Dr. Dre, leading to both bad-ass rappers trading rhymes.
Best New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Matthew Morrison, from "Glee", introduced Recording Academy President / CEO, Neil Portnow and they both described, with the help of a back-up band, the accomplishments and future projects of the Recording Academy, going on to honour those who passed away last year.
Then music came on and... On came Mr. Mick Jagger paying tribute to the dearly departed Solomon Burke, which led to a standing ovation from the entire crowd at Staples Center, in Los Angeles.
Barbara Streisand sang "Evergreen" and was also given a standing ovation.
Best Rap Album: Recovery (Eminem)
Rihanna and Drake gave an outstanding, and sexy, performance of their new song "What's my Name?"
Record of the Year: Need you now (Lady Antebellum)
Then Arcade Fire rocked the place with a lot of noise, multiple drummers, a hard-ass violinist... And several people doing bike tricks... Just impossible to keep up with so much light and movement onstage!
Album of the Year: The Suburbs (Arcade Fire)
And the show finally came to an end with the Album of the Year winners rocking the crowd to yet another hit.
That's all Folks!