59th Annual Grammy Awards: A Night in Review
If you weren't able to catch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12th, then I've got a short little highlight reel for you. Let me disclose that we here at OTE are a family with similar values and ideals, but my opinions on the night are strictly my own.
Let's get started!
While there were many moments throughout the evening that were beyond fantastic, these were the few that stuck out in my mind. For a full list of winners, performances, etc., feel free to visit the official Grammy website which will be linked at the bottom.
Talk about a grand opening! Everything about the opening musical number was flawless; her dress, her voice, and her all-around presence. Let's not forget her incredible rendition of George Michael's Fastlove for his tribute performance. She gained even more respect from me (and I'm sure countless others) when she stopped in the beginning of the song to do her version, and the late British singer justice. Adele is the epitome of class. Don't worry, girl. No one's knocking you for swearing. Or breaking your award for Album of the Year in half. But more on that later.
Chance the Rapper
I will be the first to tell you that I'm not a huge fan of rap music. As a musician, I hold an appreciation for every genre of music, and attempt to dip my toes in the water of each, but I've never really heard anything by Chance the Rapper. That all changed after his acceptance speeches and performance. So many rappers come off as vulgar and uneducated, but this man is an exception to the game. I respect anyone who uses their music to give glory to God, and recognizes where they come from. Curse that damn play-off music though. I understand that a timeline needs to be kept, but let's not be rude, Recording Academy (or whomever runs the show).
If you're a fan of the public-proclaimed 'Queen B' then she was EVERYTHING. However, if you're like me, and don't really stand behind the hype, then the performance was at a level of understanding that went way over your head. I will give props where props are due. As a fellow expectant mother, I couldn't have done what she did. Performance wise or vocally. I have a hard enough time holding a conversation standing still let alone singing while sitting in a chair leaned backwards damn near parallel to the floor. I will not neglect to mention that she looked stunning. Bey wears pregnancy well. And her reaction to Adele literally splitting her award for Album of the Year? You can't tell me she's not a humble woman.
I'm going to make this short and sweet because I could go on forever on why some of these performances made me want to throw something at the TV.
- Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Graham: It's a no from me. At least on the mash-up aspect of it.
- Lady Gaga and Metallica: Gaga is my QUEEN. Once the technical issues were fixed, I rocked out.
- Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood: Love them as individual artists, and a collboration between the two sounded like a Godsend. Until I actually heard the song. What the hell happened to Country music?
- Maren Morris and Alicia Keys: SO. MUCH. YES. A hometown sweetheart plus my vocal idol. Perfection.
- Prince Tribute: Genius. Look it up. You won't be disappointed.
- Bee Gee's Tribute: I mean, it wasn't bad. Wasn't the best. Legendary vocalists paying tribute to a legendary band.
- Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes: One word; Magic. #Resist
Quite possibly my favorite British person who wasn't at one time an official member of One Direction. I loved him hosting the Tony Awards last year. I thought his opening bit was genius, the bit with his parents was hilarious, and incorporating his trademark Carpool Karaoke was amazing. I say we give him honorary American citizenship, and let him and Jimmy Kimmel alternate on hosting everything for the rest of their existence.
Adele was the definition of class and humility, Beyonce slayed, Chance the Rapper killed, and James Corden was remarkable. It was an incredibly entertaining night of music, and recognizing the past, present, and future pioneers of the music industry. Looking forward to next year.
For a full list of winners, highlights, and performances, visit the official Grammy website at www.grammy.com