Before we get to the actual awards handed out, we have to talk about THAT dress. Wearing meat is clearly so last season, so Lady Gaga took it a step further in the gestation period and wore this egg-womb-like design. Perhaps wear is not the right word. You have to hand it to the Lady, she certainly knows how to put the ‘perform’ into performance art.
Now for the awards!
First up. Sadly, two-time consecutive Grammy winners Soweto Gospel Choir didn’t pick up another statue for their mantle piece. The award for Best Traditional World Music Album went to Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté for Ali And Toumani. But here is a fabulous picture of @ZwaiBala (co-producer) and the choir’s Shimmy Jiyane on the Red Carpet:
In the pre-telecast ceremony – and before Lady Gaga made her egg-cellent entrance – these were some of the big winners:
- Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, Bad Romance
- Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, Just The Way You Are
- Rap Solo Performance: Eminem, Not Afraid
- Rap Song: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, Empire State of Mind
- Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, ‘Til Summer Comes Around
- Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
- Best Dance Recording: Rihanna, Only Girl (In The World)
- Best Electronic/Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux
- Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Buble, Crazy Love
- Best Short Form Music Video: Lady Gaga, Bad Romance
A fantastic medley in honour of Aretha Franklin kicked off the show – featuring Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera (who, to everyone’s delight remembered the words this time around), Martina McBride, Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine. I’m certain the energy from that high-occtane performance reached the legendary singer back at her home and helped with her healing. Lady Gaga’s performed Born This Way but her outfit was a tad more wow than the actual performance. Muse’s Uprising with its fight scenes and trademark lighting that’s usually apart of the rock group’s show didn’t disappoint. The images of Charles and Camilla when theire car was “attacked” by some London protesters was a particularly thoughtful play on the song’s subject matter.
More excellent performances came from power trio – B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae, a relatively new crop of performers with 14 nominations between them. Justin Bieber’s collaboration with mentor Usher and friend Jaden Smith was enough to keep the teeny boppers happy and Eminem spat enough anger to wash away any Disney feelings that the Biebs may have left behind.
It felt like there was lot of emphasis on paying respect to the musicians who’ve earned it over the decades with performances from Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Barbara Streisand and a cute mini-cover of Jolene from Norah Jones, John Mayer and Keith Urban to honour Dolly Parton.
Top entertainment of the night had to come from The Lady Killer, otherwise known as Cee Lo with the song that’s “otherwise known as Forget You” with his muppet-like friends on stage and Gwyneth Paltrow lying on his piano. And his outfit was loud too!
Quotes of the Night:
Train’s Pat Monahan, on being awarded Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group: “Thanks Justin Bieber for not being a duo or group”
Seth Rogan, before presenting: “It’s my first time at the Grammys. I’m having a spectacular time so far. I’ve seen things I’ve never seen before, I’m hearing things I’ve never seen before. And I wasn’t even watching the show. I was backstage getting high with Miley Cyrus”
The Arcade Fire after scooping Album of the Year: “We’re gonna go play another song, because we like music, so thank you!”