Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Grammys 2016

From as far back as I can remember I loved award shows. I watch everything from the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards to the Oscars. For someone who does not like to dress up I love the glitz and glamour of these big shows. I love seeing the crazy fashions and listening to the sappy and sentimental thank you speeches. And of course the over the top performances.

No music awards show has better performances than the Grammy awards. The 58th annual show aired last night, once again hosted by LL Cool J and the show did not disappoint.

Here are some of the best looks of the night...

And even with Rihanna cancelling her performance last minute, the night was filled with some great acts. 
  • Taylor Swift opened the show with her new single Out of the Woods performing with her co-writer Jack Antonoff and her new short hair. 
  • Next up was for the country fans. A mash-up with the sexy Sam Hunt and the gorgeous Carrie Underwood. A bit slow and visually boring.
  • The Weeknd performed his hit "I Can't Feel My Face". Looking dapper in a black and white tuxedo and then he moved on to perform a mellow piano/cello version of "In the Night".  Another slow performance but if Adele gives you a standing ovation I guess you killed it. 
  • Another duet performance was next Andra Day and Ellie Goulding. (Seriously are all the women not wearing bottoms!!)  I will admit I have never heard of Andra Day and I am not a Ellie Goulding fan. I may or may not have taken this time to put my kids to bed. 
  • Can I say that I loved the fact that they used LL Cool J songs for the intro music!
  • A performance by Demi Lovato, Tyrese Gibson, Meghan Trainor, John Legend and my personal favorite Luke Bryan did a melody of all of Lionel Ritches hits. Including "Easy", "Hello", "Penny Lover", "You Are", "Brick House", and of course "All Night Long". A great tribute for the Person of the Year. Even though the neon face was a little scary!
  • More country for you. Now I am a country fan, but I really don't like this song. Little Big Town has been performing "Girl Crush" on any and every award show imaginable.Even dressed all in black with a violin accompaniment didn't make me like this song anymore.  
  • The legendary Steve Wonder and the group Pentatonix did a tribute to Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire. They performed a short version of "That's the Way of the World". Also good joke when opening the envelope. It was in braille. 
  • The music industry lost some greats over the past year. Including Glen Fry of the Eagles. Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh took to the stage to perform "Take It Easy". Nice tribute but another mellow performance. I this point I am needing some excitement and over the top theatrics! 
  • The next performance did not bring the wow. Tori Kelly and James Bay and a couple of guitars performed Let it Go (no not that one) and Hallow. At this point I am surprised I am still awake. 
  • Next up a live performance from Broadway in New York from the musical Hamilton. The opening number Alexander Hamilton was awesome. It was like a history lesson set to hip-hop. But then again I love myself some Broadway musicals. The lights, the costumes, the dance routines, the songs! I love it all. This is the "it" play right now in New York and I loved that it got a spot on the Grammy show. 
  • Next up Kendrick Lamar, finally some theatrics. With 11 nominations and 5 wins at the time of his performance he gave an amazing performance of The Blacker the Berry and Alright. Prison cells, handcuffs, crazy black lights (very Busta Rhymes put your hands were my eyes can see), African dancers and fire.  He was good and intense! Props to the camera work too. 
  • So who was the poor soul that had to follow Kendrick Lamar? Miguel. A beautiful cover of a Michael Jackson song. She's Out of My Life" was sad and haunting. You can't go wrong with a MJ song. Short and sweet.
  • The Queen of Break-Up Anthems, Adele is up next. Singing All I Ask from her new hit album 25. She looked stunning and even with the weird sounds issues and some weird notes she slayed. 
  • Okay Justin Bieber has made a pretty miraculous come back.Every thing this kid has put out over the last year has been good. He looked a bit like a disheveled mess but his performance with Diplo and Skrillex  also known as Jack U was pretty good.They performed Love Yourself and Where Are you Know. And he won his first Grammy. Go Biebes. Although the guitar throwing was a bit much. Yes you're a grown man, we get it.
  • Okay Sam Smith looks like Boy George right?
  • So here is where the theatrics come in. Lady Gaga never disappoints. Her tribute to David Bowie was awesome. Great costumes, music, robot pianos. Gaga was a perfect choice to honor such a talented and beautifully strange icon. 
  • A performance my husband sat through everything else to see. Chris Stapleton along with Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr performed The Thrill is Gone as a tribute to BB King. Chris Stapleton is hands down our favorite new artist of the year. We have been playing his Traveller album non-stop in our house. 
  • Alabama Shakes is a favorite around the HerMamas water cooler. It is so awesome to see such a talented group of musicians who do not bend to trend get some recognition. Brittney wailed during their performance of I Don't Wanna Fight No More".
  • Hollywood Vampire  yes you heard David Grohl correctly Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and JOHNNY DEPP. Like thee Johnny Depp. Their sound was horrible but they are rock legends. And it was very cool to see and hear a tribute to Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. Fun Fact: Alice Cooper use to shop at a store my husband use to manage and he was the nicest guy. 
  • Ending the night was Pit Bull, now maybe it's just me but shows should start with Pit Bull because he always brings the party. He brought out Robin Thicke, Joe Perry and had the amazingly talented drummer Travis Barker and even Sofia Vergara. He ended with night with El Taxi and Bad Man

And the winners! Well I won't spoil it for you just in case you haven't seen it yet!  

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