Last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony was one of the best in years with incredible performances from artists across all genres.
Whilst many of the awards went to the same artists (you know who we’re talking about), there was (for once) a lot of magic made onstage. From Beyoncé and Jay Z raunchy opening to Macklemore‘s show-stealing performance of ‘Same Love‘, there was much to talk about this morning.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis stole the show last night with a very brave, very moving and very important performance of their hit ‘Same Love‘. Alongside featured singer Mary Lambert, rapper Macklemore delivered a very touching rendition of the track – putting the entire Staples Centre to a stand-still. The first three minutes would have been powerful enough due to his convincing delivery but the groundbreaking performance definitely did not stop there. Queen Latifah joined the artists onstage proclaiming “this is not a song for some of us, this is a song for all of us” before she went on to legally marry 34 couples – gay, lesbian and straight – live in the centre. As the couples exchanged rings, the Queen of Pop Madonna emerged onstage singing part of her 1980s hit ‘Open Your Heart‘ before ending the performance with Lambert. The incredible performance captured everybody’s attention and they received a standing ovation, rightly so, and reduced many in the audience to tears. Macklemore never before struck me as the kind of artist to do anything extraordinary but last night certainly proved me (and, I’m sure, plenty others) wrong – the artists onstage united to turn this song about equality into a movement, and it was wonderful to watch.
Beyoncé left the ambitious choreography, crazed Superbowl expressions and her backing dancers at home last night as she opened the show. All eyes were on her as she gave the first live (the playback was very loud at times, however) performance of ‘Drunk In Love‘. The singer took to the stage with only a rotating chair, plenty of smoke, and let her body do the talking as she performed the raunchy duet with husband Jay Z. Iconic. #SURFBOART
(SNOOZE) Next to take the stage was 16-year-old Lorde who performed her breakout hit ‘Royals‘, which won her the night’s “Song of the Year” award.
(HIGHLIGHT) Poor Katy Perry. She has broken Billboard records with her countless #1 hit songs but after eleven nominations in five years she has still not won a Grammy Award. However, the 29-year-old had the last laugh when she delivered a show-stopping performance of her new single ‘Dark Horse‘. Accompanied by Juicy J, the ‘Roar‘ singer turned the Staples Centre into the set of The Craft with her gothic, witchcraft set-up and gave the performance of the song so far (which has clearly paid off as the single is currently sitting at #2 on the US iTunes chart). Oh, and Katy pole dancing on broomsticks might just be the best thing she’s done (yet) in her 6 years of fame.
Daft Punk performed an epic medley of their biggest hits – including ‘Get Lucky‘, which won the prestigious “Record of the Year” award – with “Producer of the Year” Pharrell and special guest Stevie Wonder.
The biggest surprise of the night came when Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar joined forces to perform an incredible mash-up of their hits ‘Radioactive‘ and ‘m.A.Ad city‘. The electric performance got the Staples Centre on their feet and was undoubtedly one of the night’s highlights. Whilst the band won a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Performance”, rapper Kendrick did not win any despite being nominated for seven – resulting in the winner, Macklemore, publicly stating “you were robbed” claiming that the ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe‘ rapper deserved the award for “Best Rap Album” over his own record, ‘The Heist‘.