Alright, everyone. I’m going to talk about all of the fantastic highlights and what I found to be most wonderful in my Grammy 2013 recap. There was a ridiculous amount of amazing performances and amazingness crammed into this show and I can’t cover it all. Sorry, but now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff!
Taylor Swift opening the show with the best rendition of We are Never Ever Getting Back Together I have ever heard. She reminded us all that she does have vocal talent beyond the confines of standard pop, and the production value of that opener was top notch. Her outfit was awesome, there was awesome choreography and pyrotechnics, and there was even the gossipy element where people wondered if Taylor was attempting to mimic the accent of Harry Styles during the spoken part of the song (“so he calls me up and he’s like ‘I still love you’…) It’s a questionable accent that she did. I, personally, can’t tell if she was trying to pull off the accent from across the pond or if she was just doing a guy voice. Feel free to write in and let us know your opinion on that one.
I will give Rihanna credit where credit is due, that Bob Marley tribute was badass. Like seriously, Damian and Ziggy paying tribute to their father and oh, hey Sting! I thought it was a great part of the show and had everyone on their feet, jammin’. That was a very unique combination of artists and the energy was out of control.
Speaking of awesome tributes, Kelly Clarkson. Wow.
On that same note, as much as everyone seemed to love the Elton John tribute to Levon Helm with Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, and Mavis Staples, I have to say that there was an elegant beauty in the simplicity of his duet with Ed Sheeran. It just goes to show you that they don’t make them like Sir Elton anymore.
Justin Timberlake. We need to talk. I love you. We go back to the poor hair choices of your youth and pretending that Lance was straight. I’m going to support you as long as I can. And when you tell me that you and Jay-Z are collaborating, that is definitely raising the bar higher than you have ever dared to do. You released a trailer hyping this up, Mr. Timberlake. Unfortunately, you may have overhyped the comeback. I get it. The media and the public need to take some of the blame, here. Every time you did a movie, and the press tours that go with it, people hounded you about music. Finally, you delivered, if anything, as a means to get people off of your back. However, you are out of practice and that was underwhelming. The fact that I was not enthralled by the combination of lyrical genius and an entire string section is a sign that there were just too many attempts at theatrics, and not nearly enough heart. I mean, come on, guy. People are still using Cry Me a River in public forums as a break up burn.
I won’t deny the song’s inevitable popularity and chart topping potential. It’s in the cards, definitely. The song has serious potential to grow on me, as well as the rest of the world. But I think celebrities should take a lesson from this event. If you are returning to music after a hiatus, and people have been waiting for it, there is no need to excessively hype it. YOUR RETURN IS THE EXCITING PART. Don’t set the bar so high that you can’t reach it. Also, to the public, I implore you not to blame Jessica Biel for this. It probably isn’t her fault.
I’m going to close with the one that all of my friends could not stop talking about: Alicia Keys and Maroon 5. The song transition into Girl on Fire with Alicia Keys on DRUMS… whaaaat?! There is no instrument beyond this girl’s grasp. The vocal duet and the mashup of the two songs practically brought tears to my eyes. That mashup was transcendent. It crossed genre barriers, gender barriers, and broke every mold we have ever shamefully tried to shove Alicia Keys or Maroon 5, into. It sounded like utter perfection and you could actually see Adam Levine and Alicia Keys FEEL the music. That is crucial in a great performance. Do you hear me Mr. Timberlake?! CRUCIAL.
There were tons of other great performances and it was probably one of the best Grammy Awards that they’ve had in the last 55 years. Hope everyone enjoyed it!
Julia Cuozzo graduated from Pace University with a Masters in Publishing. Though the future is uncertain, the one thing she knows is that in August 2013, she will be in Bunol, Spain, throwing tomatoes with some of the best tomato throwers in the world. She is also a huge fan of coffee and finds decaf to be an abomination.