The Grammy's are over, but everyone is still talking about their favorite moments. Whether it was Taylor Swift opening the show with a “Alice in Wonderland” inspired performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” or seeing the Black Keys team up with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz band to perform their hit “Lonely Boy,” there were plenty of moments to get you talking. Not all of them lived up to the hype, but overall it was probably one of the more memorable Grammy years in recent history.
The big winners of the night included fun. who not only won Best New Artist, but also took home Song of the Year, while Black Keys received awards for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Mumford and Sons didn't go away empty handed either. They won the coveted award of the night Album of the Year. Other winners included Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Drake for Best Rap Album, and Goyte for not only Song of the Year, but also Best Alternative Music Album. But it was the performances that got people excited.
The award show's new shtick seems to collaborations and that's what the night was full of. Ed Sheeran performed with Elton John, while Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys awkwardly tried to mesh their songs “Daylight” and “Girl on Fire” together. Other collaborations included Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bently, Bruno Mars, Sting, Ziggy and Damien Marley for a tribute for the late Bob Marley, and a tribute to Levon Helm that included Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, Elton John among other artists. The most anticipated performance of the night had to be Justin Timberlake. This was the singer's first televised performance in about seven years and everyone wanted to know what he was going to do. JT didn't disappoint as he took the crowd back to the swinging '40s with “Suit and Tie” and even debuted a new song “Pusher Girl.” Though he hasn't taken the stage in a while, it's clear that Justin hasn't missed a beat. One thing is for sure, everyone is looking forward to his new album even more now.
But the best performance of the night has to go to Jack White, who was nominated for several awards this year, including Album of the Year. Unfortunately, White went away empty handed. He gave chaotic and energetic performances of “Love Interruption” and “Freedom At 21” both from is successful solo album “Blunderbuss.” It was his performance that got everyone out of their seat and onto their feet. He even got a standing ovation when it was over, proving that he is one of the most talented and exciting musicians out there today. Other performers included Rihanna, Frank Ocean, fun., The Lumineers, Kelly Clarkson, and LL Cool J, who closed out the show.
The enforced dress code didn't seem to put a damper on the evening, but it did seem odd that standard awards, such as Best Rock Album and Best R&B Song weren’t included in the broadcast. It appears they wanted to make room for more performances and took out some of the winners being announced over the air. There weren’t as many surprises or groundbreaking moments that one would hope for, but it was one of broadcasts for the award show.