It was truly a big night at last night’s Grammys Awards (aired on Bay Area's KPIX channel 5). Moments of the show of course include Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis both sweeping the night with four wins, the opening number of Beyonce and Jay-Z, and Robin Thicke performing with Chicago. But it comes to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was quite a big night for some of the current inductees.
With the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historical Ed Sullivan performance fast approaching, it was a big night for the band, as they received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Meanwhile, surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr join each other on stage, for a performance of the song “Queenie Eye” while Starr performed his number one hit “Photograph”. Stevie Wonder joined Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Chic onstage in performing the hit “Get Lucky”. Metallica performed their hit “One” with pianist Lang Lang, and the show ended with a performance by Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham, joined by Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. But perhaps the biggest and most notable moment of the show, was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performance of “Same Love”, which along with thirty or so couples (gay and straight) tying the knot, it featured Madonna in a white cat suit and cane, singing the chorus line of “Open Your Heart”.
The Grammy Awards’ annual memorial piece featured musicians that have passed on last year including Doors’ Ray Manzarek, producer Phil Ramone, rock pioneer Lou Reed, and Staple Singers’ Cleotha Staples. It ended with a tribute with music’s recent loss, Phil Everly, with a performance of “When Will I Be Loved” by Miranda Lambert and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. Along with winners including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk, and Lorde, artists also taking home Grammys included Paul McCartney for Best Rock Song, Black Sabbath for Best Metal Performance, and the Isley Brothers, among the seven artists receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.