Last night, the 56th annual Grammy awards took place in Los Angeles. While the ceremony usually promises epic moments and fails to deliver them, this year was different. Not every performance was stellar, but there were enough interesting collaborations and great performances to get everybody excited. The night was full of big winners, a few awkward moments, and even a mass wedding.
Beyonce kicked things off with a sultry performance of her song “Drunk In Love.” Crawling around in a skin tight body suit and straddling a chair, very similar to Madonna years ahead of her, the diva gave it her all. Her husband Jay-Z even came out to join her for the last few moments. While it looked like it was going to turn into a lap dance, Beyonce stood next to her man instead.
Other performances included Lorde with her hit “Royals,” Taylor Swift intensely playing the piano for “All Too Well,” Katy Perry doing her best Stevie Nicks/stripper impersonation for “Dark Horse,” and Robin Thicke performed with the band Chicago for a medley of hits that included “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” “Beginnings,” “Saturday in the Park,” and of course “Blurred Lines.” To keep in line with their new found ratings ticket, this year's ceremony offered more collaborations. Some were great, others felt forced. Of course Nate Ruess and Pink did an amazing job with “Just Give Me a Reason” with Pink performing “Try” earlier while flipping and twirling through the air, similar to her 2010 Grammy performance of “Glitter In the Air.” There was also a short, but sweet performance from Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day with Miranda Lambert for a song honoring the late Phil Everly, proving to everyone that the punk rocker has a sweet voice.
Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar rocked the arena with their massive energy, but the collaboration was very unnecessary, while Metallica delivered a stunning performance of “One” featuring pianist Lang Lang, showing young rock fans they still can tear it up. Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder got everyone on their feet with last year's biggest hit “Get Lucky” and Macklemore confused everyone with his rendition of “Same Love,” which featured a weary sounding Madonna donning a white suit and Queen Latifa overseeing a massive wedding ceremony. That's right, several couples were supposedly married during the live event.
The one performance that got everyone talking,tweeting, and texting was Paul McCartney joined by his good friend Ringo Starr for the song “Queenie Eye.” Paul won earlier in the evening for Best Rock
Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. The night came to a close with a massive collaboration featuring Lindsay Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails singing “Copy Of A” and Queens of the Stone Age with Dave Grohl on drums performing “My God Is the Sun” shortly after. The performance was every bit of amazing you expect it, but since the ceremony ran long CBS cut the ending short, rather than cutting out some of the repetitive ads.
Along with the performances, the night was full of big winners. Daft Punk took home a total of five awards including the coveted Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories,” much to Taylor Swift's surprise, while newcomer Lorde took home two. Big winners of the night were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis who took home four out of the seven they were nominated for. Several awards were announced before the ceremony as well. These included Black Sabbath for Best Metal Performance, Justin Timberlake for Best Music Video, Led Zeppelin for Best Rock Album, and Vampire Weekend for Best Alternative Album.