The 2014 version of the Grammy Awards, or more officially the 56th installment of one of the most celebrate awards in music, ended last night honoring some of the legends of the business who also were honored with an award.
The night, is part, was about The Beatles receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and Ringo and his Band of All-Stars (which included former Grammy winner Peter Frampton playing guitar and providing backing vocals) singing a great version of "Photograph" to Sir Paul McCartney on stage playing alongside Ringo with his song "Beautiful." The Grammy's also paid tribute to the number of stars and music legends who have passed away including Bobby "Blue" Bland, J.J.Cale, Phil Everly, Phil Ramone and George Jones (though many fans were upset the tribute to Jones was not something more).
Some of the performances were off the charts as well including Katy Perry and "Dark Horse" which had a very eerie feel and look to it as well as John E. Legend and Taylor Swift giving stirring renditions of "All of Me," and "All too Well" respectively. The Highway Men, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson jammed with Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton with Haggard leading the way with being strong on the vocals. Among the most bizarre performances was newcomer Lorde who sang her hit "Royals" and it almost looked at one point she forgot to raise her mic to sing which made the lip synching seem all too obvious. Lorde would win the Grammy for Song of the Year.
Pink owned the night with her acrobatic version of "Try" before joining Nate Reuss for "Just Give Me a Reason" and her performance, with the acrobatic dancing was most likely the best part of the show.
Macklemore and Lewis had an interesting performance and won for "Best New Artist" and the duo has come on strong in the last year.
While ratings for the Grammy's are not yet available it is believed they surpassed last years 28 million homes watching, which was down 28% from the year before.
Return host LL Cool J, while smooth and solid, is often bland and sometimes boring making one want the next act or presentation to just start already.
Other major category winners include Record of the Year "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk who also won Album of the Year for "Random Access Memories," Best Pop Vocal Album "Unorthodox Jukebox" by Bruno Mars and Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath won for Best Metal Performance for "God is Dead?"
You can find a full list of Grammy winners here.
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