In 1984, pop superstar Michael Jackson stole the limelight during the 26th Grammy Awards - the most watched Grammy’s ever in the history of the show drawing more than 50 million viewers - with his record-setting eight awards for his album “Thriller”.
Since then, Michael Jackson has become one of the biggest iconic figures that emerged from the MTV generation to conquer more than just the music industry. “Thriller” made history as well as it strutted its way to that unrivaled place on top for becoming the best-selling album of all time having already sold 100 million copies worldwide.
Thirty years later, the Grammy’s produced yet another entertaining show.
Well, it may not have partied at the ratings avenue like it’s 1984 but it was still a remarkable, much talked about show especially now that social media like Twitter and Facebook are best buds with the modern world who love to share their opinion.
So let’s look at some of the highlights of last night’s Grammy’s, the 56th production, and be the judge on where they fell in the spectrum.
- Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, the only two surviving Beatles, performing onstage and being part of the audience to witness a generation of musicians performing their own craft 50 years after the historic 'Beatlemania' rocked the world
- Paul McCartney and Nirvana in the same stage for the second time as they received the award for “Cut Me Some Slack” for Best Rock Song since the group performed together during the Sandy Relief Concert in 2012
- Pink hanging from the ceiling doing acrobatics, gliding above the audience while belting a song in midair. We all know she’s done that before but that didn’t mean her breathtaking performance’s degree of awesomeness had diminished.
- Julia Roberts’ mascara did not stay in place during her brief speech onstage but her youthful look did. The gorgeous actress looked like she just came out of the “Pretty Woman” set, just donned an older woman’s outfit.
- Bruno Mars dedicating his award for Best Pop Vocal Album to his mother who passed away last year
- Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons bringing the house down when they performed together singing “Radioactive” and “m.A.A.d city” complete with big drums and pink paint.
- Winners for Best New Artist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performing onstage with Madonna and Queen Latifah singing “Same Love” and “Open Your Heart” while “marrying” a group of couples dressed in white wedding gowns and suits.
- Yoko Ono dancing her heart out with the audience while Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr rocked the stage
- Gen X icons gracing the show including Cyndi Lauper, Steven Tyler, Metallica, Gloria Estefan, Julia Roberts, Neil Patrick Harris, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Stevie Wonder, Black Sabbath and Nirvana
- Daft Punk winning 4 awards
- Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert resurrecting the voice of the 60’s with their soulful duet “When Will I Be Loved” by the Everly Brothers
- Legendary Carole King performing onstage with Sara Bareilles
- Jamie Foxx apologizing to Jay Z over and over and over while presenting an award onstage because he stared at Beyonce, something he seemed to be really, really guilty of, backstage
- LL Cool J talking about Taylor Swift’s ability to write songs about guys who did (her) wrong
- "Money Changes Everything" pop icon Cyndi Lauper looking a little frustrated as she fought her battle with the teleprompter
- Madonna looking tired and jittery when she came to sing “Open Your Heart” onstage in her signature white wedding suit - Did anyone have flashbacks of Britney and Christina?
- Julia Roberts’ mascara threatening to take over her face
- Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath having difficulty getting their spiel out with a straight face
- Hunter Hayes failing to inspire because he seemed to have lost either his voice or his pitch
- Country star Kacey Musgraves and her band singing on a cacti-filled stage while lit up in what looked like leftover holiday lights
- Jay Z receiving a Grammy, referring to his trophy as his daughter’s latest gold sippy cup
- Katy Perry’s gothic look with her glow-in-the-dark red dragonfly that roared louder than her
- Robin Thicke in a much cleaner gig with the band Chicago sans 80’s icon Peter Cetera and Thicke’s infamous stage partner Miley Cyrus
- Most of us being amazingly unfamiliar with what Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton played and sang onstage
- Why the older looking Nate Ruess, Steven Tyler and Blake Shelton all sported a mustache
- The Super Bowl inserted in the Grammy’s during a Pepsi sponsored “halftime show”
- The young Lorde winning the Song of the Year award for her song “Royals”. Either this writer is not a big fan of the song or the judges could have picked a better song. When Sting won the Song of the Year award in 1984, everyone in the planet seemed to sing “Every Breath You Take” even in their sleep. Just saying.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards was held last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and broadcast on CBS at 8pm EST.