One of the best things to wake up to in the morning is a text that reads: “Please work from home.” Perfect timing, too, because earlier today was the live telecast of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, so the STATUS Editorial Team got to watch it. Other than the Paul McCartney performance, and Lady GaGa not getting a Grammy but does get to kiss Sir Paul McCartney, here are the rest of the highlights that we think brought the Grammy back to the dubbed Grannies.
I LOVE THE CIVIL WARS! They are, of course, responsible for creating my future wedding song (I’m not gonna share the title. Duh). And no, that’s not Johnny Depp—that’s John Paul White and Joy Williams. They performed with Taylor Swift for the first The Hunger Games single, “Safe and Sound,” and they won Best Country Duo/Group Performance. About time these two get TWO Grammys.
Adele rolls in 6 Grammy Awards this year. For someone who went through a throat surgery last year, that “Rolling in the Deep” rendition was just wtf-why-you-so-good?!?!?!
I was personally rooting for J. Cole to win Best New Artist, but…okay, sure. Bon Iver? No problem. I wonder why they won “Best New Artist” though when they’ve been around for so long. I do pray to not go through a “Who’s Arcade Fire?” deja vu. Also, that dude’s name is not Bon Iver, fyi. That’s Justin Vernon. And here’s his very humble and honest speech after making risky comments towards the Grammys: “It’s really hard to accept this award. There’s so much talent out here on the stage and there is a lot of talent that’s not here tonight. It’s also hard to accept because when I started to make songs, I did it for the inherent reward of making songs, so I’m a little bit uncomfortable up here. With that discomfort, I do have a sense of gratitude. I want to say thank you to all the nominees and all the non-nominees that have never been here and never will be here.”
The Rihanna-Coldplay medley of “We Found Love,” “Princess of China,” and “Paradise.”
Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to multi-Grammy-winning artist Whitney Houston whom we all lost last Saturday, and stuns everyone with the highly emotional rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Dance in heaven, Whitney.
Whitney Houston’s death brought a serious, sad tone to the Grammys, but the Beach Boys’ reunion brought the joy back, especially when they took the stage to sing “Good Vibrations” with Maroon 5 and Foster the People.
Nicki Minaj channeled alter ego Roman Zolanski while being surrounded by religious imagery. She spoke in tongues (singing “I Feel Pretty”) beside the Pope, levitated, and danced with monks. Controversial. Twitter debate, anyone?—HITGIRL