I’ll admit I only half watched the 55th Annual Grammy’s this year. And that’s more attention than I’ve paid to them in the past.
I had heard about “the memo” that went out asking attendees to tame the provocative outfits; I was curious to see how music royalty would adhere to the constrictions. A show of the dresses that graced the red carpet proves you can’t ask a sex symbol to dull the heat. Case in point: Jennifer Lopez. As Pitbull said when she presented with him, “you inspired the memo”. So she did what any J.Lo would do – she made sure the one come hither item she could flaunt (legs and thighs, oh my!) were in all their – no wait – it’s glory (…there was only one leg…in case you didn’t…get…the joke…).
And then here’s a first: Beyonce took a backseat to the hotness Kelly Rowland was exuding! Not that Bey didn’t look beautiful in her black and white attire but Kelly was banging in, yes, a very scandalous dress.
And then there was Katy Perry and her dates: breast number 1 and breast number 2 – I mean John Mayer and his tux.
Bottom line, no one really followed the dress code. They just had more fun breaking it.
Adele scooped up six awards, and we are the lucky ones for it because she gives the best acceptance speeches – honest, quick, and light-hearted. And anyone who ridicules her choice of dress is a total hater ‘cause they can’t bring fire to the rain like she can.
Mumford & Sons, Fun, and Dan Auerbach & The Black Keys took home the nights’ most coveted awards (divided nicely, of course). Hopefully this is signaling the beginning of the end for boy bands. But who am I kidding, that novelty is around to stay, it’s only the objects of affection that will rotate.
Taylor Swift loves to dance. Now we know. Lena Dunham, Nicole Kidman, and Carey Mulligan – all A-list Hollywood ladies rocking out with their musical significant others.
And how about Johnny Depp? I bet he was like, I like Mumford & Sons, let me introduce them – and so they let him.
And Prince, oh Prince, thank you. Now I don’t feel bad about living most of my life in a hoodie.
And then there were The Lumineers. Although they went home empty-handed, they left my heart a little fuller after that performance. I saw them on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back and feel in love then, last night they solidified my affection. There were no fancy technics or fancy costumes to distract from what they were trying to do (Sing. Duh. Remember, it’s the Grammy’s). Ho Hey is good old-fashioned tune making. And they looked so happy to perform. They are a joy to watch, and I love them, love them, love them.
Rhianna, Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood each took home an award. Shocker, right? Moving along. Actually, no wait. What was up with Underwood’s dress? Making all those shapes on it? It was cheesy, but we love her, and she sang her heart out and that’s all that matters (but I had to mention it).
And then there was Frank Ocean with the Forrest Gump theme performance. That was just a clever idea with a mismarked execution. But hey, again, nice voice.
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, Suit and Tie; I think they’re both two of the most talented men and entertaining performers; this song is not their best, but gosh darn it, they always have the nicest suits (..and ties).
Highlights worth Youtubing: my beloved Lumineers, the Bob Marley tribute with Bruno Mars, Sting, Rhianna, and others. And the tribute to The Band’s late Levon Helm performed by Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and some spectacular others. Elton John dedicated the performance to the Sandy Hook victims, and perhaps it was that thought that triggered something, but the entire performance gave me chills, and reminded me of how together we are in this thing call life.