I try to make a point of watching all the awards shows during the season, because it’s february/march and looking at all of the snow on the ground makes me wish I could be in some warm place wearing a gorgeous gown with way too much sequins. Me and my roommate watched the Grammys in our dorm’s lobby and gave red velvet oreos to anyone who would join, so it ended up be just as glamorous. Here’s what went down this year:
T-Swift Coming Out of the Woods
Taylor Swift opened the Grammys with a performance of “Out of theWoods”. She was wearing a black glittery bodysuit, which was pretty safe for a Grammys opening, but she still looked gorgeous. She looked really intense throughout, like she was trying to tell us “LISTEN TO MY LYRICS, THEY’RE DEEP AND BEAUTIFUL DAMMIT”. No jaw-dropping opening here, but she looked good, sounded good, and reminded us all that Taylor is still on top.
Rating: 4/5 Taylor and Selena Bestie Moments
Carrie Underwood & Sam HuntEmbed from Getty Images
I don’t love country music, but I went through an intense Carrie Underwood phase in the late 2000s that I’m still feeling the effects of. I don’t know who Sam Hunt is, but I admired the pastel pink suit he wore for the red carpet and boy, is he ever attractive. Carrie sounded marvelous as always and gave a great performance, but she overpowered Hunt a little bit. Is he like, a new baby country singer fresh on the scene? I don’t know, I need someone to fill me in on this.
Rating: 3/5 Perfect Carrie Underwood legs
The WeekndEmbed from Getty Images
Man, the Weeknd is cool. If he’s from Canada, I might move there to be more like him. He is, not surprisingly, a very good live performer. He sang “I Can’t Feel My Face” and a different, jazzier version of “In the Night”, which were both good and gave the night a nice, sophisticated pause.
Rating: 3/5 The Weeknd Hairdos
Lionel Richie TributeEmbed from Getty Images
John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese Gibson all participated in a tribute to the 2016 Grammys Person of the Year, Lionel Richie. When they announced all of these names performing together, I was skeptical, I mean this is strange mix of people to all be doing Lionel Richie covers. John Legend was smooth and soulful, Demi was powerful and amazing as always, and Tyrese Gibson pleasantly surprised me. Luke Bryan and Meghan Trainor didn’t quite hit the mark for me though. To top it off, Richie joined the celebs onstage to sing one of my faves “All Night Long”. It was a touching tribute for a performer who truly deserved it.
Rating: 4/5 “Hello”‘s
Broadcast from Broadway: Hamilton PerformanceEmbed from Getty Images
I’ve been hearing a ton about this musical from Tumblr, people are losing their pants over it. It was a surprise to absolutely no one last night that after their performance, they won Best Musical Theater Album. I’d love to go see it, but tickets are sold out until like 2030.
Rating: 5/5 Lin Manuel Miranda Ponytails
Adele: The Myth, The Legend, The GoddessEmbed from Getty Images
Adele’s newest album “25” wasn’t eligible for any Grammy nominations this year because of the timing of its release, but it wouldn’t be the Grammys without a performance by this British bombshell. She sang “All I Ask” and stunned the audience with her legendary vocals, albeit with a few sound board issues that I’m sure someone is paying for today. Adele wore a burgundy lace full-length gown studded with crystals, and her new bob was pulled back with a few soft strands left around the face that flattered her perfectly. The goddess never disappoints.
Rating: 5/5 Adele High-notes
Justin Bieber, Trying So HardEmbed from Getty Images
I’ve been cutting Justin Bieber a lot of slack lately; he’s trying to get his life together, and he seems to be releasing somewhat decent music that isn’t solely targeted to preteen girls anymore. And he’s proven to us before that he’s a talented musician that can sound good live. Last night, however, the Biebs sounded a little off, very out of breath, muffled, and nervous. His yearning for artistic acceptance from a room full of successful adults was so palpable, you could probably smell the stress-sweat. Poor Justin. He didn’t really do badly, it was just awkward to watch.
Rating: 2/5 Leopard Print Jackets
Lady Gaga’s David Bowie TributeEmbed from Getty Images
Lady Gaga never does anything half-assed. So for her tribute to the late David Bowie, who died recently and all too suddenly, she not only sang like Bowie, but donned makeup and fiery red hair inspired by the artist and even replicated his mannerisms. It was an electrifying and genuine performance that did the creative genius justice, even if it was a little over ambitious with the sheer amount of songs they covered. Lady Gaga hit a home run with this one.
Rating: 5/5 Ziggy Stardusts
Other Fun Things that Happened:
-The poor guy who announced the show’s opening started counting down too early 3 times and was swallowed by a marching band in the audience.
-Kendrick Lamar’s amazing, inventive performance off of his new album
-Taylor Swift and (a very sick) Selena Gomez sitting next to each other and sharing bestie moments
-Debra Messing’s tweet about JBieb’s genitals.
Record of the year: “Uptown Funk”-Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Album of the Year: “1989”-Taylor Swift
Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
Best Rock Performance: “Don’t Wanna Fight”-Alabama Shakes
Song of the Year: “Thinking Out Loud”-Ed Sheeran
Best Rap Song: “Alright”-Kenrick Lamar
Best Country Song: “Girl Crush”-Little Big Town