Grammys Reward Musical Talent
by Faith Pang on Friday, February 7th, 2014
On January 26th, LL Cool J hosted the 2014 Grammy Awards at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The night rewarded artists whose productions had shined this year and featured a variety of live musical performances.
As Jay-Z and Beyoncé opened the Grammys with “Drunk in Love,” fellow celebrities and common audience alike jammed along to the beat. The New York Daily News reports that while Melissa Henson of the Parents’ Television Council critiqued the performance as in “bad taste, vulgar, and outrageous,” Neil Patrick Harris praised Beyoncé as “sexxxy,” possessing the ability to “turn a gay man straight!” The performance was definitely a jaw dropper, especially when Jay-Z “intimately, yet not raunchily, brushed his hand over his wife’s butt,” as described by E! News.
Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” number was also a huge hit. Although Daft Punk stunned the audience with robotics, their guest performer Stevie Wonder was a perfect match, his soft voice blending wonderfully with their techno beat. This memorable performance backed the duo’s 5 awards of the night for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Dance Recording, and Best Pop Duo/Group.
In addition to Daft Punk’s surprising success, the night yielded other interesting results. While Taylor Swift’s album “Red” was nominated for Album of the Year, thousands of fans were shocked and devastated when the country singer did not win the category. However, “T-Swift” herself was the most surprised. As Alicia Keys started to read the winning album “Random Access of Memories,” Taylor Swift and her team reacted quite ostentatiously to the “R” before hearing the final result. Shocked that she didn’t win, Swift gaped noticeably.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also memorably performed “Same Love” with Mary Lambert and Madonna. Together, the group put on a performance full of life and emotion, inviting Queen Latifah to preside over the marriage of 33 couples, both heterosexual and homosexual. Though Macklemore and Ryan Lewis send a great message to the audience and stirred up a great discussion about same sex marriage and homosexuality, many Rap/R&B fans questioned their victory for Best Rap Song of the Year. Do they really deserve the award more than Jay Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar?
The show proved to be an entertaining event, and many are already looking forward to next year’s performance.
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