Grammy Recap: Bad Blood and Bowie
by Emma James on Friday, February 26th, 2016
Music’s biggest night of the year, the 58th Grammys Awards, aired on Monday, February 15, 2016 . The Grammys, one of the most popular award shows of the season, celebrates the best of the music industry of the preceding year. Since many of the Grammy winners are announced ahead of the primetime broadcast, the night primarily focuses on the performances and announcements of the most coveted awards of the night.
Aside from the music, the Grammys are also one of the biggest nights for fashion and proves that the show starts before the door. Of course, what would any red carpet outing be without a few totally glamorous outfits? According to Vanity Fair, the best looks were worn by Taylor Swift in an Atelier Versace separates set, Selena Gomez in a cut-out Calvin Klein dress, and Lady Gaga, who paid homage to late music legend David Bowie. Gaga sported an electric blue Marc Jacobs coat dress, which was accompanied with bright orange hair and fluorescent blue eyeshadow.
Before the show began, some bad news arrived. Music industry darling Rihanna backed out of her gig last minute because of emergency vocal rest, and surprise performer Lauryn Hill didn’t even show up to accompany The Weeknd. Despite the complications, when the clock struck 8:00pm, it was show time.
Some of the main awards of the night were to Taylor Swift’s “1989” (album of the year), Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (song of the year), Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” (Record of the Year), and Meghan Trainor (a surprising recipient of Best New Artist).
While the national audience has been heavily debating whether Taylor Swift’s “1989” deserved Album of the Year over Kendrick Lamar’s thoughtful, controversial “To Pimp A Butterfly,” the awards were considered by many to be rather predictable. Taylor Swift garnered more attention from the speech she gave after accepting her second Album of the Year award, making her the first female ever to do so. She took aim at Kanye West, who infamously interrupted her VMA acceptance speech in 2009, saying, “There are going to be people who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your fame.” Kanye’s new song “Famous,” released on February 11, has the lyric, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous.” Many celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon, Jaime King, and Ruby Rose, tweeted her with applause for the remark.
Adele attracted a lot of negative attention for the technological mishap during her live performance. The singer’s new album,”25” was not eligible for any awards for this year’s Grammys but she still took the stage to perform “All I Ask”. The singer encountered audio difficulties, causing her performance to sound out of tune; however, it still resulted in a standing ovation.
This past month has been a difficult time for the music world, as music titans Glenn Frey, founder of The Eagles, Maurice Williams, founder of Earth, Wind and Fire, and David Bowie all passed away. The Grammys honored these legends with performances. Former Eagles members Don Henley and Joe Walsh, accompanied by Jackson Browne, honored Frey with a performance of the seminal classic “Take it Easy”. The group also accepted their award for the 1978 Record of the Year for “Hotel California,” which was never officially accepted as the group decided to skip the show that year. Acapella group Pentatonix, accompanied by music legend Stevie Wonder, performed a cover of “That’s the Way of the World” in honor of Maurice Williams. Finally, Lady Gaga’s outfit was not her only homage to Bowie for the night. Having recently sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she performed a powerful tribute to Ziggy Stardust, covering a barrage of the icon’s greatest hits: her performance was one of the highlights of the entire award show.
Between the fashion, performances and awards, the night proved to be an exciting one, even if the featured program was lackluster.
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