The 57th GRAMMY Awards happened last night with hardly any ground-breaking moments to remember. The only special and memorable events of the night were the performances by Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, and Common & John Legend due to the many references of Ferguson that we experienced on stage. It was also bad to see politicians in an artists’ night only. But at least it was for a good cause
Sam Smith was the king of the night, earning a total of four GRAMMYs including the Record and Song of the Year awards for his melancholic ballad, “Stay with Me”. Certainly the man who broke Smith’s heart must be now beating his head against a brick wall.
There were no shocking winners. The only surprises, as mentioned everywhere, were Beck beating Beyoncé and Sam Smith on Album of the Year. And Pharrell taking the Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
The best performances
Definitely Queen Bey had the best show of the night. She delivered a beautiful performance of the Gospel anthem “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” Her voice was simply amazing and the show of hands by the backing performers gave it a dramatic tune.
The second best performance of the night came from Sia who had actress Kristen Wig and dancer Maddie Ziegler in a gloomy set.
Despite poor reviews, the third best performance was Pharrell Williams featuring Hans Zimmer and Lang Lang in the new twisted version of “Happy”. It was a clever performance accompanied by an earth-shattering choreography.
Other great performances include: Annie Lennox and Hozier for “Take Me to Church” and “I Put A Spell On You”; Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga for “Cheek to Cheek”; and John Legend & Common for “Glory”.
At 56, Madonna can still give an energetic performance. But her new song “Living for Love” is nothing special. And though the performance was not bad, people certainly expected more from the queen of pop.
Usher’s performance of the Stevie Wonder-cover “If It’s Magic” was not bad but it was rather disappointing having Stevie Wonder only blowing his harmonica by the end of the song.
Other disappointments came from Miranda Lambet’s wacky performance of “Little Red Wagon”; and Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s “My Heart is Open” was just a filler.
How my predictions went?
I correctly predicted 16 out of 28 categories. And my second option won in 6 categories out of the remaining 12. You can click here to check my predictions.