If you didn’t catch the Grammy awards Sunday — maybe because you were still digging yourself out of mountains of snow, if you live in New England, or maybe because you were watching the long-awaited return of "The Walking Dead" (like me) — don’t stress. Here are some of the highlights:
Taylor Swift opened the show with visuals reminiscent of "Alice in Wonderland." But the thing people really care about is that she supposedly made a jab at her ex-boyfriend, One Direction’s Harry Styles. During the song’s breakdown, she says, “So he calls me up and he’s like, ‘I still love you,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, I’m busy opening up the Grammys.’” Supposedly, she uses a British accent for the guy’s voice — as you probably know, Harry Styles is British. In addition to Swift, performers included Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake; Mumford and Sons; Alicia Keys and Maroon 5; The Black Keys; Kelly Clarkson; Bruno Mars/Rihanna/Ziggy Marley/Sting (in a Bob Marley tribute); Carrie Underwood; Fun.; Ed Sheeran and Elton John; Frank Ocean… there were a lot of performances, OK?
What people wore
Prior to Sunday’s event, a "Wardrobe Advisory" sent to attendees regarding the evening’s dress code was leaked. The memo asked female celebrities to make sure their bodies were "adequately covered." Obviously what people wear is always a big part of award shows, but all I really care about are two. One, Adele, who always wears black, decided to change it up and rock a red and pink floral dress — and she looked amazing! Also, everyone loves Adele, and she has an adorable accent, and she’s so pretty and talented that she could probably wear a paper bag and people would talk about it. Two, Carrie Underwood wore, like, the prettiest projection screen ever!
Beyonce was there; so was Jennifer Lopez’s leg. Frank Ocean won best urban contemporary album, and Chris Brown didn’t stand for him despite the audience’s standing ovation because the two got into a fight a few weeks back or something. Prince presented Record of the Year. Faith Hill has braces. Rihanna and Chris Brown attended together. Katy Perry wore a revealing dress; Ellen Degeneres appreciated it. And I’m getting old. This is not a highlight of the Grammy’s so much as it’s news to me because, for some of the artists at the show, all I could really muster was a "who?" Soon I’ll probably be telling people to get off my lawn.
What did you think of this year’s Grammy awards?
The nominees for the 54th Grammy Awards were announced last night, and Kanye West, Adele, Bruno Mars, and Foo Fighters got the most out of everybody. Kanye got seven nods and the others got six apiece.
All the headlines say that Kanye is the leader of this year's Grammy nominations, but he's almost always paired with someone else. Yet, the works cited are from albums that were very much led by him, so the claims are mostly accurate.
Also, I was surprised that Skrillex got a nod for Best New Artist. Okay, maybe it's not so surprising when he's the biggest name in the fastest growing genre of the year, but not even deadmau5 got this honor when he was new. I guess dubstep really has finally arrived (though not uncontroversially). Whether Skrillex can pull off a win is another matter completely. I tend to think not.
Below is the list of nominees for the big four categories.
Record of the Year
- Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
- Bon Iver - "Holocene"
- Bruno Mars - "Grenade"
- Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"
- Katy Perry - "Firework"