As I was driving home from a weekend trip this evening, I was hoping that the snow showers wouldn’t turn into a full-blown snow storm. But what I was really worried about was that I might miss the Grammy Awards on TV.
For those of you who didn’t get to watch them, I wanted to share some of my favorite moments – so that you can look them up and enjoy them on YouTube later, of course.
On that note, one of the first things that caught my attention was the inclusion of notable YouTube artist covers of the songs nominated for Grammy Awards. Snippets of the videos were played as a few of the awards were announced, and it was exciting to see a few familiar faces of people I have followed on YouTube for years or known at college. (It also seemed like a clever way to try to increase engagement.) Perhaps we’ll see some of them featured as nominees in the future.
Pink outdid herself again with acrobatic moves, strength with grace, and her hit songs.
Next up were the piano / vocal performances: John Legend, Taylor Swift, and the duo of Carole King and Sara Bareilles. Stylistically, musically, and historically, these were great. From the signature scratch in Legend’s voice to the dramatic performance flair of Swift to the seamless combination of two very different generations of music and people with King and Bareilles, the simplicity of piano and vocals was delightful tonight.
A little later in the night Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert performed “Same Love,” a great song with a great message. That was only the beginning, though. At the end of the song, Queen Latifah announced that some couples were getting married right there at the Grammy Awards. Congratulations! It looked like many tears of joy were shed. The emotional moment was somewhat broken by a perplexing appearance by Madonna, but what are the Grammys without a few surprises, and who would Madonna be without some sort of spectacle? I bet it will be a night to remember for those couples.
Pharrell Williams: The producer appeared a few times for his production work, performance with Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder, and finally, album of the year with Daft Punk. There is nothing quite like seeing two robots hugging and going on stage to accept an award.
What were your favorite moments at the Grammys this year? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @rockonink.