Gem of the Week: Grammy Performance Highlights

29 Jan

Grammy Love

Sunday nights 56th annual Grammy performance line- up included my favorite legends of rock from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to Metallica.

I felt this article written by David Bauder from the Huffington Post summed up the Grammys vibe best stating:

 “What makes music special is its seeming randomness, of magic moments coming from where you’d least expect them. Sunday night’s Grammy Awards proved that. In a room filled with music history and industry powerhouses, Lorde and Daft Punk took major awards. And there were other moments, too — some moving, some boring, some baffling, some just plain fun.”

I was looking forward to the finale rock performance with Nine Inch Nails (NIN), Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Queens of the Stone Age with Dave Grohl. I thought it was an interesting grunge combo and it was a great closing performance that was rudely cut short due to lack of time. That was unfortunate and NIN frontman Trent Reznor tweeted his frustration against the incident by cursing out the Grammys, I can’t say I blame him for his anger.

I enjoyed seeing respected artists from my 80s and 90s era in music and pop culture  like actor Neil Patrick Harris and 80s pop queen Cyndi Lauper presenting. My favorite presenter for the night was Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto who touched on the loss of rock legend Lou Reed before introducing Metallica.

While I liked Metallica’s performence overall, I felt the vocal sound quality was disappointing. The band was playing their hit One along with classical pianist Lang Lang. The chaotic piano with lead guitarist Kirk Hammett’s solo was cool but I could barely hear frontman James Hetfield’s vocals.

Some performances that deserve an honorable mention for being awesome were country music’s legendary trio Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard along with Blake Shelton doing Highway and other hits. Miranda Lambert and Greenday frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s performance of The Everly Brothers song, When Will I be Loved was a nice tribute to the late Phil Everly.

My main reason for tuning into the Grammys this year was to see Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on stage together. While It would have been cool if they did a Beatles song, their performance of McCartney’s song Queenie Eye was still awesome.

I am also looking forward to the Beatles tribute set to air February 9th on CBS for the 50th anniversary of their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

For the record I love Ringo Starr and it was cool to see him on drums with McCartney; not to mention he looks great for 73 years old!


One Response to “Gem of the Week: Grammy Performance Highlights”

  1. Carolyn Cage February 6, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    I watched the Grammy’s and was disappointed in the majority of the wins and of the performances/odd collaborations. I totally agree about Metallica’s sound on stage…you couldn’t here James AT ALL! Also, I did want to mention that the ceremony that Macklemore & Queen Latifah did for the 32 couples was awesome. Great way to backup the lyrics of the song “same love” that Macklemore performed right beforehand. I must say I was taken aback by Madonna’s sound quality & appearance. She did NOT sing well NOR did she look good in her cowboy getup.
    My favorite collab of the night was Imagine Dragons & Kendrick Lamar…they jammed heavy! My least favorite collab was the one with Miranda Lambert & Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. They did not blend/harmonize well together at all and I was disappointed because the Everly Brothers were KNOWN for their beautiful harmonies, etc.

    Thanks Lo, for a great topic!



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