KSUA 91.5 Notes: Highlights of the 55th Grammy Awards
Brady Gross/ Sun Star Columnist
February 19, 2013
Taking a break this week from music reviews, let’s take a look at the 55th Grammys that aired last weekend.The Grammys is a historically hit and miss event that attempts to give recognition to the music industry as a whole.
In 2011 we saw indie darlings Arcade Fire walk away with Album of the Year. While in 2012, Bon Iver won Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist (we’ll let that slide even though his debut came out in 2008). In 2013, it seemed the Grammys was aiming to meld the Starbucks friendly
“mom-pop“ Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, and Fun. nominations with indie standouts Frank Ocean, The Black Keys and Miguel. Here are the highlights good and bad.
First off, I’m pretty sure LL Cool J had never used a smartphone before taking the stage to host the Grammys this year. He seemed overly ecstatic about promoting #Grammys over and over again. LL Cool J, #tweetmuch?
While I won’t even try to cover every performance the Grammys featured, there were a few that especially stuck out, and not for the reason you’d expect. I discovered very quickly that Taylor Swift knows every word to every pop song and really, really likes to dance.
During Mumford and Sons:
During Bruno Mars:
And during The Lumineers:
A little overboard, but I wasn’t kidding, Taylor Swift loves to dance.
The Black Keys walked away with awards for
Best Rock Album for El Camino, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for Lonely Boy. They completely deserved the awards after making seven amazing albums over the last decade. The Black Keys also performed with Dr. John and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It was a grandiose rendition of their Grammys winning single, Lonely Boy. And Dr. John wore this:
One performance that wasn’t too impressive in my mind was Fun. I admit right up front that I am biased, as I don’t think the band is worth a damn musically. I watched with my fists clenched, hoping for something amazing. Then it rained and Fun.’s lead singer wore weird pants:
My favorite act of the night came from a man who most likely should have a special place in all our hearts–Justin Timberlake. Timberlake is returning to music this year with a new album coined The 20/20 Experience and his welcome back performance was nothing but pure bliss and just for fun, included friend and hip-hop legend, Jay-Z.
Oddly announced right before the award was given, there was a new category for Urban Contemporary Album this year. Frank Ocean won for Channel Orange over woman-beater Chris Brown. Frank Ocean was completely elated and rightfully so. Channel Orange was hands down one of the strongest R&B albums of not only the last year, but probably the last decade.
Prince gave out the award for Record of the Year to Goyte’s Someone That I Used to Know and somehow I feel like he almost forgot to get out of bed because he walked out with a cane and a ripped up hoody on:
The night ended with Adele presenting Album of the Year to none other than Mumford and Sons. I didn’t get to watch the Grammys live this year, but I was pretty happy with being able to fast-forward as much as I’d like with what ended up being a 3 1/2 hr. televised event with all the commercials. The Grammys will never please everyone, and expecting it to, is setting yourself up for disappointment. Overall, I hope the Grammys continues to try and incorporate the entirety of the musical landscape seen, heard and YouTubed across America. Really though, I’m just happy Fun. didn’t win Album of the Year.