56th GRAMMY Awards: The Official Review of 2014 GRAMMYs

56th GRAMMY Awards: The Official Review of 2014 GRAMMYs

Last night was the 56th annual GRAMMY awards. Music’s biggest night always promises to be nothing short of incredible and this year was no different (for the most part).  From the glamorous and sometimes questionable arrivals on the red carpet to Kendrick’s performance with Imagine Dragons and Taylor Swift rocking out, and the biggest moment of all, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance I have it all right here for you.

The #ERedCarpet opened with a bang as John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen took to the carpet. Chrissy looked gorgeous as always, even though I wasn’t a huge fan of her hair but that’s a minor detail.  Katy Perry’s dress was beautiful, but I’m not sure I was in love with it for the red carpet. Let’s just say there’s a love-hate thing going with it. You can let me know what you think http://www.eonline.com/news/503653/2014-grammys-katy-perry-rocks-musical-dress-and-promises-a-spooky-performance. I have to shout out Colbie Callait who looked stunning. If you thought her career was dead she just revived it in that stunning red dress by Ezra Santos http://www.justjaredjr.com/2014/01/26/colbie-caillat-grammys-2014/. Some notable red carpet fashionistas included Ciara, Paris Hilton, Rita Ora, and who can deny Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa? Can we just take a moment here to talk about Paris Hilton making her grand entrance with Birdman?? Personally, I thought she had floated off into the abyss with her money and left behind her hopes of being a pop star with her attempt at an album. Remember Paris? Didn’t think so. This time she’s taking a bit of a different route trying to be tough hanging out with Birdman and the crew as a part of Birdman’s label, Cash Money. However, Paris did bring the controversy as she always does in her House of Milani dress. Some called it beautiful and others called it straight up tacky http://www.eonline.com/news/503631/paris-hilton-flaunts-sexy-skin-in-sheer-dress-at-the-2014-grammy-awards. Ciara looked gorgeous baby bump and all in her metallic Pucci dress http://www.justjared.com/2014/01/26/ciara-holds-her-baby-bump-on-grammys-2014-red-carpet. I still find it hard to believe that she’s pregnant but her happiness suits her and who can blame her? I couldn’t figure out what was different about Amber Rose and then it hit me like a ton of bricks, she covered her tattoos to go with the look of her Naeem Khan dress XXXXXXX. She looked absolutely stunning. Wiz didn’t look bad either LOL. Oh and before I move on what has Rita Ora done to be at the GRAMMYs this year? Dare I say she’s had even one hit song? I mean I like the girl but c’mon she’s a bit lackluster in the music department. I guess that’s why they have her starring in 50 Shades of Grey….

Anywhoo the show opened with none other than Queen Bey and hubby Jay Z performing “Drunk in Love” off of Bey’s new visual album Beyonce. Needless to say I wasn’t blown away by her performance but it was still good. I thought she was lip syncing the first half of the performance until Jay came out and seemed to breathe life into the performance. I think for a show opener there could have been more of a wow factor but that may just be my opinion. As always Bey brought the sex appeal and sometimes that’s all we can ask for, or not according to some disgruntled viewers http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/beyonce-jay-z-open-grammys-674153. The second performance went to new-comer Lorde, a 17 year old singer-songwriter who seems to have come out of nowhere. Her performance was a bit dark and a bit off kilter but from watching her acceptance speech (she won Best Pop Solo and Song of the Year) I think that explains her perfectly. Lorde is the story of a girl who was once socially awkward and has now been thrust head first into the spotlight. Learn more about the new-comer here, http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/lorde-article-1.1592721.

One of my favorite performances of the night has to go to Katy Perry and Juicy J. If you ask me, Katy is a hood chick at heart with some serious potential for a second career at KOD. The performance was fun and what most of us probably expected from Katy, but nonetheless it was great. To be honest I also have a bit of an obsession with Macklemore and his uplifting, message filled music. The exchanging of vows during the performance was history making and tear jerking.

A performance that most people will probably forget is that of Hunter Hayes. People wanna knock Hayes for being the replacement Justin Bieber, but I think he’s much more than JB will ever be simply for the message of his music. I don’t have much interest in either one but I will take Hayes any day. On the same note of Katy Perry being one of my favorite performances of the night, I would definitely have to give my least favorite performance award to the sickeningly sweet Taylor Swift. Her head-banging heart-breaking tale of love lost was nothing special and quite frankly was unimpressive. I’m shocked she didn’t give herself whip lash.

The GRAMMYs constantly make history by having the future of music perform with the greats of the past. A perfect example of this, Pharrell and Stevie Wonder with Daft Punk who had everybody on their feet with their hit song “Get Lucky”. What probably amazes me more than the performance itself is how Daft Punk has managed to stay anonymous. Think about it, they get to do what they love, have notoriety, and stay anonymous in a world that’s obsessed with celebrities. And not to forget one of the honorees of the night, Carol King took the stage with Sara Bareilles, who I think is greatly underestimated. Her hit song “Brave” has such a positive message it should definitely get more play than it does. Oh and who can forget the astonishingly handsome Robin Thicke who graced the stage with legendary Chicago. Last but not least the most epic moment of the night goes to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance where 33 gay and straight couples were wed by Queen Latifah. As the rap duo performed their hit “Same Love” with special guest Madonna, Queen Latifah wed 33 very lucky couples that brought tears to the even toughest of men. Did you miss the performance? Well catch it here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwlNbLdP7fo.

Now that I have ranted and raved about the performances let’s get down to the winners and losers of the night. First, I have to say thank you heavens Taylor Swift did not win for Best Country Album which I could have sworn was going to happen (as it always seems to be the case). Macklemore and Ryan Lewis went home with the award for Best New Artist and I can’t say I’m surprised. They had the year of their lives so I knew it really came down to them or Kendrick Lamar who somehow manages to be featured on every song on the radio. I am shocked that the duo took home the award for best rap album over Kendrick Lamar and apparently I wasn’t the only one; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis later said they were shocked they snubbed the award from Kendrick as well http://www.hitfix.com/news/macklemore-says-the-grammys-handed-best-rap-album-out-to-the-wrong-act. I am a bit surprised that Lorde took home Song of the Year against Bruno Mars and Macklemore both of whom won in other categories. Can’t knock a 17 year old girl whose dreams are coming true right in front of her eyes.

I could go on for days about this year’s GRAMMY show but now that I have covered some of my favorite highlights I think I’ll leave the rest up to you.

Get a complete list of the winners here,  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/grammy-awards-2014-the-complete-winners-list-20140126


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