The “historic” blizzard Nemo swept through New York City this past weekend ruining travel plans for many and destroying a glimmer of hope for me to see a childhood favorite perform. And while I may have missed the opportunity to “Ska-out” to Reel Big Fish on Friday night, thankfully there was enough music on TV to keep the angry 13 year-old inside of me at bay. As you know, the music behemoth that is the Grammy Awards was last night and musical performances were just the tip of the iceberg. From LL Cool J’s heartwarming speech, to Chris Brown’s snub of Frank Ocean, the three and a half hour telecast was jam packed with entertainment. And, while I would love to launch into a diatribe against Mr. Brown (and for that matter Rihanna,) I will stick to the happy moments from last night’s show. In true People’s Choice Awards fashion, here are my favorite moments from the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Favorite Band of the Night
From their rainy day performance to their acceptance speeches about being old and needing to pee, Fun. brought a whole lot of “fun” to last night’s show. Their performance of “Carry On” was a pleasant surprise and their speeches really showed how much they appreciate finally making it big. I, for one, was thrilled they took home two trophies and cannot wait to hear what they have in store for us in 2013. And while I may not be ready to embrace Lena Dunham and Jack Anatoff as a power couple, I did appreciate Jack’s shout out to Dunham after they accepted Best Song. Good looks, Jack.
Favorite Speech of the Night
Oh, how I adore Kelly Clarkson. Her vocals, her smile, her cuteness…her rambling speeches. After almost failing to pass by Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson accepted the award for best pop vocal album for Stronger. Once she finally made it to the mic the gems started to flow: “So sorry, I got stuck to Miranda Lambert!” she began, “There’s a story and a song, for later … after alcohol. I’m just kidding, children! I get nervous speaking in front of people.” So cute. Closely after this little ramble, she called out to Miguel, the singer who performed earlier in the night with Wiz Khalifa, “I don’t know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together, I mean good God that was the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen. WHAT!?”
Can you get cuter than that?
Bob Marley Tribute concert
Though no explanation was given to why there was a Bob Marley tribute, the spectacle was worth it nonetheless. Bruno Mars opened with his hit song “Locked Out of Heaven” accompanied by Sting, and the two perfectly segued into the Police’s “Walking on the Moon.” By then, the crowd was going wild and Rihanna and two of Marley’s sons, Damian and Ziggy, came out for a big group performance of Marley’s classic “Could You Be Loved.” The dancing, the lights, Damian Marley’s floor length hair, easily made this the performance of the night and is definitely something for other shows to aspire to.
So there are a couple of my favorite moments from last night’s Grammys. Feel free to use the comment section to give us your thoughts on all of last night’s action.
Which performance from last night’s Grammy Awards was your favorite?
Bruno Mars and Sting: “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Walking on the Moon”
Jack White: “Love Interruption” and “Freedom at 21″
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z: “Suit & Tie”