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Music’s Biggest Night: The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

LL Cool J | photo credit: mtv.com

GrammyThe Staples Center in Los Angeles was a cascade of stars, as the 55th Annual Grammy Awards was broadcast live on CBS this past Sunday on Feb. 10. The show aired from 8–11:30 p.m.

Music’s biggest night, was full of surprises!

Clad in a white tuxedo jacket, shorts and sparkling top hat, Ringmaster Taylor Swift opened Sunday’s Grammy Awards with a circus themed performance of her current hit, “We Are Never Getting Back Together. The country pop princess’ performance earned her a roaring applause, which is common for her. From her seat, Ms. Swift was dancing while others were performing which was the pinnacle of good sportsmanship.

Host L.L. Cool J gave a lengthy monologue taking a trip down memory lane. He introduced many of the nominees and stated that seeing Michael Jackson‘s 1984 photo cradling his 8 Grammys inspired his career.

Jennifer Lopez  and Pitbull presented the 1st album of the evening for Best Pop Solo, won by Adele for “Set Fire to the Rain”. J-Lo wore a black Anthony Vaccarello gown, which showed some major leg. This gown was rather conservative compared to her infamous green Donatella Versace gown, worn at the 42nd Annual Grammys in 2000. Ms. Lopez and Pitbull jokingly compared the two gowns, during a split screen photo where the gowns were shown.

Frank Ocean | photo credit: socialitelife.comThe star-studded affair was filled with many memorable performances and winners.

Newcomer Frank Ocean, accepted the Grammy for Urban Contemporary Album for “Channel Orange.”

Although many of us were hoping to hear “Diamonds”, Rihanna performed another one of her songs – “Stay.”

Music veteran Sting joined Bruno Mars as they performed an energetic rendition of his current hit “Locked Out of Heaven” The audience remained on their feet the whole time.

Kelly Clarkson, who performed “Tennessee Waltz” and “Natural Woman”, accepted her Grammy for Pop Vocal Album for “Stronger.” She went on to praise her fellow nominees, both friends and strangers.

Although all of the performances were eye catching, some outshined others.

Introduced by a very comedic Ellen DeGeneres and Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z gave a rousing performance of Justin Timberlake’s new hit “Suit and Tie”. This performance marked Justin’s much anticipated return to stage, after a lengthy hiatus. Timberlake also performed his song “Pusher Love Girl.”

Elton John and Ed Sheehan performed “The A Team” which was also up for Song of the Year. Sir Elton and Ed | photo credir popdust.comElton even returned to the stage later for another performance with Timberlake.

Dressed in an iridescent gown that changed spectrum colors, Country songstress and 6-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood performed “Blown Away” and “Two Black Cadillacs.” While accepting the Grammy for Country Solo Performance for “Blown Away”, Ms. Underwood said,

Country music has always been so good to me, and I thank the Lord that I’m part of such a wonderful, amazing family.”

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys, who took the stage together, gave charismatic performances of their songs, “Daylight” and “Girl on Fire.

In addition, to these, there was also a tribute to the late reggae pioneer Bob Marley, with his song “Could You Be Loved” featuring Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Marley’s sons Ziggy and Damian.

In the meantime, The Black Keys accepted their Grammy for Rock Performance for “Lonely Boy.”

Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, and The Dream accepted the Grammy for Rap/Song Collaboration on behalf of themselves and Kanye West for “No Church in the Wild.”

The Grammy for Country Album went to Zac Brown.

Despite the numerous victories achieved, there is always someone who surpasses everyone else. In addition to being nominated numerous times, it was a rather fun night for pop band, Fun.

Katy Perry presented the quirky New York City band with the Best New Artist award, while Faith Hill and Tim McGraw presented them with the Grammy for Song of the Year for “We Are Young.”

LL and Chuck | photo credit: theybf.comOther highlights include Gotye who won Record of the Year for the sing along anthem, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” while Folk act, Mumford & Sons’ Babel won Album of the Year.

To close the show, LL Cool J, joined by Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, DJ Z-Trip, and fellow hip hop pioneer, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, gave a bombastic performance of a song called “Whaddup”. The song incorporated Chuck D’s rapping lyrics from his group’s 1990’s hit “Welcome to the Terrordome”. The performance also featured a flashy drum solo from Travis Barker. An endearing twist was that the song incorporated elements of “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn,” a 1987 hit by hip-hop pioneers the Beastie Boys. This was added as a tribute to the group’s member the late Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away last May.

The Glitzy, glamorous, Grammys. Oh what a night!

Ashly is a freelance writer and poet from Baltimore, MD.

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