Let’s get right to it:
Lady Gaga opened the show with a show tunes-y version of her Grammy-nominated single “Poker Face,” which even highlighted the singing ability of one of her dancers. The number soon turned into a duet with Elton John. The two sang a melody of her ballad “Speechless” and Elton John’s “Your Song” on a double-keyboarded piano with monster claw sculptures on the lid.
Perhaps foreshadowing what was to come, the first Grammy of the night went to Beyoncé –as well as fellow songwriters Terius “The-Dream” Nash, Thaddis Harrell, and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart— for her hit song “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
Green Day performed “21 Guns,” with the cast of the upcoming Broadway show American Idiot that sounded like an epic version of a Glee performance. Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige performed a chilling rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” for Haiti relief.
Taylor Swift was shocked as always when she won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance for “You Belong with Me.” Taylor also won Best Country Song for “White Horse” and Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Fearless. Swift would later drop and shatter one of her Grammys at the backstage conference.
A surprise happened when southern rockers Kings of Leon won a Grammy for Record of the Year for their album Only By the Night. While accepting their award, the rockers admitted to being “happy drunk.”
Beyoncé performed a version of her hit”If I Were a Boy” that blended with a cover of Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know.” The powerful rendition was likely inspired by the troubles surrounding her parent’s divorce. Pink performed a beautiful ballad called “Glitter in the Air,” from her CD Funhouse while spinning in the air soaked in water in a Cirque du Soleil style.
As far as country music acts go, trio Lady Antebellum performed their hit “Need You Now.” Taylor Swift united with Stevie Nicks to sing “You Belong with Me” and “Rhiannon.” The Zac Brown Band performed “America the Beautiful” with legendary keyboardist Leon Russell.
The performance you probably heard the least of “Forever.” CBS, the network that broadcast the Grammys, dropped the volume levels throughout most of the performance. Speaking of sound, Jamie Foxx’s performance of “Blame It” with Slash and T-Pain had the worst audio of the night.
The Grammys wouldn’t have been complete this year if they didn’t celebrate history maker Michael Jackson. Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion and Smokey Robinson sang “Earth Song” in tribute to the pop superstar before a 3-D video. I must admit, the 3-D was lousy, but the performance was a decent one.
The late King of Pop’s children, Paris and Prince stepped up to accept a Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of their father. Accompanied by his cousins, Prince spoke articulately as he gave his speech. Tears filled my eyes as Paris added “Daddy was supposed to be here, Daddy was gonna perform this year.”
The biggest winner of the Grammy’s was Beyoncé, who walked off with 6 awards, but she didn’t when the biggest award of the night. Album of the Year went to Taylor Swift for 2008’s Fearless. Lady Gaga, also a major contender walked off with two Grammys presented before the telecast. She beat out Britney Spears and the Black Eyed Peas.
What was your reaction to the Grammys?