What a night of cool collaborations! The Grammys have long delivered when it comes to one-of-a-kind performances and this year was no exception. Leave it to the legends to show how it’s done.
How cool was it to see Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on stage or Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton perform the legendary “Highway Men” songs?
This is what music is all about. The Beatles were finally recognized with a Lifetime Achievement honor 50 years in the making. It’s about time.
The audience’s reaction to seeing Nelson, Kristofferson, Haggard and Shelton sing “Mama’s Don’t let Your Babies Grow Up To B e Cowboys” was awesome. Shelton was the perfect contemporary country artist to showcase the outlaws.
Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers totally rocked out Daft Punk’s Grammy-winning song “Get Lucky.” Carole King and Sara Bareilles dazzled with Bareilles’ “Brave.” Bareilles was in the height of her glory singing with her idol, King.
The night’s most memorable moment also will go down in history as one of the most iconic Grammy performances of all time. The historic moment began with the night’s four-Grammy-winning Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing their nominated Song of the Year “Same Love” with Mary Lambert, Queen Latifa and Madonna.
“Same Love” broke ground for its controversial acknowledgement of same-sex marriage, which opened the topic for discussion in song — I believe it’s why the song garnered a Song of the Year nomination.
In performance, Queen Latifa joined in matrimony 33 couples of all scenarios live on the Grammys. That’s right — 33 couples were married on live TV during music’s biggest night.
Madonna contributed “Open Your Heart” to the moment people may be talking about for years to come. I can’t recall ever seeing anything remotely like it before. Audience members gave the performance the night’s biggest applause. As cameras scanned the front rows you could see emotions flowing, even Keith Urban was in tears at what had just happened.
“Same Love” lost to Lorde’s “Royals” for Song of the Year, but the moment created was far more enduring than any statuette could be. Pink, Taylor Swift and Metallica also gave great performances, whereas Beyonce with JayZ and Katy Perry fell short in expectation.
JayZ went into the night with nine nominations, but left with only one?Grammy. Pharrell Williams earned four statuettes, mostly for his work on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Daft Punk took home Record of the Year for “Get Lucky” and Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories.”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stole the rap categories as well as Best New Artist totaling four awards and New Zealander Lorde nabbed wins for Best Pop Vocal Performance and Song of the Year for “Royals.” Bruno Mars’s “Unorthodox Jukebox” was named Best Pop Vocal Album.
Page 2 of 2 - Obvious upsets were Taylor Swift missing on all four of her nominations and country newcomer Kacey Musgraves beating some major country music heavyweights for Best Country Album. The tide is beginning to turn, musically speaking.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.