Grammy Wrap-Up: A night of Tribute and True talent
This year, it became clear that The Grammy Awards were going to be about one person: Whitney Houston. Houston’s unexpected death threw a curve ball at this year’s Grammy awards; with everyone speculating and guessing how would the Grammy association tribute the legendary Ms. Houston- it made last night’s awards a #MUSTSEE.
Hip-Hop pioneer LL Cool J hosted the 54th annual live broadcast almost flawlessly, opening up the show with a sincere and heartfelt prayer. After that with a heap of professionalism, a cup of good will and good-guyness, a dash of enthusiasm, and a pinch of knowingness— Cool J went from talking about Houston to amping up the rest of the show. Some of the big winners last night were by no surprise Britain’s very own #Adele whose incredible comeback swept the Grammy’s last night garnering 6 awards (tying herself with the Late Michael Jackson for most Grammy’s won in one night). Our favorite Doo-whopper #BRUNOMARS who was up for 5 awards last night rocked the stage with a high-energy performance of his song #RUNAWAY. The momentum kept on going when Barbados Pop superstar #RIHANNA hit the stage with a great rendition of her international hit #WeFoundLove, rocking her new blond do and black shorts she dominated the stage with her stage presence, which has grown over the years. Another memorable performance would be #CHRISBROWN who as usual danced the night away in his performance of “Beautiful People”, he also won his first award for “Best R&B Album”, and this was Brown’s first appearance at the Grammys since the 2009 Chris Brown/Rihanna debacle.
Unfortunately not everyone had an amazing night! The #Barbie herself #NICKIMINAJ failed to connect with the audience during her performance of her new song “Romans Vacation”. The Ga-Ga & Madonna inspired performance was a huge miss. Not only was the song not catchy, the theatrical performance proved to many that Minaj is out of her league and needs to do what she is good at – and that is rap! To add insult to injury she also was beat out by Bon Iver for Best New Artist. #OUCH Minaj, maybe the fame and success has gotten to her head –hopefully this will humble her down and inspire her to work harder! Quality control Minaj!
Now to the moment we were all patiently waiting for: The Houston Tribute. Whitney was shouted out a number of times during the show— Alicia Keyes and Bonnie Raitt mentioned her before their tribute to Etta James; Rihanna exhorted the crowd to “Make some noise for Whitney”: When introducing Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder said, “To Whitney up in heaven, we all love you Whitney”— but the major tribute happened at the end of the in memoriam segment (the only significant time Amy Winehouse was mentioned all night) which segued directly into Jennifer Hudson’s performance of “I Will Always Love You.” The emotional Ms. Hudson delivered a beautiful rendition of Whitney’s signature song; however after the song ended many of us were left with the thought “THAT’S IT?” Boo Grammy’s for a tribute shorter than Kim & Kris Humphries marriage. Many of us expected a star studded performance and tribute, but we were all left hanging.
In Short, the 54th Annual Grammy awards were DECENT! Many of us had high expectations, and were mildly disappointed. Some of the pros were Adele’s triumphant return to the stage and singing a passionate version of her massive hit “Rolling in the Deep” also seeing her humbly accept her 6 well-deserved awards. Some of the cons were Nicki Minaj’s waste of Grammy air time and also the short and empty Whitney Tribute. I’m sure the ratings for this year’s awards surpass those of other years however; the quality of the show was just EHHHHH. Hopefully with awards season still in action we will see more Whitney tributes and perhaps one done the right way.
Written By: Trending Source Staff and NY Entertainment & Lifestyle Contributor, Cristian Contreras