Music’s best, worst all share Grammys stage
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 11:02
The biggest musical stars in the world came together on Sunday to celebrate the 55th annual Grammy Awards. The award show was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. During the show some artist lacked in originality, while other artists joined together with their own styles of music to create unforgettable performances.
The host of the evening was rapper, LL Cool J, who started the show by telling the world, “Welcome to the greatest music show on earth.” LL Cool J took a moment to say why it means so much to him to host the Grammys. “We all come from different places, but had a dream to make great music.”
Some performances lived up to his words as Beyoncé and Ellen DeGeneres introduced the highlight performance of the night which featured Justin Timberlake performing his new single, “Suits & Tie.” With the help of a jazz band, the stage transformed into the 1920's with Timberlake acting as the band leader. The performance was such a joy to watch, it took everyone back in time. With Jay-Z joining the performance, the mood switched from jazz to soul. Together, Timberlake and Jay-Z serenaded the audience with the song, “Pusher Love Girl.” The performance represented Timberlake’s highly-anticipated musical comeback, which earned him a much deserved standing ovation from the audience.
American Idol graduates Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson stole the audience’s hearts with their unique performances.Underwood surprised everyone during her performance of, “Two Black Cadillacs.” Her ball gown mesmerized the audience by turning into a series of glowing designs. Even though the designs were beautiful, at times it became a distraction. However, Underwood’s powerful voice made up for all of the distractions throughout the performance.
Despite the all-star performances, others made the show worth changing the channel at the opening and close of the show.
The show opened with a ridiculous performance by Taylor Swift, which featured her single, “We are never ever getting back together.” The performance centered on a circus theme with Swift played the ring leader. Her bizarre performance included clowns and other circus features that were over the top. It was painful to watch as Swift oddly strutted all over the stage.
During the night many artists joined together to dedicate a performance to legendary music icons. There were incredible performances in tribute to Dave Brubeck and Levon Helm that brought the audience to the feet cheering. However, the show closed with a tribute to Adam Yauch performed by LL Cool J with Travis Barker, Chuck D, Tom Morello, and DJ Z-Trip. The performance represented each artist contributing their own style of music. Unfortunately, the performance backfired. There were to many styles and the songs became overwhelming at times. Sadly, it was a weak way to end the Grammys.