With AC/DC, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Electric Light Orchestra all performing at
this year’s Grammys, the whole ceremony felt like one big #ThrowBackThursday for days gone by. Perhaps a nod to when the Grammys felt less manufactured, people took more risks and Taylor Swift wasn’t always dancing in the front row. Aside from celebrating all things baby boomer, there were some #moments (dear Grammys, stop trying to make a #moment a thing) that made the four hours (somewhat) worth it.
1. Sia & Maddie From showing up on the red carpet in marching tuxedos and Andy Warhol-esque wings, to having Sia read a poem to introduce their live performance of Chandelier, everything about Sia speaks to what music should look like in 2015 — Kristen Wiig interpretive dance included.
2. Prince Tangerine pantsuit (so 70s!), giving shade from the first moment on stage and then, when discussing the importance of albums stated: “Albums, like books and black lives, still matter.” If you’re going to invite a legend to the Grammys in 2015, make sure it’s Prince.
3. Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kanye’s (maybe?) Prank Yes,
Beyonce looked ethereal and stunning in her gospel number at the end of night, but our favourite Beyonce moment came when Kanye pranked Beck during his “Album of the Year” win. The look on Bey’s and Jay-Z’s face:
4. So.Many.Gospel.Singers Apparently the Grammys confused itself with a church service last night as almost every performer used Gospel choirs as the key component of their acts. Pharrell, Sam Smith and Madonna were all flanked by choirs, while Beyonce sang “Take My Hand Oh Precious Lord” with an African-American choir, dressed in white suits.
5. John Legend and Common Other than Gwyneth’s misinformed, “we are living in troubled times” comment, the last performance of the Grammys was undoubtedly the most moving and worthwhile of the whole show. A wonderful tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter movement with a “Hand’s Up, Don’t Shoot” stance taken by an African-American Gospel choir while Common and John Legend performed their Golden Globe winning and Oscar-nominated song, “Glory,” off of the soundtrack for Selma.
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