Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Grammy Awards 2011 Recap

Arcade Fire: Album of the Year winners!

Arcade Fire won Album of the Year. I think that needs to be repeated, because it still doesn't seem real... Arcade Fire won Album of the Year!!! That alone makes me give the 2011 Grammy Awards a big thumbs up. What else was good? The performances. Well, most of them. Janelle Monae, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Mick Jagger brought the goods and made the night one to remember.

Lady Antebellum dominated with the track and album 'Need You Now,' walking away with Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Country Album of the Year, proving that country music remains a force to be reckoned with in the USA. Muse topped Pearl Jam to win Rock Album of the Year and Lady Gaga, while losing out on Album of the Year, took home Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal for The Fame Monster and 'Bad Romance' respectively.

After a pretty rough month, Christina Aguilera showed she still had it by performing alongside Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Hudson and Martina McBride in a fantastic tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. You could feel how happy each lady was to be a part of it and the smile on Florence's face while she boogied on down was just brilliant. Florence + The Machine sadly didn't pick up Best New Artist, but Esperenza Spalding's winners speech was well delivered (and it was just awesome that Justin Bieber didn't win).

What was the best performance of the night? Hands down, the combination of 'Love the Way You Lie pt. 2' with 'I Need A Doctor.' Rihanna, Eminem, Skylar Grey (aka the hot new artist to watch) and Dr. Dre were amazing and gave us a performance that will stay with us and propel 'I Need A Doctor' to the top of the charts.

A close runner-up though was another big collaboration, this time by new kids on the block (no, not the one with Donny Wahlberg) B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae. Janelle Monae deserves a special shout out for absolutely KILLING IT when it came time for her to unleash 'Cold War' on a very grateful audience.

That's it from me... what are your thoughts on the Grammys?

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