Did you watch this Grammys this weekend? If you tried but couldn’t make it all the way through what seemed to be an unusually long show or couldn’t be bothered at all, here are some of the bigger moments that you missed or should go ahead and look up on YouTube so you can participate in Grammy-related water cooler conversation:
- Adele swept the awards, looked great, and gave an amazing performance of “Rolling In The Deep,” that was all the more triumphant as it followed the singer’s recovery from throat surgery. As she went up to the stage to accept each of her six wins I couldn’t figure out why they keep calling this girl fat. She is super regular-sized and, although she was caught smacking her gum on camera a few times, does have a certain grace about her.
- LL Cool J looks like a life-sized LL Cool J doll, if you know what I mean. He did a great job hosting and opened the show with a very touching prayer and moment of silence for Whitney Houston.
- Bruno Mars did some doo-wop thing, Katy Perry did a triumphant thing with sort of nappy-ish blue hair, Rihanna managed to sing (in her own way) and dance, and the Etta James tribute was nice.
- Chris Brown, The Foo Fighters, and Paul McCartney performed twice each. Completely unnecessary, especially in the case of Brown who I thought was pretty underwhelming.
- There was a lot of southern white people living in poverty type of music being performed, for example Taylor Swift singing with a jugband type of group called “The Civil Wars.” I cannot entertain any group whose very name yearns for the days when black folks were called nigra, so I passed.
- Jennifer Hudson’s Whitney Houston tribute was short, elegant, and nicely done. I’m not sure how she got through even the few bars of “I Will Always Love You” that she did without crying, but she managed to do with aplomb.
- Don Cornelius was left out of the “in memorium” tribute and instead given a mention as part of a segue to a set of electronica performances. This was confusing because Soul Train was not a rave. They also left out r&b singer Vesta who passed away last year.
- Nicki Minaj’s performance…I don’t really know what that was. It was blasphemous but not very daring, weird but unfocused, and the song she sang was garbage. You should watch it for yourself but as I said, I don’t know what to tell you about it.
- You all know Uncle Charlie, last name Wilson? He somehow thought this red carpet look was a good idea. The “wet & wavy plopped on your head” look makes me miss his cornrows.