Ah, the Grammys, where Kanye West is always a risk to storm the stage and Steely Dan can beat out Radiohead for Album of the Year. The music industry’s premiere awards show always leaves us with a handful of can’t-miss moments—here’s my top 3
1. Kendrick Lamar Crushes It
Whatever Kanye tells you, nobody is bigger in rap right now than Kendrick Lamar. He was famously snubbed two years ago for Best Rap Album (Macklemore? Really?), but last night was an ode to his dominance. Kendrick brought home five pieces of Grammy hardware and then brought it all home with his performances of “Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” off of his heralded record To Pimp a Butterfly. Although he lost to Taylor Swift for Album of the Year, his victory on the stage was unequivocal.
2. Lionel Richie Tribute
Who doesn’t love Lionel? And who doesn’t love Lionel crashing his own tribute section to treat the crowd to “All Night Long”? It was a loaded section of musicians from all genres paying homage to the Man Himself. John Legend performed the Commodores’ “Easy” and Luke Bryan tried his hand at Richie’s “Penny Lover.”
This is all a prelude to Lionel jumping up from his seat, grabbing the microphone and singing one of his greatest hits to a theatre entirely on its feet. Musician mashups are typical fare for the Grammys, but this one definitely stands out as one of the best
3. Gaga Goes Ziggy
Lady Gaga is popular on the PR/PR blog of late, and her tribute to the late David Bowie is earning her another mention here. Gaga is a natural fit to assume the role of Ziggy Stardust, and her effects-laden, futuristic performance would have gained the approval of the Starman himself.
She touched on many hits from Bowie’s expansive catalogue, such as “Changes” and “Rebel Rebel,” with the visual component being nothing less than stellar. It was a fitting tribute for a man that warped everyone’s understanding of music.