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And the Winner is: 2009 Grammy Review

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 at 5:16 am

page6collage“And the Grammy goes to…” These were the theme words for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. It was a night of surprises, performances, and, of course golden, awards. The night began with questions, as I watched the E! channel’s Grammy pre-show and learned that singers Chris Brown and Rihanna were going to be no-shows. Both were nominated and expected to perform. No news had broken yet before the show, so the audience was left wondering what happened. It wasn’t until after the show that it was uncovered by countless news stations and the Internet, that Chris Brown turned himself into police for an alleged felony battery between himself and an identified woman. Sources say that the woman may in fact be his girlfriend Rihanna. The craziness didn’t end there. The Grammy’s was a night of stars and surprises.

Famed group U2 opened the award show and delivered a cool performance that set the tone for the beginning of the show. Just when I thought the Grammy’s would be a bust, R&B legend Whitney Houston walks onto the stage looking great! The singer who had some troubles in the past looked nothing like that person. She looked new and approved as she presented the R&B Album Award that went to Jennifer Hudson. Hudson took the prize and received a standing ovation as she thanked her family that was tragically killed, and her family that is with her presently.

The night continued with performances by Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, and Boyz II Men, filling in for an absent Rihanna. For such short notice, the collaboration wasn’t bad at all. Coldplay’s Chris Martin serenaded the audience and then, all of a sudden rapper, Jay-Z walked onto the stage and spit a quick verse. Coldplay finished the performance singing their popular song “Viva la Vida.” Other performers included Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney, Radiohead, Sir Paul McCartney with Foo Fighter’s singer Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift together, and Jennifer Hudson’s heartfelt ballad. The night continued to be a collaborative night when The Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder teamed up to sing the brother’s “Burnin’ Up” song and then Stevie’s “Very Superstitious” hit. Katy Perry gave an average performance for her song “I Kissed A Girl”, her set was filled with different huge props that were fruits like pears, apples, and peaches. She even had a fruity outfit to match, and I’m not a fashion expert, but did anyone peep the flat green shoes she had on? All I could think was “Step your game up Katy, it’s the Grammy’s. Put some heals on!”

Then, I saw that Kanye West didn’t know what year it was as he performed with British singer Estelle for her “American Boy”song. Kanye, with his shiny Michael Jackson silver jacket and black gloves, accompanying the outfit with his 1985 hair to match was too much to handle. But he redeemed himself later in the show. One of my favorite performances, probably because I LOVE this song was “Swagga Like Us.” Queen Latifah presented “The Rap Pack” featuring Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and T.I. with a very pregnant M.I.A., who was in fact due on the same day as the Grammy’s. Very strange, yes, but the performance was hot! There were other performances during the night in which everyone was paired off with someone else. All in all, the performance went pretty well. Another highlight was seeing bands that went ghost for a while, like Blink 182 and Green Day.

Some of the winners mentioned walked away with more than one gold award, and some did not walk away with anything. Whatever the case, it was a night that will go down in history. Stevie Wonder closed the show singing soulfully as he played his piano and his harmonica. It was a starry night of questions, some answers, good performances, ok performances, great outfit choices, not so great ones, and new and old faces. The 2009 Grammy’s are long gone, but not to worry, they will be back. Before you know it, it’ll be time to cue the music for the person who’s acceptance speech is way too long. You’ve got to love that, and you’ve got to love the Grammy’s!

Best R&B Album- Jennifer Hudson

Best Country Performance by Duo or Group- “Stay” by Sugarland

Pop Collaboration with Vocals- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Best Rock Album-  Viva la Vida by Coldplay

Best New Artist- Adele

Record of the Year- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Male Pop Vocal Performance- John Mayer

Best Rap Album- Lil Wayne

Album of the Year- Raising Sand Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

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