Grammy awards come with many surprises

Renee Sogueco, ‘Doah Staff Writer
January 29, 2014

'Doah photo courtesy of popsugar.com

‘Doah photo courtesy of popsugar.com

The Grammy Awards, a prestigious ceremony for outstanding musicians, brought audiences on an emotional roller coaster on Sunday, Jan. 26.

All of the musicians gave impressive or entertaining performances, but a few stood out. The most notable may have been Pink’s acrobatics, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr’s performance and Macklemore.

Another noted performance and subject to social media satire was Lorde’s performance of her single, “Royals.”

As most Twitter users commented, it seemed like Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, widely known as Lorde, became possessed by a demon during her performance. It may have been that she was immersed in the music, but the vocal performance did not even mask the stage presence she emitted.

Singing from the back of her throat, she went towards a raspy and subtle effect for her song so that the message may reach the audience on a deeper level. While that may be a positive theory, a different message seemed to reach the audience, and the overall song performance seemed lost. Mostly, her strange jerks and twitches just made viewers uncomfortable.

Fortunately for her, she went home with two Grammy awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, so the negative backlash should remain a background for Lorde.

Meanwhile, the overall show was filled with positive energy, and many of the speakers proved to be eloquent and enthusiastic about presenting.

Surprisingly, the Grammys brought awareness for music educators in the nation, since a choral director won the Grammy Award for inaugural Best Music Educator. It also gave underappreciated musicians the chance to showcase different genres such as jazz and heavy metal.

While there were only a few awards shown on the actual ceremony viewing, there are actually 82 overall Grammy Awards given. The whole show would have been much longer and less entertaining if all of those awards were shown.

Some young people may note that the Grammy Awards should have stuck to more mainstream artists, but it brought nostalgia and appreciation for older audiences. Artists, such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Carole King and more, came to the stage with joy and showed a sense of equality with the younger artists. Listeners familiar with these veteran artists eagerly embraced both new and old songs.

The most notable event of the night came into perspective when the marriage ceremonies began to occur.

Macklemore alongside Mary Lambert performed his song, “Same Love,” as a tribute to marriage equality. As Queen Latifah declared the unification of many couples, audiences were brought to surprising tears at the pure joy shown on screen.

The camera seemed to pan to other celebrities, such as Keith Urban, who had tears as well.

While these performances and events seemed the most notable, there were still other performances, awards and speeches that remain noteworthy as well.

Shown on CBS, the Grammy Awards brought a collage of all genres ranging from pop, jazz, rock, rap, classical and soul in a more than three hour show. Classy and timeless, it brings musical awareness for audiences nationwide and deserves a standing ovation.

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