The 53rd Grammy’s went down last night in Los Angeles, and it was a show to remember!
The Grammy’s started with a FABULOUS tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Christina Agullera, Florence Welch, and Martina McBride paid homage to the Queen with soul-stirring renditions of some of her biggest hits “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” “Ain’t No Way,” “Respect,” “Spirit in the Dark,” and “Sisters Doing it For Themselves.”
After the tribute to Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga took the stage, and looked surprisingly normal, belting out “Born This Way.” Later, when Gaga accepted an award (her second) for Best Pop Vocal Album, she decided her award to Whitney Houston saying, “I wrote ‘Born This Way’ thinking that she [Houston] was singing it.”
Later in the evening Usher and his protégé Justin Beiber hit the stage together as Beiber strummed an acoustic version of his hit, “Baby.” The two also showed off their dance skills performing “Never Say Never,” before welcoming Jaden Smith on stage to drop a verse at the end of the song. Not to be outdone by his mentee, Usher closed the set with his hit, “Oh My Gosh,” letting the young folk know he’s still got it.
Rihanna, who was reportedly suffering from laryngitis and bronchitis, worked overtime performing the smash hit “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem and later switched ‘fits and turned in a playfully sexy performance of “What’s My Name” with Drake. Although she wasn’t feeling well, Rih Rih rocked it and even showed some love to her Caribbean roots, switching the beat up and infusing live congas at the end.
One of the most interesting performances of the night went to Cee-Lo who was backed up by a crowd of muppets and actress Gwyneth Paltrow on a rainbow filled stage while he performed his break-out hit, “F*ck You.”
Other performers who hit the stage were newcomers Janelle Monae, B.o.B., and Bruno Mars who all performed together. And after not rocking a stage in nearly 10 years, Dr. Dre joined Eminem and Rihanna for “I Need a Doctor.”
Not only were many of the performances dope, but some of our favorites also walked away with trophies. Jazz diva Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Beiber and Drake to be crowned Best New Artist, Rihanna won for Best Dance Recording, John Legend & The Roots took home trophies for “Shine” and “Wake Up,” Eminem garnered wins for Rap Solo Performance and Rap Album, and Alicia Keys and Jay-Z added yet another award to their already overflowing list for Best Rap Song.
The Grammy’s are the biggest and most-respected award show of the season, and this year’s show did not disappoint.