Grammys Celebrate Musical Achievement, Equality

The 56th annual Grammy Awards took place on Jan. 26 at 7 :00 P.M. central time on CBS and were full of surprising moments.

From Katy Perry’s almost demonic performance of “Dark Horse” to Queen Latifah’s officiating of thirty- three same sex and heterosexual couple marriages, “the biggest night in music,” as host LL Cool J put it, was certainly a night to remember.

A big winner of the evening was Daft Punk who took away two Grammy awards: one for “Album of the Year” and another for “Record of the Year.” This also marked Daft Punk’s second television appearance of the duo’s career, according to presenter Neil Patrick Harris.

Photo courtsey of Neil Patrick Harris (left) and Host LL Cool J (right) pose together at the 56th annual Grammys.

Photo courtsey of
Neil Patrick Harris (left) and Host LL Cool J (right) pose together at the 56th annual Grammys.

It was clear that Harris is a fan himself as he humored Daft Punk’s French origin by saying “Bonjour people of Earth” to introduce them and “I’m going to ‘le freak’ out” as they took the stage.
Other memorable moments included Katy Perry’s collaboration with Juicy J where a crystal ball was lifted above Perry while dancers dressed in dark clothing danced around her. Their performance ended with pyrotechnics.

Darkness seemed to be a consistent theme throughout the show but there was another theme that was more uplifting. The Recording Academy’s mindfulness of celebrating generations of artistry was evident through the many collaborative performances of the night. Artist match-ups included Chicago and Robin Thicke, P!nk and Nate Ruess, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, Beyonce and Jay- Z, and many others.

Former members of The Beatles also lended their voices to that effect. Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performed Paul’s single, “Queenie Eye” from his new album “New.” As a fan of the group, one could not help but feel nostalgic as Starr beat the drums while McCartney sang. McCartney also took home the Grammy for “Best Rock Song” for his single “Cut Me Some Slack” that night.

Taylor Swift walked away Grammy-less, but enjoyed dancing with her mother in the crowd. Seventeen year-old New Zealand born Lorde won two Grammy awards: “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” as a result of her single “Royals.”

While not all were royally decorated in Grammy awards, it was apparent that most people in attendance seemed to enjoy the celebration.

The commencement of the evening did not end with a simple “Au revoir,” but rather it would be remembered for its laughs, dance and musical divinity.

In a marriage, the 50-year mark is known as a couple’s golden anniversary. The 56th annual Grammy Awards might have just met this standard, plus six. Surely the Recording Academy’s marriage with music will continue to be fruitful and unique.

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