Highlights from the 2013 Grammy Awards
By Cara Chronis
Did you miss the 55th annual Grammy Awards? Check out our recap for all the highlights!
- Taylor Swift opened up the 2013 Grammy Awards with an “Alice in Wonderland” themed performance for her single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, complete with a Mad Hatter. It was a little bizarre seeing Taylor Swift in such a weird setting, a setting we’d be more used to seeing Lady Gaga or Katy Perry in.
- LL Cool J hosted the awards for the second time with a lengthy speech. English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was joined onstage by Elton John to perform Sheeran’s nominated song “The A Team”.
- J.Lo came out in a leg barring black gown to give Adele her award for Best Solo Pop Performance for her live rendition of “Set Fire to the Rain”. Neil Patrick Harris introduced Fun. who peformed “Carry On” in the rain. Yes, the band had water dumped on them towards the end of their good-time anthem.
- Katy Perry’s beau John Mayer (with a crooked bow tie and a crushed velvet jacket) and Bonnie Raitt introduced Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. Miranda performed her song “Over You” beautifully but Dierks’ performance of “Home” seemed to be mismatched and awkward at an awards show.
- Miguel (a name you’ll want to remember) sang the remixed version of his song “Adorn” with Wiz Khalifa. Moments later, Carrie Underwood received the award for country solo performance for her “Blown Away.” Song of the year went to Fun.’s “We Are Young”. Mumford & Sons performed “I Will Wait” and Justin Timberlake performed his newest single “Suit and Tie”, which sounded even better live than the studio version, and was joined by Jay-Z. Timberlake, who has six Grammys to his name, will be releasing his first album since 2006. Ellen Degeneres and Beyonce introduced Justin and together had perhaps the funniest introduction speech of the night.
- The Grammy for rock performance goes to The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” and a clearly nervous Frank Ocean won the grammy for Urban Contemporary Album. Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys had an awkward back-and-fourth duet that we definitely could have done without.
- To quote the L.A. Times, “You know the Grammys are having a tough night when the acceptance speeches are outshining the performances. That’s exactly what happened when Kelly Clarkson won pop vocal album, besting releases from Florence & the Machine, Fun., Maroon 5 and Pink. A surprised Clarkson gave a shout-out to the very fine vocals of R&B singer Miguel. ‘Miguel,’ she screamed, ‘I don’t know who the hell you are but we need to sing together. That was the sexiest damn thing I’ve ever seen. What!’”
- Rihanna performed “Stay” alongside one of the writers on the ballad, Mikky Ekko. “No Church in the Wild” by Jay-Z and Kanye West won the Grammy for rap/sung collaboration. The Dream and Frank Ocean, who collaborated on the song, joined Jay-Z onstage. Where was Kanye? Busy in Brazil with Kim, perhaps?
- The Black Keys performed their nominated hit “Lonely Boy” with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which was perhaps one of the most electrifying performances of the night. A close second were Sting, Bruno Mars, Damian Marley and Rihanna singing along to “Could You Be Loved” during a tribute to Bob Marley. Kelly Clarkson also sang a fabulous rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman”.
- Best New Artist went to Fun., and even the band were shocked they won. “I didn’t think we were going to win this one, gotta be honest,” said singer Nate Ruess.
- Carrie Underwood performed two songs, “Blown Away” and “Two Black Cadillacs” in what looked like a wedding dress and a dress with neon snakes escaping from it! Turns out it was an incredible custom illuminated gown by THEIA.
- …and the award for Record of the Year went to Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”!
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