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The Grammys 2015: Wrap-Up

grammysIf you watched the Grammys last night, you probably heard the phrase “Grammy Moment” over and over again.  It was the main theme of the night.  “So and so is going to make a Grammy moment.”  “Don’t miss the Grammy moment, coming up next!”  The 57th Annual Grammy Awards took place last night, and there were indeed a lot of moments…some more memorable then others.

Right off the bat, the award for Best New Artist, which was presented by Taylor Swift, was given to Sam Smith.  This surprised me a lot, considering the fact that Iggy Azalea was in the category as well.  (Although I really wouldn’t call her “new”)  This was the start of two new trends for the night.  Iggy, who was nominated for four awards, took home a big zero.  On the other hand, Sam Smith cleaned house with a grand total of four Grammy’s, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album, in addition to his New Artist award.  This was a big night for the emotional Sam Smith, who accepted the awards with a lot of gratitude.

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Other notable award winners included Beck for Album of the Year for Morning Phase.  This was by far my biggest surprise.  Beck had a pretty successful and critically acclaimed album, but I didn’t think there was that much buzz around his album, especially compared to the other nominees in the category.  Kanye West must have thought the same thing, as he almost performed “I ’ma Let You Finish” Part 2.  Luckily, he refrained from interrupting Beck, but it was still one of my favorite moments from the night.  Others didn’t find it funny, calling Kanye a jerk.  This is true in a sense, but I don’t think Kanye did anything wrong last night…besides his later comments about Beck and his win.  Anyway…

Other award winners include Pharrell Williams for Best Pop Solo Performance for his song “Happy” and Beyonce for Best R&B Performance for her song “Drunk In Love” with her hubby Jay Z.  One surprising omission from the show was the absence of the Hip-Hop and Rap awards being presented live.  All of the awards for these categories were announced before the live show…for reasons I can’t really explain.  Either way, Eminem won Best Rap Album for The Marshal Mathers LP2 and Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap Performance for “I”.  There were a lot more awards that were left out of the picture during the live show, with only nine awards being given out at the big show.  The awards were three hours long and only nine were actually given out?  That only means one thing…performances.

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So how were the performances?

Well, there were so much that host LL Cool J had to skip his normal comedic (that term used lightly) monologue in order to make room for the plethora of artists that made the stage.  This year there were twenty three performances, kicked off by the rock legends AC/DC with “Rock or Bust” and “Highway to Hell.”  It was a strong start to the show, and it probably had a lot of people confused as to why they were even up there.  Then things started to go downhill…

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We got some love songs from Ariana Grande and the duo of Jessie J and Tom Jones.  The two performances were alright, but they were nothing special.  We then got a rather forgettable performance from Miranda Lambert who sung “Little Red Wagon.”  Surprising to most, Kanye West picked things up a bit with his minimalist act of “Only One.”  It was then Madonna who gave a weird and often times uncomfortable performance of “Living for Love.”

There was then a long string of unmemorable performances that just didn’t make an impression on me.  Pharrell Williams however, gave a cinematic and epic performance of “Happy”, debuting a new elevator boy hat.  I hope the tradition continues every year.  Katy Perry, after a talk about domestic violence, gave a somber, yet dazzling performance of “By the Grace of God”, which was one of the standouts of the night.  One of the other standouts was the much anticipated performance of “FourFiveSeconds” by the trio of Sir Paul McCartney, Rihanna, and Kanye West.  It was an upbeat live showing of a song that just doesn’t get old.  They three had fun with it.

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The show closed with two final performances from Beyonce and John Legend, featuring rapper Common.  Beyonce performed an angelic version of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”  It was a powerful performance that further cemented Beyonce’s status of dominance in music.  As an encore of sorts, John Legend and Common performed the Oscar nominated “Glory” from the Oscar recognized Selma.  It was another epic performance, complete with instrumentals and a full choir.  The Grammys started strong and ended strong…but had a ton of rough patches in between held up by the occasional memorable performance.

The Grammys weren’t what I thought they were going to be this year.  They were kind of a let down.  Yes, some very talented musicians took home there well deserved awards, but I kind of wished there were more awards, instead of the performances that were just thrown in there to fatten up the runtime.  Half of the performances could have been cut out, leaving room for more awards and what ever else they could have come up with.  It was a big night for music, no doubt…but it could have been bigger.

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Here were some of the winners from the night…

Record of the Year

Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

Song of the Year

Sam Smith – “Stay With Me” [Darkchild Version]

Album of the Year

Beck – “Morning Phase”

Best New Artist

Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album

Sam Smith – “In The Lonely Hour”

Best Rock Album

Beck – “Morning Phase”

Best Rap Album

Eminem – “The Marshal Mathers LP2”

Best Country Album

Miranda Lambert – “Platinum”

Best R&B Performance

Beyonce ft. Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

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Now, what about my predictions?  Well…here’s how I did…

Record of the Year

I predicted… “Shake If Off” by Taylor Swift

Actual winner: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

Album of the Year

I predicted… In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith

Actual winner: Morning Phase by Beck

Song of the Year

I predicted… “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Actual winner: “Stay With Me” [Darkchild Version] by Sam Smith

Best New Artist

I predicted… Iggy Azalea

Actual winner: Sam Smith

Best Pop Vocal Album

I predicted… Prism by Katy Perry

Actual winner: In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith

Best Dance/Electronic Album

I predicted… While (1>2) by Deadmau5

Actual winner: Syro by Aphex Twin

Best R&B Performance

I predicted… “Drunk In Love” by Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Actual winner: “Drunk In Love” by Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Best Urban Contemporary Album

I predicted… Beyonce by Beyonce

Actual winner: Beyonce by Beyonce

Best Rap Song

I predicted… “I” by Kendrick Lamar

Actual winner: “I” by Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album

I predicted… The Marshal Mathers LP2 by Eminem

Actual winner: The Marshal Mathers LP2 by Eminem

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Basically, I didn’t do so well.  I knew Sam Smith was going to win some awards, but I wasn’t expecting him to take the show.  I also expected Taylor Swift to take his place with the top song categories.  Obviously that didn’t pan out.  As for the Rap categories, I did alright.  I also did a good job with predicting Beyonce to win big as well.  I could have done better, but I went with the popular route.  I should have known better…


Oscars 2014 Wrap-Up

The award season for movies finally came to a close last Sunday night with the Oscars.  The show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, was full of memorable moments that overall made the show fun to watch.  12 Years A Slave took home the award of the night with Best Picture, which was the closest category that the Academy has had in years.

ellen monolougeTo start off, Ellen opened the show with a strong start.  This was her second time hosting the show and she felt pretty comfortable with the program.  She cracked jokes directed towards the likes of Jared Leto and Jonah Hill and ended her monolouge with an almost prophetic prediction.  She said that either 12 Years A Slave will win best picture or every one’s a racist.  We all saw how that one turned out.

One of my favorite moments during the show was actually the musical performances from some of the artists that were nominated for their work on their movie’s soundtracks.  Pharrell Williams, who was still sporting the iconic hat that was two sizes to large, gave a joyous performance of “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 and Idina Menzel, who’s name was butchered horrendously by John Travolta, gave an inspiring performance of her hit from Frozen, “Let It Go.”  (Which did later on go on to win Best Song, as well as Best Animated Picture)pharrell oscars

Another inspiring moment was when Lupita Nyong’o was announced as the winner of Best Supporting Actress.  Her acceptance speech was completely genuine, honest, and moving as she got through it with tears and overall appreciation for the help she had recieved from her peers.  She ended out her speech in a memorable way when she said, “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child, that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Actor Matthew McConaughey probably gave the best speech of the night when he was presented with Best Leading Actor.  His speech was very thoughtful and it including God, his late father, his wife and children, and even a look into the future to the man he aspires to be 10 years from now.  Twitter went crazy when McConaughey won the award, for two reasons.  Many were praising McConaughey and the others were pretty vocal about how Leonardo DiCaprio got robbed of the award. My take on the whole situation?  Every movie, actor, actress, and director that got nominated for an award all deserve a huge amount of praise, but there can only be one winner in each category.  In this category, McConaughey edged out DiCaprio for the award, but that shouldn’t take anything away from DiCaprio’s Matthew McConaugheyperformance in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Ellen also pretty much broke Twitter when she took the famous selfie that included the likes of Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Jared Leto, Kevin Spacey, Julia Andrews, and Lupita Nyong’o.  It shattered Twitter’s retweet records with almost 2 million retweets. Ellen also had more memorable moments like when she ordered pizza for some of the guests near the front.  The pizza delivery man ended up getting a pretty hefty tip too.

But, the night was building up to the final moment, when the winner for Best Picture was announced.  In the end, it ended up going to 12 Years A Slave, which was extremely deserving of the award.  The cast walked up and the acceptance speech was given my director Steve McQueen, and he ended his remarks with a jump for joy to close out the show.  It was a truly memorable night and lots of awards were given out.ellen selfie

Cate Blanchett, for her work on Blue Jasmine, ended up taking home the award for Best Leading Actress and Jared Leto took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a cross-dresser in Dallas Buyers Club.  Gravity also wrapped up a lot of the technical awards, like best direction, which was given to director Alfonso Cuaron. The Great Gatsby got a lot of the costume and production awards too.  Here is how I did with my picks:

Best Picture My Pick: 12 Years A Slave.  What won: 12 Years A Slave.

Best Actor My Pick: Matthew McConaughey.  Who won: Matthew McConaughey.

Best Actress My Pick: Amy Adams.  Who won: Cate Blanchett.

Best Supporting Actor My Pick: Jared Leto.  Who won: Jared Leto.

Best Supporting Actress My Pick: Jennifer Lawrence.  Who won: Lupita Nyong’o

Best Director My Pick: Alfonso Cuaron.  Who won: Alfonso Cuaron.

12-years-a-slave-So I was 4 for 6 with my predictions.  I did a pretty bad job with the actress categories.  I overlooked the fact that Lupita Nyong’o was getting a lot of buzz before the Oscars, which was the same case for Cate Blanchett.  If you want the full list of award winners, you can find the list here.