The best thing about music awards shows is that it brings together all genres, all styles, all ages, and all possible combinations of artists and puts them together on the same stage. That musical mix and match was the theme of the 56th Grammy Awards, which featured weird collaborations, weird performances, and lots and lots of YouTube cover songs being recycled for mainstream consumption. However, strangeness won the day, and offbeat acts like Lorde, Daft Punk, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominated the awards categories. Here’s a complete list of winners from Billboard.
Not only were the performers different from the norm, the performances were clever combinations of artists. Kendrick Lamar took the stage with Imagine Dragons. Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham collaborated with both Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. Ringo Starr drummed for Paul McCartney in a tease of their upcoming special event in February. You get the picture. My favorite performance of the night, which was full of crazy mash-ups between various artists, was probably Daft Punk’s performance of “Get Lucky” off Random Access Memories. Not only were the French robots joined by their collaborators Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers, but also Stevie Wonder. It worked much better than expected.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o00pgGRvXnU
These days, when the real music battle is between Apple and Google (and maybe eventually Twitter), it’s nice to see that artists are able to collaborate for special events like this. A similar collaboration won a Grammy for Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana, so maybe next year Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham will release a killer rock song and win another award and repeat the process over again.
Image: New York Daily News
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