Tara's Take: The Grammy Awards

By: Tara Wheeler
By: Tara Wheeler

My take on this year's Grammy Awards... the good, the bad, and the confusing.

From a production standpoint, you couldn't have dreamed up a more stressful situation than this year's Grammy Awards.

The day before music's biggest night, one of music's biggest and most beloved stars dies. For months, every second of the awards ceremony had been planned out to a "T" and now, 24 hours before the big event, major changes needed to happen. Add that stress on to the heavy emotional stress everyone involved with the Grammys felt. All of us at home felt emotional hearing about Whitney's death, but imagine those with deep connections to the music business. Many of the people working on the Grammys probably knew Whitney and had to find a way to fight through their emotions to put on a tribute that did her memory justice, and still manage to keep the celebration of the event intact.

All of that said, I think they did a great job. LL Cool J was tasked with an incredibly tough role... to seamlessly pay respects and mourn the death of a "family member" and transition gracefully into a night of musical appreciation. Kudos to him for rising to that challenge and nailing his hosting duties!

I thought Jennifer Hudson's tribute was phenomenal. It was moving and beautiful, and it drew the audience in to the moment. AMAZING especially considering she was pulled to give the tribute with such little time to prepare... An idea I thought would have been neat (though nearly impossible to pull off in that short amount of time) if all of the performing musicians did their take on a Whitney Houston song. I think that would have been a cool way to show that artists of every genre have been inspired by Houston's talent.

Moving on: Get it, Adele!!! I've been a HUGE fan of Adele's for many years and I was so thrilled to see her come back from vocal surgery and then some! She swept all 6 of her categories, tying Beyonce for the most Grammys won in one night by a female artist. I also loved that her award-winning record was inspired by a "Rubbish Relationship". We've all had them, but wouldn't it be nice if we could all turn our bad breakups into Grammy gold? Good for her!

Another revenge-tinged performance came from Katy Perry, though I was a bit confused by her transition switching songs in the middle of singing...

I loved Cold Play's performance, as well as Taylor Swift's and was pumped to see the Civil Wars introduce Swift! They performed at the Jefferson here in Charlottesville not too long ago!

Now to the bad/confusing... Let me preface this by saying I love me some Nicki Minaj. I belt out "Super Bass" every time it's on the radio... and I even liked her new song "Roman" that she sung at the Grammys last night. What I didn't like... and didn't understand... was the performance. I guess she was supposed to be going through some sort of Catholic exorcism, but it all reeked of "trying-too-hard" to me. I didn't see her artistic message, it just seemed like she was trying to be controversial without a purpose. I'm all for artistic expression even when it's a little out there, but this just seemed like drama for drama's sake. All that said, I still love Nicki Minaj.

I've hammered out this blog pretty quickly so I'll probably go back and re-work some of my thoughts or add to them and I encourage you to share your opinions below as well! All in all, I haven't watched an awards show that closely in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed the Grammys.


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