Bruno Mars performing “Runaway Baby” from his album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Chris Martin of Coldplay & Rihanna performing their colaborative “Princess of China”, off Coldplay’s 2011 album, Mylo Xyloto
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing their award-winning single, “Walk”
The always amazing Adele performing her single “Rolling in the Deep”
Deadmau5 performed with the Foo Fighters, and then jammed solo to the song “Raise Your Weapon”
I have to say that I was surprisingly impressed with the 2012 Grammy Awards. Above, I’ve listed some of my favorite performances of the night. I, of course, went into the show with my fingers crossed for the Foo Fighters. I always feel like rock (I mean ROCK rock) is extremely underrepresented at main-stream music award ceremonies. However they clearly did not need any help from me, since they ended up taking home 5 awards, including Best Rock Performance for “Walk,” Best Rock Song for “Walk,” Best Long-Form Video, Best Rock Album for “Wasting Light,” (which was recorded in its entirety in Dave Grohl’s garage) and Best Hard Rock and Metal performance for “White Limo“.
Adele, not surprisingly, took home 6 awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Short Form Music Video. Everyone knew that this was going to be a total sweep for her. She is, after all, the first artist in history to lead the Billboard 200 concurrently with three Billboard Hot 100 number ones. 21 is the longest running number one album by a female solo artist on the UK Albums Chart, and is tied for the longest cumulative stay at number one by a female solo artist. So yeah… she’s pretty good.
Now, I need to make a confession. And, I think this is a very opportune time to announce this, a. because it’s relevant to this post, and b. because I only just recently started this blog, so I think it’s good for me to get this out in the open early on.
With that being said, here I go…
I. like. Coldplay.
Are you still there? If so, hear me out. I realize it’s not the “cool” thing, and many consider them “boring sellouts”, but I actually really like their music. In all fairness, I do have to say that I like their older stuff better than their newer stuff. I was a huge fan of their first two albums, Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head, and X&Y is pretty good too. You also can’t deny that Chris Martin is a very passionate and talented guy – I mean, he practically humps his piano when he performs… That dude freaking loves it! And I did really enjoy their performance last night. His collaboration with Rihanna (“Princess of China“) was beautifully done in acoustic fashion, and I have to admit, I’ve been singing their song “Paradise” all day.
Another performance that completely caught me off guard was Bruno Mars singing his single “Runaway Baby“. I am so estranged from pop music these days that I had never even heard the song before, but his performance was arguably the best of the night. It was like watching a current-day James Brown (and he actually did that reference justice!) He is definitely a talent in my book.
The other “performance” — I guess you would call it — that was truly notable, at least to me, was the section of the show which paid homage to dance music. This genre took the U.S. by storm this past year, although it has been popular throughout Europe for years and years now. I’m actually a relatively big deadmau5 fan, so I was excited to see what he would do. I have to say, I was kind of underwhelmed by his choice in song. I was hoping he’d do something either a little more well-known or at least a little catchier (like “I Remember“, “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” or “Some Chords“), but maybe that’s just me. Either way he’s awesome, and clearly well-deserving of the recognition he receives.
And, of course, I cannot fail to mention the many many tributes to Whitney Houston throughout the night. Most notably was Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You”, which was actually originally a Dolly Parton song, but was certainly the most famous song of Whitney’s career. I would be lying if I said that this has truly affected me on a personal level, since I wasn’t really a fan. But it is certainly a loss to the music community regardless, and I can’t argue that she was, at one time, one of the best female vocalists ever. She had a range that no one else could touch. It’s a shame.
My sincerist thoughts go out to her family, friends and fans.