Grammy Awards celebrate music, life and talent in three and a half hour telecast


By Krystal Sidzyik, Senior Staff Writer

The 54th annual Grammy Awards were held Sunday night and, for the most part, the night proved to be a triumph.

The show opened with a performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Springsteen performed his new single, “We Take Care of Our Own.” He is set to release a new album, “Wrecking Ball,” on March 6.

After Springsteen opened the night, LL Cool J took the stage as the host for the night. The air was heavy for music’s biggest night. The death of Whitney Houston the day before left the music community stunned.

“We’ve had a death in the family,” LL told the crowd before saying a prayer for the fallen diva.

Later, Jennifer Hudson sang a beautiful version of “I Will Always Love You” in memory of Houston. The award show did a phenomenal job of honoring Houston while continuing to celebrate music.

The biggest winner of the night was Adele, who took home six Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year, tying the record held by Beyoncé for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in a single year.  She also performed for the first time since her vocal chord surgery last November. She sang “Rolling in the Deep” powerfully and beautifully, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd and a sigh of relief from her fans.

The night’s other big winner was Foo Fighters, with five Grammy wins including the Best Rock Performance for “Walk” and Best Rock Album for “Wasting Light.” Foo Fighters also performed three times over the course of the night including a part in a tribute to electronic music that also featured David Guetta, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Deadmau5.

Another memorable performance was the celebration of the Beach Boys, which included a performance by the band’s three surviving co-founders. They played their hit “Good Vibrations” in their first performance together in more than two decades. Maroon 5 also contributed to the celebration by performing a weak version of the Beach Boys’ “Surfer Girl.” Indie band Foster the People also performed a decent version of the Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”

One performance that fell short was from Nicki Minaj. The over-the-top starlet showed up at the Grammys dressed in a blood red, nun-inspired, custom-made Atelier Versace dress. Her date was dressed as the pope.  

Later, her onstage performance proved disappointing as she debuted her alter ego and latest single, “Roman Holiday.” Her performance was much more theater than talent as she underwent an exorcism while occasionally blubbering words. She should stick to her hip-hop roots next time.

Even though Minaj fell short, the finale didn’t. The epic finale came from Paul McCartney, who performed an “Abbey Road” medley that included “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight” and “The End” with help from Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl.