By Taylor Edwards
The 56th Grammy Awards were held this past Sunday in true rock- and-roll fashion. The awards show, which has become more about the wide array of performances and collaborations than the awards themselves, boasted 20 acts delivered by artists ranging from Metallica to Beyonce.
While the show itself ran on the long side, lasting nearly four hours, it certainly delivered a top-notch synopsis of the year in music, eccentric and head-turning celebrities and, unfortunately, a great deal of cringe-worthy Taylor Swift dance moves. Check out the good, the bad and the ugly of the 56th Grammy Awards.
Best Awe-Inspiring, Jaw-Dropping Performance by a Couple
Beyonce. Jay Z. Need I say more? Queen B opened up the show with the single “Drunk in Love” from her latest album with a little help from Hova. Not only did this performance further enforce Bey and Jay’s status as rulers of the world, but it also proved, once and for all, that love is real.
Best Unexpected Surprise
Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar tore the stage up with a mash up of Kendrick’s “m.A.A.d city” and Imagine Dragons smash hit “Radioactive.” Both artists had an extremely successful year, and the combination of the two was something truly lethal.
Most Annoying Person at the Grammys
Aside from a pretty good performance of her song “All Too Well, ” Taylor Swift really annoyed the you-know-what out of us. Between her atrocious dance moves to any and all performances, the excessive head banging she decided was acceptable whilst playing a piano and the fact that she genuinely thought she won Album of the Year, all caught on camera, the girl was pretty irritating.
Most Beautiful Performance of the Night
John Legend, you never cease to amaze us with your astonishingly wonderful voice. Legend performed his song “All of Me” at the awards show and nailed it. Between the perfect simplicity of the performance, just a piano and an amazing voice and the fact that Legend’s wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen, was in the camera frame, lovingly watching her hubby for the majority of the song, this performance was simply divine.
Most Annoying Win(s) of the Night
Yes, their performance of “Same Love” featuring an appearance by Madonna and Queen Latifah ordaining the marriage of 33 couples, was memorable and groundbreaking and gave us goose bumps, but Macklemore and Ryan Lewis did not deserve to win as much as they did at the Grammys.
Two categories in particular, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album, were awarded to the duo while competition such as Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar in the Best New Artist category and Kanye West and Jay Z in the Best Rap Album category were definitely slighted.
While the duo had successful singles off their debut album, previously stated artists had full bodies of work which were much more impressive.
Best Accessory of the Night
Can we please talk about how Pharrell Williams’ hat had a Twitter account created within minutes of him showing up on the red carpet?
The hat, which resembled the hat on the Arby’s logo, stole the show and probably everyone’s ability to see the stage from their seats.
Best “American Horror Story” Tribute
Katy Perry gave Beyonce a run for her money with her performance of “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J. Perry’s performance, said to have been inspired by Stevie Nicks who has been a prominent reference in this season’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” was all kinds of spooky and sassy. Between funky choreography and daring pyrotechnics, the performance was something the witches at the coven would most certainly be proud of.
Between winning both Record and Album of the Year, having the best performance of the night featuring Stevie Wonder and Pharrell Williams as well as delivering the most eloquent and important acceptance speech of the night without even uttering a word, Daft Punk undoubtedly ruled the 2014 Grammys.The French DJ duo deserved each and every award they received and did so in the coolest way possible: in robot suits.