The Grammys – the biggest night for music of the whole year. In past years, there have been wacky outfits, accidental (and not so accidental) swearings, and of course the common technical difficulties. This year wasn’t any different. In fact, this year’s will probably be remembered for everything but the music.
The Host – James Corden
James Corden was one of the only bright spots of the night. Throughout the show, Corden’s timing was perfect and his often self-aimed jokes were relatable and got plenty of laughs. His original and unique entrance was also a great way to introduce the show. He was stuck in the rising platform, fell down the stairs, and even lost a shoe. Although those issues were planned, the rest of the night’s problems were not.
Fashion – the red carpet disappoints
The Grammys always has eye-catching fashion, but usually in a good way. This year was quite the opposite. The few who dressed to impress, of course, included Jay Z and Beyoncé. The former looked dapper in his tuxedo, while the latter absolutely stunned in a shimmery red dress. She even gave a 10-minute performance earlier in the show, which quickly became everyone’s favorite of the night.
And then we have the not-so-stunning outfits of the night. There were many to choose from (see Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Halsey, etc.) yet the grand prize had to go to Cee-lo Green. Right after revealing it, social media blew up, comparing him to a Ferrero Rocher, C-3P0, and even a Grammy itself. This outfit belonged in a sci-fi movie, not the red carpet.
Taraji P. Henson went a similar way with her sci-fi, astrological, and whatever-else-is-on-there themed attire. The color, the designs, and the structure of the dress came together to create a pretty ugly outfit. It seems like a 12-year-old should be wearing this, not a 46-year-old.
The Winners – Adele, Beyoncé, and David Bowie dominate
Both Adele and David Bowie picked up 5 awards on the night. Beyoncé only picked up 2, but it was truly her night. To top off a memorable performance, she took home “Best Music Video” and “Best Urban Contemporary Album.” Adele took home all the major awards, including “Album of the Year” and “Record of the Year,” along with 3 others. The late David Bowie won the major Rock genre awards.
Chance the Rapper, winner of three awards, including “Best New Artist,” stood out as an entertaining performer and he seems very capable of advancing his career in the future. While past winners of “Best New Artist” have often fallen out of the picture, his future will hold many exciting things if he continues to produce and perform like he did this past year.
Performances – a night to forget
The biggest acts of the night, excluding Beyoncé’s, were not Grammy-worthy. Adele, whose rendition of “Hello” to kick off the show, wasn’t jaw-dropping, but her second performance of the night, the tribute to George Michael, definitely was. While singing Michael’s “Fastlove,” she stopped after she started singing obviously offkey. She repeatedly apologized and then started up again, yet her blemish just seconds after the song started will follow her the rest of her career.
Later in the night, during Metallica’s and Lady Gaga’s performance, there was yet another issue, this time technical difficulties being the culprit. While singing “Moth Into Flame,” James Hetfield’s microphone was turned off for a good portion of the song. Although he eventually started using Gaga’s mic, the start of the performance was left somewhat empty because of the slip up.
The biggest night in music was riddled with messy performances, turned off microphones, and lacked in fashion. In a night where the music, winners, and the performances were supposed to be remembered, the only thing remembered were the problems that persisted throughout the show.