The 53rd Grammy Awards took place tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Apparently there were some actual awards handed out, though it was mostly a compilation of good, great, and awful performances by good, great and awful musicians. These are my favorites from the show. (Thanks to the Audio Perv for posting the performances.)
Above is the first performance by Arcade Fire, “Month of May.” Below is their second performance, “Ready to Start,” which they played after winning Album of the Year.
I love the grin on Win Butler’s face throughout their second performance. The Grammy obviously meant something to him. His band as officially arrived in the mainstream, if nothing else.
Muse is one of the best rock bands in the world today. If you have not seen them live you must do everything within your power to change that. They’ll be playing some shows this summer (rumored to be a headliner at Lollapolooza), and have a new album in the works, too.
What’s with the psuedo-anarchist dancers, though?
Eminem’s performance, featuring Rihanna, Skylar Grey and Adam Levine, was really good until Dr. Dre showed up and ruined it. Dre, for the sake of your legacy, please stop. Stick to producing.
This is actually a pretty bad performance overall, but I included it for two reasons: 1) I’m in love with Florence Welch and 2) What the hell is going on with Christina Aguilera?
She may not make music that I like, but Katy Perry has a great voice and she’s freakin HOT. So there.
That’s it for the good ones. Now for the less than great performances.
I want to personally thank Lady Gaga for making sure the 53rd Grammy Awards had a performance by Madonna.
No one will ever do “Jolene” as good as the White Stripes. So stop trying.
And for your ‘what the fuck’ moment of the Grammys, I give you Cee-Lo Green with Gwyneth Paltrow. Those are supposed to be Muppets, but I’ve never seen any of them before, and it would have been way cooler to see Animal on the drums than whatever the hell that thing was.
Those are the Grammy performances worth mentioning. What was your favorite performance?