Music’s big night shines bright


The 2014 Grammys Awards show was a night to remember. It featured the biggest acts in music all together in one building. 

The night opened up with a seductive performance of “Drunk in Love” by Beyoncé featuring her husband, Jay Z.  

The performance featured Beyoncé dressed in a black body suit performing various hip rolls and belly dancing routines. Beyoncé elegantly danced across the smoke-filled floor like an Indian gypsy hypnotizing the crowd with her toned physique. Jay Z later joined her for a sexually charged verse on a hot record. The chemistry between them seemed slightly distant at first. However, the couple became closer as the song progressed.  

Katy Perry bedazzled the crowd with a sparkling red gown. Her performance of “Fireworks” wasn’t as amazing. Her voice seemed to crack on notes she would normally belt with no issue. 

Robin Thicke teamed up with Chicago for a show tune-inspired performance filled with live guitars, drums and brass. Thicke’s vocals serenaded the crowd throughout the entire performance. Thicke and Chicago complemented each other’s graceful style. The steady performance then transformed into an upbeat sing along to Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” 

When Taylor Swift performed, she walked the audience down memory lane of a failed relationship in her to her single “Too Well.” Swift provided the vocals as well as the piano for the song. Her performance was beautifully executed. 

Another equally stellar performance was Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar. He was joined by rock band Imagine Dragon for a rendition of “M.A.A.D. City.” 

The performance started with a solo from Dragon which led into an energetic frenzy by Lamar. The performance mixed elements of rap and rock wrapped into a show filled with lights and smoke. The performance was full of energy that only Kendrick Lamar could deliver. 

The most surprising moment of the night was when hip-hop newbie Macklemore swept the hip-hop category winning Best New Rap Artist, Rap Album The Heist and Rap song and Performance (“Thrift Shop”). Macklemore won these coveted categories over the best in the game. What makes his win even more significant is that it was an independent effort. Many felt that Macklemore’s win was an insult to hip-hop and the Grammy’s because of the “pop appeal” of the artist.  

Even Macklemore doubted the award. In fact, he Instagramed a text to Lamar saying, “You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It sucks that I robbed you.”