The 62nd annual Grammy Awards happened on Sunday, January 26th, featuring performances from H.E.R., Tyler, The Creator, Rosalía, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and more. Billie Eilish was the hot artist of the night, at 18 years old becoming the first woman in history to snag the "Big Four" - that is best album, record, song, and new artist. This year’s awards were stacked with incredible talent and show-stopping acts, making it next to impossible to look away from the TV. Hosted by the ever eloquent Alicia Keys, the evening was a perfect combination of serious, fun, emotional and powerful.
The event was held in Staples Center in Los Angeles, just hours after the news of Kobe Bryant’s untimely and tragic death. Alicia Keys opened with somber words, and delivered an emotional musical tribute with Boyz II Men. She couldn’t have handled the situation better.
For this week’s Friday Fix, I’ll go through my favorite - and least favorite - performances of the night. I’ll start with my favorite.
Tyler, The Creator shook the building with his performance of “EARFQUAKE” and “NEW MAGIC WAND” from his album (that later won best rap album), IGOR. Eclectic dancing, eccentric outfits, dozens of Tyler clones, and fire is all you need to know about this performance. Go watch it.
Camilla Cabello had the audience in tears as she sang, “First Man,” a heartfelt tribute to her dad who was in the audience. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two.
Rosalía showed the audience true flamenco fire as she commanded the stage with her song “Juro Que” followed by her hit “Malamente.” Outsinging everyone in the night with ease and showcasing her lilting vocals, if anyone was sleeping on her before they are certainly awake after this performance.
H.E.R. reminded us why we’re obsessed, accompanying herself on the keys for her song “Sometimes,” and surprising the crowd with a killer guitar solo. My prediction is that H.E.R. will reign queen over the coming decade.
Lastly, Demi Lovato delivered an emotional and powerful message with her song “Anyone,” leaving the entire building in awe. Her performance was met with a well deserved unified standing ovation.
My least favorite of the night was definitely Aerosmith + Run DMC, unfortunately. Don't get me wrong, I love when shows like the Grammys have classic acts perform, but this one dropped the ball. For the five painful minutes they performed, I felt like I was watching drunk dads sing karaoke. Steven Tyler put the cherry on top at the end when he brought two random girls on stage from the audience. It was tacky, messy, and overdone.
Another performance that lacked in my mind was the random collaborative tribute performance for Ken Ehrlich, the producer who is retiring from the Grammys. It was contrived, inauthentic, all over the place, and just all around unnecessary.
Whether the performances were good or bad, though, the evening was full of excitement,
emotion, love and acceptance. Alicia Keys kicked off the night perfectly saying, “we’re going to make sure that we are celebrating the most powerful energy with the most beautiful thing in the world — the one thing that has the power to bring all of us together. I know that music is the most healing thing in the world, so let us get some healing going on right now…”
And for three and a half hours, that’s exactly what happened. ‘Til next year, Grammys.