If you spend your Sundays in a catatonic state, with the TV blaring from when you arise in the AM to the time you slip back into your coma in the PM, then you would’ve caught some great entertainment yesterday. You had the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, the Rangers vs Devils game in Yankee Stadium, HBO’s intriguing new show True Detective, and of course the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Daft Punk was the big winner of the night, claiming Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album with Random Access Memories, as well as Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Get Lucky, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Seeing Daft Punk on stage, donning their usual spaceman attire, was amusing to say the least.
Other victors include two of the biggest, breakout sensations of the year: Lorde and Macklemore. Lorde took home Grammy’s for Song of the Year and Best Solo Pop Performance, while Macklemore cleaned up in nearly every category he was nominated for. This includes Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for Thrift Shop, and Best Rap Album for The Heist. I’m sure Kendrick Lamar fans everywhere are clawing out their eyes at this news—but honestly, are you that surprised? Did you really expect the Grammy’s, who’ve been notoriously slow to embrace hip-hop over the years, would select hardcore Kendrick Lamar over mainstream, homosexual advocate Macklemore? Even with all politics aside, The Heist was extremely well produced. The beats kick ass and go nicely with Mackelmore’s vocals and style. Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, on the other hand, falls on the weaker side (at least, for me) in terms of production. I found many of its beats jarring, off-putting, and hard to enjoy. Sure, Kendrick’s lyrical ability is astounding; he absolutely destroys Macklemore in that category. However, nasty wordplay over so-so beats doesn’t make awesome records; it produces mediocrity.
Rap legend Jay Z also took a Grammy home last night, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with his Justin Timberlake feature, Holy Grail—and was even there to collect the award! Yes, after years of denouncing the Grammy’s for overlooking him and declining their invitations, Jay Z finally made an appearance. He also performed a steamy Drunk In Love duet with superstar wife and reigning pop queen Beyonce. Some of the other performances included Daft Punk, Lorde, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, Metallica, and a mind-blowing Imagine Dragons-Kendrick Lamar mashup.
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