Grateful Memories of the Grammy Awards 2015
Were you watching any of the Grammy Awards broadcast on Sunday night?
There were definitely some high notes and some low notes struck at music's biggest night February 8, but I was glad I watched for a few of the musical collaborations.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards kicked off on a high note with AC/DC rocking the title of their new album and taking us down that 'Highway' they know so well. The low point had to be when Kanye West was onscreen. He unwisely repeated his award stealing gesture he had pulled with Taylor Swift years earlier after Beck was announced as the surprise winner in the Best Album category.
And when West joined Rhianna and Paul McCartney for their new song premiere, his auto-tuned vocals were horrible compared to her angelic voice and Paul had no say because his microphone was also not on while the performers lip-synched their tracks. At least maybe the audience in the front row got to hear Paul's back ground vocals.
That's what makes the annual awards shows exciting to watch is the unique collaborations you might get to see and that was the highlight of Sunday's broadcast. Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra playing 'Evil Woman' and 'Mr. Blue Sky' with Ed Sheeran was great to see especially following the George Harrison Grammy Lifetime honor. (Both being members of the Traveling Wilburys)
Another of the evening's Lifetime Achievement winners Stevie Wonder came onstage with Jamie Fox to present an award and Fox went into his Ray Charles character when it came time to read the winner card. Another one of the night's nice combinations and funniest moments.
I thought the best pairing of the night was Hozier's performance when he was joined by Annie Lennox of The Eurythmics. Her new album, 'Nostalgia,' was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album but lost to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's 'Cheek to Cheek,' another of the ceremonies many collaborations.
Annie Lennox's voice soared and showed it's soulful side when she covered Screamin' Jay Hawkin's 'I Put a Spell on You.' All in all, the awards show had enough interesting artists either performing or in the audience to keep me tuned in and entertained.
Did you have a favorite part of the Grammy's?