In case you missed the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, here are a few highlights from music’s biggest night.
Beyoncé was the big winner of the night after taking home the prize in six categories, including Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal and Best Contemporary R&B Album. Although she didn’t get Album of the Year (that went to Taylor Swift), she did set a record for most wins by a female artist in one night.
Bey, who received the first award of the night from Stephen Colbert, was feeling so good, she had to thank hubby Jay-Z at one point in the evening. Since the couple has been so mum about their relationship, the announcement came as a complete shock to some people in the audience and nearly everyone watching from home.
Michael Jackson was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of innovative entertainment. To commemorate his talent and showmanship, an all-star group of artists paid tribute to the King of Pop. Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Usher, Carrie Underwood and Smokey Robinson teamed up to perform a version of “Earth Song” which Michael had intended to showcase during his This Is It concert series in London. Audience members and viewers at home had the option of wearing 3-D glasses to experience the piece in all its glory.
After the powerhouse performance, Prince Michael and Paris Jackson made their way on stage to accept their father’s award. Both children, accompanied by several older cousins, sported red armbands as Prince Michael shakily gave an acceptance speech on Michael’s behalf. Pictures taken off stage show that Blanket was on-hand for the ceremony last night as well.
Not unexpectedly, a portion of the evening was dedicated to the continued relief effort in Haiti. Wyclef Jean introduced the segment where Mary J. Blige joined Andrea Bocelli and David Foster on stage for a soulful performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which is now available for download on iTunes. The collaboration was somewhat unusual, but it resonated beautifully because the emotion put into this piece was so evenly matched with the level of talent on stage.
Two-time Grammy nominee Drake wrapped up the performances for the night, with “Forever,” accompanied by Lil’ Wayne and Eminem. At first we thought something was wrong with our TV, but those long gaps of silence in the segment are where CBS censored the performance. So much of “Forever” was bleeped out that we pretty much missed half the song even though we were watching the whole thing.
– Sonya Eskridge