Last night’s Grammys opened with an Ok performance honoring the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who wasn’t in attendance due to her recent illness. Christina Aguilera made up for her Super Bowl flub by singing her butt off and really putting some heart and soul into honoring Ms. Franklin. Poor thing must have gotten overwhelmed again; she took a little tumble after her performance. Alongside her were Jennifer Hudson , Yolanda Adams, Florence, and Martina McBride. They all did Ok, but I felt the performance aspect could have been a little better.
As the night progressed, I was hoping that the performances would get better, but they didn’t. There were a few honorable mentions that did well. The throwback performance by B.o.B, Janelle Monaé and Bruno Mars was nice. Seeing little Jaden Smith perform with Justin Bieber was cute. But quick question: where in the heck was Willow? Didn’t she have like the hottest song of 2010? Why was she sitting in the audience while Lady Gaga did all the hair whippin’?
Speaking of Lady Gaga, her new song, “Born This Way,” is nice. The performance was a little Madonna-ish, but it was still good. Oh, did I mention she arrived in an egg and hatched it on stage when she came out to perform? That chic is something else.
Rihanna’s performance … well in my eyes she can do no wrong, so she gets a pass.
Then there was Cee-Lo! What in the name of Big Bird did he have on? He looked like an oversized Black Elmo who gave birth to a peacock. If he wanted to be talked about, he made sure he gave people plenty to say. However, his duet with Gwyneth Paltrow was really nice. She looked really good. I loved the cat suit and the shoes.
As the night progressed there were upsets and wins that no one in the world expected. Esperanza Spalding won for best New Artist. Some Arcade group won for Album of the Year. But for me that wasn’t the total shocker: I was completely disgusted when the show ended and Nicki Minaj hadn’t so much as come out and did a cameo with someone. She was completely snubbed from the awards show performances. How does a female artist who has made history with her debut album not get to perform at the Grammys, but you have a performance by a 100-year-old man? At the end of the day, I thank goodness for the BET awards.
Sha Hayes is a comedian and freelance writer who currently resides in New York.