Grammys 2013: The Black Keys, Gotye, Skrillex and Watch the Throne big winners, Performances generally lackluster

11 Feb

In an unnecessarily long 3.5 hour broadcast last night, rock band The Black Keys managed to take home Grammys in four of the six categories they were nominated for – Album of the Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The band’s guitarist Dan Auerbach also took home Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.

EDM Producer Skrillex took home all three of his nominations, tying with Record of the Year winner Gotye and Watch the Throne duo Jay-Z and Kanye West. The hip-hop legends shared their win for Best Rap/Sun Collaboration with a poorly dressed The Dream and newcomer Frank Ocean, whom they let walk off stage with the award.

Frank Ocean performs "Forrest Gump"

Frank Ocean performs “Forrest Gump”

Despite nabbing six nominations, Frank Ocean’s only other win was for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Somehow the passion displayed through each song on Channel Orange, wasn’t evident in his lackluster performance of “Forrest Gump” towards the end of the show.

Indie band fun. also nabbed just two of their six nominations, taking home Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “We Are Young”. Somehow in their extended thank you speech which warranted wrap it up music, they randomly thanked Jay-Z and Taylor Swift but forgot to thank Janelle Monae, who was featured on their hit song.

Best New Artist fun. also took home Record of the Year

Best New Artist fun. also took home Record of the Year

None of the evening’s performances truly wowed – Miguel and Wiz Khalifa sang a snippet of the Best R&B Song winner “Adorn”, Rihanna showed us how her vocals have improved with a rare ballad performance of her song “Stay” from Unapologetic, Juanes gave us a very brief half English/half Spanish rendition of “Your Song” instead of one of the songs from his Best Latin Pop Album winning MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition, and Taylor Swift continued to show her transition to the darkside with an ad-libbed verbal jab at her ex while singing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. The only two performances really worth remembering were Kelly Clarkson and Justin Timberlake .

Justin Timberlake brings elegance back in his "Suit & Tie" performance

Justin Timberlake brings elegance back in his “Suit & Tie” performance

With the help of an Instagram filter and his buddy Jay-Z, JT performed his latest song “Suit & Tie” and a new song “Pusher Love Girl” in a big band themed stage.

After drunkedly? accepting her Best Pop Vocal Album Award for Stronger and semi-insulting Miguel, Kelly Clarkson gave one of the best tributes this award show has seen in a long time, in honor of Carole King and the late Patti Page. Her no gimmick performance proved why she is the first American Idol.

Rihanna 'stirs it up' with Bruno Mars, Damian & Ziggy Marley and Sting

Rihanna ‘stirs it up’ with Bruno Mars, Damian & Ziggy Marley and Sting

Bob Marley was also saluted last night, with what seemed to be a last minute yet lively effort by a few artists. Bruno Mars and Sting opening the tribute with a Bruno Mars song, later joined by Rihanna, Damian and Ziggy Marley.

The 55th Annual Grammys closed out awarding Album of the Year to folk rock band Mumford & Sons for their album Babel, and a performance by Host LL Cool J who brought out fellow aging artists Chuck D, Travis Barker and Tom Morello.


3 Responses to “Grammys 2013: The Black Keys, Gotye, Skrillex and Watch the Throne big winners, Performances generally lackluster”


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