February 11th, 2013 · 3 Comments
Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich (left) and host LL Cool J recently in Pasadena, Calif.
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 2/11/13 Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Carrie Underwood and dozens more performed during the 55th Grammy Awards show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2013. LL Cool J (second year host of the Grammys) opened the show with a statement about Michael Jackson’s multiple Grammy winnings “That magical image inspired me to go after my own dreams,” he said, “and the same is true for many of us in this great hall tonight.”
Taylor Swift opened the musical portion of the ceremony with a theatrical performance of her song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Theatrics aside Taylor Swift needs to stick to songwriting as her vocal performance was mediocre to say the least.
After years of criticism for celebrating music by older performers long past their commercial or cultural prime, the Recording Academy nominated large numbers of young musicians and singers in key categories. The Black Keys dominated most of last night’s Grammys, but they didn’t come away with the Album of the Year award. That went to Mumford and Sons for their album, “Babel”. Record of the Year went to Gotye’s hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know”. FUN. won Best New Artist, and their single “We Are Young” was named Song of the Year. In country, the title track off Carrie Underwood’s album “Blown Away” won Best Country Solo Performance, and Best Country Song.
“One of the most remarkable things about the “Grammys” over the years is these pairings of musician singers that no one in their right mind could ever sort of conceive that these people would necessarily mix.There is no process, honestly. It’s just you know, you wake up in middle of the night, and think about it. Some are logical. Some just are not logical at all. You know, I will tell you that it’s come a long way. In the beginning, it wasn’t easy to get people to go along with it,” says Ken Ehrlich during a press conference this winter in Pasadena, CA. Without a doubt this holds true with another honorable mention going to Bruno Mars who unmistakably out does himself with each live performance on the Grammy’s. His compilation with the one and only Sting goes down as one of the best collaborations ever aired. The Marley kids and Rihanna add the final flavor to the compilation making the Bob Marley tribute a stellar performance.
Hands down the best performance of the evening was Justin Timberlake’s music debut after being on a hiatus acting and working on film projects. The Sinatra style set with the Tennessee kid Performance was a breath of fresh air. The change of the screen from color to black and white set the tone for one of the most amazing performances ever seen on a Grammy’s show. You could feel the “vibe” coming off of the screen as JT took you back to the 50′s with his crooner like soul driven groove, and a “rat pack” look coming at the audience from every angle. From the dancers to the musicians Justin Timberlake gave the Grammys a class act performance. Justin ends his performance with a teaser of a second song on his “slowly leaking” released album, making all of us hungry for more of his delicious music.
Adele accepts her Grammy for pop solo performance for “Set Fire to the Rain.” “I just want to send massive big love to all the other girls … [who] all work so hard and make it look so easy,” she said.
The city of Nashville was well represented in the 55th annual grammys, from Carrie Underwood to Jack White.
“They” are our voting members. The academy has 20,000 members. Eleven and a half thousand of them are voting members. In order to be a voting member, you have to be a musician and somebody who is actually active in music. So you’ve got peers, and you’ve got professionals. What we’ve been able to do over the years is to really get that membership to a place where it’s the right people, it’s the relevant people, it’s the young and contemporary people. So the balance now is far better than it’s ever been, and I think that’s why you have a reflection of good nominations.