2014 Grammys recap: Beyonce’s surfboard, gold sippy cups & more

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This is just a general Grammys post, we’ll be talking about some of the bigger names and notable performances in individual posts, including a lot of fashion stuff. You can see the list of this year’s Grammy winners here – there weren’t that many awards handed out during the telecast, so you might have missed some of the major wins. Daft Punk, Lorde & Macklemore were the biggest winners of the night. Some highlights from the actual Grammys telecast (I’ll add some videos where possible, but some of these videos might be pulled):

*Beyonce & Jay-Z were all over the Grammys. The Grammys were all about a celebration of Beyonce and Jay. As it should be, I suppose. Their performance of “Drunk In Love” began the night. I understood why the producers wanted Bey and Jay to go first, but that performance was not really appropriate for 8 pm. Beyonce’s costume was extremely skimpy and I’m pretty sure we saw some mons pubis, at least one nip-slip and we saw a lot of the cake. Also: when Jay-Z won some award, his acceptance speech was AMAZEBALLS. Everything from “Gold sippy cup” to “I want to thank God a little bit” – it was a masterpiece of speechifying. Also: #surfboard

*Lorde’s performance of “Royals” was an early disappointment. I really thought Lorde was going to blow us away with her vocal skills, but the beginning of the song was too “performance art” (very Franco), and then it just felt like Lorde didn’t really deliver on her promise. It was a mediocre performance.

*Do you want me to care about Hunter Hayes? I do not. I do not wish him ill or anything, I’m just not feeling him.

*Katy performed “Dark Horse” which is actually my favorite song off Prism (it’s my workout jam). The witchy staging was… very mid-1990s/The Craft. Live performances aren’t really Katy’s thing, and I actually giggled when her boobs were being burned at the stake. Classic.

*Robin Thicke & Chicago… I liked the Chicago retrospective, a lot. But imagine this: wouldn’t it have been better with a vocalist like Michael Buble? Because Robin’s voice sounded kind of weak.

*Gary Clarke Jr. & Keith Urban actually gave one of the nicest dual performances of the night, I thought. Maybe I just really love Gary Clarke Jr.

*Taylor Swift’s performance was one the strongest of the night. Yes, I just said that. I’m serious too. Her voice was strong, the staging was pleasing and it was believably emotional. Plus, I just love when she sings about Jake Gyllenhaal.

*Pink’s acrobatic performance was… I don’t know, I’m kind of tired of it. I get that the dangling-over-the-stage thing is her shtick now, but it just felt kind of tired. Plus, there were like three different times where I thought she snapped her neck.

*The Kendrick Lamar/Imagine Dragons combo was a lot better than I was expecting. Seriously.

*Madonna sang “Open Your Heart” along with Macklemore’s performance of “Same Love” while Queen Latifah married a bunch of couples in the aisles. It was a mess. It was a mess mostly because of Madonna’s horrifying mask-face.

*So help me, I liked Metallica & the Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

*The Trent Reznor performance sounded disorganized. Like, it was just noise.

*Daft Punk + Pharrell Williams + Stevie Wonder = pretty awesome.

So, who gave your pick for best performance? I’m going to be controversial and say that while I enjoyed the Kendrick Lamar/Imagine Dragons thing and the Daft Punk/Stevie Wonder thing, I think Taylor Swift’s performance might have been my favorite. Seriously.

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  1. Anna says:

    I think Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar was the best performance of the night!
    I found the Highwaymen performance really cute though LOL I definitely enjoyed seeing Kris and Willie back on stage together.
    Madonna and Macklemore were a mess, I did not like it at all.
    Pink needs to get a new performance. Every award show she does the same acrobatics in the air then lands and fight/dances with a shirtless guy on stage.

  2. Summer says:

    Metallica’s performance was the only thing I was looking forward to. God I love them so much. I don’t care for the rest of the performances.

  3. Sabah says:

    John legend??!!! Hello!!

    It was so disappointing but totally expected that Kendrick didn’t win a thing. Such a shame

    • Luciana says:

      I agree! I am not familiar with John Legend’s music overall – it’s just not my usual style – but I thought it was a beautiful song and that he sang (sung?) it really well. Definitely my favorite of the night.

      I normally loathe Taylor Swift, but I really did like her song & performance. Except the head banging. That was weird and I felt like she was trying to be Tori Amos up there. I liked everything else about it though.

    • Samantha says:

      I was going to ask if Kaiser took a bathroom break during John Legend’s performance. He was amazing, and it was really poor scheduling to put Taylor Swift (also low-key on a piano) after him. I thought her performance, like most of the ones I saw, was overwrought and ridiculous. Mr. Legend showed them how it should be done.

  4. merski says:

    Is it just me or is this Bey/Jay-Z song really booooring?! What is everyone so excited about?

    Also, say what you want about Pink, but during all the acrobatics she was singing live!! Give the woman some credit.

    Finally, did Ryan Lewis actually try to shove Queen Latifah out of the way to make space for Madonna?! Hahahah, brilliant! :D

    • Tapioca says:

      It’s not just you – I couldn’t find a single memorable hook on the entire frickin’ album.

      Nice to see the female half of a duet is barely wearing more than underwear, whilst her male companion is fully clothed for a change*!

      (*sarcasm).

    • LadyMTL says:

      Oh it’s not just you, I listened to the album and found it good but boring. I am glad that I didn’t buy it, lol. I think people are excited because of the fact that it’s one of the rare times we got to see Jay-Z and Beyoncé performing together.

      As for Pink, I can appreciate how difficult her acrobatic act must be but it’s something I’ve seen so often that (for me at least), it’s lost the wow factor.

    • Jessica says:

      It’s one of those songs you have to hear a few times to get into. At first I didn’t like it but then the “in looooooooooove” part and the “we be all night” part got stuck in my head. I like it now.

    • Artemis says:

      I love the song but I knew it was going to be hard to give a killer performance as she can’t rely on her usual moves to get the job done. I think that’s why they looked so ‘off’.

      There are plenty of great songs on Beyonce: Ghost, Haunted, Mine (when that beat drops!), Heaven, Blue, Partition (the best), Jealous.
      XO is generic and Blow is ok but not great like the other ones.

  5. Shauna says:

    Bey looks like Jordan Sparks in that last picture.

    That’s all.

  6. Kaylah says:

    Beyonce’s performance was good. I enjoyed it, I really like the song so I guess I’m a bit biased but the chemistry between her and her husband is amazing. There were no mons or nip slips but there was a lot of cake.
    Lol Jay said he wanted to thank God a little bit for the award but more so for Beyonce being in his life which was super cute.
    Lorde’s twitchy performance wasn’t it. They mega trolled Katy Perry with the way they announced the award, had her all excited only for it to go to Lorde.
    Kendrick Lamar’s performance was hands down the best of the night. I was head banging and everything loved it.
    I cannot stand Macklemore so everything he did especially his “gay love” schitk was annoying, especially the fact that he won he rap categories he isn’t meant to be nominated in.
    I LOVE Pink, but I’m so over her gymanst thing. She does it everywhere she needs something new, but Try & Just Give Me A Reason are my songs so didn’t really mind.

  7. Brown says:

    I also loved Taylor’s performance but I just can’t with her head banging epilepsy episodes. So strange. No love for Sarah Barielles and Carole King? My personal favorite of the night. Sarah is so effortlessly awesome.

  8. Wiffie says:

    She’s really stuffed into that cagey corset thing. I’m not a fat shamer– but I’ll gladly mock poor fashion. It’s like someone wrapped bread dough with twine, and shoved it in a bird cage to rise. Yikes.

    Love her hair though.

  9. Lark says:

    Has Taylor Swift been taking vocal lessons? I always thought she had a pleasant, pretty voice but not a strong one and that she sounded reedy in most live performances. But I’m almost positive that was live, and she sounded really good. I love Lorde, but that was way too much performance art. Beyonce did a good song, but the outfit was dumb imo. Katy was ridiculous, she just comes off as third rate compared to the rest.

    Also, am I the only one amused/loving the Lorde and Taylor Swift friendship?

  10. Lindy79 says:

    “Beyonce’s costume was extremely skimpy and I’m pretty sure we saw some mons pubis, at least one nip-slip and we saw a lot of the cake.”

    Yep, also agree with people saying that if Miley had done this she would have been trashed. Not a Miley fan but it’s true. I like a lot of Beyonce’s stuff in terms of pop music, the latest album not so much but my least favourite of her stuff is usually the “I love my man! make love to me” ones. They always just seem very forced.

    Can’t believe they played ads and credits during the last performance.

    • merski says:

      Yes, thank you, exactly!!! I’m a huge QOTSA fan and I found it seriously offensive – the show was like 4 hours long anyway, what’s another 30 seconds?! Lame.

    • Faye says:

      I agree with this. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of Beyonce’s music in general, but I really hate it when she and Jay-Z pimp their relationship out at these awards shows and in some of their videos/songs. It feels very self-exploitative, if that’s a word, and it undercuts all their protestations of wanting privacy during the times when they’re not getting paid for it.

      • Penny says:

        Yep. If any other female pop star whored out her private life like this she’d be absolutely torn to shreds. She used to actually be quite private, but since she got pregnant (or shoved a pillow down her top, whichever), she and Jay Z have been laying it all out there, yet so many people act like she’s still being super private and classy and keeping her relationship quiet.

        I mean she get’s praise for not posting pictures of her daughter’s face. Why would you post pictures at all? Why make your toddler part of your celebrity persona when you have a career like Beyonce’s? Most celebrities with her and Jay’s power and finances do everything they can to keep their child totally out of the limelight. Instead they’re making Blu Ivy into a brand, like them. It’s even creepier than Suri Cruise. Sure Tom was taking her out on pap walks but he didn’t have his own private photographer and film crew documenting her so he could drum up even more interest in her by posting to social media accounts.

      • Artemis says:

        I take more offense to the ‘eat the cake Anna Mae’ reference which Yonce deliberately sang along with her husband to show the world she doesn’t care about that criticism. That’s vile.

        It was an award show, a boring one at that and I thought the outfit was the only interesting thing about their performance + their chemistry.

        And Yonce is still private as she’s not on Rihanna and Gaga levels of posting pictures and commenting. She is from an older generation and she is still more guarded and calculated than those other popstars who say and do dumb things all the time and get caught because of social media. Times changed and Yonce needed to get onto social media like her peers (even Madonna waited super long to get into Instragram and Facebook).

        So many celebs show their kids’ faces on magazines a week after they’re born to make money off them (even Brangelina, multiple times in weird shoots) and they don’t need it either, I think it’s a good compromise to show her kid to her fans for FREE but still keeping her private by blocking her face. People talk about celebs doing photo spreads to devalue the kids’ first pictures etc, well Yonce is doing just that without even showing Blue completely.

        We didn’t even see BIC completely until she got older so it’s normal it’s getting harder to hide her completely.

      • Faye says:

        @Artemis: I’m not familiar with her song. What does “‘eat the cake Anna Mae’” refer to?

      • Penny says:

        Ike Turner force-feeding Tina.

      • mayamae says:

        I had to google the “Eat the cake Anna Mae” reference. It’s so offensive to not only mock the abuse Tina Turner experienced, but then to strut around stage and smirk about it. A definite FU to the critics. I wonder if Tina Turner has weighed in on it.

      • Artemis says:

        And this is what it boils down too, people are so obsessed with outer appearances that they don’t even care about the song and the backlash surround it. This is what I find legit criticism: the content of her work which shows more about B’s and Jay’s personality than her inoffensive toned ass. I’m a fan but even her ass can’t distract me from some messed up lyrics.

      • Faye says:

        @AP – Thanks for the link. Wow, that is vile. How could she put that in a song? Why aren’t more people calling her out on that?

        @Artemis – If that “people are so obsessed with outer appearances that they don’t even care about the song” was a crack at me, I didn’t even hear the song, whereas I did see her costuming. But it is possible to find both offensive.

      • Artemis says:

        It wasn’t a crack at you. I find it odd in general how people are up in arms about clothing, which is nothing new, while glossing over (or not even realising because they don’t know the song) they’re glorifying their sex life by referencing to Tina’s abuse. And B is a known Tina fan, which makes it even worse. It’s just typical of society in general to display faux-concern and outrage over a woman’s sexuality while there are matters far more damaging right in front of them. The discussion is now: ‘why is B dressed that way’ instead of ‘why are Jay and B talking about Tina’s marital abuse in a sexual way?’ At this point, I’m sure it doesn’t matter because people will always let the former precede the latter.

      • V4Real says:

        @Artemis who said “I take more offense to the ‘eat the cake Anna Mae’ reference which Yonce deliberately sang along with her husband to show the world she doesn’t care about that criticism.”

        …and this is coming from the same woman who wrote (ghost writer wrote) an essay about feminism, equality in the work place for men and women for equal pay. She also said that women should raise boys who will grow into men who respect women. Yet this overrated woman is on stage singing and bouncy her bountiful booty to lyrics about a woman who was abused throughout her entire relationship with old pimp Ike Turner.

        And if anyone yells “well this is just art” at me I’m side eyeing you so hard.

        And it’s surfboard Bey, not surfboardt.

      • Artemis says:

        And this is why I will never stan this woman. I’m very aware of her behaviour. It’s one thing to claim you’re a feminist and make an album about it but it’s clear she’s only saying that to make a buck.

        Her essay contained no lies but she really went for the minimum word count! When there’s no money to be made, she doesn’t put in the effort and that Jay-Z verse really undermines her whole feminist album. B at this point, is an extension of Jay-Z and no good comes from that. She’s just as greedy as he is, on top of that, she’s vain and superficial.

        Still don’t care about her outfit though. It’s 2014, aren’t people used to this by now?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I’m not a hater of Beyoncé, but I thought her performance was extremely vulgar, and so did my husband.

      • Bernice says:

        Supposedly they are like royalty of the music world (?) so there was absolutely no reason for this kind of “act”. I thoughts Beyoncé wasn’t one of the dirty girl singers who had to use blatant sex to sell herself. I found the whole thing icky.

      • V4Real says:

        @ Bernice

        Google some of Bey’s videos once she went solo. Her schtick concists of booty shaking and booty popping. She quite often uses sex to sell herself.

      • cs says:

        I didn’t watch her performance but I read comments from the urban blogs. It’s so interesting that the mainstream (white media) thought their performance was the best thing and yet the black urban blogs thought it was disgusting. Some were offended by the Tina Turner reference (Anna Mae, is Tina’s birth name).
        One urban blog headliner” Beyoncé worst hair, worst Grammy performance”..

        Some actually commented that Taylor’s performance was much better. Which is a first since they look at her mostly as white bread Pollyanna. I think people didn’t know Taylor plays piano in addition to guitar.

        Btw, Taylor has been performing “All too Well” the same way for 8 months now on her tour. So, her head banging wasn’t just for the Grammy’s.

      • KayLastima says:

        Since she went solo she has personified vulgar.
        As a couple, I find them condescending and adolescent. Why people give them a pass I’ll never know. I think that they are disgusting role models and are not to be emulated. I’m calling out Kanye and Kim right now, the ones that have to copy others because at least one of them has no brains or talent. Let’s face it, Kim ONLY has T and A. Those will head south when she can no longer inflate them, unlike her ego and that of her baby daddy.

      • kristiner says:

        ALL she did was shake. The vocals were horrible and she was doing a ridiculous pole dancing routine without the pole. It WAS vulgar. It was just a$$ twerking/shaking.

        The worst beginning

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “if Miley had done this she would have been trashed.”

      I disagree, because MIley COULD NOT have done that performance. Beyonce was doing choreography, as loose as the style was, it was still practiced and perfected. Miley doesn’t dance, she doesn’t learn choreography, she just rubs her genitals. Big difference, IMO.

  11. smee says:

    I will never understand why people are so crazy for Bey and Jay Z. He is beyond fug and I’ve never liked either of their “music”.

    Robin Thicke yelled his way thru the Chicago set. That guy cannot sing. And I’m pretty sure his tux had Lycra in it.

    Why do women of a certain age decide to go with the “edgy Pilgrim” look? (I’m talking to you Madonna, Yoko, Diane Keaton, etc)

  12. Lark says:

    Also, I love Lorde but I found the parody Voldermort twitter account tweets about her performance hilarious…Basically, calling her Bellatrix and saying she’s a slytherine. She really does like a bit like a young Helena Bonham Carter in a HP style.

  13. Brown Eyed Girl says:

    Ive been over Beyonce for a good while now (since single ladies was overkilled). Shes not particularly intelligent in interviews and literally does the same nasty mediocre dance moves/song topics for every album.

    I think she and Jay Z are terrible role models and whenever i see them at any white house function i massively eyeroll and pray for this country because our own leadership promotes them to us. For a couple who makes like 80 million a year, they could donate a month’s salary and actually help humanity in some way to make up for it all but no….they give away the bare minimum:

    “The Shawn Carter Foundation, founded in 2003, is dedicated to helping low-income students “further their education at institutions of higher learning,” according to its Web site. Since its inception, “over 750 students have received awards totaling over $1.3 million” in individual grants of $1,500 to $2,500. Giving away $1.3 million over 10 years sounds like a small number, given that Jay Z is worth a reported $500 million. ” -Washington Post, November 2013

    I hope Beyonce gets some flack for being so tacky and trashy but she wont. *sigh* im going to eat my honey bunches of oats now.

  14. blue marie says:

    I don’t really watch award shows but I did catch Imagine Dragons/Kendrick Lamar while flipping channels and stopped to watch, I liked it (I’m a fan of them anyway) and then flipped the channel when they were done.

  15. QQ says:

    Like I said on the thread last night for me That Kendrick Lamar- IMagine Dragons performance was Facemeltingly good! Best of the night…So good, and sadly a Consolation prize of sorts for Kendrick who though most of the industry and non casual Hip hop fans LOVE is getting ignored in these bullshit awards for Macklemore which is (endearing as though they may be) like Hip Hop for kids and Black Twitter was ready to revolt over it last night

    Then I loved Pink cause no matter if we are tired of acrobatics or not: the chick sang live, upside down, lifted a dude, did a quick change and did not sound like it AT ALL!

    Daft Punk and Pharrell Neil and Stevie gave me all the funks and the happies and I was also glad they won cause that whole cd top to bottom was creative and fantastic

    Then Beysus cause I Love “Surfboardt” and she gave us plenty of it, And I Dont much normally care for her BUT i cant resist them together!

    Ummm then NIN and QOTSA for me for reasons (I MIGHT have twittered something innapropriate about mounting Josh Homme something something Trent Reznor from the back *redacted*)

    Lastly I loved The Keith Urban Gary Clark Jr. Dueling swords duet situation that was mastery of guitars… I was happy for Gary getting shine so happy

    Carole King and Sarah bareilles were adorable and gave me fluttery hearts, they looked so happy to be together

    John legend is that guy that you go “Oh He is nice” then forget about it 100%

    The Rest of the performances were GARBAGE, Yes Katy Perry masterpiece kabuki Shitther YOU!, BIG ASS Boring, Uncoordinated, off key Garbage and everyone else that gave me a chance to go get snacks/walk my dogs etc

    I LIKED the intention behind same Love, How hawt Latifah looked, Mary’s dress, the joy on the couple’s eyes and the artists actually breaking down BUT it was a mess kind of a cheap ploy and fuck madonna for coming there for no reason to sing bad in a Colonel Sanders outfit.

    Oh wait Lorde had a Good showing, loved her voice without adornment but i almost wished she had played 400 Lux or Glory and Gore

    Chicago deserved better than Robin Thicke

  16. Kaylah says:

    I don’t get why people dont understand that SHE chooses to wear this because this is what she wants to wear not because of anything else. Husband is wearing a suit because that’s what he wants to wear. He probably didn’t feel like changing for a 1:30min guest spot and chose to wear what he wore to the Grammys.

    • Seagulls says:

      Right. Why do the women *always* “choose” to be skimpily dressed, every time? In every video, at every appearance, at every photoshoot?

      • Kaylah says:

        I don’t know about other artists but Beyonce is hardly “always” dressed this way. I remember the grammys last year she was in a jumpsuit that showed just her arms. I probably don’t mind because she’s dressed this way only when she’s performing so I take it as performance art. When she starts doing red carpets in Body suits or walking down the road then I’d be the first to criticise her.

      • swack says:

        Thank you Seagalls. I was wondering the same thing. It’s not just Beyoncé, but many of the women feel they have to put it all out there. Too bad they do. The only thing I can say about her outfit over some of Miley’s is that there is more material to it. @Kaylah, her dress to MO birthday party was a tad short.

      • Alexis says:

        Some female artists, like Janelle Monae, choose not to be scantily dressed. But they tend to get less mainstream attention. Sadly it is a trade off.

    • Faye says:

      I think it’s possible to “get it” without approving of it. Not that she has to dress like a nun, but I wish we would see more musical talent and less bare flesh. I say this not only for Beyonce, but for so many pop stars today -when the centerpiece of your show is skimpy costumes and over-sexualized dance moves, that’s what most people will remember- not your music.

      And I think @Seagulls has a good point as well. It really strains the bounds of credulity to believe that all these women really want to be semi-naked all the time in performances, photoshoots, and videos. There has to be pressure there. And the more everyone goes along with it, the more the standards are there and up-and-coming musicians feel the need to follow them. And so the cycle continues.

      • Artemis says:

        Beyonce can sing and dance, there is talent, people just choose to focus on her body and clothing. It’s the whole package, the song DIL is about sex and love, it’s dirty and flirty, why pretend it’s anything else by wearing more conservative clothing that don’t fit with the subject? What’s wrong with female sensuality and sexuality?

        Madonna performed in a bathing suit at the Grammy’s in 2005 (with Gorillaz) and people made fun of her clothing choices in that era the entire time but Confessions is a classic strong Madonna album with memorable performances just because it was the whole package that made it Madonna. And her body was the best so why not show it off, doesn’t detract from the quality of the music and performance.

      • Faye says:

        @Artemis – Nothing wrong with female sensuality. But there’s a time and a place for it, and IMO, continually showing it off devalues it and makes it the centerpiece of someone’s act.

        “And her body was the best so why not show it off, doesn’t detract from the quality of the music and performance. ”
        On the flip side, just because you have something good, why show it off? To me, if you’re self-confident and proud of yourself, and you know you look good, you don’t *need* to prove anything by showing off your body all the time.

        And while showing off your body may not techincally detract from the quality of the music, it certainly DISTRACTS from it -which, let’s face it, is the point of a semi-naked, sexy-dancing performance (not just Beyonce’s, but for many stars). And I still maintain that if your music is good enough, you don’t need all of that. The best live shows I’ve seen have been the ones where the artists or bands just got up and sang. Look at someone like Adele. You could argue that she doesn’t engage in the same types of performances because she’s fuller-figured, but I honestly believe her performances are better because the focus is on one thing -the music.

      • Artemis says:

        B has perfomed in less revealing outfits plenty of times ( for ballads: 2004, 2007 and 2010 Grammys, Dangerously in Love, Listen and If I Were a Boy respectively) and she has performed in very risqué outfits (for upbeat, sensual songs) so I don’t know why people are acting like she ALWAYS has to rely on semi-nudity when she only does it when the mood of the song requires her too.

        For her tour she’s singing in a bodysuit, covered head to toe and her usual outfits are tricked out leotards with a miniskirt so no, semi-nudity is not her centerpiece. It’s part of her performance. Her dancers wear almost the same clothes, nobody ever complains about them even though they’re just as visible.

        Her music is good. Her voice is good. I don’t know why a female body distracts people from this. Like people become deaf when she’s on stage being sexy or what? I’ve seen the RHCP in concert on DVD and some members were shirtless (as usual), didn’t distract me from their music, I found it entertaining and they’re sexy (don’t judge me :) ) so who cares?

        No, I could argue that Adele sings ballads and sensual clothing is not required. Beyoncé usually wears ugly glittery dresses for her ballads. And I could also argue that while every woman has a sexuality, we are different in how we express it and B is the type of woman who likes to express it in her work while Adele isn’t. And clearly, B is a woman with more overt sex-appeal and that has nothing to do with her weight and everything with how she conducts herself.

        And if we are going to make a comparison, both Tina Turner and Mariah Carey, two of the best vocalists ever, have used sexuality and semi-nudity in their work and surely, they would be the type of singers you refer to that ‘don’t need all that’?
        Then on the other hand, you have people like Jessica Simpson who always talk about sex, their body and have their boobs pushed in our faces OFF stage and nobody is offended by her act. She’s harmless yet B is filth for doing the same in her work. You’ll never see B acting and dressing like Simpson off stage.

      • Faye says:

        @Artemis – I won’t reply at length, because I think you and I just see this issue in fundamentally different ways, and that’s fine. However, if someone chooses to dress and act sexually provocatively, that’s a deliberate choice, and it adds another element besides the musical to one’s performance. An element I happen to dislike. And it is in the majority of B’s performances (the ones that I’ve glimpsed, anyway). To imply that certain songs require that type of dress and action is just puzzling to me, as someone with extensive musical training (albeit in the classical arena).

        Re your point about other artists, as I said in previous posts, this is an issue I have with many popular artists, not just Beyonce (and never did I call her “filth,” or comment on her personal sexual morals, about which I have no clue. I’m talking stage personas here). My favorite Mariah songs are the ones in which she was not pushing the sex angle. As for Jessica Simpson (although she hasn’t sung musically in years), I remember plenty of people calling her a dumb hick slut back in the day when she was pushing the T&A.

        Again, I’m talking stage personas and performances here, because private life is a whole different story, and not really my concern.

  17. NerdMomma says:

    I think I just legitimately fell in love with Kendrick Lamar.

  18. Samantha25 says:

    Since it hasn’t been mentioned, I enjoyed John Legend’s performance. It was really nice.

  19. Froggy says:

    Was I the only one expecting Queen Latifah to ‘come out’ during the Macklemore/wedding part?

  20. Lindy79 says:

    I’m so out of it, I had to google what the whole Surfboard thing was.

  21. Lilian says:

    What was the difference between Beyonce and JZ performance and Miley and Robin Thick?
    2 Things that i can think about. Beyonce vocals were better and Robin never touched Miley. I don’t like Miley Cyrus, I think shes making a fool of herself and ruining her own career but why does Beyonce get a pass??

    Pink is insanely awesome!! To be able to do acrobatics or dance and sing live the way she does is beyond amazing. I suppose she could have just stood there behind a mike and lip synched.

    Kendrick Lamar was robbed!!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I don’t think you can compare Miley’s and Beyonce’s performances. Beyonce was doing choreography, she wasn’t masterbating mindlessly. Beyonce’s performance showed soooooo much more skill. So she was dancing and singing like a true professional. Sexy, yes, but it was definitely polished and perfected.

  22. Penny says:

    Drunk In Love is my least favourite song off BEYONCE, partly cos ‘sexy time’ Beyonce makes me feel awkward (she’s too robotic, there’s no passion there just perfectly timed imitations of passion) and partly because Jay Z’s rap on it is vile and offensive. I’m surprised she’s pushing that song given how strong the backlash was to Jay Z’s disgusting lyrics.

    Taylor Swift was fine, but my roommate sings better in the shower. That that’s a good performance just shows how live pop music has gotten. It’s like everything is now compared to Britney Spears stumbling around a stage mid-breakdown, and if you do better than that you must be talented.

    Pink’s great, but she needs something new, she’s been doing the acrobatics for so long and it’s officially gotten old now.

    Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar were good and Pharell and Stevie and Daft Punk were fun. It was nice to see a slightly looser performance after all the extremely choreographed ones.

  23. Leigh says:

    I thought the Macklemore/Madonna fiasco was really sweet. The couples were almost all in tears as was most of the audience – I really think it might’ve been a “You had to be there” moment.
    Sidenote – Does Madonna’s face move at all anymore??? Jesus.

    Pharrell looked like he was having so much fun. Daft Punk/Pharrell/Stevie Wonder was by far, my favourite.
    Taylor Swift was trying really hard. Again.
    Beyonce’s stage outfit was tragic. TOO MUCH. I can’t unsee that.
    Lorde freaked me out. Whoever styled her should be fired.

  24. Nev says:

    Madonna was BOSS.
    The weddings were lovely. Best moment.
    Beyoncé insulted Tina Turner with her Anna Mae lyric was sad.
    Yoko Ono was amazing.
    Pharell was the best look of the night.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Yes, and there is no denying the context of it within the lyrics.
      All her talk about strong women yet she’ll put a lyric like that in her song.

    • Bernice says:

      Eat the cake Anna Mae was something Ike Turner said abusively to Tina Turner when they were married. Ike Turner abused Tina. Jay Z uses that line in the a Drunk in Love duet (is that what you call that mess?). So it’s very confusing that Beyoncé is ok with that line. Especially since she sang with Tina at a past Grammy performance and has referred to Tina in flattering terms and called her a legend.

    • jaye says:

      “Beyoncé insulted Tina Turner with her Anna Mae lyric was sad” Oh, please. If Beyonce insulted TT with that line, then so has just about every person who’s seen What’s Love Got to Do With it. That line has been repeated and repeated and repeated again…some more since that movie’s release. The line being in the song is not Beyonce condoning spousal abuse. You’re reaching.

      • Nick says:

        @Jaye

        Don’t waste your time. People look for every reason they can to hate Beyoncé.

        And yes, blaming Beyoncé for something that’s been repeated countless times is reaching to the gods.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Repeated where? That’s a genuine question.
        I’ve only ever heard it in the movie and the book.

        I don’t think someone watching What’s Love…is equal to using a line spoken by a physically abusive man in a song about having sex with your partner.
        It didn’t need to be in the song.

      • Nev says:

        I don’t have to reach. It was right there on stage for everyone to see.
        Also to argue that everybody does it THAT is reaching. If everyone starts using racial slurs is it then okay for people to use them? Haha
        If that’s the case then it’s a free for all right?

      • Artemis says:

        @jaye: Ummm no.

        He refers both Mike Tyson and Ike Turner, one a rapist the other one an abuser in a song about love and sex. It’s disgusting. Especially because Beyoncé performed with Tina and said she was a role model. Also, during her little videos about the album, it’s revealed that Jay started rapping this without any preparation so this is what he thinks about when he wants to talk about having sex with his wife? Tyson and Turner of ALL people? It’s the fact that B has a special relationship with Tina that makes it so vile and thoughtless.

  25. Rhea says:

    Since I’m a fan, of course it’s Daft Punk! :)

  26. tabby says:

    Beyonce and jayz are both cheap, she is half naked with her butt cheeks hanging out, while jayz is wearing a three piece suit on stage looking like he is a pimp. Don’t get the appeal of this woman, especially from black women. Being a black woman myself its like its not normal or hating if you don’t like this woman music. Sorry I don’t think she can sing and she always keeps her legs open when she performs. Just don’t get the Beyonce worship that women do.

    • Thunderthighs says:

      ^^^ Thank You!! I don’t get it either… I have given up. Sure, Bey’s a wonderful entertainer but the truth is, we let her get away with way too much. Why is it slutting and whoring and all those other nasty words when Rihanna or Gaga do crazy stuff like this, or God forbid, Miley? But it’s ‘owning her sexuality’ when it comes to Bey?? She was in a freaking thong for Heaven’s sake! On a nationally aired show that aired at 8pm. But, no, she was just owning her sexuality. And there’s nothing wrong with them grinding up on each other, just get a room first. We only let them get away with such stuff coz they’re Bey and Jay and that’s the truth. Now, I’d like to see, say, Robin Thicke and Paula Parton or Kanye West and Kim try this on stage just so I can watch the hypocritical backlash and beat down they’d get. Someone convince me I’m wrong.
      Edit:
      I’m not a Beyonce hater…I love a lot of her stuff. I own every single one of her albums, including the latest one and I actually loved her ‘failed’ album 4. (My personal favorite is The Fighting Temptations soundtrack. And i seem to have an unhealthy love for Check Up On It) :-) But the way she and Jay are hailed as royalty, like they can do NO wrong and the double standards we seem to have with anything applying to them is quickly turning me off them. And the BeyHive attacking anyone that’s not one of them? Awful. I think the beyhive mocking Aaliyah was my turning point.

  27. Liberty says:

    I think Beyonce and Jay Z performance was good and its what I expected them to do. As for the difference between what Beyonce did at the Grammys and what Miley did at the VMAs was that Beyonce wasnt grinding on another woman’s husband. Beyonce and Jay Z are married so if they want to grind up on each other I have no issue with it. Is it a little tacky? Sure. But no where near as tacky as what Miley did at the VMAs with Robin Thicke. Plus Beyonce wasnt doing anything that we havent seen her do before, shes known for sexy performances plus its not like she was twerking on the stage or on Jay Z just her normal stage performance. Miley was just way too budget and try-hard and all she wanted was the controversey from what she did. Lastly Beyonce has stronger vocals then Miley and way better stage pressence and way more entertaining then seeing Miley grinding her Cat into a foam finger and Robin Thicke’s crotch.

  28. eliza says:

    I haven’t watched the Grammy’s in years. I don’t listen to mainstream radio so all but Lorde’s song I am blissfully unfamiliar with.

  29. paola says:

    i’m sorry but it seems to me like Beyoncè had lipo. I dunno.. lately she looks completely different, she was never fat but from hips down she was quite muscly and bulky. while now she has a GAP BETWEEN HER THIGHS. I’m sure she has always worked out a lot and lived on a diet on daily basis so i don’t know why she has changed so much if not for surgery. Maybe pilates to that? Maybe yoga? Maybe not eating at all? I dont’ know, but she has a body of a barbie doll now.
    Great ass indeed.
    And just for fun.. check this out! I’ve been laughing for minutes now! ROFL!!

    http://sandrarose.com/2014/01/video-beyonce-wins-grammy-for-worst-hair-and-worst-performance/

    • Froggy says:

      I agree!! A group of us watched last night and popular opinion was Beyoncé had lipo done. Way too drastic of a change IMO.

    • Artemis says:

      They did go vegan for 22 days and they both lost weight. Plus I don’t think she had lipo because B had a lot of pictures of her wearing high waisted shorts and bikini bottoms (ugly) and posed in a way that stretched her entire body which suggests she’s trying to hide the ‘mummy tummy’ (I hope that’s not offensive, I don’t know how else to call it) and stretchmarks.

    • idk says:

      Remember she just came off of a year long world tour. It’s natural to lose weight when you’re dancing for hours almost every night. She was very thin when she did a couple of movies a few years ago. She was also pretty thin right before getting pregnant with Blue. I really think she’s prepping her body for baby #2. I also noticed that Jay-Z has lost weight too, maybe they are just eating healthier?

      • LAK says:

        The thinnest B has been was during the filming of DREAMWORKS. She claimed to have dropped the weight on the maple syrup diet – essentially starvation diet. And she NEVER had a thigh gap.

        This is a woman who admits to working out and dancing everyday of her life to maintain her size, and it shows. She has strong muscly thighs, and she’s never ever has a thigh gap.

        survey says: lipo.

        btw: I am a vegan. You’d have to live on lettuce leaves to achieve the kind of weight loss she’s achieved that’s given her a thigh gap.

        edit: a thought after i’d posted, since she’s in tracy Anderson’s circle of GOOP friends [is Tracy her trainer?], we know GOOP recommends a starvation diet plus 2-3 hours training. so if lipo isn’t the culprit, then it has to be GOOP starvation + Tracy Anderson

      • Faye says:

        @LAK – It’s funny, becuase I also thought of Tracy Anderson! I was thinking that now that GOOP is apparently so close with Beyonce, maybe she sent Tracy her way.

        And I couldn’t help wondering if the much-publicized vegan diet was a way to cover up for the lipo results.

        Whatever the reason, she looked great.

    • mar says:

      yes, her body has changed a lot. In a weird, redone sort of way!

    • Thatchick says:

      She’s not stranger to cosmetic surgery, including lipo, which she was already getting back in her Destiny’s Child days. She got it on her stomach for sure, which had the tell-tale ripply effect caused by liposuction.

      http://slimcelebrity.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/beyonce-liposuction.jpg

      And she’s absolutely gotten a ton of stuff done to her body recently, which looks totally different. She absolutely got her inner thighs liposuctioned beyond belief. It looks extremely unnatural and unattractive to me. Like she’s got alien thighs or something. No one has a three inch gap between their thighs, especially not someone who’s naturally more thick like Beyonce is.

      You can see how unnatural and weird her thighs look in this picture. The way she’s posing, her thighs are supposed to be touching. But she’s gotten so much fat taken out of her inner thighs that it looks like she has fake prosthetic legs on. It’s gross.

      http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/beyonce-whitegram/beyonce-wears-sexy-sheer-white-dress-at-grammys-2014-15.jpg

      She’s gotten a lot of stuff done to her lower body. She used to be a pear shape. Now she’s an inverted triangle, wider on top and narrower on the bottom.

      • paola says:

        Exactly. It seems like she had lipo not long ago though because in those pictures taken during her tour she looked fit and muscly as usual.
        It is really obvious to me that she had lipo because that gap is very very suspicious and that picture of her in the white fug dress is very unnatural. those thighs should be touching as they always did.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      My boss got lipo done, and she had to wear an ace bandage for like 3 months straight to get it to heal right!

      • Artemis says:

        Basic Google search reveals that it takes at least a few weeks, bandages and a bit of swelling before your skin is healed. Beyoncé is still touring, she is photographed in shorts and short dresses for months now so I’m really wondering how she could have pulled off lipo? Like what kind of magic :D

        And some people don’t seem to realise that a thigh gap is easily achieved if you have wide hips. B has wide hips but she always had thick legs so it’s perfectly possible for her to have lost a lot of weight (which is evident in her entire body) and ‘achieve’ a thigh gap.

      • paola says:

        @Artemis

        You might be right BUT…. have you ever seen Kim Kardashian with bandages or anything that can be used as evidence apart from her pulled face strotting out in the streets every goddamn day of her life?
        Now tell me that she didn’t have surgery either!

        Beyoncè had lipo, it can’t be anything but that because she has danced all her life, probably dieted every day of her life.. and if you check recent pictures she was looking as she always looked. These operations are scheduled in every detail. i wouldn’t be surprised if she had minor lipo just in the inner thigh area and she wore bandages underneats trousers or gowns. I guess we’ll never know.

      • Artemis says:

        Fact is, people are saying she JUST had it done and my counterargument is that she hasn’t been out of the news due to her tour. When she was off her tour, she was pictured so many times (the vegan restaurant pictures, M. Obama’s birthday etc) recently in outfits that revealed her legs so where is the proof? People here said her legs looked toned and then she can get lipo all of a sudden and still perform when she’s back touring? Why didn’t she just do it during her break then? She had a month, could’ve easily dissapeared and done lipo but she was pictured with bare legs all the time.

        The longest she was out of the news was when BIC was born (1 month) and when she ‘revealed’ her post baby body she had excess weight. Why not lipo back then?

        KK was months out of the news after North and she is capable of hiding when she feels like it. She has done so much work, god knows when it all happened.

  30. The Original G says:

    I thought the production values and lighting design were fantastic.

    I didn’t need to see Bey’s parts over dinner. Katy’s vision of the dark side is more like a halloween performance at a daycare. Thicke sucked. Madonna looked like Dale Evans. Like she’s been embalmed. What’s with using her son as an accessory on the red carpet? And what was with freakshow Sean Lennon? So rich and isolated, there’s no one to tell him not to dress like his mother? Why all the B list actors presenting?

    Otherwise too long but an interesting and sometimes very successful attempt at something “MORE” than the usual.

  31. clolune says:

    My favorite was Daft punk, Steve Wonder et Pharrell and I love also imagine dragons, that was awsome. Beyoncé was awful, I would never understand the need to wear things like that (in public) she’s so superficial and personally (for sure) I really don’t see beauty there. It wasn’t a performance for 8 pm, maybe striper club, I though she was trying to do flashdance (slutty version) all the way, and the song its a desaster!

  32. LAK says:

    I’m genuinely puzzled that Kim K’s butt selfie has inspired the world.

    I mean on the one hand skimpy costumes, but on the other, until the Butt selfie, no one truly went there without serious side eye.

    I’m genuinely puzzled that Beyonce would be inspired by Kim K’s butt selfie.

  33. Monksolo says:

    Bey was ok, but I’m tired of HER. I can see better performances at the local strip club from a more diverse selection of strippers. Some of them pretend to sing too. Also, she needs to learn some pole tricks.

  34. flutters says:

    Best performances of the night were:

    1) Stevie Wonder/Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams (just pure fun)
    2) Kendrick Lamar/Imagine Dragons (surprisingly)
    3) Carole King/Sara Bareilles (they seemed to enjoy each other so much, it was adorable!)
    4) Kacey Musgraves (LOVE her!)
    5) Pink (even though we’ve kind of seen it before, it’s not old for me)

    I’m pretty happy with most of the winners except for the fact that Kendrick Lamar got shut out. I did like the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performance with Mary Lambert but Madonna was under pitch for her part of it. The wedding idea turned out better than I’d expected but was still gimmicky. Taylor was fine until she got overly theatrical. Lorde’s performance was fine. Not amazing but I kind of enjoyed the weirdness of it. She was clearly nervous and I actually found that somewhat humanizing. Her winning speeches were sweet and genuine, it was great to see her smile.

    I thought the 1st hour of the show was really off. Lorde and John Legend had good performances but the whole hour felt like ballad after ballad after ballad and that made it harder to stand out. I almost feel like the show didn’t get going until about halfway through, with the Imagine Dragons/Kendrick Lamar collab.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I forgot about Carole and Sara, but I agree – adorable! Some of the other collaborations seemed awkward enough that I wondered how the performers enjoyed rehearsing together. In their case, though, it was nice to see that it had apparently been a fun experience for both of them, and that the two women respected each other’s talent.

  35. Zbornak Syndrome says:

    Rock is dead eh? Remember when the Grammy’s had live bands play Rock n Roll/Metal with instruments? No? Me either, it’s been that long. Feels as if Country is the new rock. The only time I really see any rock bands on awards shows is when they are honoring an older band.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Exactly.

      In my opinion, QOTSA killed it but their song but were horribly dragged down by whatever NIN and Lindsey Buckingham were trying to pull off. Nobody even knew QOTSA was playing because they had to ride the coattails of that crap. That said, none of the artists besides possibly Daft Punk and Carole King are even remotely as musically talented as QOTSA, NIN (meaning Trent Reznor), and Metallica. Then again, the Grammy’s aren’t really about musical talent.

      Whatever country is trying to do lately? Well, it sucks.

  36. Ladyray says:

    I am UPSET that Kendrick lost to Macklemore. Are you fckn serious? Macklemore is more rap/hip-hop than Kendrick? SMH
    Hands down, Imagine Dragons & Kendrick was the best performance of the night followed by Lorde and her crazy hands.
    I also liked John Legend as well. Bey was okay.
    Can’t stand Taylor and her breakup songs. Can’t STAND Pink and her acrobatics. I wished she gave that up. I was impressed by it and she sounded well but I’m just over it to be honest.

  37. AlmondJoy says:

    Kendrick had an amazing year. So upset that he didn’t win anything. He’s at the top of the rap game right now and his music is so passionate and filled with substance. Macklemore may have a song that is inspiring to many people, and I can appreciate that, but lyrically he cant TOUCH Kendrick.

    Pharell had so much fun last night! I was happy just watching him and his Ranger Rick hat.

    Pink is awesome. Pure talent and so hearfelt.

    Katy Perry SUCKED. Big time. She looked like she was dancing for the first time in her life.

    John Legend sang a beautiful song. Makes me feel all mushy towards the hubby ♡

    Lorde creeped me out.

    I am completely obsessed with Sarah Bareilles so her duet with Carole King had me swooooning. Perfection.

    Loved seeing all the legends in the audience and on stage.

  38. Cris says:

    Am I the only one who thought Lorde looked like that creepy girl from The Ring movie after she climbed out of the well? She is only 17, and looks 45. Loved Carole and Sara. Madonna’s face is so jacked up. Someone else said her cheeks are battling with her eye sockets for room. She sounded terrible next to Mary Lambert, who has such a lovely voice.

  39. Lucy says:

    I absolutely HATED (and still hate) the way so many people were/are making fun of Lorde. A very young lady performing for the first time ever at a mayor awards show, HELLO!!! My favorite performers were Taylor, P!nk, John Legend, Kendrick & Imagine Dragons (they KILLED it), Metallica, and Daft Punk & all the crew. The way EVERYONE in the audience was standing up, dancing and cheering during their performance was amazing. And Pharrell seems like such an adorable man!! Also, am I the only one who thought the Macklemore thing was kinda sweet? Everyone in the audience was tearing up by the end of it.

    • Faye says:

      I don’t think people should be unnecessarily cruel to Lorde (and nobody here has been), but if you put yourself out there with genuine celebrity musicians, you have to be a big girl and take the criticism. Personally, I think she’s kind of overrated and she’s only getting as much attention as she is because of her age, so she doesn’t get a pass based on that.

      The Macklemore thing would have been a lot sweeter to me if they’d done anywhwere other than the Grammys. How cool would it have been if they had it at a city hall or some other regular, non-televised place. The way they did it, at least to me, came off as a publicity stunt designed to boost ratings for the Grammys, and that cheapened its meaning.

      • Kiddo says:

        Yeah the publicity stunt part cheapened it for me a bit. Too much attention to Normand Desmond in a yahoo outfit, not enough on the couples, too much going on onstage. It was sweet, but a big mess.

      • OhDear says:

        RE: Lorde – nothing against her, but I think she gets away with a lot more compared to other performers when they were her age. I thought her performance was meh but in the grand scheme of things it’s not a big deal. She’ll have more and hopefully better performances.

        Agree with you on Macklemore.

      • Lucy says:

        Well, I happen to have a different opinion (I love her and don’t think she’s overrated at all, and this has nothing to do with her age) and I’m sure she’ll be able to take the criticism, she’s pretty mature so she’s gonna be fine. But the way people were making fun of things like her appearance and movements was just so unnecessary and cruel.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      I remember when this happened to Taylor Swift and she tried to sing with Stevie Nicks. She got reamed for it but she learned, and I’ll be damned if she didn’t sound really good last night. Can’t stand the song so I changed it, but at least one tween can learn from their mistakes, maybe Lorde can, too.

    • Artemis says:

      Macklemore is such a joke. Ronan Farrow said it well:

      For a pro gay song, this sure does feature a lot of Macklemore clarifying that he’s straight.

      I think Lorde is awesome for staying true to herself, dinosaur Voldemort dance and all. I would have preferred ‘Team’ over Royals. So sick of that song.
      People always want ‘authentic’ and when they get it, they don’t know what to do with it. That’s why she gets mocked, people are used to polished and generic.

      However, the girl needs to realise that if she’s going to criticize other artists, she needs to be able to handle the backlash.

      • Lucy says:

        Again, she’s not stupid, and she doesn’t really have much of a choice anyway. She never once complained about that. That doesn’t excuse the insults she’s receiving (most of which have nothing to do with her music, but with her appearance and stuff like that). Guess some people just enjoy being so cruel.

      • Artemis says:

        She did backtrack a couple of times (Drake, Nicky Minay, TSwift) so she’s smart and chooses not to think twice before talking about people in the industry.

        Then she also dissed Guetta, Gomez and Lana for no reason really. Ok, she has an opinion but for being a ‘feminist’ she sure has climbed on her high horse a lot to point out what’s wrong with other female artists. There’s a difference between being unique and outspoken (see Jolie ’90s) and just being plain rude. She said dumb things and she deserved the backlash, she can’t complain about things she herself caused even though she tried.

        I don’t condone the racist cruel remarks though. I would never say that. I do think her boyfriends is a creep for dating such a young girl.

  40. Leahmommy says:

    I hate the fact the they keep rewarding Macklemore when there are obviously more deserving artist. That song has a good message but the Grammys are suppose to go the better artist and in the hip hop world Macklemore does not even come close to Kendrick. At all.

  41. jaye says:

    My absolute favorite of the night was the Kendrick/Imagine Dragons match up. Bananas! Macklemore was a close 2nd.

  42. mayamae says:

    I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere so I’m sure it’s not a big deal, but – Why in the world was Yoko Ono seated in the front row during a show that honored The Beatles? It felt like cheap sensationalism to me. It took me half the show to figure out the Duck Dynasty guy next to her was Sean.

  43. felixswan2 says:

    There was no way Swifty was performing live. It really bothers me when “artists” lip sync and are up for singing awards. Makes no sense to me.

    • angie says:

      This is so annoying. She was 100% without a SINGLE doubt, clearly and blatantly singing live. And people cant stand it. Im not a stan and have my fair share of criticism, but like Kaiser, she was my favourite performance last night. The performance as beautiful,, genuine, and strong. She won this one. Why cant people just let her have it this ONE time?

      You cant even lip synch at the grammys. Backtrack vocals are allowed (which Bey had, not taylor — it was acoustic and so easy to tell it was all live vocals) but it is required you sing live. so this is a moot argument anyway.

  44. Nerd Alert says:

    QOTSA (AKA Josh Homme) with Dave Grohl, hands down, and I am taking the liberty of separating their performance from the NIN (AKA Trent Reznor) and Lindsey Buckingham performance. The rest of the acts were largely vocal performances, and I’m just much more impressed by musical genius rather than dumb luck in the form of inborn talent. To me, writing and playing intricate, complicated rock songs perfect every time is a much higher achievement than singing. It just is. These people spend so much effort writing and practicing the songs, and then they have to try and sing them well, too. I’m supposed to be impressed by Taylor Swift’s strong voice? I’ll give her credit, she’s improved, but call me when she writes a song with poetic lyrics and more than four chords.

    Unless you’re Lindsey Buckingham, I guess. In that case, legendary Fleetwood Mac status apparently gives you a pass on singing well.

    Also, Drunk and In Love? Who the hell told Bey that was passable as a song? God, that’s an awful sound she makes.

    • Kiddo says:

      I would have never guessed it, but I actually liked Metallica last night. Taylor Swift was okay, not a revelation, in any sense. Her fake serious dramatic face at the end of the song gave me serious side-eye syndrome too.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        I’ve been meaning to watch the Swifty video, but I have this horrible habit of listening to her sing for 30 seconds and then switching the tuner from whatever she’s on. Talented or not, her songs make me cringe. So I watched her start, but really shouldn’t be commenting on her performance as a whole. My bad.

        I liked Metallica last night, too. Ever since they won their first Grammy they’ve sort of been giant douchecanoes, but they are still one of the most talented acts out there, period. Their stuff mid-nineties and earlier still holds up for me today, and I was glad they played an older song. I always wish James would just sing like he used to, all gritty, but that’s what alienates people from metal.

        Anyway, metal and actual hard rock are not for everybody, but I would argue these are the genres of people who are not only talented, but among the most practiced and the creatively gifted artists out there today.

  45. Chrissy says:

    I didn’t watch the show but I love that Kanye didn’t win anything?

  46. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    You clearly aren’t an industrial or metal music fan if you hated NIN, but liked the mess of a mash up between Metallica and the pianist. It was a disjointed mess.

    NIN and Queens of the Stone Age were great. I wish I could have seen the end of their performance though. It was interrupted by commercials and credits. What a disgrace.

    • Kiddo says:

      Really? I actually liked Metallica, but I basically know very little about most metal. I liked that it had elements of hard driving classical music in it, because I’ve loved classical music since childhood and hearing it in school. It actually made me want to delve into it (metal) further.

      I was interested in watching the last performance. I couldn’t believe that got shut off. Don’t the awards shows run late usually? The guy from that band was incredibly pissed and said that was it for doing anything at the Grammys in the future. It was really disrespectful, whether you like them or not.

    • blue marie says:

      Did you see Reznor’s twitter response? totally justified..

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Was this in response to me? Most people here are talking about pop performances/acts, so pardon my assumption.

      I could take or leave industrial metal as a genre; I’m partial to viking metal and death metal (I know! call me a nerd, I can take it). I liked Metallica because they did a solid performance in their own right; I actually think it was the pianist who didn’t “get it.”

      As for NIN, Trent did his thing and is always consistently good. That’s one of these things I never say because its weird to have to. Like, Trent is just so good, I shouldn’t have to say it anymore because he doesn’t really have to try. Sadly, Lindsey Buckingham ruined the quality of it by singing so terribly, and I say this as a fan of Fleetwood Mac.

      I waited the entire night to see Josh and QOTSA and it was ruined. I don’t know why I keep expecting the Grammys to be better. At least Trent said something about that….which reminds me, I need to check out his twitter.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @nerd alert, no. It was for kaiser. I’m a fan if all genres of metal (excluding power metal ie. Judas Priest, iron maiden). I love all types of death metal (the black dahlia murder, between the buried and me, brujeria, dethklok, fear factory, etc). I’m even a fan of melodic death metal like Amon Amarth, progressive metal like Opeth, and mathcore like Dillinger escape plan!

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I’m also into industrial music like NIN, Ministry and Nailbomb (which I grew up listening to). Some of it is a little unconventional (so I get why it isn’t for everyone).

        As for Metallica, I appreciate that they made “metal” more mainstream (and therefor acceptable) but they no longer exemplify the metal music spirit like Dave Mustaine. They seem to be very much about the accolades (and no longer about their original style of music). I’m just not a fan and I didn’t appreciate the collaboration with Lang Lang.

        @kiddo, good ear! Metal music is very closely related to classical and, more recently, blues music. I guess that’s why they thought a classical pianist would be a good fit for Metallica. The theory was good, but the execution was poor. If you are interested in exploring metal further, I would suggest starting out with something melodic like Opeth. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

      • Kiddo says:

        @MorticiansDoItDeader, Thanks, will check them out.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        @morticians
        Hit the nail on the head. I was just watching Metalocalypse last night and singing Dethklok at work by accident. I also sing “Sewn Back Together Wrong” whenever I see this season’s American Horror Story.

        So funny you mention those specific bands! I’m doing an Amon Amarth Valentine’s Day (we always catch a metal show for V-day) and then Black Dhalia shortly after. I’d call Amon Amarth Viking metal, but there’s no rules. Anyway, Opeth and Amon Amarth are my absolute favorites!

        @kiddo
        Most people are probably off this thread now, but Opeth is a great place to start. Also, I’d try Mastodon or Eluveitie for a first timer. Eluveitie has some really harmonic melodies that blend well with their thrashy parts, and the members of Mastodon all have advanced degrees in music theory, and it definitely shows in their composition.

  47. crose says:

    To be fair Jay was saying he wanted to thank God a little for the award, but he wanted to say thanks most of all for his wife. When he started talking I thought it sounded kind of wtf, but the sentiment was nice actually.

  48. greenie says:

    There was no need at all for Madonna’s involvement in that performance. I knew she wasn’t a strong singer but I didn’t know how bad she actually was until watching her try to stand next to a real one. lol

  49. JenniferJustice says:

    Can’t beleive anybody thinks Beyonce’s look was “beautiful”. She’s not naturally pretty, but she’s looked alot better than this many times. Not liking the greasy hair and black eyes. I also don’t think her performance was particularly raunchy. I’ll take her performance over Miley and day…any day.

    • Leigh says:

      It’s interesting to me how we’re now all judging how raunchy a performance is by Miley’s VMA catastrophe. So if it isn’t as bad as Miley’s – it no longer qualifies as tacky? If this performance had happened before Miley’s – would everyone be talking about it more? would it be a bigger deal? It was a bit raunchy. I saw WAY too much of her. People used to have to PAY women to behave like that on stage. Beyonce is a glorified stripper with a big production budget who can sing. No more.

  50. joey says:

    Beyonce and the husband…….atrocious!

  51. lunchcoma says:

    Kendrick Lamar/Imagine Dragons was by far my favorite performance – it made me see a song I’d gotten a bit tired of in a new light. The Daft Punk/Stevie Wonder performance was great, too.

    Taylor Swift was good at her usual thing, but I have a limited degree of tolerance for her usual thing, and this wasn’t one of her better songs. Katy Perry was cheesy even by Katy Perry standards. Madonna was embarrassing. And, Beyonce….well, I just don’t care about Beyonce. I’m not a hater, but I think she’s a bit overrated and I tire of her being discussed like she’s a goddess descended from above. Because of that, I’m not sure I could judge her performance fairly.

  52. JuJuJen says:

    I’M sorry but this woman is just trash. Much like Miley in this “number”. I just have zero respect left for this woman and JZ. Feel sorry for their kid.

  53. Daphne says:

    Beyonce- I thought of “Chicago” someone else said “Fame”. Anyhow, she showed us too much of her ‘azz last night. But I think alot of men were happy.
    I had seen Kendrick Lamar’s name so many times but never took time to listen. Definitely will check his music out. Imagine Dragons with KL was awesome!
    But Pharrell, Nile Rodgers (not mentioned in post)–”HELLO??” his music is what Pharrell and Daft Punk sampled to make their #1 hit. ( Loved his group, Chic in the ’70′s -this guy is the real deal and instrumental in the disco movement) Stevie (MUSIC ICON) With Daft Punk. My favorite of mix of the night.

  54. rudy says:

    Sarah and Carole. Such class, great singers. No nudity, no smoke, no tricks.
    http://youtu.be/hYzFfPFE4jQ

    Beyonce’s performance was so boring. THere was no chemistry between the two at all.

    I loved the Macklemore song. It was very sweet, even with the annoying Madonna.

    • JuJuJen says:

      Rudy, did Madonna not look, act and sound like she was 70 years old?? I almost didn’t recognize her! I think it’s time she slows down just a bit – she’s aging herself with all of her running around :-(

      • rudy says:

        She’s aging herself by not being her age. Her face is fake. Her clothes are ridiculous.
        I used to respect Madonna. She had a lotta guts. Like a Virgin was a big deal at the time. Unfortunately her vanity took over or was always there. And now she just looks garish. Like a mom trying to be a teenager. I always wonder what her kids think of her plastic face.

        Madonna has had a great career. It is very sad she is ending it this way.

  55. VV says:

    Well you know the award show sucked when Taylor Swift gets props for being the ‘best performance’ of the night haha Sorry.

    I also did not watch.

  56. Nene says:

    This might sound cheesy but Jason Derulo’s ‘Marry Me’ was one of my favorite songs of 2013.
    Wish he performed @ the Grammies. Oh well…
    Anyway, I loved Sara and Carol’s performance last night and think Sara was cheated in the awards. Her song
    is also among my 2013 faves.

    To me Bey lost her shine in 2006 after her B-day album. Since then she has been such a BIG try-hard.
    Her only saving grace is that she is a decent singer and performer- when she isn’t flashing her vjay.
    She lost her mojo imho and I can’t for the life of me understand why she keeps forcing her sex-life down our throats. #Tacky!
    And whether her fans want to hear it or not, she is rapidly encroaching into Miley’s territory- Tackywood. And her talent isn’t going to make a difference.

    To Madonna…
    The ‘material girl’ has been gone for a very long time. You can’t get her back so stop the desperate and futile search cos she isn’t coming back. Ever.

    • idk says:

      @ Nene

      I love “Marry Me” by Jason Derulo and the video for the song as well. He is so talented but so very under-rated. I saw him on Jimmy Kimmel last week and it was stated his performance on Jimmy’s show was his FIRST appearance on a late night talk show. I couldn’t believe it ! Jason needs a better PR team or something. He’s too good to go unnoticed like that.

  57. janet says:

    I did not get her performance. The song sucked! It was boring and repetitive and she was trying SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Hard to look sexy.

  58. lucy says:

    Someone tell Beyonce that bleating is NOT singing.

    Jay Z’s little show pony looked like a horny drowned rat.

    Why did these 2 hacks open the Grammys? Beyonce wasn’t even nominated for anything!

  59. Jennifer says:

    I have caught bits and pieces of it but it’s no longer required viewing for me.
    I am wondering if anyone can enlighten me on what happened to Beyonces tattoo
    I have seen pics of it ( from a distance admittedly) on her left thigh. Would the multiple hose she wears cover that?
    I thought Lorde was an unusual performer but I thought she had more of a backbone and higher morals than she did
    Royals is being used on an ad campaign here in oz I instantly lost all respect for her.

  60. Leila in wunderland says:

    I’ll put this here. This was an article that a feminist wrote about Miley, but clearly this doesn’t only apply to her:
    “But fairy-tale logic dictates that any woman performing in scanty clothing is compromised. The possibility that a young woman might want to be naked, might choose that, happily, while feeling more than comfortable in her skin, seems too difficult or frightening to countenance. It is a boneheaded denial of agency that perpetuates the idea that it is men and men only who dictate sexiness. Raunch, apparently, is something for women to be wary of, rather than a thing they might enact and control themselves.” http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/nov/24/miley-cyrus-21-twerk-if-she-wants
    Why is it that most people are okay with actors and actresses of both sexes being overtly sexual in films and TV shows, but if a female pop star wants to bring overt sexuality into her songs, vids, and performances, she’s instantly a trashy slut/ whore, a bad role model, and an exploiting slave of the patriarchy? This is something that has confused me about society ever since I was a kid. People- even more liberal and feminist-minded people get way more upset about pop stars being sexual than actors and actresses. I have a tiny suspicion that part of the reason for it is because it’s easier for society to accept women embracing romantic, relationship sexuality than it is to accept women liking and embracing raunchy, porny, lusty, sensual, visual, physical sexuality. (I say we can like both) Movies tend to portray more of the first type of female sexuality, while pop stars tend to embrace more of the second type. But that can’t be the only reason for this double standard, because there are movies that embrace the second type too. Do other people (feminist and not feminist) think that actresses have more agency in this area than pop stars? Is that why the actress in the overtly sexual role is easier to swallow than the female pop star with the overtly sexual persona? Or is it because people are more comfortable with seeing sexuality in movies than they are with seeing or hearing it in songs, music vids, and performances?
    Beyonce seems to want to take her stuff in a more sexual direction right now, and I think that if she wants to do that, there’s nothing wrong with it. The only thing I had a problem with was the Tina Turner comment.

  61. Amy says:

    Lorde’s was the only performance I watched (and the only part of the Grammys I watched, I don’t care about this awards show at all) and I thought she was great. Maybe not her best performance of Royals, but still pretty stellar. If you think she performs kookily/looks awkward on stage, that is how she usually performs live (go look at any video of her performing live on Youtube). She doesn’t move much and is a little jerky in her movements. Yes, it’s weird but she is young and will grow into her stage presence. She looked more comfortable standing up there than I thought she would be. Plus Royals is a rather slow, understated song. It would have been weird had she tried to make it more dramatic. That’s not who she is.

    • Lucy says:

      I thought her reactions when she won were adorable. Everyone keeps saying she’s weird and resembles a witch, but what I saw last night was a very shy young lady who’s very grateful for all that’s happened to her, even if she still can’t believe it. It also looked like she had a great time during the show!

  62. Evi says:

    Beyonce looks like she just got out of the shower, left her hair bedraggled and damp.
    Then of course, the pornified cheap look that is deemed stylish?
    She is a joke.