The 2013 Grammy Awards has come and gone, bringing with it the traditional mix of music, memories, outlandish outfits, and some moments that became the subject of discussion around water coolers all over the world. Of course, along with all of the above, there were some awards announced and presented to very deserving artists.
Among the performances that caught my attention was the group Fun. Their performance showed how much they deserved the awards they won that evening, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Theirs is a style that is a bit different from others, but the music was exceptional.
Justin Timberlake returned to the music stage at the show. However, it was a new sound and a new look. Timberlake appeared dressed to the nines, and singing before a band played behind music stands which reminded folks of the ones used during the big band era. His sound was not big band, but it was not what everyone was used to hearing. While many on the internet did not like this new sound, I thought it was very good. Besides, just because he did one song like that does not mean all of his material will be similar until more of it comes out.
One of the most visually amazing performances came from Carrie Underwood. She wore a dress with a very wide skirt on which images were projected. What made it very special was the way that the images moved from her skirt to the screens above her. Check it out here:
The tribute to those in the music business that we lost in the past year was as moving as it always is. Looking back and remembering these folks one more time is always a heart pulling moment in the show. This year included a tribute at the end to the late Levon Helm, drummer and singer for “The Band.” Forming an all star band that would have made the late Dick Clark proud, outstanding musicians including T Bone Burnett, Zac Brown Band, Mumford and Sons, Elton John, and Mavis Staples among others joined together to perform, “The Weight.”
LL Cool J hosted again and, at the end of the show, showed the world that while he can host TV shows, and star in a little show called NCIS: Los Angeles, that he had not lost his gift for rap. He closed the show with a number that brought the house down.
The show was great overall. Thankfully, this year was not hit with a major death in the music world as last year was with Whitney Houston’s sudden passing on the eve of the show. While it was not the best Grammys show ever, it was a good show from everyone.
For a complete list of awards, please click here.