Monday, February 9, 2009

Grammy Recap

With a line up of performers to die for the 51st Grammy awards took place last night in LA. A interesting evening to say the least, full of emotional highs and sound quality lows. Maybe its the power of live music, it should not be projected through a TV no matter how powerful your set up is. However, is it me or did most of the performers sound drowned out? Coldplay and U2, two of my all time favorite bands looked bored on stage and sounded awful. Yet, with a few sound mishaps, came a few memorable moments.

From Jennifer Hudson's emotional acceptance speech and performance to Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl paying tribute to The Beatles performing on Ed Sullivan, to the Hip-Hop summit featuring Jay-Z, TI, Kanye, Lil Wayne and a very pregnant MIA, it was a packed night. In some cases it was not even winners, nominees, performers that stole the show and gave surprises; SoCal pop-punkers Blink 182 announced they are back together! According to reports after the ceremony, the band is planning a full tour this summer.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss landed five awards including Album of the Year, Coldplay took home three including Best Rock Album, Adele was named Best New Artist. Not televised were the trophy winnings of Kings of Leon, Metallica, Duffy, Radiohead and Daft Punk. Aside from the performances, a few awards were given out. I wished we saw more people actually win, but congratulations to all of the winners. For a full list of winners Click HERE

With all of this the true highlight and headliner of the night was the most anticipated performance of the evening. In their first live US televised performance in nine years, Radiohead along with the USC Trojan marching band blew the roof off the joint with a fantastic version of "15 Step." Easily the best performance of the entire night! Check out the video below: