Happy Music Monday all. Last night was the 56th Grammy Awards. Unfortunately I did not watch the show, but I did indeed hear about a few iconic performances. The three performances I heard about most via social media and general Internetting were by Lorde, Taylor Swift, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. In true Music Monday fashion, let’s discuss them.
Lorde: Lorde performed her Grammy winning hit “Royals,” and I heard nothing but weirdness regarding this performance. I heard she convulsed strangely on stage and kind of looked possessed. I watched the performance, and I found no such weirdness. The stage was darkly lit, and her voice and makeup were dark per usual. Other than the eeriness surrounding her voice in general, I didn’t think her dancing was all that weird. She just vibed with the music. “Royals” is a strangely eerie sounding song, so naturally Lorde’s dancing to it would match. It would have been weird if she were happily bopping as if she was listening to a One Direction song.
Taylor Swift: All I had heard about Taylor Swift’s performance was that she head banged and it was weird. All that I gathered from Taylor Swift’s performance was that she head banged and it was weird. I’m only joking because I’m not that big of a fan of hers. She played her song “All Too Well,” and joking aside, I thought her voice sounded really good, and I actually liked the song. When the head banging kicked in, however, I did feel really uncomfortable. She looked like she let out a treacherous slow motion sneeze, rather than lost herself in the music.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: The award-winning duo sang their song “Same Love,” and it was quite an epic performance. Macklemore looked and sounded as great as always, and towards the end of the performance, Queen Latifah hit the stage, announcing that 33 couples (both hetero and homosexual) were exchanging wedding vows in the crowd. Right after the couples wed, Madonna appeared out of nowhere and sang a bit as well. Although I think the message and support displayed by having the couples there was important and totally valid, it does seem a little over the top. The song itself is so powerful that I’m not sure the extra bits needed to be there. Regardless, it was an incredibly powerful and significant performance.
Have a great week and thanks for reading