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Grammys’ Performances Memorable, Awards Disenchant

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From ACDC opening the night with their first on-stage performance in four years to Usher’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic”, the 57th Grammys was one for the books.  Every year The Grammys brings to stage the music industry’s most outstanding performers.

Not to make myself sound like a hipster or anything, but I’m not a huge fan of mainstream music. But, for the purpose of this article, I will try to put that bias aside as I record my account of the night’s winners.

For me, The Grammys isn’t about the winners and the losers; it’s about the moments.

The funniest, if not the best, moment of the night was when the camera caught Paul McCartney jamming out to the 1975 hit “Evil Woman.”  Many in the audience were too young to appreciate the performance, but McCartney clapped, sang and shook his hips all the same.

The best part was when he realized the cameras were all on him.  Shocked and slightly embarrassed, The Beatles star proceeded to sink back into his seat.

One of the most poignant moments of the night was Brooke Axtell’s written-word piece on domestic violence. Axtell is the founder of SHE: Survivor Healing and Empowerment.

She herself was once a victim of domestic violence. Axtell’s piece was followed by Katy Perry’s performance of her ballad “By the Grace of God.”

Authentic love does not devalue another human being,” Axtell said.


The most disappointing part about The Grammys this year was the fact that the producers let Kanye West take the stage not once but two times during the three-hour event.


I attended Bonnaroo this past summer and during his performance, I retreated to my campsite to indulge in some cold PBR. Kanye may be talented but he’s a jerk and should not represent the music industry in anyway.

Not to eat my words, but another great moment of the night was Beck winning Album of the Year for his album “Morning Phase.” Just as Beck took the stage, Kanye ran up on stage as if he was going to perform a Grammys 2009 repeat.

At least after five years, he can finally poke fun at himself.

The most disappointing moments of the night were when Sam Smith took the stage four times to accept Best Pop Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Record of the Year.  I just don’t really get the hype with Smith.

I still, to this day, haven’t listened to “Stay With Me” all the way through. But, as I said before, I typically don’t appreciate most artists that perform on Top Hits Radio, besides Beyoncé of course.

Speaking of Beyoncé, the queen herself closed The Grammys with the most beautiful moment of the night. Her rendition of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” was not only magnificent but also brought something new and refreshing to The Grammys.

Then, to top it off John Legend and Common wow’d us all with a beautiful duo that was both politically and religiously charged.

Overall, The 57th Grammys left the music industry with something to talk about for the remainder of 2015.  Until next year, music lovers.

 

 

Mary Sergeant
Writer and Photographer for the Student Printz at the University of Southern Mississippi

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