The first few months of a new year are a busy time for all celebrities. It’s award season. I always look forward to these award shows, in particular the performances. I love seeing all the big and up and coming artists, everyone just puts so much effort into it and over the years there are definitely ones that stick in your mind. Being a lover of music, the Brits and the Grammys are my two favourites. This year, for me the Grammys was the best of the lot.
A much anticipated performance was Katy Perry’s of her new single ‘Dark Horse’. I always find that when it comes to singing live, Katy is all about visuals and set. The vocals side of things has less of a focus and this was no exception. The theme was very dark fairy tale, think Snow White and the Huntsman. The set was enchanting with dark lighting and winding trees, Katy wore a purple hooded cloak which she took off to reveal a black bralet and purple skirt. It was definitely what I would picture when listening to the song and the visual effects were really impressive. I really like the song itself, it’s much more urban than we’re used to from Katy but it works. The only thing I would say is that she tried too hard to incorporate dance which was a bit too complicated to match her level of performance and vocals. This looked a bit awkward, but good on her for trying to break away from her sugary sweet normality.
Pink’s performance of Try/Just Give Me a Reason was so visually perfect. The first half of her performing ‘Try’ started off with some acrobatics on a rope above the audience. Somehow she managed to maintain the vocals throughout, even whilst flipping through the air, which is something very few people would be able to do! She then landed onto the stage and performed an interpretive dance very similar to the one in the music video, which she is notorious for. Then Nate Ruess joined her on stage to perform ‘Just Give Me a Reason’. Pink showed us her full vocal potential, hitting some incredible notes with power especially for someone who was dangling from a rope not 3 minutes earlier! Nate Ruess, however, started off good but I think he may have been intimidated by Pink because he hit some very cringe-worthy notes which were way off key. This was a shame because Nate usually has such an interesting voice which is completely different from anything you’ve heard. Overall, Pink was amazing but I think she would have been even better solo. Nate kind of killed the power she could have brought to the performance.
Taylor Swift also took the stage with an acoustic version of ‘All Too Well’ where she accompanied herself on the piano. This is my favourite performance I’ve ever seen from her, it was filled with emotion. She really put her heart and soul into it and it showed. The acoustics meant that we could really appreciate her vocals and the little details she put in. It was so simplistic and pure, the lyrics of the song are adorable and relatable as with many of her other songs. She really played around with her pitch and it worked so well. I really liked seeing this vulnerable side of her for a change and I hope she continues that passion in her other performances.
My, and seemingly the audience’s, favourite performance of the night was Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons mash-up of ‘MAAD City/Radioactive’. Before I hadn’t really listened to either of these artists but this performance made me want to. I think I most liked this because of the fact it was purely focused on the music and not all about flashy sets and costumes. The whole set was very minimalistic, but you could feel the passion from both of them. The songs actually fit together really well, both being from very different areas of music it worked! You could hardly notice when the songs merged together, which is all good news for a mash-up. Celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Robin Thicke were all completely enjoying it. The atmosphere must have been incredible, you could see the audience totally absorbed into the music, which is something to be appreciated because it is a difficult thing to pull off with these artists who are all from completely different genres.
These are just a few of the amazing talent throughout the night, the 56th Grammys was definitely one of the best. If you haven’t already seen it I would 100% recommend giving at least the performances a watch on YouTube! I’m looking forward to next year’s already!