One thing that's different in recent years—it seems like major, established artists trip over themselves to be seen and/or perform with newcomers. Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, now Elton John...who HASN'T performed with Lady GaGa? (Okay, it's only three names, but still—the red carpet was not rolled out for newcomers so freely in the past.)
She is, of course, a giant talent and can sing, but I found Beyoncé's too effortful and defiant...yet she has nothing to prove, so I didn't get it. I mean, we already know she can sing anything. Perhaps there was some one-upping of GaGa going on? I'm sure each will reap the rewards of these appearances.
Pink's performance was gorgeous, but I had two thoughts: (1) Is near the illusion of nudity okay? Would it be okay if it were Adam Lambert? and (2) Is she ever performing again without the suspension?
It's already the best Grammys in ages, but...
...Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks did NOT sound good together. At all. And I'm sick of Michael Jackson. But pretending that I love Michael, that's a pretty bizarre mix of singers (Smokey Robinson was fun to see again) and having his kids speak was pretty shameless. They are poor, scared little robots. They have no reason to be speaking in public or worrying about their dad's legacy. And Zac Brown = puke and Jamie Foxx = an untalented clown.
Twitter told me Roberta looks like Mother Jefferson...but I'd say the late Weezy (inset).
Taylor Swift is a nice girl, but I would have voted for GaGa or Beyoncé.
Okay, that's it. Even with what wound up being a lot of overblown performances, it was a shockingly relevant show with lots of vitality in spite of Eminem.