Grammys 2015: Most Depressing Awards Show Ever
From a mostly black on black red carpet to slow performance after slow performance this was quite possibly the most depressing Grammys ever.
Old school rockers AC/DC kicked off the 2015 Grammys with a medley of their hits leading us onto the highway to hell. Keeping with the hell theme, Madonna traded her all black matador look for a devilish red version to perform her new single “Living for Love” naturally surrounded by masked male dancers donning horns on their heads. Pharrell confused us with a dark, bi-polar performance of “Happy” that only got more confusing when he thanked God at the end.
In what seemed like an effort to chase the devil away Hozier took to the stage to perform his hit “Take Me to Church” joined by Annie Lennox. If you thought your soul was ready for saving you were probably shocked when they transitioned into “I Put a Spell On You”.
As if the performances themselves weren’t depressing enough, the Academy somehow convinced President Obama to pre-record an anti-domestic violence message, which segued into a domestic abuse survivor sharing her own story as an intro to Katy Perry. In case you were wondering, Rihanna was sitting in the front row.
Because domestic violence isn’t enough of a mood killer, so the show ended with a Civil Rights reference and who better than to introduce a performance about the plight of Black Americans than Gwyneth Paltrow? The Goop creator introduced her dear friend Beyoncé performing Mahalia Jackson’s “Precious Lord” which served as an introduction to Common and John Legend’s “Glory”.
Other performances included Kanye doing “Only One” the returning later in the show for “Four Five Seconds” with Paul McCartney and Rihanna, Gwen Stefani with Adam Levine, Ariana Grande, Miranda Lambert, Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett and Ed Sheeran but the only ones worth remembering came from Sam Smith ft. Mary J. Blige and Sia ft. Kristen Wiig.
If you were worried about Iggy Azalea sweeping categories she didn’t belong in you had nothing to worry about. Newcomer Sam Smith swept the biggest winner kicking off the night with Best New Artist, ending the night with Record of the Year and nabbing Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album along the way.
Sam Smith’s sweep was well deserved but it wasn’t the biggest surprise of the night. Beck beat the crooner as well as Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and even Beyoncé in the Album of the Year category for an album nobody even knew he put out. As leader of the Beyhive, Kanye took to the stage to grab Beck’s mic but stopped himself – saving his thoughts on Beck’s win for a post-Grammy interview with E! News. Perhaps had Kanye actually taken the mic the show would have been more eventful.
Did you catch the Grammys? Was it entertaining or where you bored – or scared of the devil – while watching?