The grand dame of music and fashion walked the red carpet looking like an extraterrestrial representative from the planet Diva. Lady Gaga did not disappoint fans or media with red carpet ensemble or other outfit changes, none of which were able to grace the Staple Center stage. Although Gaga did not receive the opportunity to speed through a speech before the music cuts into her “thank you “list, she did add Grammy winner to her list of accolades. Lady Gaga won Best Dance Recording for “Pokerface” and Best Electronic Dance Album for The Fame. She also opened 52nd Grammy Award ceremony and shared the stage with another piano tickling, fashion icon Elton John creating another memorable moment in Grammy history.
Speaking of memorable moments in Grammy history, the music industry’s consummate rebel Pink gave one the best performances of the evening. Her high flying, Cirque du Soleilsque rendition of “Glitter in the Air” proved to the audience in attendance and to those viewing at home that she is still a badass with a banging body to match.
Yonkers native Mary J. Blige provided inspiration duet with Andrea Bocelli. Introduced by Haiti’s native son Wyclef Jean, they sang “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” in support the impoverished island devastated by the recent earthquake.
Beyonce took fierce to another level with her hair swinging, military powered performance of “If I Were A Boy.” She also won Grammys for Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Halo”, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”, Best Traditional R&B Performance for “At Last”, Best R&B Song for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and Best Contemporary R&B Album for I Am…Sasha Fierce. I don’t know if The Black Eyed Peas did, but I believe Mrs. Carter definitely had a good, good night. Mr. Carter added to the family’s night of Grammy wins. The ambassador of New York took home Grammys for Best Rap Solo Performance for “DOA (Death Of Auto-Tune), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song for “Run This Town.”
R&B crooner Maxwell cemented his comeback with Best R&B Album for Blacksummers’ Night and Best R&B Male Performance for “Pretty Wings”, which he performed during Sunday night’s telecast. He also performed a duet with the incomparable Roberta Flack, thank you Maxwell for truly bringing sexy back.
Punk superstars Green Day provided a glimpse into their new Broadway musical American Idiot. They sang “21st Century Breakdown”, which won the Best Rock Album Grammy, along with the show’s cast. American Idiot will hit the St. James Theater in March and officially open in April.
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