MY GRAMMY FAVES!
Hello my lovelies! I apologize for my minor hiatus. My boyfriend was in town and I didn’t get a chance to do a whole lot of blogging. I realize that the GRAMMY’s have come and gone, but I started this post before he got here…and I WILL FINISH it, dang it! I made it a point to try and not read too much about the fashion and the moments of the night because I didn’t want it to effect my opinion of everything I saw. So, as tradition has it, I shall give you a little break-down of the GRAMMY Awards:
What are the GRAMMY’s and who puts them on?
The GRAMMY Awards have been an annual awards show since 1959, in which the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences honors excellence in the music industry. Until 2003, the ceremony was held in different locations across the country, but in 2004 the Staples Center in Los Angeles became the official yearly venue for the show.
How are the nominations and winners selected?
The selection process is a little more involved than some of the other award shows I have covered. The GRAMMY’s have a five step leading up to the award show.
1. Submission: Members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and registered record companies submit entries they feel are worthy of a GRAMMY nomination. Every year, there are very simple requirements for entries. This year the entries had to be released within the specified time frame and they had to be in general distribution in the U.S.
Who are the members? Who can become one?
There are a few different types of memberships with varied specifications which you can take a look at here, but simply put: membership is limited to f musicians, producers, engineers and other music professionals.
2. Screening: 150 experts in different fields review the submitted entries to insure that each one is in fact eligible, and was entered in the appropriate category.
3. Nominating: The first round of ballots are sent to voting members of NARAS. The academy asks the voters to only cast a ballot in areas of their expertise (with the exception of Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, And Best New Artist). The nominations are then presented to the public.
4. Final Voting: The final round of ballots are sent to voting members of NARAS. The members are again asked to cast their votes based on their areas of expertise.
5. Results: The winners are announced at the GRAMMY awards presentation. Click here for full list of the winners from the night.
Here were the moments I remembered from the night (in no particular order):
1) The moment Beyonce performed (featuring Jay-Z). Click here to see it!
The GRAMMYs couldn’t have picked a better artist to start off the show. I know she got a lot of flack for pissing off moms by being way too sexual, but I still loved it. I’m pretty biased though, because in my eyes Beyonce can do NO wrong. She’s just an amazing performer and there is such an element of spectacle to anything she puts on stage. Oh, and Jay-Z was adorable as well. The only thing I would have changed was the Beyonce’s whole ‘I haven’t showered in days’ look. It makes me just want to dry shampoo the crap out of her hair!
2) The moment Katy Perry was a witch. See her performance here.
And if Beyonce didn’t piss the moms off enough, Katy Perry was there to back her up. There was a definite theme to her ‘Dark Horse’ performance. That being said, I didn’t find it in anyway demonic like some people are claiming. Maybe I’m super naive, but I just thought it was a fun ‘witch’ themed production. I loved it! There was fog, fire, poles, acrobatics, backup dancers, and a pretty cool looking fake horse. What more could you ask for? My only criticism? I wish those poles were bolted to the flooring just a tad tighter. I was just waiting for the moment for a dancer to go flying, which would have also been very noteworthy.
3) The moment when P!NK was an acrobat. Click here for the full video of her performance.
4) The moment when Taylor Swift thought she won Album Of The Year. See it here.
5) The moment ‘Same Love’ didn’t win song of the year.
I was shocked by this. Although I know ‘Royals’ was a major hit toward the later part of the year, I definitely thought ‘Same Love’ by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring Mary Lambert) should have taken this one!
6) The moment when Queen Latifah married a bunch of couples. See it here.
This was by far my favorite moment of the show. During the performance of ‘Same Love’, Macklemore and his crew was joined by Queen Latifah (and Madonna) to marry several couples live! I get tears in my eyes just hearing the single by itself, so you can only picture me when there are real people involved!
And now….for my best dressed list:
10) Ciara in Emilio Pucci
9) Beyonce in Michael Costello
8) Natasha Bedingfield in Christian Siriano (I know this dress got some poor reviews, but I loved it!)
7) Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka
6) Keltie Knight in Paolo Sebastian Couture
5) Tamar Braxton in Michael Costello
4) Bonnie McKee in Memeka by Gustavo Cadile
3) Iggy Azalea in Elie Saab
2) Colbie Caillat in Ezra Couture by Ezra Santos
1) Paris Hilton (yep, I hate to admit it) in Haus of Milani
…and my NOT so favorites…
…And now for some trends. There were the peak-a-boos…
And there were the simple but elegant looks…
What were your favorite/least favorite moments of the night? As always, thanks so much for reading!