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The Blue & Gray Press | May 22, 2018

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2014 Grammy Awards boast big surprises

By VICTORIA KEARNEYMacklemore

The 56th annual Grammy Awards aired as a four-hour special of fashion, music and revolutionary performances on Sunday, Jan. 26.

 

“Music has the power to bring us together like nothing else in this world.,” said host LL Cool J in his opening speech.

 

The night opened with Beyonce and Jay Z’s sexy performance of “Drunk in Love”, a great introduction for a night, that set the bar high for the rest of the night’s performances. Other notable performances come from Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, Sara Bareilles and Carole King, and Robin Thicke and Chicago, proving that music can bring people various genres together.

 

Daft Punk, who took home four awards, performed their smash hit “Get Lucky” with Pharell Williams. They band performed in their signature space helmets and stormtrooper suits, breaking the traditional Grammy dress code. 

 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Queen Latifiah and Madonna gave the performance of the night. During their controversial performance, 33 couples, both gay and straight were married to the song “Same Love.” Queen Latifah officiated the ceremony.

 

“This song is not a love song for some of us but for all of us,” said Latifah during the performance.

 

 

 

Latifah recieved a special license, which expired at midnight to marry the couples.

 

 

 

Taylor Swift also turned heads with her performance. Swift belted out her ballad, “All Too Well” turning the end into a head banging session, confusing the crowd.

 

 

 

Along with the great performances, there were a large number of great artists who won Grammys. Winners included Justin Timberlake and Jay Z for Best Rap Collaboration, Kacey Musgrave for Best Country Album, Daft Punk for Record and Album of the Year and Bruno Mars for Best Pop Vocal Album.

 

This year’s Grammy Awards also honored The Beatles with a Lifetime Achievement Award of 50 years after their breakthrough performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Ringo Starr joined Paul McCartney for a performance of McCartney’s “Queenie Eye”

 

However, despite the performances potential, it was mediocre at best.

 

“Paul McCartney is a man of distiniction, however his voice is just not what it used to be,” said Giana Imperiale, junior business major. “However, the Grammys proved themselves this year with all of their diverse performances.”