By Alex Trinh
Music’s biggest night was bigger than ever in the 55th Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 10.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards took place last night and for the first time in recent memory, the show seemed to have exceeded its hype. With amazing performances featuring some inconceivable musical collaborations and (for the most part) decent award decisions, the Grammys appeared to have finally covered all the right bases.
Highlights of the evening included fun.’s uplifting performance of “Carry On,” Mumford & Sons’ powerful performance of “I Will Wait,” Miguel and Wiz Khalifa’s excellent performance of “Adorn”, and Jack White’s truly epic performance of “Freedom At 21.” Also, It is impossible to ignore Justin Timberlake’s triumphant return to the music scene. JT’s performance paid homage to the legendary Frank Sinatra by featuring a full sepia effect, as well as by Timberlake and company dawning the iconic “Suit & Tie” wardrobe as well. The evening also featured extremely peculiar collaborations; from Maroon 5 featuring Alicia Keys to Bruno Mars featuring Sting, the evening seemed to keep topping itself with killer performances.
For the most part the evening’s performances were all stellar, but with one huge exemption. Frank Ocean’s performance, though visually enticing, was musically very weak. His vocals were flat and in some instances completely off-key. Ocean’s performance was extremely disappointing, especially considering the fact his critically acclaimed album, Channel Orange, demonstrates his immense musicality.
Let’s set the musical performances aside for a second and talk about the real point of the show — the awards. The big winners included The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, and fun. Here’s a few highlights.
Album of the Year: Mumford & Sons, Babel
Record of the Year: Gotye, feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Best New Artist: fun.
Urban Contemporary Album: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
The biggest upset of the evening was definitely fun. receiving “Best New Artist,” which Frank Ocean was almost unanimously forecasted to win. Of course, with any awards show there will be debates to be had, but overall, I think we can all agree that this was the most satisfying Grammy Awards in recent memory.