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Favorite Grammy Performances

I finally watched the Grammy’s on my DVR tonight, just for the performances, and it led me to this question:

What was your favorite performance from the Grammys?
There were some great ones, and some not so great ones (Miley Cyrus makes Taylor Swift sound like Trisha Yearwood), but I picked my 3 favorites:

1. “15 Step” by Radiohead and the USC Marching Band
Alright, I love Radiohead. I admit it. I bought In Rainbows, and it struck me as a phenomenal record. Imagine my joy when my favorite track off the album was going to be performed at the Grammys! My only complaint was that Thom (the singer) moves weirder than Chris Martin. But for everything else, the performance was golden. I was skeptical at first, but the marching band was an amazing touch — a stroke of genius, in my opinion. Very different than the original (listen here) which has electronic beats instead. This is just a very cool song, and a great performance.

2. “Stay” and “Chasing Pavements” by Sugarland and Adele

Adele receiving the Grammy for Best New Artist

Adele receiving the Grammy for Best New Artist

Two of my favorite vocalists singing two of my favorite songs. What could be better?! Well, I would have preferred more singing together, but the perfect performances from the two definitely validate their Grammy wins. They are both wonderful ladies, and Kristian Bush is nice, too. Even sweeter is how Adele beat the Jonas Brothers. YES!!!

3. “You Pulled Me Through” by Jennifer Hudson

Just the fact that she could go out there after all that she’s been through and sing that well…? She is a very resilient person. This performance cements the fact that she deserves to be here, and she seems to be doing as well as she can after all that. I still kind of wish she would have done “Spotlight“, but whatever. “You Pulled Me Through” was great, too — it matched the mood much better anyway.

P.S.  Props to M.I.A. for performing on her due date. Did anyone notice her maniacal laugh when the camera found her while reading nominees? I love her…

I’m also sad about the whole Chris Brown/Rihanna thing. I hope she’s doing okay.

So what do you guys think? Agree? Disagree?

7 responses to “Favorite Grammy Performances

  1. coffee February 11, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Jennifer Hudson is ridiculously talented

  2. Blake Boldt February 11, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Those three were my faves. When Coldplay kicked it into gear with “Viva La Vida,” well, that was pretty cool, too.

  3. Sam G. February 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Favorites: Alison Krauss/Robert Plant, Sugarland/Adele, Bo Diddley Tribute with John Mayer, Keith Urban, BB King and Buddy Guy.

    Least Favorites: Anything with Kanye West or TI.

    Most disappointing: Carrie Underwood. I could barely hear her over the bombastic band, and as much as she likes Heart, she is not a Wilson sister. Furthermore, the guitar player who stole the performance is also signed to Carrie’s management team (19 Entertainment), and I thought it was pretty cheesy that Carrie’s Grammy showcase was used to promote someone else instead of her.

  4. Occasional Hope February 11, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Sugarland. That was a truly excellent performance by Jennifer.

  5. Chris February 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I forgot the Coldplay one, but my issue is with Chris Martin live. He dances and jumps so crazily that 1) he looks ridiculous and 2) he sounds dreadful.

    The Krauss/Plant one was good, but too quiet and a tad boring, though I got the CD and I love it.

  6. J.R. Journey February 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Sugarland’s (well, Jennifer Nettles’) performance of ‘Stay’ was definitely my favorite. But I admit, I didn’t really listen to the non-country performances or pay much attention to them.

  7. Billy February 11, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    1: Chasing Pavements – Adele and Sugarland. It was amazing, and the best performance of the night, easily.

    2: Stay – Sugarland. It’s Jennifer, what do you expect?

    3: Taylor and Miley – Fifteen. I love the song, and Taylor sounded better live than she ever has.

    4: Coldplay – Viva la Vida. It was a little shaky, but great all the same.

    5: Justin Timberlake & T.I. – Dead and Gone. I think that Justin sounds great with anybody, and T.I is the only rapper I can stand.

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