Grammys 2014: Top 10 Best and Worst

Ashley Winward

On Sunday, Jan. 26, the 56th annual Grammy Awards highlighted the biggest and brightest of the music world. Known for unique musical pairings and shocking performances, it’s always entertaining to sit down and see who will top last year’s stunning performances.

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While I could go into detail about every performance, I decided to spotlight my top ten; the five best and the five worst moments. Let’s see where your favorites stack up:

(Note: These moments are not in any particular order)

Best:

“Drunk In Love” – In the hierarchy of music royalty, Beyoncé is our queen. There is no doubt about it. Along with hubby Jay Z, Beyoncé stunned the crowd with a powerful and steamy opening performance. The chair, the dancing, the hug…simply flawless. There’s nothing more to say. Bow down. Jay Z picked Blue Ivy up a “Golden sippy cup” for his part in “Holy Grail” with Justin Timberlake.

“Radioactive/m.A.A.d city” – One of the most exciting parts of the Grammys is watching to see what random matchups can be created that will actually work well together. I’m pretty sure that Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar melted my face off with their high energy and cohesive performance. I would go so far as to say I’d buy a mashup CD if they were to pull a Linkin Park/Jay Z on the music industry. Lamar couldn’t turn any of his seven nominations into a win, however Imagine Dragons picked up the Grammy for Best Rock Performance with “Radioactive.”

“Follow Your Arrow” – Now before the Grammys I had only heard of country newcomer Kacy Muskgraves, but never listened to her music. She was already tasked the difficult job of going on after Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, but I felt like her song “Follow Your Arrow” was just the song to keep people interested. The simple performance with some outlandishly awesome lyrics made me want to check out her new album Same Trailer Different Park long after the awards were over. That very album won best Country Album along with the song “Merry Go Round” picking up Best Country Song.

“Get Lucky” – In their first television performance in a while (while they made an appearance at the MTV VMAs, they haven’t performed on air since the 50th Grammys in 2008 with Kanye West) they brought out Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, and Pharrell Williams to jam out in a studio set. The whole performance was classic Daft Punk with a whole lot of soul, mashing up “Get Lucky,” “Le Freak,” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” “Another Star,” “Lose Yourself to Dance,” and “Around the World” in seamless transition with the ultimate power group. Daft Punk was the big winner of the night, winning all five categories they were nominated in, including Record and Album of the Year.

“Same Love” – There was no way I could forget the most talked about moment of the whole Grammy ceremony. Officiated by Queen Latifah and accompanied by Madonna, Mary Lambert, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 33 couples of all races, religions, and lifestyles were married to the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis classic. It was a powerful statement and a beautiful gesture for this moment to be shared by so many couples with the world. And who else can say that Beyoncé and Daft Punk were at their wedding? The duo received compliments throughout the night by other award winners and with good reason, along with the monumental performance; they picked up wins in four of their seven nominated categories.

Worst:

“Dark Horse” – In what many are calling “Katy Perry: Coven,” a spooky forest arose from the stage as a hooded Perry came dancing out of a crystal ball(?) of sorts and danced about with a back-up group. I’ve personally never been a big fan of the song and the added over-the-top scenery just was more confusing than anything. My friends and I also spent half of the performance trying to figure out who Juicy J even was. Katy won neither of her two nominations for “Roar,” making her night an overall dud.

“All Too Well” – Those who know me are aware that I am not very fond of Miss Taylor Swift to begin with, add in the convulsive hair flips and otherwise blah performance? Not a fan. She really didn’t show a lot of emotion or connection to the audience that left me wanting more. Taylor really should have been watching John Legend beforehand for notes (an amazing performance by the way) because she needed them. Losing all four of her nominated categories meant that the shock on her face was real for once…it was kind of nice.

“Copy of A/My God is the Sun” – This performance is only in my worst category for one reason…..because THE PERFORMANCE WAS CUT OFF! I had been waiting all night for Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham to tear the roof off the place with some killer rock and roll…..however the Grammys yet again didn’t allot enough time on cable and they played off into the news. You never cut of Dave Grohl, that’s like one of the most important rules of Rock and Roll….besides the fact that there really are no rules.

Jamie Foxx calls out Beyoncé – I don’t know what Jamie Foxx was on, but I really hope he was sharing because when he presented for best Rap/Sung Collaboration there was something off about him. Between talking about the “goodness in the air backstage” and practically drooling over Beyoncé…in front of her husband Jay Z. Totally cringe-worthy moment only prolonged by the fact that Jay had to then come up and accept his award for “Suit and Tie.” I was hoping for confrontation or a witty remark, but he was as smooth as his earlier performance with his wife.

The lack of awards – This was the Grammy AWARDS right? Not the Grammy Concert? Because as much as I enjoyed the performances, the fact that we didn’t see a lot of the awards get presented, especially in smaller categories like Alternative and Electronic which are so popular right now, was disappointing! I would have much rather about five less performances and ten more categories highlighted. Some artists look forward to getting up on that stage their whole life…they deserve to make a speech too!

Alright, there you have it, my top moments. Think I got it right? Do you think I was wrong? Send me your opinions! Here’s to a great musical year and an even greater awards season!