With more performances and lights that Madonna’s half-time show, this year’s Grammy Awards was almost too much to handle. Between Nicki Minaj’s live exorcism and not having Maroon 5’s Adam Levine take his shirt off, the night was filled with confusion. However, one thing was clear about the Grammys: Adele was the star of the show and everyone else was just there to cheer her on.
This was Adele’s night. Her incomparable voice landed her six wins, giving her a perfect record for the night. She even beat out the likes of her toughest competitors, including Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry. By the end of the night, she was the Meryl Streep of the music industry. With her magnificent voice, flawless British accent, and a little bit of snot, Adele can do no wrong.
Sporting a healthier weight, Adele sang, “Rolling in The Deep” beautifully. This is impressive considering it was her first public performance of the song since her recent vocal surgery. Adele’s final win for Album of the Year was the icing on the cake for the entire night, leaving her speechless with tears streaming down her face and even a little boogers falling out of her nose. With the recent loss of the great legendary Whitney Houston, finding the same soul and passion in an strong female artist like Adele is something that should be honored.
In her tribute to Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson exuded the same passion that Adele had shown. Hudson, one of the best performers of the night, proved that a simple soulful showing is better than an over-the-top, lip-synced spectacle.
When Nicki Minaj took the stage with her performance of “The Exorcism of Roman,” we weren’t sure what to think, but we’d sure love to know what the Catholic Church will think. Will the Westboro Baptist Church picket Nicki Minaj’s concerts now? Considering how easily they become upset over issues, anything can happen. Likewise, Chris Brown’s performances received horrible reviews. Between the bad lip-syncing and Brown’s past with domestic abuse, the irritable, sassy bloggers of the internet had a field day with Chris Brown last night.
Not only did girls tweet Chris Brown acknowledging that he hit Rihanna, but many of them gave Brown the power to hit them as well. Is it fair to ban Janet Jackson from the Grammys for her Superbowl nip-slip performance, but then allow Chris Brown to perform not only once, but twice at the Grammy Awards?
After seeing artists such as Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and Whitney Houston all experience problematic issues with drug abuse, the media seems to keep putting out this message that drugs can lead to terrifying outcomes. However, it is astonishing that while they do mention the outcomes of drug abuse, the media fails to recognize the effects of domestic abuse.
According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, “between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year, and between 100,000 and 6 million men,” depending on the type of survey used to obtain the data. This frightening statistic should be taken into consideration when allowing Chris Brown to sing — or lip-sync for that matter.
What happened to pure singing? Why does everyone lip-sync now? Instead of allowing their voices to shine, many artists including Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj turned to flashy lights and huge props to add an extravagance to their performances. However, instead of seeming like an experienced performer, both artists’ performances flopped. The night would have been a complete flop if it had not been for Adele.