2014 Grammy Recap

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If you’re lucky enough to have cable, or happened to have been in the student center a couple weekends ago, you probably caught a glimpse of this years Grammy Awards.  If not, Campus Vinyl is here to fill you in on what went down at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.  No doubt, 2013 was a wild year for music and the awards were able to capture much of the yearlong excitement within a single night. Performances Included...

The show opened with a stunning performance by Beyoncé and Jay-Z of “Drunk in Love.” Commonly referred to as the “First Couple of Music,” Mr. and Mrs. Carter couldn’t help but dominate the stage with incredible vocals, dance moves, and chemistry.  While watching, you’ll probably find yourself half-smiling with a mouth wide open, basically in awe – could they get any better?  Either way, it’s safe to say these two, plus little Blue, will be riding their surfboard of success for many years to come.

17-year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde, performed none other than “Royals.”  Easily one of the most popular songs of 2013, “Royals” resonates in many of our minds with pleasant memories of dancing, giggling, and just having fun with friends.  However, Lorde added another dimension to the song with a darker, perhaps unexpected performance of the tune.  Stripped down to live vocals and simple percussion, Lorde gave the song her personal touch that may have faded out over months of topping the charts.

Another interesting performance of the night was a mash-up between Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar. Imagine Dragons’ front man Dan Reynolds began with a rendition of the first few lines of “Radioactive.”  As the finishing words – “this is it, the apocalypse” – dramatically left his mouth, the even more dramatic beat to Kendrick’s “M.A.A.d City” suddenly dropped. And weirdly enough, it worked.  Imagine Dragons killed it on the drums and guitar while Kendrick rapped his main verse.  The chorus of “Radioactive” was the perfect way to finish and intensify “M.A.A.d City” even further, bringing the entire mash-up to a different level.  Certainly not your traditional collaboration, both artists embraced the performance with equal amounts of head banging and zeal.

Finally, the most memorable of the night included Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah, and Madonna on none other than, “Same Love.”  This song that champions equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation, manifested in the form of 33 same-sex marriages that happened right in the audience of this years Grammy Awards.  Yes, that really happened.  Mid-performance, Queen Latifah came on stage with a special announcement.  She gestured off-stage at 33 couples, “They have chosen this moment to celebrate their vows with us here in Los Angeles.”  An emotional moment for most, it was touching to see this song realized in such an identifiable way.

Now, for the awards…

Daft Punk won big with 4 Grammys for their 2013 musical triumphs.  The French electronic duo snagged Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album for Random Access Memories plus Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo Performance for “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams. Williams also won the Grammy for Producer of the Year.

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While many, including Mackelmore himself, felt that Kendrick Lamar was cheated out of the Grammy for Best Rap Album, it’s hard to deny the influence that Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis have had on the 2013 music scene.  The duo also won Best New Artist, plus Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Thrift Shop.”  It must be said, however, that 2013 rap music would not have been the same without artists such as Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Jay-Z, Drake, and Eminem.

Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album while Lorde snagged Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals.”  Rihanna’s Unapologetic won Best Urban Contemporary Album and Zedd’s infectious “Clarity” featuring Foxes was awarded for the Best Dancing Recording.  Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City took home the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album, as well.  To conclude, this year’s Spring Concert performer Darius Rucker was awarded Best Country Solo Performance for none other than Bucknell’s favorite Super-Sat song, “Wagon Wheel.”

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Music’s influence on people everywhere cannot be denied.  It seems as though it grows infinitely more powerful every year, and 2013 was no exception.  Regardless of winners and losers, the Grammys are a great way for musicians to come together and appreciate the efforts and contributions of artists everywhere.  You can find a full list of winners here!

 

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Beyond the BubbleLaura Yoo