The Grammys 2013 last night had no major winners that reigned supreme in multiple categories. The judges took the socialist approach of equal distribution of awards in an evening that displayed a well coiffed Rihanna accompanied by a less her less than enthusiastic Frank Ocean fan, Chris Brown.
The evening’s most jaw dropping moment came from the unmistakable, Jack White. The ex-White Stripe frontman donned a suit inspired by the Rhinestone Cowboy and gave a performance that displayed the troubadour’s wide range. The captivating show was broken up into a guys/girls club where a group of gals — that appeared to have been taken off of a religious compound — joined White on “Love Interruption” and the guys pounded away at “Freedom at 21.”
Rihanna proved why we should still pay attention to her music, despite her expected repertoire of sparkly top 40 hits with her poignant take on “Stay.” Ri-Ri’s fans should demand a full album’s worth of “Stay”-like material.
The Lumineers didn’t venture off too far and didn’t win anything, but they did get their moment on the Grammy stage playing the predictable “Ho Hey.” So much for them attempting to do something different and performing “Stubborn Love.”
Last night fell a little short on tributes. The Dave Brubeck tribute brought together by Chick Corea was cut entirely way too short, whereas the Bob Marley tribute anchored by Bruno Mars and company overstayed their welcome. So much more could’ve been done with the Bob Marley tribute, but in the end, too much was trying to be done and felt rushed and sloppy. The Band’s Levon Helms was the proud recipient of a well thought-out tribute that included greats: Mavis Staples, T Bone Burnett, Sir Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) and Zac Brown. “The Weight” has been a song that has been used in countless movies, commercials and has functioned as a pivotal song in a time when life seemed bleak with the ongoing Vietnam conflict.