So in no particular order, here are my top five performances at the Grammy Awards last night...
Ed Sheeran. I am a huge Ed Sheeran fan any normal day of the week. So that's your disclaimer here. I think he's adorable and mad talented. But one of my favorite things about Ed is how he is this one man band. I think it's so cool how he records himself to add in layers to songs instead of having a big, fancy band behind him. And at a show like the Grammy's that so often has the biggest, glitziest, most extravagant performances, I thought it was so charming and empowering to see Ed up there doing it his own way and killing it!
John Legend. Always, always John Legend. He could sing me the phone book and I would go weak in the knees. His voice is like buttah! Also, doesn't he look like the friendliest human?
Adele. Oh lawdy, Adele, you are everything! You're voice is out of this world and then you remind us all how real and normal you are. I love that. I love that you are equal parts fantasy and reality. Your voice, your hair, your sincerity...you're my queen! I love that you gave the mic to Greg Kurstin after he was cut off the first time. I love that you gave Beyoncé a love letter, twice, during your big moments. And then did I mention your performances? Plural. You're in a category all your own. You're brilliant. But also, very relatable. May we please be friends?
Beyoncé. Oh Beyoncé. Or Bey. Or Other Queen. We have multiple queens and I think it's about damn time! Your performance was a roller coaster of emotions for me. At first I was excited. Then confused. Then very confused. But I am just sort of a confused human so that's probably more me than you. Eventually though I was into it and found myself near tears at the end. Full circle. Which is probably exactly as you intended. Good Queens always plan these things down to the last gasp and tear.
Chance the Rapper. You were hands down my performance pick of the night, Chance! May I call you Chance? Or does everyone call you Chance the Rapper? That seems wordy but I'm from the south so I'm not unfamiliar with nine mile long first name situations. It doesn't really matter. What does matter is that I felt your performance. I got it, I loved it, I needed it, and I was in tears by the end. I know music, like all art, is so subjective. But I feel pretty secure is saying that this performance could be universally loved. I was amazed and inspired!
Bonus...Rhianna. OK so I saw this on social media, not actually while watching. But I can't stop laughing at Rhinanna pulling out the bedazzled flask to take a drink. I don't need the drink, but I could use a bit of your gives no effs attitude in life! You don't and you own it and I'm jealous!
And that my friends, was my take on the night. A lot of great performance, a few that I muted until they were over, and a reminder that everyone other than Beyoncé is just a normal human at the end of the night.
Did you watch the Grammy Awards? What was your favorite performance?