The year 2010 marked the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards – a night of highly talked about fashion, hit-or-miss musical performances and some embarrassing celebrity mishaps.
From Taylor Swift’s four wins, Lady GaGa’s shockingly gorgeous yellow locks and unusual use of fashion prop, to Celine Dion and company’s tribute to the late Michael Jackson, the 2010 Grammys definitely did not disappoint its estimated 25.8 million viewers.
The red carpet was lush with an array of interesting fashions, some timeless, some timely and some at an all-time low. Some stylish A-Listers worth mentioning include Miley Cyrus dressed in Herve Leger, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert and Pink.
Among the worst-dressed was repeat fashion offender Britney Spears, “Snooki” from MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” and a barely-dressed Nadeea. The talk of the carpet, however, was Lady GaGa, outfitted in a rather spacey-looking Giorgio Armani Prive original with Swarovski crystal beading, blonde-to-yellow tresses and a star-like prop that represents the uniqueness that is GaGa.
Performance wise, the 2010 Grammys fell relatively short with a variety of altogether bland, off-key and some downright boring acts.
Green Day delivered an overall interesting performance of “21 Guns” with the cast of the new Broadway musical, “American Idiot,” an adaption of its previous album. However, the band received much negative feedback from disappointed fans. Accusations of Green Day “selling out” immediately made their way to the Internet via Twitter and Facebook posts just seconds after the band took the stage.
Pink, flying high above her audience in a half-see-through, half-white leotard while dipped in water, delivered the most original performance of the night as she sang, “Glitter in the Air” while upside down. After the Grammys, Pink herself rather selfishly proclaimed she single-handedly set the vocal standard, revoking any other artist’s “excuse to lip synch.” She may have a point there.
The Black Eyed Peas took the stage excitedly with an odd lot of dancing stereos and futuristic-looking back up dancers. It seemed that the group could not live up to its own hype, and though it sounded vocally capable during their latest single, “I’mma Be,” Fergie proved herself to be an inconsistent vocalist in “I Gotta Feeling.” Perhaps the foursome should focus more on its vocal talent rather than the mainstream, hip-hop image they so desperately attempt to keep up.
The real performance disappointment of the night was a hard-to-listen-to, off-key duet tragically delivered by multi-Grammy winner Swift and her proclaimed idol Stevie Nicks. It did not, however, hinder the 20-year-old from garnering the four awards she rightfully deserved. Her luck did fall short after the Grammys, despite her wins, as she posed for the paparazzi, holding all four of her awards, and accidentally sent one crashing to the ground, helplessly watching it shatter.
The Michael Jackson tribute sung by Dion, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Carrie Underwood, all well-established vocalists with untarnished reputations, may have been more enjoyable if there weren’t a need for 3-D glasses. I sat mesmerized by the combination of the talented voices while fighting off a headache due to my lack of not having a pair of glasses.
Performance highlights included Beyoncé, masterfully belting out “If I Were a Boy” and Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know” like the vocal champ we all know her to be. The combined performance of “Drop the World” by music industry all-stars Travis Barker, Lil Wayne, Eminem and Drake was notable as well.
The 2010 Grammy celebration was a mix of good and bad. However, the bad does not make the show any less entertaining – it only gives us more to talk about.