I really enjoyed this year's Grammy awards. Previous years have been somewhat of a bore, but this year, the entertainment was stellar. And while the tragic news of Whitney Houston's sudden passing loomed large over the event, I thought the producers and the performers handled the issue rather well.
LL Cool J opened the show with a heartfelt prayer. He struck just the right balance of acknowledging the late singer while promising the audience that the show would carry on. And carry on it did with amazing moments. Like Bruno Mars, this guy can entertain! What a presence. And the long awaited return of Adele following throat surgery. She gave a powerful full voice performance of Rolling In The Deep, sounding better than ever. I can only imagine how she must have been feeling on stage!
Other artists, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Katy Perry brought their best to the stage. But nothing was more poignant than the last minute tribute to Whitney Houston. Jennifer Hudson sang Whitney's “I Will Always Love You” beautifully. It was one of those moments where the hair stands up on your arms.
Grammy producers have cut down on the amount of televised award presentations in favor of more performances. That meant the event mostly showcased the big awards, like song, record and album of the year. And as you probably know, they all went to Adele. That in itself added an element of excitement to the evening.
I'll tell you, if future Grammy Awards come across like this one did, I know I'll be watching again. But I could do without losing another musical icon on the day before the show.
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