Swap Meet, JT’s Return, & Best And Worst Dressed: 15 Memorable Grammy Moments

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I usually never watch the Grammys and honestly wasn’t planning on doing so last night. But when my friend asked me if I was going to participate in the festivities at brunch, I decided since I was avoiding the cold, to check it out. The show itself had high and low moments. It wasn’t fabulous but it certainly wasn’t the most boring thing I’ve seen. So, whether you missed it or want to relive it, check out the most memorable moments. The asterisks represent high points of the night.

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Adele’s Dress

Last night, Adele deviated from her standard uniform of all-black everything and decided to go with a vibrant, red patterned dress. Honestly, as much as we love Adele, we must admit that it was the wrong choice for her body and for this event. It wasn’t flattering. It was so terrible that someone ended up comparing it to a costume from The Wiz; and sadly, the comparison wasn’t that far off. Yikes!

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In a smart career move, Miguel agreed, at the last minute, to perform at The 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Generously, he decided to bring Wiz Khalifa on stage to perform the remix to “Adorn.” If you ask me, he should have performed the original and got more shine but that’s neither here nor there.  Miguel’s vocals and showmanship were on point and though he only had a limited time on stage before he introduced some nominees, it was memorable. One of the best of the night. (The sound is a little off on this video; but you’ll still be able to hear Miguel hit his notes with precision. If you missed it, you should definitely check it out in the video below.)


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Jay-Z feeling loose

Early on in the show, it was easy to see that Jay-Z had adopted a “been-there-done-that” attitude when it came to the Grammys. He sat in that front row like he was chilling in his living room, bottle of Cognac, which he shared with his neighbors, in tow. I’m always accusing somebody of being drunk. He wasn’t that far, but he was certainly a lil loose. As Fun was accepting their award, one of the band members thanked Jay-Z. Instead of his standard head-nod of appreciation, he hollered out, “You’re welcome!” Then later in the evening Jay was seen backstage pouring that Cognac he’d been carrying that night into his award. Like I said, over it.

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Justin Timberlake*

After a four year singing hiatus, Justin hit the stage and gave us, in my opinion, the best performance of the night. Moving in on Robin Thicke’s lane, Justin hit his falsetto for “Suit and Tie,” beckoned Jay-Z from his seat in the front row and slid across the stage in what looked like an homage to James Brown. Then afterward he shut it down with what I feel was the stronger of the two songs: “Pusher Love Girl.” If you missed the performance check it out here.


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Kelly Rowland’s Dress

Has anyone else noticed that Kelly is slaying the stages and red carpets she’s used to? We’re happy to see homegirl stepping into her own. Last night she was easily the best dressed in this black, cut-out, see through gown. It might not have followed CBS’ memo; but it was hot and classy at the same time. Werk Ms. Rowland!

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Chris Brown claps for Frank Ocean

I’m far from a Chris Brown fan. But I’m also not trying to sit here idly by as the media slanders his name…unfairly. There are plenty of times when Chris doesn’t get it right; but when he does, can we give the man some credit? Many sites are reporting that Brown snubbed Frank Ocean when he took the stage to accept his first award of the night. I see things differently. Despite their pending beef, Chris Brown is visibly clapping for Ocean. That’s more than some of us would have done, had we been in a similar situation. Do we really expect him to be standing when these two were in a physical altercation last week? I’d argue that his clapping  is a sign of growth and maturity.

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Kelly Clarkson loves Miguel but doesn’t know who he is

Despite the fact that both Kelly Clarkson and Miguel are on the same label, before last night, she had no idea who he was. And she let everyone in the room know when she accepted her award for pop song of the year. Here’s what she said verbatim: “Miguel, I don’t know who the hell you are but we need to sing together. I mean, good God! That was the sexiest damn thing I’ve ever seen.” Black Twitter was up in arms about the comment. Should Kelly have known who Miguel, her label mate, was? Of course. Was she trying to insult him? Absolutely not. Let’s be honest, Miguel is not mainstream. In fact before “Adorn” got all of that radio play, there were black folk who didn’t know him either. If I were Miguel I would certainly hop on a Kelly Clarkson track and get that crossover money.

Jay-Z Shades The Dream
Maaaan! The Dream is known to act a fool and Jay-Z high-key told him to cut it out in probably the shadiest moment in Grammy history. There is no way I can recount it accurately, so just watch the clip. The Swap Meet was happy for the shoutout.


Kelly Clarkson’s Performance

Say what you want about Kelly’s acceptance speech slip ups. But the girl reminded us, at the end of the day, she’s here to sing us into a stupor. Kelly put all the soul and all the stank into her, no-fuss rendition of “Tennessee Waltz” and “Natural Woman.” I know I was moved and I realized other folks were as well when people started making church and offering references on Twitter.

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Bob Marley Tribute*

I was very excited to hear that they were going to honor music legend Bob Marley. I expected Bruno Mars, who’s a great performer, to shut it down. And he was great; but early on, it was apparent that this tribute wasn’t going to feature that many Bob Marley songs, just the songs his music influenced. Bummer. Bruno introduced Sting– he sounded great by the way; and then, Rihanna, Ziggy and Damian Marley came out to sing “Could You Be Loved.” Once Rihanna was on stage, I found myself flinching every time she lifted her arms. I just knew a boob was going to pop out. Luckily, that didn’t happen.

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Who is the black girl singing with Jack White?

When Jack White took the stage to perform “Love Interruption,” many were wondering who the black girl singing for her life and playing the tambourine was. Many were speculating that it was Phaedra’s daughter or sister or next of kin. But it was not. Her name is Ruby Amanfu and she kilt it like a Scottish skirt. Gotta check her out.

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Prince, the King of cool, the master of music and style, was there for one reason and one reason only. He walked out in what I initially thought was a pimp cane prop to introduce the nominees for song of the year. He didn’t have a sketch, he didn’t crack any jokes. He just sauntered to the mic and said, “And the nominees for song of the year are…” And then in a moment of sheer adulation, Prince says, “Oh, I love this song…” and brought up Gotye and Kimbra to present them with the award for song of the year for their collaboration on “Somebody That I Used To Know.” What I later learned, was that that cane might have been necessary. Apparently, Prince has had hip problems for the past few years.

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The Memorial Performance*

In memory of all the artists who passed away in the last year Elton John, Zac Brown, Mavis Staples and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard hit the stage to perform “The Weight.” I was impressed by Brittany Howard, who I’d never heard before. But her voice was very powerful and her energy, as she hopped around in a fur jacket, was awesome. Then there was Mavis Staples. No one does it like her. That raspy, growl of a voice is second to none. Check out the performance below.


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Frank Ocean

Oh Frankie. I’ve listened to your music and most of it, I’m quite fond of. There are folks who are Frank Ocean stans and cosign everything he does. But folks from all levels of Frank Ocean fandom had problems supporting his performance of “Forest Gump.” There were several pitch issues and then once he started whistling people were completely over it. It seemed like he was just very nervous to be singing about a man on national television.


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LL Cool J

As much as I’m a lady who loves James Todd Smith, and as hard as I was trying to get into his performance with Chuck D., I just wished that he had either sat this one out or performed an entirely different song. It was a little too hard to get into. But I will admit that he truly looked happy on that stage, jumping up and down like he was in his early twenties. I’m not mad at him.

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  • I loved adele’s dress

  • Robin

    Maroon 5 & Alicia Keys: best performance of the night!!

  • iReezy

    I think a Kelly Clarkson/Miguel collabo would be amazing – the single, video, and live performance.

  • iReezy

    I missed the show this year but I’ve been on a YouTube/fashion blog kick getting caught up. I didn’t think Jay-Z shaded The-Dream…that was a moment of truth and hilarity. He looked a mess and was rightfully put on blast. I will always love me some Jay, but based on the pic of him pouring cognac into that Grammy, he was acting a little Kanye-ish lol. Se la vie, he’s allowed to act a fool sometimes since he’s always cool, calm, and collected. And I liked Bey’s outfit, dressed down and still f-l-y. Kelly’s dress and JT’s performance were the evening’s best moments IMO.

  • I’m so over the Chris Brown and Frank Ocean beef because the media seems to over look Frank Ocean’s part in this whole beef. The first situation of a Frank and Chris beef was when Frank mistook Chris Brown’s compliment as an insult but yet the only person who was getting negative recognition for it was Chris Brown. Now recently in this parking lot brawl, even though it was stated that it started with Frank Ocean crying about Chris parking in “his” parking spot, people want to play the Chris Brown getting into a fight with the gay rapper card. Like come on, just because he’s gay doesn’t make him less of a man! The only reason Chris Brown keeps getting painted in a negative way is because of the whole Rihanna situation that happened before Frank Ocean, had that not happened I doubt the media would be so pro Frank Ocean.

    • Suchalady

      This! Frank is a douchebag

  • jackieOsassin

    i miss every damn thing. : (

    last night belonged to walking dead though, sorry.

  • FromUR2UB

    I usually miss the Grammy’s every year, but watched this year just to see if people were going to comply with the dress code. Clever marketing ploy Grammy committee!

  • Solo40

    Lol….flatline *Dead* @ Adele and the dress from the Wiz. Y’all are beyond crazy!

  • Soulsis

    Miguel is actually an artist. The fact that he left last night empty handed is why I did not watch the show to begin with!

    • Purple Kisses

      Miguel won the Grammy for best R&B song. It just wasn’t shown on TV

      • Soulsis

        Takes a seat and puts a smile on my face. Thank you Purple Kisses.

  • pickneychile

    Chris Brown’s clapping was a sign of growth and “majority”? LOL I think the word is maturity. Anyway, the Grammys didn’t really hold my attention.

    • Taj

      I caught that too. It seems as if the bar has been set low in regards to CB showing some decorum and not acting a fool.

  • Jaeda

    Frank Ocean SUCKED!!!!! singing about Forrest Gump badly at that was the worst performance of the night The best hands down was the Bob Marley tribute and poor Adele to be so pretty and so young smh at that dress Kelly, Katy, JLo And Rihanna looked good

    • Dee

      Frank Ocean’s performances always put me to sleep (SNL, Grammys)

    • iReezy

      I was so mad when he started whistling! WTF Frank?!

  • bigdede

    Most Black people didn’t know who Miguel was until this album came out so for so many to get upset because Kelly didn’t know him is stupid. Also, so what they are on the same labels. Most people know that record labels have different departments. There is a A&R for pop music, Latin music, Rap, R&B, etc. It’s rare that Kelly would even be in the same room with Miguel because they are two different music genres. But with Miguel’s awesome performance and Kelly’s shoutout, that will help him big time in getting his name out there.

    • Kahekili

      I disagree. Most of Miguel’s fan base is the Black R&B crowd.

      • bigdede

        Half the Black folks at my job didn’t even know this was his second album. Miguel’s performance and Kelly’s shoutout will help him. It’s not like Miguel is going platinum. He should be though. Look how long it took Miguel to even get airplay for his first album. He had a single out for the longest but it wasn’t until Sure Thing that he started to get some airplay. So just because Miguel has a Black R&B fanbase doesn’t mean a lot of Black people know him.

  • mac

    It was a little disappointing that even being politely asked to cover up, that was apparently too much to ask of some women. I’m looking at you Kelly and Katy. Even Rihanna covered all the way up, for goodness sake. And looked stunning I might add

    • kierah

      Rihanna’s dress was all kinds of see through so I don’t much about her coverage…
      Kelly and Katy were covered. They weren’t obscene.

      Anyway if the Grammys were serious about their little memo, they would have issued it months ago – not a week ago. That was hardly polite. Everyone already has their dresses and their looks and they aren’t changing. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
      You see what happens when people switch up. We get the Twin Horrors of Beyonce and Adele’s outfits.

      • GirlSixx

        Trueeeee!!! What were they gonna do, ask them to leave??!!!

        Although I was feeling Bey’s top, the pants not so much.. She looked very comfortable.

      • mac

        Katy was covered? Lol yea we’re done here.

  • Reese

    Dang Kelly did that dress all kinds of justice.

  • Miguel didnt need Wiz on stage with him.

  • AnonyChick

    Of the videos I’ve seen posted online (I didn’t watch last night), my fave is the Bob Marley tribute! That was perfection! Some of the other videos I want to see have been taken down, unfortunately. Oh, well. Bruno Mars is ALWAYS an excellent performer. ALWAYS. Everyone else was great, too.

  • ladylove22

    Kelly looked amazing best dressed for sure .. I did not like B work suit too casual imo .. The Dream really just really s.m.h

  • Trisha_B

    The best, Bob Marley tribute (would have been better if they did more Bob songs & didn’t do Bruno’s song), worst Frank Ocean & his booboos….Miguel was most def cheated

  • MLS2698

    The comparison pic with Adele…….not kool.

  • No name

    My fave was the Bob Marley tribute! No other comment other than the fact that Kelly looked great and Jay Z is my least favorite celeb after last night. Arrogance at its best!

    • MLS2698

      Yeah, Jay was rude ( and maybe drunk). But ol’ boy did look kind of busted, like he should have been standing on a corner. I guess he doesn’t have a ” stylist.”