Surfboard: Moments From The 56th Annual Grammy Awards That Had Us Talking

January 27, 2014  |  
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Well, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards have come and gone. There were some really great performances, some major robberies when it comes to who won what, a few dozen couples got married on stage, and of course, we all had a chance to “surfboard” with Queen Bey. These are the moments from the show that had us talking. Share your favorite or most head-scratch worthy moments in the comment section below!

Bey and Jay Open The Grammys

If we can be honest, this performance was just…okay. I was expecting a little bit more since these two were opening the show, but what I got was a half-dressed Beyoncé body-rolling on a chair while her fully dressed hubby danced around. No medley? No dance routine? No cameo by Blue (okay, I’m reaching on that one)? Beyoncé has spoiled us, and for that reason, we were looking for more than just the “surfboard.”

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Despite Seven Nominations, Kendrick Lamar Goes Home Empty-Handed

The man was robbed. ROBBED I TELL YOU! good kid, m.A.A.d. city was quite the lyrical masterpiece, yet, it didn’t pick up one award. Despite such a travesty, Lamar hit the stage and murdered it with Imagine Dragons, freestyling and performing the song “M.A.A.d. City” with drums and red dye everywhere. Surprisingly, the pairing was quite epic.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Same Love Performance Becomes A Wedding For 30+ People

I’d heard “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in the past, and thought it was a nice song, but making it the background music for a large group of gay and heterosexual couples tying the knot actually made me appreciate it more. Whatever your sexual orientation, love is love, right? And the addition of Queen Latifah officiating and Madonna singing “Open Your Heart” (no N-word drop this time) was a nice touch.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Win Almost Every Rap Award

Once again, while I appreciated Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love,” I wasn’t really feeling the fact that they swept damn near all of the rap categories (with the exception of the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). No disrespect to them, but I kind of get a pop vibe from the feel-good duo. Best New Artist? Yeah, I see that after the year they had. But Best Rap Album? Nah, bro. Nah.

Robin Thicke Shows White Folks He Can Saaaaaang

If you didn’t know it by now, you should know that Robin Thicke is going to ride “Blurred Lines” until the wheels fall off. But before folks let it fade from their memory, Thicke wanted to show everyone that he’s deserving of the attention he’s getting (for his music, not his love for flirting with women who aren’t Paula). He teamed up with Chicago to help perform some of their biggest hits (the band was just inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame), but when it was time for “Blurred Lines,” he jigged into the crowd and showed off those rough but smooth vocals, ending the whole shabang on his knees, hands in the air, celebrating a killer performance.

 

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Stevie Wonder Teams Up With Pharrell And Daft Punk

Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some Stevie Wonder, so seeing him perform with Pharrell, Nile Rodgers and Daft Punk was pretty awesome. And when the song changed from “Get Lucky” to Wonder’s classic “Another Star,” I damn near dropped my computer to get up on my feet and groove. And the fact that Pharrell changed hats also made me very happy.

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Jay Z Shows His Family Man Side

A really cute moment occurred when Jay Z won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Holy Grail” with Justin Timberlake. The singer wasn’t there, but Hov hopped on stage to quickly say thanks, and spend more time lauding his family. He thanked God for his award, but also for putting Beyoncé in his life, and left the stage with this for Blue: “Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.”

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Daft Punk Wins Everything, And Say Nothing

The French duo won Album and Record of the year honors, as well as Best Pop Duo and Best Dance/Electronica Album. But everytime they hit the stage, they had someone else speaking for them, usually Pharrell Williams (who won Producer of the Year by the way). Everytime they won they stood the furthest away from the mic as the lights shined off their masks. Covered from head to toe, you wouldn’t know who these men were if they came to your house and asked to borrow sugar with a thick French accent. But I guess that’s cool. They continue to have fame in music, while getting to live normal lives once the masks come off. Genius! But they make me hot in all that stuff they wear…

 

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