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posted Friday, February 18, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 07

GaGa, Babs, and Cee Lo make 2011 Grammys memorable
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

With only 10 categories presented on the televised ceremony, the Grammys were more of a concert than an awards show. But I'm not complaining, as I'd rather listen to live music than artists thanking distant relatives and chauffeur drivers. Sunday night's broadcast of 'music's biggest night' was a mixed bag of the great (the Eminem and Dr. Dre collaboration) and the faulty (the John Mayer-Norah Jones-Keith Urban cover of 'Jolene'). Here are my post-Grammy Awards honorees.

Most Egg-stravagant
Entrance and Shout-Out
to Whitney Houston:

Lady GaGa
Did she really arrive in an egg-shaped incubator? Yes. Did she actually say that Whitney Houston penetrated her thoughts during the writing process of 'Born This Way'? Yes. Besides this, the pop superstar wore a Thunderdome-armadillo costume when she won Best Pop Vocal Album. I'm not sure if GaGa is raising the bar in fashion, but she sure is twisting it.

Best Performance
of the Night:

(Tie) Barbra Streisand /
Bruno Mars with
B.o.B and Janelle Monae
First of all, I was delighted to see Babs in a dress color other than black - she looked amazing. Second, the woman's still got it, and her performance of the classic 'Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)' ended with a jazzy flair and proved that a diva doesn't have to overshoot the runway (listening, Aguilera?) to sound amazing - it was vintage Streisand. The other highlight was a triple scoop of R&B's young, fresh-faced talent represented by Bruno Mars, who won his first Grammy for Male Pop Vocal Performance, B.o.B., and the always adrenaline-filled Janelle Monae. I'm not a big fan of either, but I must admit they added a strong dose of energy and class to a show that at times lacked it.

Most Deserved Award
of the Telecast:

Esperanza Spalding
The Portland, Oregon native shocked everyone by winning the coveted Best New Artist gramophone, bettering fellow nominees from England and Canada. This, of course, opened the door to hate mail from Justin Bieber fans around the world who threatened to never listen to jazz music - if they even knew what it was.

Best Reason to Look
Below the Belt:

Charles Kelley of
Lady Antebellum
No, that wasn't one of the country trio's five Grammys stuffed into Kelley's jeans during their performance of 'Need You Now.'

Worst Performance
of the Night:

Christina Aguilera
I would've preferred Aguilera's botched version of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' to her microphone-murdering performance during an Aretha Franklin tribute, featuring a handful of female vocalists not coming to an afternoon tea party together any time soon. X-tina, in another of her over-the-top vocal displays, took the opportunity to celebrate herself, and I'm sure the real queen was harrumphing in Detroit.

Best Use of Feathers,
Puppets, Shiny Hairnets
and an Oscar Winner:

Cee Lo Green
God bless Cee Lo Green for putting the fun and intended kitsch into his Grammy presentation of 'F*** You.' His peacock/turkey/parrot piƱata get-up complete with a glittery hairnet (that Stevie Wonder wants back) - plus Gwyneth Paltrow dancing on a piano with pink feather earrings - was a riot.

Best Use of Saran Wrap
for the Worst-Looking
Pair of Pants:

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin shook his bon-bon at the Grammys, his first appearance since coming out, in a painful-looking pair of trousers that screamed 'South Beach afterhours.' The man is gorgeous, but the father of two didn't quite rock the glam image he was going for.

Sexiest Dudes in a Suit:
Multiple winners
Forget the women, it was the boys who made mouths water on the red carpet - although, kudos to Rhianna for that daring Jean Paul Gaulthier number. Suit-wearing guys who stood out included Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys in classic black (also shaving his beard for the occasion), John Legend in blue, Raphael Saadiq in green, Glee's Darren Criss in gray, and my personal favorite, Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend in charcoal.

Best Reason to Invest
in Antioxidants and a Comb:
Pat Monahan of Train
The double Train-wreck of the evening was this band winning Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for a live version of 'Hey, Soul Sister' (which sounded a lot better in the studio) only to be followed by 40-something lead singer Monahan sporting bed hair that rightfully belongs on a 20-year-old. This guy needs a facial or a green tea smoothie, because he's not aging gracefully at all.

Best Looooong
Acceptance Speech:

Mavis Staples
Arcade Fire may have scored the biggest upset of the telecast, but in the pre-telecast it was Mavis Staples who triumphed over expected winners Rosanne Cash and Robert Plant for Best Americana Album. The legendary soul-gospel artist gave an emotional acceptance speech that stretched beyond the allowed time, but her sheer joy on the podium easily overshadowed the minutes ticking away.



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