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posted Friday, January 31 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 05
Grammy wrap-up: Macklemore scores four, Daft Punk gets lucky
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Grammy wrap-up: Macklemore scores four, Daft Punk gets lucky

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

They did it! In what could be an historic week for Seattle, local rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won four Grammy Awards last weekend in Los Angeles. But the pair only accepted one of the gramophones in person (for Best New Artist) during the televised broadcast at Staples Center, as the other three were presented at a pre-televised ceremony across the street at the Nokia Theater, while they were making final preparations for their performance of 'Same Love.' Macklemore and Ryan Lewis now join a select group of Seattle artists who've won Grammys, including Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Quincy Jones and Soundgarden. They also won for Best Rap Album (The Heist), Best Rap Song ('Thrift Shop') and Best Rap Performance ('Thrift Shop'). A note of congratulations was sent to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, on behalf of Seattle Gay News, via their manager this week. If the Seahawks can manhandle the Broncos this weekend, it will climax an exciting seven days for the Emerald City! And, in the event you missed the Grammys, here's a brief rundown.

THE WINNERS
'Music's Biggest Night' was very big for another duo, French electronic giants Daft Punk, who earned honors for Album of the Year (Random Access Memories), Record of the Year ('Get Lucky'), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ('Get Lucky') and Best Dance/Electronica Album (Random Access Memories). Their engineering team accepted the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Lorde, coming to Seattle on March 24, scooped up hardware for Song of the Year ('Royals') with Joel Little and Best Pop Solo Performance ('Royals'). She received a hero's welcome home when she flew back to Auckland earlier this week - bestowed a traditional ceremony by Air New Zealand staff and later greeted by 10,000 fans at a live show. The New Zealand-born teenager received congratulations from her country's Prime Minister and Olympic team.

I was over the moon with Kacey Musgraves' double wins for Best Country Album (Same Trailer, Different Park) and Best Country Song ('Merry Go Round'), besting Taylor Swift in both categories. Nashville's newest sweetheart shared each victory with co-writer and co-producer Shane McAnally, who is openly Gay and married his husband two years ago. Musgraves' latest single, 'Follow Your Arrow,' has been embraced by LGBT music fans for its supportive lyrics: 'Kiss lots of boys, kiss lots of girls, if that's what you're into' and 'Follow your arrow, wherever it points.'

A huge Gay ally garnered her very first Grammy on Sunday afternoon, Kathy Griffin. The redheaded comic took home the award for Best Comedy Album (Calm Down Gurrl), becoming only the third female in history to triumph in the male-dominated category. Vampire Weekend nabbed the coveted Best Alternative Music Album (thank god!) for Modern Vampires of the City, beating out the aging (yet still decent) Nine Inch Nails and Tacoma native Neko Case. I've always had a crush on drummer Chris Tomson, but now I've developed a similar obsession with lead singer Ezra Koenig, who's attending this weekend's Super Bowl. FYI: Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij is Gay.

THE LOSERS
Poor, poor Taylor Swift. The usually peppy entertainer went home sadly with nothing, and while I sympathize with her (yes, I do like her music) I must say that it was a bad strategy submitting your album into the country field when Red is much more suited for a pop audience. And, quite honestly, Musgraves also made a better album and song.

Kendrick Lamar leaving Staples Center empty-handed was an even bigger shock; the praised rapper lost 4 times to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and was edged out by Jay Z and no-show Justin Timberlake for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

R&B singer Tamar Braxton lost all three Grammys she was up for, and a stunning upset in a minor category was Pacific Mambo Orchestra's win over Carlos Vives and Marc Anthony for Best Tropical Latin Album - Vives was already the Latin Grammy champ going into Sunday's pre-telecast.

GREAT PEFORMANCES
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with help from Madonna and Queen Latifah, provided the night's most powerful and emotional moment when 33 couples (the media was told it would be 34 couples, so someone chickened out down the aisle) were married on live TV. It was such an epic Grammy performance that even the Parisian robots acknowledged it during their acceptance speech via the miniature and surprisingly alive Paul Williams.

Lamar and Imagine Dragons gave the award ceremony's other amazing performance when they joined forces, and, of course, Daft Punk had everyone from Katy Perry to odd duck Yoko Ono dancing (Ono was actually just poking holes in the air).

I loved the classy pairing of singer-songwriters Carole King and Sara Bareilles, and I would pay to see them do an entire show together. Musgraves' cutesie-tootsie version of 'Follow Your Arrow' with illuminated cowgirl boots and neon cactus was short and sweet, while Metallica's collaboration with Lang Lang was tremendously cool.

BAD SHOWINGS
If Beyonce and Jay Z are this horrible together on stage, I never ever wanna see what happens behind their closed door. It looked awful, sounded awful and I want my money back!

Swift's head-banging rendition of 'All Too Well' was not well at all, going for too much and ultimately turning the song into an Alanis Morissette B-side. Honey, keep it simple.

I'm a total Katy Perry fan, but her witchy run-through of 'Dark Horse' was a hot mess - it was bizarre, costumey and resembled a high school production of The Crucible.

And, how many bong hits did it take for someone to decide that Robin Thicke and Chicago would be a good fit? 'Blurred Lines' is a nasty song, Chicago is an easy-listening pop act - it was like Disney on crack.

FASHION NOTES
While the majority of artists looked dazzling (Zedd was hot!!) at the Grammys, there were those who clearly needed to face the music.

Beyonce's dried sponge of a hairdo was just icky; it reminded me of dehydrated lawns during the summer months.

Madonna, who I adore, had an off night dressed in something inspired by the Amish (???) or Quakers (???). Furthermore, 50 year-old white women should not be wearing grills, even if you happen to be the Queen of Pop.

Drop-dead gorgeous Paula Patton slipped into an even sillier ensemble than what she wore at the Golden Globes, showing up in a zebra-inspired gown that sincerely hurt my eyes.

And, Paris Hilton, still famous for doing nothing but having sex in a hotel room (and bad sex, at that) tried to look elegant and relevant in white, though as the saying goes, 'you can't put lipstick on a pig.'

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