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Kristen Wiig joins Sia and Maddie Ziegler for ‘Chandelier’ at the Grammys

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I love Sia, I love Maddie Ziegler (I’ve been binge watching Dance Moms, no shame!) and I love ‘Chandelier’ (and the entire 100 Forms of Fear album), so obviously I was going to love their live performance of the song on the Grammys. Except they kinda threw a wrench in the whole operation by adding Kristen Wiig, and I really wasn’t sure what I was going to think of it. Verdict? It’s actually pretty amazing.

Wiig pulls it off – she gets the frantic emotion of the song just right and really conveys it – frankly I wouldn’t have even thought it was her if it wasn’t pointed out to me. The only downfall to this is that it seriously cut down Maddie’s part, which is outright amazing (if you’ve seen the original video or any of the other live performances of this song, you’ll know what I mean).

All in all, one of – if not THE – best performances of the night.

Are you a Sia fan?

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Kanye West was NOT happy with Beck’s Album of the Year Grammy win

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Remember in 2009, when Kanye West got himself in a shitload of trouble for rushing the stage during Taylor Swift‘s VMA acceptance speech? He pulled the same bullshit again at the 2015 Grammys, but in a jokey way, so it was totally hilarious instead of completely inappropriate, right?!

Beck won the coveted Album of the Year award at last night’s ceremony, beating out Kanye’s beloved Beyonce (the woman he wishes he was with instead of Kim but never had a chance). Agree or disagree with this result, most people – including, you know, the actual nominees – handled their loss with some amount of grace and police clapping. Kanye, who let’s be clear was NOT nominated in this category, rushed the stage to protest before quickly running offstage to uproarious laughter from the audience (and abject horror from Bey and Jay-Z):

Huh. Well yes, ha ha, that’s all very funny. Kanye’s learned from his mistakes! He has a sense of humour! All is well in the world, right?

Right?

Well, no, because after the broadcast ended, Kanye headed over to talk to correspondents at E!, where he tore their logo off the mic and went on a long-winded rant about how awful the Grammys are because giving Beck that Album of the Year award means that creativity isn’t being celebrated (because, you know, only Beyonce and Kanye and Jay-Z can be creative in the world) and yada yada.

“The Grammys, if they want real artists to come back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. Flawless, Beyoncé video, and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé.

And at this point, we tired of it because what happens is, when you keep on diminishing art, and not respecting the craft, and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day and they listen to that Beyoncé album, they feel like it takes them to another place, then they do this whole promotional event that, they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they wanted commercial advertising.

And by the way, I got my wife, I got my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I’m not gonna do nothing to put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s the reason I didn’t say anything tonight. But y’all know what it meant when ‘Ye walks on that stage.”

I think Kim’s face says it all, here:

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Grammy Fashion 2013

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards happened last night and all that means to me is that we get to “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” and “WTF?” over what everyone was wearing. There were guidelines this year for what attendees could and could not wear. I mean, really! Here are some highlights:

Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. [...] Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible ‘puffy’ bare skin exposure.

Hee hee, puffy! That’s some creative phrasing.

So let’s get to some standouts, for better or for worse.

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Singer Carly Rae Jepsen may have finally redeemed herself in my eyes after that diabolical BCBG nightmare of an outfit she wore at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. (Rumor has it someone was fired over that outfit. I hope so.)

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Pre-Grammy Fashion: A Gallery of Trashy Dresses!

A photo of Miley Cyrus at the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala

I don’t know, maybe I’m just overly critical of red carpet fashion, or maybe it’s the pearl-clutching Southern girl in me, but there was a Pre-Grammy gala yesterday, and a lot of people just looked trashy.  It looks like someone sent out a memo to the ladies that the theme for the gala was “Dumb, Slutty, or Animal Print,” and everyone just went with it except Jennifer Hudson, because she’s too classy for that, Kathy Griffin, because she doesn’t give a fuck, and Jordin Sparks, because she’s not relevant enough to warrant a memo.  I’m right, right?

What Do You Think About The 2011 Grammy Nominees?

The 2011 Grammy nominations were announced last night and it’s my inclination to say that I’m disappointed by the nominees, but I dunno. It could be worse.

Here are some the nominees in some of the top categories (the full list is here):

Song Of The Year:
Ray Montagne- Beg Steal Or Borrow
Cee Lo Green- Forget You
Miranda Lambert- House That Built Me
Eminem Feat. Rihanna- Love The Way You Lie
Lady Antebellum- Need You Now

Best New Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Suns
Esperanza Spalding

Album Of The Year:
Arcade Fire- Suburbs
Eminem- Recovery
Lady Antebellum- Need You Now
Lady GaGa- The Fame Monster
Katy Perry- Teenage Dream

I would give golden phonographs to Ray Montagne, Bieber (so he could fade into obscurity like most other Best New Artist winners) and mayyyybe Eminem, actually.

Surprisingly, the category that I thought was the best representation of the year’s best music was the Best Dance Recording category:

Best Dance Recording
Rocket – Goldfrapp
In For The Kill – La Roux
Dance in the Dark – Lady Gaga
Only Girl (In The World)- Rihanna
Dancing On My Own – Robyn

I’d want Robyn to take that one. Right? She’s so great.

Is there anyone that you’re surprised to see nominated and anyone that you’re sure will win?

Here Are Your Grammy Dresses and Also My Thoughts on the Grammys

I have to say, this year’s Grammys was the best awards show I’ve seen in a really long time. It reminded me of the VMAs long ago, back when they were a showcase of creative genius and true musical talent and not a platform for Kanye West to embarrass himself annually while the MTV execs cackle with glee over how often this obnoxious, “unplanned” clip is going to be replayed on the nightly news.

The show went smoothly and tastefully. I thought nearly all the performances were mind-blowing — oddly enough, my least favorite was my beloved Taylor Swift’s. I think she just didn’t stand a chance up there compared to some of the most seasoned performers in the world. But she maybe didn’t have to be so flat, either. And, as much as I adore the girl, she probably didn’t deserve album of the year. Like, really, that should have gone to Beyonce or Lady Gaga. Taylor’s great, but that wasn’t the best album released this year. I’m not sure how that happened. I was rooting for Anyone But DMB, so I win regardless.

Here are some more general thoughts:

- Nicole Kidman deserves an honorary mention on the “In Memoriam” section. She looks like she died at least once last year.

- Why were the people in the audience wearing the 3D glasses? Like, Celine Dion was actually singing in front of them.

- I was excited that Beyonce performed that bit from “You Oughtta Know,” but was disappointed that they did that without actually involving Alanis Morrissette. I was also a little disappointed that Beyonce flubbed half the lyrics. Like, seriously, who can’t recite the words to “You Oughtta Know” in their sleep by now? You oughtta know those words, B.

- However, Beyonce Knowles is a phenomenally talented woman. And if you didn’t already know that, she was gonna make damn sure you knew it after tonight. Well-played, B.

- Did anyone else feel like Pink borrowed a little tiny bit from Tori Amos’ “Sugar” during her performance? Or am I making that up? Regardless, the whole thing was genius. GENIUS. It was very much like “HEY I’M PINK AND I’M STILL THE REAL THING, BITCHES.” And I looooved it.

- Hey, remember Norah Jones? No?

Anyway. All the gowns are below. Enjoy. Full list of winners can be found here.

Forget About Chris Brown For A Minute…

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Can we issue a warrant for the arrest of Gwyneth Paltrow’s stylist?  Her Grammy ensemble left me dumb and blind for several minutes.

Also behind the scenes at the Grammy Awards, Nicole Kidman’s facial muscles have left the building, Queen Latifah is still working on her healthy weight, Leann Rimes’ husband struck the “Yes, she’s pregnant!” pose,  and Katy Perry’s performance dress completely cancels out all the positive that had been accomplished by her red carpet look.