The 2011 Grammy Awards. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

What an exhilerating night.  The Grammy Awards are over, and it was one of the most memorable award shows since I’ve started watching them and the Oscars.

Let’s start out with the pre-show.  The only thing I could remember was two things: Drake bringing his mother as his date to the Grammy’s (cute!) and the abomination that was known as The Egg.  Yes, Lady Gaga hyped up her entrance to the Grammy’s in a freaking egg/pod/whateveryouwannacallit.  To make things even more embarassing and awkward, she had a ‘supermodel’ (in quotes because she resembled nothing like one) explain to Ryan Seacrest that “Lady Gaga is in a state of incubation, and will be born again once she is ready to perform”.  Barf.  I honestly can’t see what people find remotely talented or fascinating about her, as she is considered to be a joke by people who know real music.  Anywho, let’s continue on to things more interesting.

The actual Grammy’s started out with a spine-tingling tribute to Aretha Franklin, as performed by Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, Martina McBride, Jennifer Hudson, and Yolanda Adams.  Man, what a performance that was.  It was nothing short of incredible, and you can tell that each one of these divas is incredibly outstanding and deserve to be up on that stage, paying a tribute to soul’s greatest singer.  Congrats, ladies.

Another memorable performance was Cee Lo Green’s Fuck You.  It was a hot mess, but in a good way!!  Decked out in an iron plate around his chest, with a peacock costume that you had to see for your own eyes, he started belting out his song that everyone now appreciates – and it’s fitting that today is Valentine’s Day!  He was surrounded by psychadelic Muppets who were endearing, and then lo and behold, Gwenyth Paltrow came in to join Cee Lo for an outstanding performance.  Bravo, Cee Lo, Gwenyth, and Muppets.

The moment everyone was waiting for – Album of the Year.  Up until this point, I had literally no nails left as I chewed them all off.  This is what I waited almost 2.5 hours for.  In this category, we had Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Lady Antebellum.  Anyone who knows me knows I have an unhealthy obsession with Arcade Fire – they are my favourite group of all time.  When their name was announced, the first thing I did was jump up and down, screaming “S*CK IT GAGA!” (if you can’t tell, I despise her and her fans).  It was such a thrill to see Arcade Fire get the recognition they deserve, as they are extremely talented and underrated. 

Congratulations to everyone that won, and we’ll see you next year!!

[A list to the complete winners for the 2011 Grammys – click here!]

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Rihanna – S & M (Official Music Video)

Sigh.  What could have been an epic, sexy, smoldering video has been shot to shit.

Rihanna’s S & M is a great, upbeat track that is actually infectous.  The video, however, is not of quality.  Don’t get me wrong – Rihanna is still hot as hell.  The video reeks of bad production value though.  I mean, if you have epilepsy, do NOT watch this video, as you will probably have a seizure.  And I think Rihanna’s team needs to look up the definition of S & M, because they are clearly misinformed.  And to top it off, Perez Hilton makes a god awful cameo that makes me want to vomit.

Let’s hope they get it right with Cheers, Drink to That.

UPDATE: To view the video below, you must click the video, which redirects you to the YouTube page.  Then you must sign in to view the video, because YouTube flagged it as Mature.  Go figure.

Rihanna – What’s My Name (Conor Maynard, Beckie Eaves, Jake Barker)

Forget Boyce Avenue.  Forget Tyler Ward.  Forget all the other YouTube bands out there.  This cover blows all the others out of the water.

Conor Maynard, Beckie Eaves, and Jake Barker all collaborated to cover the super popular (and surprisingly, good) What’s My Name. Conor and Jake have really unique voices that definitely have to be heard.  Why they haven’t been discovered yet completely boggles my mind.

Check it out below!

Drake and Florence & the Machine – Fireworks/Cosmic Love

What an unusual pairing.  Drake performed Fireworks (the best song off Thank Me Later, in my opinion) with a little dash of Florence Welch filling in for the Alicia Keys part of the song.  And it actually worked.  Florence sang a bit of Cosmic Love, which was amazing (because that’s my favourite song off Between Two Lungs!).  Enjoy the really good quality version of the song below!

Nicki Minaj – Roman’s Revenge (feat. Eminem)

This.  Is.  Sick.

My future wifes debut album, Pink Friday, was released two days ago on November 19, 2010, and it is FANTASTIC.  Nicki Minaj is signed to the Young Money label, and it features Lil Wayne and Drake, along with many others.  Pink Friday is an excellent album, and I can tell you, it’s going to be on repeat on my playlist for many weeks.  Check out Roman’s Revenge, which features Eminem, below!