Waiting for the replay of this year’s Grammy’s…
I love the Grammy Awards. Even as a kid, I remember staying up late Sunday night just to watch, even if it was way past my curfew. I didn’t always appreciate all the performances… some of them were boring, forgettable, even absurd so I can’t help but be indifferent towards those. But I love the show because it truly is a showcase of talent, and is just a night dedicated to music.
Sharing some of my all-time favorite Grammy performances on this post.
Alanis Morrissette – Uninvited(1999)
Bloody brilliant. I’ve never heard strings, an orchestra sound so haunting. This single didn’t have a video, and quite frankly it didn’t need one. This is all you need to see. Perfect.
Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I., Lil Wayne and M.I.A. – Swagger Like Us (2009)
So, I kind of ogled at my television set for this entire performance. First, because a very pregnant M.I.A. came out looking like an Easter egg. Second, Kanye’s half-mullet-half-fro… *really?*. And lastly, just as the song is aptly titled, because this performance was a showcase of the new type of swag, demonstrated by none-other than Hova and his crew, or today’s modern-day Brat pack.
Corrine Bailey Rae, John Legend and John Mayer – Like A Star, Coming Home and Gravity (2007)
Corrine opening with Like A Star gave me goosebumps. Because of this performance, this song became my favorite of hers, even until now. The song is followed by Coming Home by John Legend. Done tenderly, harmonizing with Corrine. And it ends with the devastatingly beautiful — and I truly mean that in the BEST possible way — performance of Gravity by John Mayer. The man is tearing it up on his guitar, the same way it tears at your heart. This song really meant a lot at the time and it still tugs at my heartstrings. (Ok enough gushing)
Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good (2008)
I was and am an Amy Winehouse fan. Although she’s not exactly the best vocalist or performer, there was no one who had her sound or style of singing at the time. She had soul and a bad-ass snarl. Despite her personal trials, she was a game changer. This was THE year for her. (And unfortunately, the last career-wise.)
Christina Aguilera – It’s a Man’s World (James Brown Tribute) (2007)
No other woman could have sung this song like she did. I had the opportunity to see her perform live, and no doubt this girl is the real deal.
Dave Matthews Band – You and Me (2010)
What can I say, I’m a sucker for “Big band” productions. The brass is amazing. So is Dave Matthew’s showmanship — it looks so fun! Moreover, he’s performing with music students! I mean, as a student — what an experience.
Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones – If I Ain’t Got You / Georgia (2005)
YES. Another performance with an orchestra. This was also the year of Mr. Ray Charles’ passing. This performance is my favorite (of all-time) because (1) It’s beautiful, (2) she’s beautiful, and (3) (as a frustrated pianist / singer / never-to-be-artist) this is what I imagine a dream performance would be like. I must give props to Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones for being a part of this because Georgia was so moving in its entirety. Because I swear to you, my eyes were welled up from 4:30 until the end. I even stood up and clapped when it was done. *dork… smh* And how sweet is that last Georgia on my mind note? Ugh. Fantastic.