Music’s biggest night occurred on Monday, Feb. 15 with accomplishments for artists like Taylor Swift, The Alabama Shakes, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. Besides the winners, the Grammys contain some of the best performances of the year from the world’s rising artists. Let’s reflect on some of most well reviewed performances from the Grammy Awards.
Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods” – The multi-Grammy winner of the night was the perfect artist to open the ceremony with a rocking hit single that was on point all the way. Swift graced the stage with such confidence and gave the entire arena wristbands that lit up just for her song. If you were lucky and attended Swift’s “1989” tour last year, this performance will have made you feel like you are reentering the world she creates for her audience.
The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face/In the Night” – The Grammy winner for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Performance chose two of his best songs off his successful album “Beauty Behind the Madness” to perform. Starting off his performance with his biggest selling single “Can’t Feel My Face,” lead vocalist Abel Tesfaye sounded just as good as the demo. The Weeknd then toned down the crowd with a piano rendition of his single “In the Night.” Tesfaye’s vocals impressed Grammy winner Adele, and she stood up to applaud him.
Andra Day and Ellie Goulding’s “Rise Up/Love Me Like You Do” – Sometimes when two artists perform together it may not sound the best, but this situation was not the case. Andra’s soulfulness and the lightness of Goulding mixed together was absolutely beautiful with their hit singles formed in duet. These breathtaking ladies are sure to see Grammy Awards in their future.
James Bay and Tori Kelly “Let It Go/Hollow” – Give two talented new artists a guitar, a microphone and a song, and they will melt hearts. These singers performed their duet so perfectly raw that there was no need for a flashy background or full band. I think the world is ready for a Tori and James duo tour after this memorable Grammy moment.
Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute – Ladies and gentlemen, Gaga is back. Lady Gaga did not disappoint when it was time to perform the tribute of the decade to rock star David Bowie. Bowie was Gaga’s singing inspiration, so her tribute was fitting. Gaga was the perfect image of Bowie with her orange hair, bedazzled bodysuit and the help of some spectacular visuals. The pop star was in full character singing and dancing just like Bowie from his legendary concerts in the last few decades. This Grammy performance marks a huge milestone in Gaga’s career.