Yes, it’s that time of the year when we kick off the big awards ceremonies season. The Grammys were held Sunday at Los Angeles’ Staples center. But the Grammys ceremony is a lot more than artists receiving awards for their outstanding achievements in the music business. Part of it is also the multiple cutting-edge performances by some of our favorite stars. This year, my award to the best performance goes to Katy Perry. The American singer presented at the Grammys her worldwide controversial hit “I Kissed a Girl”, which put her at the top of the music charts in 2008.
Her performance is announced and we see Katy landing in a giant banana as if she was an astronaut landing on the moon, sporting her signature pinup look ala Bettie Page in the 1950’s. She runs through the stage energetically singing her rants about how she kissed a girl and well…. she liked it. The stage has a girly touch as if we were watching “hello Kittie” cartoons with giant fruits all over the stage and the screens projecting more images of Katy’s selection of natural sweets. Her dancers dressed all in white dance to her words. It is a short performance before she jumps back into her banana spaceship and Katy Perry has given her fans what they want once again.
For me she was of the highlights of the night. But let’s not forget other great performances like Coldplay, Radiohead, U2, M.I.A. and many other collaborations of artists.
And of course… there is the actual awards. For those who didn’t have the chance to watch or read about it… here is a short list of the who’s who in the music industry this year:
Record of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Please Read This Letter”.
Album of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand.
Best New Artist: Adele.
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: John Mayer, “Say”.
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Rich Woman”.
Best Rock Album: Coldplay, Viva la Vida.
Best Rap Album: Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III.
Song of the Year: Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”.
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Sugarland, “Stay”.
Best R&B Album: Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson.