Monday, February 13, 2012

Best bits from the Grammys

It wasn't a perfect night at the Grammys... Aside from the tragic events of Saturday justifiably casting a shadow over the ceremony, almost everyone chose to play the underwhelming fourth single from their latest album. Still, there were a couple of performances worth watching over your Monday morning teabreak and, if the internet police haven't taken them down, these are they.

Adele - Rolling In The Deep

Aside from the a capella intro that said "hello bitches, my voice is all better now", Adele seemed to be exercising more control over those powerhouse vocals. Sounds like she's had some coaching... but that doesn't stop the tingles running up and down your spine for a full four minutes. It's nice to have you back, missus.

Rihanna - We Found Love

"Make some noise for Whitney," screams Rihanna, whose "we found love in a hopeless place" lyric couldn't have been more appropriate given the circumstances.
WARNING: This video also contains Coldplay.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - We Take Care Of Our Own

This was the show opener - a huge, string-assisted behemoth. I haven't delved into the lyrics but I'm guessing the jingoistic overtones are delivered with a heavy dose of sarcasm, รก la Born In The USA. You can't beat a bit of Bruce, you know.

Bruno Mars - Runaway

This is one of those "why didn't he do Grenade?" moments. The song is nothing to write home about, but Bruno's tribute to the hyperactive funk workouts of James Brown and The JBs is hugely exciting.

Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt - Etta James Tribute

Surprisingly moving, this low-key stroll through the blues was my personal highlight from the night's proceedings.

Taylor Swift - Mean

Taylor Swift is rocking the banjo. You've gotta love a girl who rocks the banjo.

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