Most of the time awards shows are a mixed bag of performances and can often be completely rubbish, don’t you agree? However, the 2011 Grammys were an exception, I really enjoyed pretty much all of the performances. Let’s have a little rundown.
It’s not news that Lady GaGa arrived in an egg… or a ‘womb’, she couldn’t turn up walking in a dress like everyone else could she! Although the theatrics are a bit much for me, I did think her debut performance of Born This Way was impressive.
Mumford & Sons showed how a stripped down performance that they do so well can be so powerful. The four piece crammed onto a small platform with a 3 piece brass section behind them and were literally moving the platform – it was brilliant and a complete contrast to most of the American ‘over the top’ performances.
Cee Lo Green performed Forget You with Gwyneth Paltrow and some muppets… no seriously, actual muppets. Not any that I actually recognised, I guess they needed the Jim Henson Co to sign off on it. Gwyneth was not as much of a let down as I thought she might be, although she did look quite awkward, not surprising I suppose as she was singing to a multicoloured turkey/chicken/cock thing (Cee Lo Green).
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Katy Perry performed her ballad Not Like The Movies and pop track Teenage Dream. The ballad revealed some wedding footage from Perry’s recent marriage to Russell Brand and her singing was much better than I have heard in the past.
My final note on the performances is that of Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welsh who paid tribute to Aretha Franklin with an incredible medley. Can’t say much more, just watch it!
Overall, I though it was a good awards show in terms of the performances and the artists. What did you think?