The 55th Annual Grammy Award Ceremony was aired on CBS and kicked off with Taylor Swift performing her hit single “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Her message came across loud and clear- especially with a faux-British accent telling the world that “we are never ever getting back together. Like ever.”
Actor/rapper LL Cool J was asked to host the event; most likely because of his role on the hit CBS television show “NCIS: Los Angeles” and less because of his former rap career.
This year CBS imposed a new dress code upon attendees. The dress code stated, “buttocks and female breasts should be adequately covered.”
“I don’t think it’s unfair to remind musicians that there’s some families watching in the middle of the country and all around the world,” LL Cool J said. However, revealing outfits like the gowns worn by Katy Perry, Kelly Rowland, and Jennifer Lopez proved that not everyone received the memo.
Mumford and Sons had a notable performance of their hit song, “I Will Wait.” The UK Indie folk band also snagged the Grammy for Album of The Year with their 2012 album Babel.
Justin Timberlake made his long-awaited return to music, and performed his new single “Suit and Tie” with rapper Jay-Z. Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience is the singer/actor’s first record since Future Sex/Love Sounds seven years ago.
Up and coming band The Lumineers performed their overnight sensation “Ho Hey” with smoothly blended vocals and an eclectic use of instruments.
Bruno Mars performed his single “Locked out of Heaven”, which turned into a tribute to Bob Marley when Sting, Rihanna, Damien Marley and Ziggy Marley joined him onstage. The mash-up tribute included Sting’s Police-era song “Walking on the Moon” and Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.”
Many people wondered what the importance of this tribute was. It was not a significant birthday year for Marley or an important anniversary year of Marley’s death. It is rumored that the performance was a ploy to get Bruno Mars to perform at the Grammys, since “he would only perform if producer, Ken Ehrlich, could come up with a concept Mars liked.”
Adele won Best Solo Pop Performance for “Set Fire to The Rain.” The guys from Fun took home a Grammy for Song of The Year for their hit “We Are Young.”
There was also a tribute to all of the deaths in the musical community in 2012. Elton John touched hearts when he mentioned the massacred children from Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford and Sons, Zac Brown, and Brittany Howard, the lead singer of Alabama Shakes, all took part in the soulful collaboration of “Take A Load Off, Annie.”