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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Buddy Does GRAMMYs

"Long Way to Hell," sung by AC/D, might not be the best number to kick off another three-hour GRAMMY show. But last night's performances carried things along grandly once Taylor Swift presented Sam Smith with Best New Artist award, the first of his four wins.

Things took off in high style the moment Tom Jones (still sexy) and Jessie J appeared for the tribute to husband/wife songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, who were seated in the house, as J and Jones sang "You've Lost That Loving Feeling."

Nile Rodgers appeared onstage with a very botoxed Smokey Robinson. They presented the Best R&B song award to Beyonce (no surprise) for "Drunk in Love." It was great seeing Paul McCartney accept a Lifetime Achievement award for The Beatles, even if, at his age, you can now plant seeds in the crevices of his face. Definitely no botox there, for sure.

Amongst all the luminaries, Lifetime Achievers, and just plain old folk like Stevie Wonder, Madonna certainly enthralled when she performed "Livin' for  Love," her upcoming single. And she looked swell this year, I must say, during her well-choreographed big production number.

Multi-award winner Pharrell Wiliams seemed Happy, Girl, in bowtie and knickers. Nerdy and rocking the Buckwheat look. Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine did some mediocre song together to a beautiful orchestra of strings and keyboard. Hozier performed with Annie Lennox, who desperately spit out "I Put a Spell on You" as if her career depended upon it.

Miranda Lambert received Best Country Album and sang as if she and her band were on speed. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga were great in their performance together and won the adult-contemporary (Best Traditional Pop) award. Electronic/dance category was a big drag this year with so many great club tunes overlooked.

The President's ad about violence against women segued, oddly, into Katy Perry's schpiel and song. A little less attention to extreme eye make-up and a little more towards her delivery would have worked wonders. She seemed to have taken make-up tips from Divine, not that that's necessarily a bad thing.

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