By Samantha Reid
Awards show season has been in full swing since early Jan. with the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, among others. But last Sunday night was all about the music at the 56th Annual Grammys, a hybrid concert and awards show.
The show was so jam-packed with performances that it actually ran over its CBS timeslot.
Hollywood’s favorite power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z, opened the show with a sizzling performance of “Drunk in Love.” Roosevelt University students took to Twitter to voice their approval.
“Beyonce and Jay-Z rule the world,” Senior Mallory Moore said after the performance, a sentiment that was reiterated throughout the night by students and media alike. Jay-Z had another shining moment with his adorable acceptance speech for his collaboration with Justin Timberlake on “Holy Grail.”
“I want to tell Blue that look, ‘Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you,’” Jay-Z said with a smile, holding his award up for his daughter and eliciting big cheers from the audience. But they were not the only talk of the show — Daft Punk, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Lorde were the big winners of the night.
Seventeen-year-old Lorde took home the awards for both best solo pop performance and song of the year for her instant hit “Royals.”
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dominated the rap categories, beating out veterans like Kanye and Drake.
Daft Punk took home the coveted award for album of the year, as well as three other awards, all for their hit “Get Lucky,” which they performed during the show. Unfortunately, those looking to get a peek under their infamous helmets were left disappointed — Pharrell did most of the speaking for the pair.
The awards arguably took a backseat to the performances, though, including a witchy dance-powered performance of “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry with Juicy J. The show tried to appeal to a wider audience this year, including everything from rap to classic rock to a bigger group of country performers than ever before.
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons wowed audiences with their mashup of “M.A.A.D. City” and “Radioactive,” leaving doubt as to why Lamar didn’t go home with any awards himself.
The remaining members of the Beatles also had a strong presence, with both Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney performing, and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison presenting.
Country music had a much bigger contingent at this year’s show, with powerful performances from Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift and newcomer Kacey Musgraves, who took home the award for best country album and country song of the year for “Merry Go ‘Round.”
In an homage to vintage country, Blake Shelton collaborated with greats Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert also collaborated with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong in yet another country performance, this one a memorial to the late Phil Everly.
Arguably the show’s biggest performance came from winners Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, singing their hit “Same Love.” They were joined on stage by singer Mary Lambert and pop legend Madonna for the song, but that wasn’t what made the performance so special. In a show of support for equal rights, the song served as a backdrop while Queen Latifah officiated 34 marriages right there on stage. The couples were all of different sexual orientations and came from different backgrounds — among them was Macklemore’s own sister.
“Everyone should just go home after that,” said senior Jenny Horton after the “Drunk in Love” performance. “There’s no point in awards, [Beyonce and Jay-Z] win it all. Except [Taylor Swift], she can stay.”
Some students focused on the fashion of the night over the performances.
Sophomore Daly Tongren said that her favorite part of the show was Pharrell’s hat. The Smokey Bear-esque hat caught a lot of attention at the show and has even inspired its own parody Twitter account.
Overall, the Grammys were a night of powerful performances, cross-genre collaborations and sparkling red carpet fashion. The excitement of the show leaves audiences looking forward to the Oscars in March, where Hollywood will come together yet again to celebrate the year in film.