In Case You Missed It: The 10 Must-See Moments of the 2013 Grammys
We watched; why didn't you?!
10. Anytime Kelly Clarkson appeared.
Sweet, sweet Kelly could not get it together Sunday night -- but in the most charming way possible. First, while walking to the stage to accept her award for Best Pop Vocal Album, she stopped to hug singer and friend Miranda Lambert but their dress bedazzlings got caught on one another right at the bosom (of course), causing for a bit of an awkward delay. Not that Kelly seemed fazed; in fact, she thought the best way to pretend it never happened was to make it the opening of her acceptance speech: "I'm sorry! I got stuck to Miranda Lambert. There's a story. And a song. For later. After alcohol." Um, ok?
She then attempted to praise her fellow artists, but ended up unintentionally insulting Miguel with a backhanded compliment instead: "Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together! I mean, good God, that was the sexiest damn thing I've ever seen!" (More on that "sexy thing" in a bit.) Twitter slammed the star for being so clueless but, according to this picture she later posted to her Instagram account, she's since learned.
However, all those missteps (the above Ellen Degeneres photo-bomb included) were forgiven and forgotten when Kelly took the stage to pay tribute to Patti Page and Carole King with a mash-up cover of their hits "Tennessee Waltz" and "You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)." She killed it -- as usual.
9. When Miguel & Wiz Khalifa performed "Adorn."Though Miguel was nominated for five awards, including top honor of Song of the Year for "Adorn" (and after being snubbed entirely last year), it wasn't enough to grant him a major slot as a performer at the show Sunday night. Instead, his and Wiz Khalifa's appearance seemed more like a means to creatively get to the stage (to award Carrie Underwood with Best Country Solo Performance) than it was a spotlighted performance meant to showcase Miguel's acclaimed artistry. It made do, but mainly just left folks wanting more. (Then again, the men's decision to dress in black-and-white geometric patterns could have been a nod to Miguel's "Kaleidoscope Dream" album, and an in-your-face jab to the Academy.)
8. When Amber Rose's baby bump became a mountain.
Get her to a hospital.
7. When Beyonce got gangsta.
During his opening monologue, host LL Cool J reminded the audience (and any aspiring viewers) that music's biggest stars have come from everywhere and anywhere. He made sure to point out first-row occupant Queen Bey who then let her guard down long enough to rep her set: the Third Ward of Houston, Texas, her hometown. (Don't mind The-Dream back there; we'll get to him in a second.)
6. When Jennifer Lopez's leg one-upped everyone else.
Just five days before the show, CBS sent out a "Wardrobe Advisory" asking that all attending talent abide by a few new rules. Among them? "Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered...[and] please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure." So, just to be a pain in the ass, Jennifer Lopez wore this. Always pushing the limits.
5. When Bob Marley was honored.
Rihanna went back to her island roots ("Music of the Sun"-era hair included) to pay tribute to icon Bob Marley alongside his sons Ziggy and Damien for a cover of "Could You Be Loved." They were joined and introduced by Bruno Mars who performed "Locked Out of Heaven," a song inspired by the Police who sang "Walking on the Moon," a reggae-influenced song, which is why Sting was there, too. So, yeah, it was a bit six-degrees-of-separation, but the jam session was too feel-good not to get people on their feet.
4. When Rihanna and Chris Brown came full circle.
It was around this time four years ago...
3. Anytime Frank Ocean appeared.
Not only did Frank Ocean win for Best Urban Contemporary Album (whatever that is, and to which fellow nominee Chris Brown refused to follow suit and give a standing ovation for), he performed his tune "Forrest Gump" too, bravely choosing to not change the lyrics or mince his words: "My fingertips and my lips / They burn from the cigarettes / ...You run my mind boy / ...I know you wouldn't hurt a beetle / but you're so buff and so strong."
Ocean came out as a gay man last summer.2. When Jay-Z turned into a kind of obnoxious drunk.
Here he is responding to Fun. from the crowd without a bit of class (the band had thanked him during their acceptance speech). But that wasn't Jay's shining moment. No, no. That came when he, Frank Ocean and The-Dream took the stage to accept their award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("No Church in the Wild"). Jay let his fellowmen speak first, but then made his way to the mic to publicly embarrass his collaborative partner The-Dream for wearing some painfully informal attire; the Grammy's "wrap it up" music even ceased (because Hov is God and it doesn't apply to him) so we could all hear it: “I would like to thank the swap meet for his hat.”
The diss became the highest tweets-per-minute moment of Sunday night's ceremony with 116,400 messages posted. Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol.
1. When Justin Timberlake made a bonafide comeback.Backed by a big band, filmed under an Instagram-like filter, and dressed appropriately for a performance of "Suit & Tie," JT officially brought sexy back (for the second time.)
I commend CBS for sending out a 'dress code' memo. What I think they should do for those who do not abide by their dress code is DONT SHOW ANYONE BELOW THE WAIST! If CBS was THAT serious about it, they wouldn't have let Katy Perry get away with wearing what she did. These 'stars' are all about pushing the envelope. If they don't get the attention, then maybe they will abide by the rules. I myself think it was CBS's way of trying to boost their ratings even more because they know someone will buck the system and reporters, etc are programmed to look for that!
Unfortunately, these award shows are not about talent anymore, but its all about what these people DONT wear and who will have a "Brittney" moment! No self respect, no modesty. Every year tv scruples are getting worse and its becoming the 'norm'. No wonder our kids coming up are so messed up. The adults are messed up! Even so-called 'family' shows are disgusting anymore and are not fit for even kids to watch. What a shame.
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