‘Music’s Biggest Night’: My Experience at the 54th Grammy Awards
Here is the rundown of the most amazing experience of my life/ the 54th Grammy Awards.
Things that surprised me during arrivals, preshow:
-The amount of people eating McDonalds and other food at the concession stands in the Staples Center before the show stared… in black tie formal wear. I was hungry too, but not that hungry.
- That Mumford and Sons had to wait in the same line as us to get into the Staples Center! Sigh No More was the soundtrack to my life for an entire summer; so needless to say, meeting Marcus Mumford was probably one of the most exciting moments of my life so far.
Favorite moments during the show:
- Seeing the show live! It was really cool to see how they operate the stages and set changes. To be able to coordinate that many performances alternating between two stages and one outdoor performance area must be an incredibly difficult process, especially because of the elaborate sets! Every performance has a different set and crews were hard at work throughout the entire show changing sets out.
- Chris Brown’s mad parkour skills. His back flip off a 12 foot platform made up for the fact that he wasn’t actually singing during his performance.
- Coldplay! They have defiantly mastered the skill of using lighting effects to captivate an audience. Their light-up bracelets were a great way to make thousands of people a part of the performance. Now only if I could figure out a way to make it light up again…
- Best New Artist winner, Bon Iver, surprised us with his win and the acceptance speech that followed. He was clearly uncomfortable accepting the award. Which leads me to wonder who entered him into the category to begin with?
- Nicki Minaj’s performance was…..well interesting that’s for sure. My jaw was dropped for the entire performance! Everyone expected something crazy, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for anything that weird.
- Dave Grohl’s remarks on the how important the “human element” is in music. I wanted to stand and clap for him, but was too scared I would fall down the 300 level’s concrete stairs. Rock on Dave!
- Katy Perry debuted a new song. “Part of Me” clearly takes aim at a certain someone who just broke things off with Perry. “So you can keep the diamond ring, It don’t mean nothin’ anyway, In fact you can keep everything, except for me.” Wonder who she is referring to…
- Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Huston was absolutely beautiful. She was the perfect choice to perform the last minute tribute. The Staples Center was dead silent for the first time in the evening as Hudson gave everyone in the crowd Goosebumps.
- At first, I was getting annoyed with how many times Adele was winning. However, her sweet and very down-to-earth acceptance of the awards made me a little less bitter. As she received the final award of the evening she even commented on how there was snot running down her face. Adele keepin’ it real!
The official Grammy after-party was a perfect way to wrap up the evening. After sitting in a stadium chair in the Staples Center for over three hours, through many boring commercial breaks; we were all very ready to dance, eat, drink, and listen to more music of course! The official after-party held next door to at the convention center had performances from Kenny Loggins and OneRepublic. The party was very colorful and tropical themed with numerous cirque du soleil type performers throughout the room. I’ve never really been a big fan of OneRepublic, but they put on an outstanding show for the thousands of people at the after-party. The mixing skills of DJ Michelle Pesce kept the party going late into the night.
Overall, attending the Grammy Awards was an absolutely unforgettable experience. Just being in the same room as so many wonderful musicians was incredible. The weekend as a whole was the ultimate music experience; from seeing upcoming artists at the events during the weekend to watching the larger-than-life show on Sunday night. It was a weekend I will never forget!