Grammys Score Biggest Audience In 6 Years: Beyonce, Taylor Swift Win Big; Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’ Falls Flat In 3D
With a record 25.8 million viewers tuning in to see performances by Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, the Grammy awards that aired last night carried on the longstanding tradition of years past. Which means, of course, that they were tacky, obnoxious and crammed with familiar faces. Hey there’s Stevie Nicks singing with Taylor Swift! There’s Pink twirling from the rafters in a harness! There’s Celine Dion and Smokey Robinson in 3D! Ok, well maybe the show broke with tradition a little bit.
The ceremonies started off with a bang with Beyonce’s belting a soulful rendition of Alanis Morrisette‘s “You Oughta Know.” The R&B diva led the night, winning a total of six awards. Taylor Swift was right behind her with four statuettes and also made history by being the youngest artist ever to win the award for album of the year. When Swift was nominated she told the Associated Press:
To be recognized by the Grammys is the ultimate honor, and all I know is that when I write about this in my journal tonight it will be in all capital letters and underlined four times, and there will be lots of exclamation points in this entry because I never imagined I’d get to write this kind of journal entry.
Swift probably added a few more exclamation points into her journal after winning the biggest awards of the night.
The Grammys are always full of head scratching moments and this years telecast didn’t disappoint. The most cringe inducing moment was the unveiling of Michael Jackson‘s “Earth Song”, which was originally slated to be part of the never realized This Is It London concerts. It was broadcast in 3D, which viewers could see if they got the red and blue glasses that were available for free from Target stores. That alone would have been bizarre enough without the intrusion of surprise guests that included Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Usher and Smokey Robinson. So basically the entire group that will be recording the new version of “We Are The World”.
Full list of Winners:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Fearless – Taylor Swift
RECORD OF THE YEAR – Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
SONG OF THE YEAR- Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)
BEST NEW ARTIST -Zac Brown Band
BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE- Halo – Beyonce
BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE- If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Seal
BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS – I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM- The E.N.D. – The Black Eyed Peas
BEST DANCE RECORDING – Poker Face – Lady Gaga
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM- Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden – Michael Buble
BEST SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE – Working On A Dream – Bruce Springsteen
BEST ROCK ALBUM – 21st Century Breakdown – Green Day
BEST RAP SONG – Run This Town – Jeff Bhasker, Shawn Carter, Robyn Fenty, Kanye West & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West)
BEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE- White Horse – Taylor Swift
BEST MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE – Sweet Thing – Keith Urban