All of music’s biggest stars gathered at the Los Angles Staples Center on Sunday for the 55th annual Grammy Awards. The show was hosted by rapper LL Cool J and featured performances by Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Bruno Mars, and Rihanna, among others.
Taylor Swift opened the show with an Alice in Wonderland themed performance. She wore a white circus- leader costume and pranced around stage with a cane, singing her Record of the Year nominated hit- “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.
Bruno Mars and Sting paid tribute to Bob Marley in a memorable performance. The duo sung the Police classic “Walking on the Moon” and was later joined by Rihanna and Ziggy Marley for the song “Could You Be Loved”. Justin Timberlake performed his new song “Suit and Tie” alongside Jay-Z, who casually walked on stage from his front row seat in the audience. The pair both wore sharp black suits with a crisp white button down underneath. Ed Sheeran performed a much-anticipated duet with superstar Elton John. The pair sang Sheeran’s breakout song “The A-Team”.
CBS Network, which airs the Grammy Awards live on television, put a dress code in place for the first time ever. The dress code was meant for both star guests and performers. The “wardrobe advisory” was made because of previous years when stars have worn revealing costumes during their performances and outfits on the Red Carpet. The dress code was not enforceable, but was done because CBS Network has received numerous complaints about stars outfits in recent years. The dress code was released a week before the Grammy Awards show and stated rules such as “please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.”
Some stars apparently did not receive the memo and violated the dress code. Kelly Rowland wore a tight fitting black gown that had sheer cut outs going down the dress. Rowland’s dress was completely see-through, exposing most of her body. Jennifer Lopez wore a black one shoulder gown that exposed her entire bare leg. These two were definitely not the only stars that did not follow the dress code rules.
“I personally watch the Grammy’s just to see what all the stars wear, the Red Carpet is my favorite part” said Brittney Cataldo, freshman Child Education major. “On a night that millions watch, there should be freedom to wear whatever the celebrities feel they look good in, since everyone is judging them,” she added.
The rock-band Black Keys took home a handful of Grammy’s winning awards in four different nomination categories including: Rock Performance and Rock Song for the hit “Lonely Boy”, Rock Album for “El Camino”, and Producer of the Year. The cult favorite song “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra won for both the Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo.
“I was so excited when my favorite song won,” said Emma Weinstein, junior Social Work major. “It has been a major hit all year, constantly playing on the radio and of course my Ipod,” she adds.
Other awards included “No Church in the Wild” by Kanye West and Jay-Z featuring Frank Ocean and The Dream won for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Mumford and Son won the Album of the Year award for “Babel”, and the Best Dance/ Electronica Album went to Skrillex for “Bangarang”.
The Grammy Awards is the biggest night in music. The Grammy’s is attended by the most elite music stars and watched by millions worldwide at home. This year, the show was viewed by a record breaking 28 million on CBS, the second largest audience since 1993, according to CBS.com. The 55th annual Grammy Awards was a night filled with memorable performances, award winners, and, of course, fashion.