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56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014

The Grammy Awards never fails to impress, despite the three-hour-long telecast. I always love to see what’s new in every awards show, and this is no exception. Aside from the exceptional performances, the visual effects and lighting were also just as impressive.

The show started with an amazing performance by Beyonce and her song “Drunk Love,” whose self-titled visual album released on iTunes shocked everyone. That woman is such a powerhouse, together with her equally powerful husband Jay-Z who joined her in the middle of the song. Just look at the pics on her own Facebook page and in other news websites. Seems like Beyonce is getting hotter and hotter everytime!

Lorde performed on the circular center stage with her nominated song “Royals.” To be honest, the way the song was made was simple yet the tune of the drums just made your ears get hooked into the song. She and Joel Little really grabbed the audiences with that song.
LL Cool J then introduced Hunter Hayes and his song “Invisible.” I am truly touched and inspired by this song, because of its message on bullying and how each one needs to accept themselves for who they are, no matter how negative people thought and talked about you. On the screen were quotes from famous people. Very, very touching quotes.
Other very notable performances:
Taylor Swift with “All Too Well” – Damn, that girl can write, sing, market herself so effectively, even her moves are just perfect. Her sitting in front of the grand piano, wearing a very nice gown flowing to the back, even spilling the edge of the stage, camera mostly focused on her singing and playing the piano. Later on, she flicked her hair back. I initially thought she would not be able to do it naturally, but she still nailed that well. That girl is super talented and super promoter also.
Pink and Nate Ruess of fun. – Pink sang “Try” while suspended in the air through a rope or two, doing acrobatic movements. Really, really daring of her to do that, but she seemed to do it well. And then Nate Ruess appeared in the second half, singing their collaboration “Just Give Me a Reason.”
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons’ mash-up of “m.A.A.d City” and “Radioactive,” all wearing white and even the drums are colored white. Everyone was standing up, singing, even grooving to the tune. Best part, what seemed like small cannons in front of the performers released colored powder and stained their faces and clothing.
Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams, the great Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Nathan East and Omar Hakim – Mash-up of songs “Get Lucky,” “Le Freak,” and Wonders’ “Another Star.” I wonder when the Daft Punk guys will ever unmask themselves.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love” with Queen Latifah and Madonna in front of a mass wedding of same-sex and heterosexual couples. Very nice of them to do that, some couples were even emotional.
In terms of the awards, Lorde took home Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year Awards. Bruno Mars won Best Pop Vocal Album. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album. Record of the Year and Album of the Year went to Daft Punk. To be honest though, Bruno Mars should have been invited to perform on stage. He is also such a good artist and performer.
Overall though, it was a good thing to watch for this Auckland Anniversary Day here in New Zealand. Thank you for reading my post. Look out for the next one!
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My name is Charica Roche, a writer, food lover, adventure seeker, color addict, and curious-driven person who truly believes in personal and spiritual growth. Writing helps me become a better person because it makes me feel grounded and it encourages me to be honest about things. Currently based in New Zealand, I'm constantly searching for and following my curiosities through books, art, music, dancing, and other aspects of a life well-lived through my own terms.

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