Congratulations, Grammy performers! None of you were actively bad. Unfortunately, none you really Adele’d this one either. In honor of these many meh-to-above-average contributions to the night, here are the some of last night’s most memorable performances:
Carrie Underwood glows in the dark – We don’t know what you were going for, but we like that you were going for it.
Taylor Swift falls down the rabbit hole – It was weird, awkward, too long and so short at the same time (much like Taylor’s relationships?) Honorable awkwardness mention goes to Taylor’s dancing in her seat during every other performance.
Jack White and the Black Keys – Sometimes it’s just nice to get some loud rock-and-roll. These performances felt much more vital than the neo-folk stylings of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers.
Frank Ocean makes a run for it – Wobbly voice, sturdy legs. Totally captivating, even if — or maybe even because? — it was imperfect.
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z – The sepia tone was a bit gimmicky, but these guys can get away with it. The star power of this pair onstage was undeniable.
Miguel with Wiz Khalifa – Wiz was an afterthought and that was fine. Many viewers were likely introduced to the smooth, sultry R&B star Miguel tonight and they surely came away impressed. Count Kelly Clarkson among them. “Miguel, I don’t who the hell you are, but we need to sing together,” she said after accepting an award.
Bob Marley Tribute – Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting isn’t the most logical grouping, but it worked. Even though it was a bit odd that a Bob Marley tribute only featured part of a single Bob Marley song, it was still one of the highlights of the evening.