Music's Biggest Night is never short of its fair share of flair, and this year's 54th GRAMMY Awards was no exception. While many in the music industry were still reeling from the passing of Whitney Houston (memorably honored by host LL Cool J in prayer and Jennifer Hudson in moving song), it was also a night to celebrate and honor those who carry music's banner forward in every genre — and to witness historical moments that included some stellar collaborations and performances. For it is the performances and collaborations that really highlight the night.
From Bruce Springsteen's blast-off opening and Bruno Mars' high-octane start, to a touching performance by Glen Campbell with the Band Perry and Blake Shelton and the reunion of the Beach Boys (performing alongside young guns Maroon 5 and Foster The People), the GRAMMYs continued to honor their well-earned reputation as the place for performances that will have everyone talking the next day.
Of course, the night isn't just about performances, but also fun. Katy Perry pulled a cheeky stunt to fool viewers into believing a technical disaster struck midway through her performance, only to premiere her newest catchy track "Part Of Me." And dance/electronica nominee Deadmau5 wore a T-shirt with Skrillex's phone number on it on the red carpet. (I'm guessing the apology and congratulatory tweets didn't make up for the inundation of calls and texts deluging Skrillex all night.)
But lest anyone forget, it's the awards that count, and they didn't disappoint. Adele walked away with six golden gramophones (and deservedly so), and the Foo Fighters came through with a strong finish for rock music with five of their own. The Foo Fighters even performed with dance/electronica nominees David Guetta and Deadmau5, once again demonstrating dance/electronica music's ability to cross other genres. Dance/electronica kudos largely went to Best New Artist nominee Skrillex, who, although he missed out on that category, walked away with three awards of his own, including Best Dance/Electronica Album for Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for "Cinema."
All in all, the Music's Biggest Night title was earned, and I was privileged and honored to be a part of the celebration. If you're still climbing out from your music hangover, I encourage to you to see The Recording Academy and Hyundai's Re:Generation film or head out to your local record store (or iTunes) to sample some of the best dance/electronica music in years, and count the days until the 55th GRAMMYs take place in 2013.