A show-stopping legend, a revelatory newcomer, a confused tribute. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards stretched across four and a half hours and contained its share of both triumphant and cringe-inducing performances. Here are some of the best and worst moments of the night.
An Exuberant Opening From Camila Cabello
The Grammys are perennially slow-on-the-uptake, and true to form, they kicked off this year’s show with a two-year-old song that was performed at practically every music awards show last year. But Camila Cabello made “Havana” sound fresh. She glided through a color-coded doll’s house with panache and effortlessly knocked out the splashy choreography alongside a swarm of virtuosic dancers.
The rest of the opening number served as irrefutable proof that the center of the pop world has shifted south. A host of Latin stars, from Ricky Martin to Arturo Sandoval to J. Balvin, plunged onto the stage, showcasing the many differing threads of Latin pop while sharing a unified exuberant joy.
Dolly Parton Steals Her Own Show
Kevork Djansezian—Getty ImagesKaty Perry, Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves perform onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.
Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves belted their way through “Here You Come Again.” Miley Cyrus navigated the sloping runs of “Jolene” with ease.
But none of them could touch the real thing.
In her own tribute, Dolly Parton absolutely mopped the floor with her inheritors, proving both her enduring musical legacy and lasting vocal prowess. She toggled between casual, defiant and wistful phrases with grace; she led a hair-raising three-part harmony on Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” with pinpoint precision. The other performers, from Little Big Town to Maren Morris, sometimes stopped singing to gaze at her, transfixed.
And in case you thought her career was on the wane, she saved her best performance for “Red Shoes,” a new song from the soundtrack to the Netflix movie Dumplin’. The exhilarating and plaintive song paid tribute to her childhood and the women who raised her, and it sounded even better than her established hits.
A Starring Role for Keys (And Not Just Alicia)
Plenty of performers nailed their black and white outfits, from Dua Lipa’s safety-pinned dress to Young Thug’s crisp white tux with giant black lapels. But the biggest two-toned star of the night was the piano.
It was there early on, lifting up Kacey Musgraves’ ballad “Rainbow,” and then providing a Baroque flourish …
Source:: Time – Entertainment