An Ode to Artistry: Grammy Night Recap- 2016

This year’s Grammys were alot less fanfare than usual.  Granted there were twice as many performances as there were awards actually handed out…. but the level of artistry was so on point this year, rather than the hype of entertainment which plagues and runs the music industry nowadays.

As a self proclaimed lover of pop music and pop culture, I am not above a good time!  I love being entertained and hate when I dont get that “YYYAAAAASSSSS” feeling when something is going on.  But as an artist (#dancerlife), I love to see art do its magic.  Art is its most beautiful, pure, and poignant self when it just speaks from within.  Langston Hughes said “An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”  This quote sums up the many different performances and tributes that were done on the Grammy Stage last night. My top 5 are….

  1. alabama-shakes-glasses102-13 Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight”  A bluesy, soulful, southern Rock group.
    They won Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Alternative Music Album…. Check out “Sound and Color” please!!
  2. Kendrick Lamar’s performance- Africa is Compton!!
    K Dot ripped into the ear drums and retinas of America with his passionately charged rendition of Blacker the Berry, Alright, and To Pimp a Bukendrick-lamar-grammys-performancetterfly.  He visually captivated the audience in the room and at home with his unapologetically Black references (Prison pipeline, African Dance).  He also took home Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, Best Music Video with Taylor Swift, and Best Rap Album
  3. Lady Gaga’s tribute to the legendary David Bowiegaga as bowie
    She didn’t present and she lost the 1 category she was nominated in… but she really only came to the Grammy’s tonight to honor one of her musical icons Mr. David Bowie.  She was the ONLY person who would able to pull off such a tribute with such honesty, authenticity, and integrity.  Infusing fashion, dance, technology, graphics, and more, Lady Gaga seared the memory of David Bowie into all of our minds.  Gaga, Bowie would be proud- We Salute You.
  4. Tori Kelly and James Bay– Two Best New Artists Nominees with Timeless Talent.  These 2 nominees sang together in their performance- 2 microphones, 2 acoustic guitars, 2 voices….1 soon to be (fingers crossed) duet album!!  Take a listen below and prepared to be amazed…
  5. Andra Day-  The Voice of an Angel andra day
    Andra shared the stage with Ellie Golding, which honestly she should not have had to do.  Andra outshined Ellie in every way…. presence, range, power, passion, ability to touch the heart and inspire.  Andra Day is a voice not to fall on deaf ears.  Listen to the performance as it will pierce your eardrum and run straight to your heart.

    That’s it for this year’s Grammy Awards!  Hope you enjoyed the artistry, messages, and return to musicianship.  And til next time, keep it #PopStyle!!!

~Ashlee Dawne
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