+ #SameLove Performance Blew All Minds (Including Bey & Jay’s)
The moment we were ALL waiting for: When Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and our BFF Mary Lambert performed their LGBTQ anthem, “Same Love” with Madonna and Queen Latifah. And, NBD, they married 33 couples of all races, orientation and ages, including Ryan Lewis’ sister! The fivesome also had on stage: a choir, a guy named Trombone Shorty and a cathedral-like set. Who didn’t tear up when the couples exchanged rings and Madge and Mary sang in unison, “I’m not crying on Sunday.” I was 100% crying on Sunday. Queen L. was so inspired by it all that she was even down to marry more couples! Oh, and let’s not forget that Bey and Jay gave the performance a standing O, as did the rest of the Staples Center.
+ Daft Punk Prove That Robots Have Heart
The French duo, through Pharrell, thanked their familes when they won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Upon winning Record of the Year, Pharrell said, “Honestly, I bet, France is really proud of these guys right now.” True. And as the robots stood on stage to accept their win for the final and biggest award, Album of the Year, they had another special message. “I just got a message from the robots,” said Daft Punk collaborator Paul Williams. “And what they wanted me to say is that as elegant and as classy as the Grammys has ever been is the moment when we saw those wonderful marriages. … It was the height of fairness and love.” Bonus: Those robots give nice, long, heartfelt hugs when they win gold-plated gramophones.
+ Lorde is 100% Pure Heroine
Boldly performing in pants that even Hilary can’t handle. Dip-dyed nails that most of the world has never seen before. And a powerful performance that left all of us dead silent. Lorde ain’t about that royal life, but she held court last night. Fun fact: She’s the youngest artist to win a Grammy for Song of the Year. She also won for Best Pop Solo Performance, and as she accepted her speech, she wanted to “thank mostly” her fellow nominees, “Bruno, Sara, Katie, Justin,” saying, “I have been so inspired by all of your vocal work at some point in my life, so thank you.” Way to stay classy, gurl.
+ Hunter Hayes Performs “Invisible”
The country crooner performed a new song, “Invisible,” about being bullied. Anyone who’s a human (or possibly a French robot) can relate to it. As he played the piano, he started singing the song, which begins with the line, “Crowded hallways are the loneliest places for outcasts and rebels or anyone who just dares to be different.” Throughout his performance, inspiring quotes from the likes of John Lennon, Steve Jobs, Lady Gaga and Johnny Depp (No, really!) were shown on a screen.
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