From Rihanna to Aretha Franklin, the Grammys last night brought out the best of the best in music. The wonderful world of technology made it possible for R&B heavy-hitter Alicia Keys to start the show with a sweet duet with "Old Blue Eyes" himself -- the late great Frank Sinatra. The night was packed with performances by some of our favorite artists.
Although I was a bit confused by the coupling of the 80s group, The Time with R&B pop sensation, Rihanna, their performance was entertaining nonetheless.
The absolute most entertaining act for me was Kanye West, who is the most talented hip-hop artist out right now. His powerful rendition of "Stronger" was a soul-stirring glow-in-the-dark punk party while his tear-jerking tribute to his late mother, Donda West, was compelling and sincere. He also took home the Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the the Year award.
The much-hyped duet of Beyonce with her obvious performance inspiration -- Tina Turner was quite lackluster, I don't know what I was expecting exactly, but whatever it was I didn't get it. The gospel set with Aretha Franklin, Bebe Winans, The Clark Sisters and Trinitee 3-5-7 brought church to the Staples Center.
Alicia Keys made another appearance to sing "No One," which I never get tired of no matter how many times I hear it. She topped her performance off with a surprise guest guitarist -- the strangely sexy John Mayer. Not only did she perform twice, she also took home the trophy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Our favorite nominee for rehab from across the pond, Amy Winehouse, brought down the house in London via satellite while sweeping the show with 5 awards.
The Grammys were good, but not great. I guess it reflects the state of music right now. Thanks to Kanye West and Alicia Keys they really made the show for me. For a complete list of winners go to www.grammys.org.