Here are some of the early highlights and low points from the 55th annual Grammy Awards ceremony:
Swift start: Remember when Taylor Swift was country? Now, she's a full-on pop diva, ready to compete with Britney, Madonna and Gaga in the realm of glamour and glitz. It's definitely working for her. She opened the Grammy Awards ceremony in fine fashion, with a high-concept production of her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" that was more Cirque Du Soleil than Country & Western.
Ed and Elton: Fellow Brits Ed Sheeran and Elton John are separated by a mere 44 years. (Elton is the older of the two, in case you're wondering.) Yet, they harmonized quite nicely on Sheeran's Grammy-nominated "The A Team." It wasn't, of course, as memorable as the Elton meets Eminem Grammy moment (2001), but it was definitely better than the Elton-Gaga collaboration (2010).
The What's She's Wearing Award: Leave it to Jennifer Lopez to spice up, well, any event she attends. She showed up to present an award dressed (barely) in a skimpy little number cut to reveal the entirety of her impressive right leg. It was fun to watch the faces in the crowd as J.Lo walked out — especially the men's faces. Anybody else notice how Jay-Z (sitting next to wife Beyonce) suddenly felt it was necessary to loosen his collar? Busted!
Keith Richards Looks Great: What? That wasn't Keith up there introducing Mumford & Sons? It was Johnny Depp? Never mind.
That's so 2012: Adele, who dominated last year's Grammy Awards by winning six trophies, managed to grab the spotlight again by winning best pop solo performance for "Fire to the Rain" over more timely and relevant offerings by Carly Rae Jepsen and Kelly Clarkson. Personally, I think that Grammy voters simply forget what year it was when marking their ballots.
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