Oh, those Grammys! What a night of yuk yuks! Here are the top 10 most notable moments, according to your humble music journo… Ready or not!
* Best Perf: Annie Lennox performing w/Hozier. Damn! I was actually clapping at the TV. Those pipes, that roar, baby! And she was having a blast.
* Worst Perf: Madonna’s camel toe. Enough with the vag, Madge.
* Worst Perf II: Kanye West. Still thinks he’s a musician, huh? Grandpappy McCartney & Rihanna added nothing to the biggest zero “event” of the night.
* Put some big boy pants on: AC/DC, Pharrell Williams. And what’s up with the bellhop hat, kiddo?
* Best dressed: Taylor Swift’s stunning swan-like turquoise gown.
* Buzz factor: Sam Smith’s ubiquitous “Stay with Me,” at last “awakened.” Thank you, Mary J. Blige!
* LOL: Why is Tom Jones orange? Somebody wrote on FB that he looked like Fred Sanford. Heee. Prince’s afro was right frightful, too.
* Surprise!: Beyonce’s immaculate gospel reading of “Take My Hand Precious Lord.” Wow, my ears didn’t bleed!
* Oops: Katy Perry, honey, stick to the pop schmaltz. Your “serious” performance was way too “precious.”
* Those we lost: Seeing my hero Casey Kasem as one of 2014’s dearly departed got me misty. I owe my career to his impact on me as a kid.
* Zzzzz: Adam Levine & Gwen Stefani were as engaging as beige. Yawn… And boy, she struggled with those notes… “The Voice”? Not so much.
* Swoon: Ariana Grande, showing again that she’s a gifted vocalist. Lovely, restrained performance of “Just A Little Bit of My Heart.” Love my Ari.
* Swoon II: Tony Bennett & Gaga, singing beautifully & having fun together as pals. She sabotaged her pop career w/too many gimmicks, but Ga sure can swagger.
* WTF: Another inexplicable Album of the Year win… Beck. Obviously a voting split between Smith (shoulda) & Beyonce left us with a lame duck (Just like 2011’s Arcade Fire win). Not just an upset, but upsetting for those of us who take pride as NARAS voters.
* WTF2: Obama lambasting the occasion with a grave downer message about domestic violence. Relevant, but here? Really?