The 2016 Grammys, like any award show, had its ups and downs. Highlights included Jackson Browne performing with The Eagles to pay tribute to Glenn Frey, Justin Bieber (yes Justin Bieber), Kendrik Lamar rapping at warp speed, a live performance of Hamilton, and James Bay with Tori Kelly.
As for the lowlights, Adele was probably the biggest shock of the night as she sounded off key, flat, and had a myriad of audio issues that made the whole performance a complete train wreck. The combo of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and a mix of former GnR members in The Hollywood Vampires made for the WTF moment of the night. While Pitbull closed out the night by taking Chaka Demus & Pliers 1993 reggae hit Murder She Wrote, and “made” a new song by changing the lyrics “I know this little girl her name is Maxine” to “I met her in the back of a taxi” truly groundbreaking musicianship.
The saving grace of the night was without question Lady Gaga paying tribute to David Bowie. Lady Gaga continues to prove to everyone that she is a once in a lifetime talent. From Superbowl national anthems, Tony Bennett duets, or pure pop Lady Gaga does not miss the mark. Her mashup of David Bowie’s career was as entertaining as one would expect. She combined effects, robot keyboards, great choreography, Nile Rodgers, and some cool costumes to create the perfect David Bowie tribute. I definitely believe no other artist could have pulled off this performance by themselves. For all the Bowie genres throughout his career, Gaga did them all justice. In case you missed it, here is Lady Gaga’s one for the ages David Bowie tribute.