It’s the Super Bowl of the music industry. Music’s biggest night.
Cassadee and I gathered at her new Nashville condo downtown in our version of red carpet looks — a step above onesie pajamas — to watch the biggest names in music take the red carpet, perform their hits and accept their prizes at the 2015 Grammy Awards. We laughed, we cried, we ate pizza. Wait, scratch the first two: we mostly just ate pizza. And now that I’ve recovered from my pizza-induced coma of Grammy reflection, I’m ready to break it all down in my annual Grammy recap for those of you who may have missed the big show.
Yep, stars arrived to lineup and be judged by the critics, the viewers, the world… and me. And while there were no water cooler outfits of Gaga-proportion, there were some major wins – and even more losers – before the awards were handed out.
The winners: I couldn’t pick just one of my favorite looks for the best dressed of the night, so I have to hand it to the Queens of the carpet: Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry. Stefani rocked a chic, black jumpsuit and ditched her signature red lip for a natural look that was absolutely flawless. Perry sported her purple locks and a Zuhair Murad Couture dress that had all eyes on her. Well done, ladies.
The losers: And in true red carpet fashion, there were some major fails on the carpet too. Most in the tailoring department (come on, ladies!), but the most cringe worthy red carpet looks of the night belong to Madonna‘s bull fighting fail and Rihanna‘s… what was that??? She was either trying to look like a cupcake topper or thought she was attending her own quinceañera.
When the night opened with an epic AC/DC performance, it seemed like the night was setting the tone for something special. Unfortunately, the rest of the performances fell fairly flat. Ariana Grande, who has scored several hits from her latest record My Everything, bored with an obscure ballad from the album that could have doubled as a sleep aid for most viewers. Miranda Lambert debuted her new Joan Jett-esque single “Little Red Wagon,” which failed to illustrate why her Platinum picked up the win for Best Country Album. And Madonna flopped (literally). The 56 pop singer showed her age as dancers tossed her around the stage while she sang her new dance single “Living For Love.”
It wasn’t all a total bust though. Sam Smith was joined by Mary J. Blige for a great rendition of the night’s biggest winner, “Stay With Me” and Sia stole the night with the surprise addition of Kristen Wiig for “Chandelier.”
Sam Smith won… everything. Did anyone else win anything? If they did, I certainly don’t remember.
Taylor Swift and Kanye West made up, putting that embarrassing VMA debacle behind them, and then Beck was Taylor Swift-ed by Kanye when the rocker beat Beyonce for Album of the Year. While many thought West was making light of his 2009 mistake, he later confirmed that he thought the award belonged to the R&B diva when he went on a rant about the Recording Academy’s choice.
That does it for my Grammy recap for 2015. I could go on about some of the night’s strangest moments, but I see Kanye headed this way and I’m pretty sure … “Yo, Vetrano I’ma let you finish, but Beyonce has the best blog of all time” (drops the keyboard).
Find me on Instagram (CMVetrano) to see Cassadee & I rock our red carpet looks on the “pink” carpet, plus catch a sneak peek at her interview with Ryan Seacrest.