By Jacel Egan
With no host to introduce the show, flashing lights and high energy beats filled the arena as U2 brought the crowd to life with their newest single, “Get on Your Boots,” from their upcoming album, No Line on the Horizon.
The 2009 Grammy’s brought on a sordid mix of fresh faces and tasteful performances, which aired last night on Feb. 9. This year’s concentration on music performances instead of awards gave the audience a live sample of the popular music the past year has produced.
“Most of the artists that won are currently on my iPod,” said Renee Gennarelli, a sophomore at Marist College. “I have John Mayer, Coldplay, Sugarland, Lil Wayne, Carrie Underwood, Ne-Yo, etc. It was fun to see them all together at the awards.”
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss brought home the winning ticket for Best Album, while new talent Adele received Best New Artist. Coldplay predictably stole most of the show by winning Best Rock Album with “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,” and Song of the Year, “Viva La Vida.” Other awards were not aired due to added musical performances. A full list of winners can be found here.
“It was slightly disappointing to see ‘Raising Sand’ win Best Album,” said Emily Fiore, a sophomore. “I’m a Robert Plant fan, but I wasn’t into much of his new stuff. Plus I feel like not a lot of people have heard it.”
Various singers kept the crowd in awe during various rock-out routines in between awards. A range of tastes were adhered to when Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift performed together, Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters formed a duet to sing, “I Saw Her Standing There,” and Lil Wayne performed with others to pay tribute to New Orleans with “Tie My Hands.”
“My favorite part was when Radiohead sang ’15 Steps’ with the USC [University of Southern California] marching band,” sophomore Alana Linsenbigler said. “Thom Yorke was so animated and on his own planet as he sang like usual. It was a nice break from the more mainstream acts.”
Surprising talents included M.I.A.’s collaborative gig with T.I., Lil Wayne, and Kanye West.
“It was especially cool and a little weird to see M.I.A. perform on her due date with Lil Wayne, T.I., and Kanye West,” Gennarelli said. “She’s insane for doing it. I thought she would give birth right there in that weird outfit of hers.”
The night was closed with an interesting twist: Blink-182 announced their reunion, with full-on studio sessions and tours to come within the year.
“You never really realize what you miss until it’s gone for a while,” sophomore Tim Faustini said. “I can’t wait to hear what they have up their sleeves.”