2010 Grammy Awards: What You Missed
Lady Gaga was joined by a knight, Michael Jackson was honored, and Beyonce and Taylor Swift dominated the awards.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
When we heard Lady Gaga would open this year’s Grammy Awards, we could barely contain our excitement, and Gaga did not disappoint. After walking the red carpet wearing what appeared to be the detritus of a supernova, Lady Gaga took the stage in a dramatic faux-factory performance. The best part? When she disappeared and then reemerged at one half of a dual piano and sang a mashup of songs with Sir Elton John.
Pink pulled off another high-flying performance this year, in which she spun over the crowd after being dipped in water (we hope!). Taylor Swift won four awards, including Album of the Year for Fearless, but gave a mediocre performance with Stevie Nicks (Stevie was fabulous, as always). Beyonce also took home six awards, including Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” and even sampled Alanis Morissette in her performance.
The big news was the 3D Michael Jackson tribute, which featured Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Carrie Underwood and Smokey Robinson. Jackson’s children, Prince and Paris, were on hand to accept his lifetime achievement award. Prince Jackson was surprisingly articulate, saying of his late father, “Through all his songs his message was simple, love. We will continue to spread his message and help the world.”