February 15, 2013 by Samantha Bambino
Where can you find a necklace worth $31 million? Only at the Grammy Awards! This year’s show was not one to forget easily, and it had countless moments that everyone was gossiping about the next day. The night kicked off on the red carpet, where celebrities discussed which designers they were wearing and had their elaborate dresses showcased on the 360-degree camera. Carrie Underwood happened to be the lucky lady who got the privilege of wearing the multimillion-dollar necklace.
The first act of the night was Taylor Swift singing her smash hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The performance included a man strapped to a spinning wheel and her attempt at a British accent, which we all know was a little shot at her most recent ex-boyfriend, Harry Styles of One Direction.
Later in the evening, Justin Timberlake made his return to the music scene after seven years away and performed his new song “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z and an entire band behind him dancing and jamming along. Another notable performer was Carrie Underwood, who performed “Blown Away” and wore a dress that looked straight out of the future, with lights, flowers and leaves appearing and moving along it throughout the song.
There were also several amazing duets throughout the night. British singer and beautiful lyricist Ed Sheeran sang “A Team” with his idol, Elton John. It was just Sheeran on his guitar and John on his piano, but it was truly a magical moment onstage. Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys had some of the best vocals of the night, combining their songs “Daylight” and “Girl on Fire” into one perfect collaboration.
Near the end of the show, a tribute was made to Bob Marley by Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, and Marley’s two sons who look identical to him, dreadlocks and all. This seemed to be a crowd favorite. Swift, among many other artists, could be seen in the audience singing and clapping along.
Many awards were handed out, and while some were expected, others were real shockers. Gotye won Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Kimbra for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which we should all know by heart after hearing it endless times over the last year. Mumford & Sons took away the coveted Album of the Year for “Babel,” while fun. scored Song of the Year for “We Are Young,” as well as Best New Artist. Even after having a baby, Adele is still going strong, winning Best Pop Solo Performance for “Set Fire to the Rain.” This was one of the bigger surprises of the night because even Adele didn’t expect to receive this award. Kelly Clarkson won Best Pop Vocal Album for “Stronger,” which was well deserved with her talented voice. Keeping up the good reputation of “American Idol” winners, Underwood won Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for “Blown Away.” The Black Keys took over the rock world with Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “Lonely Boy” and Best Rock Album for “El Camino,” while newcomer Frank Ocean won Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Channel Orange.”
The night ended with some very deserving artists going home empty-handed. However, that is the beauty of the Grammy Awards; there’s always next year.