This past Sunday marked one of the most famous awards nights of the year: The Grammys. This time, there were no Kanyes or Justin DUI-bers in attendance to ruin anything – so some found the show rather boring. While some of the night’s events turned out exactly as expected, a few surprises spiced up the otherwise low-key show. In case you missed it, here are the top 10 moments – both expected and unexpected – that took place Sunday night at the Grammy Awards.
10. EXPECTED: Taylor Swift’s enthusiasm.
Although the seven-time Grammy winner did not snatch up any awards for her four nominations, that didn’t stop her from making the most of it this year. The country artist passionately executed a hair-flip-head-bang along to her piano performance of “All Too Well,” and busted out an interesting interpretative dance to Kendrick Lamar’s performance – and pretty much everyone else’s performance as well. Suggestion: stick to your vocal forte, T-Swift.
9. UNEXPECTED: Daft Punk accepting awards – Storm Trooper style.
Daft Punk won every category they were nominated in, including “Best Record” and “Album of the Year.” The French electronic duo dressed to impress by accepting the awards in their classic Star Wars-esque helmets. They also managed to do so by remaining completely mute. The “Get Lucky” band is most notable for their visually stimulating performances and elaborate costumes. Sometimes I wonder what they look like under those helmets...oh.
8. EXPECTED: P!nk swinging from a trapeze in a leotard while trying to sing at the same time.
If you saw her performance you probably thought to yourself, “Hm. I’ve seen this somewhere before.” That’s because you did – in 2010. Although, I have to hand it to her – lady can multitask. It would have been more impressive, though, if she had busted some moves in the air with her two-year old toddler, Willow. Babies make everything better.
7. UNEXPECTED: Surviving Beatles members still have what it takes.
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney made for a rare reunion onstage and performed “Queenie Eye” off McCartney’s latest album New. In addition to this noteworthy reunion, the Grammys thematically incorporated old and new artists across various genres throughout the night (Blake Shelton and Willie Nelson made for a country highlight performance).
6. EXPECTED: Pharrell Williams winning “Producer of the Year, Non-Classical”.
It was a big night for the “Happy” singer, who won all four of his category nominations. His hat also proved to be a major showstopper. Arby’s restaurants playfully took some “beef” with his familiar accessory on Twitter, tweeting "Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?"
5. UNEXPECTED: Look who decided not to show up...
Miley Cyrus symbolically gave the middle finger (after receiving zero Grammy nominations) by tweeting a picture of herself playing Guitar Hero at home instead of attending the show. Several other hit-makers opted out as well, including Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kanye. Perhaps, Mr. West just didn’t get the invite all together.
4. EXPECTED: Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s performance
Starting the night off with a bang, the couple performed the new track “Drunk in Love” off Knowles’ self-titled album Beyoncé. The song is an infectious follow-up to the beloved couple’s 2003 hit “Crazy in Love.”
3. UNEXPECTED: Kendrick Lamar does not win “Rap Album of the Year".
…or any of his seven nominations, for that matter. Critics expected the Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City rapper to win the best rap album award by a landslide. An apologetic Macklemore later Instagramed a text he sent to Lamar stating, “I wanted you to win. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you...Congrats on this year and your music. ”
2. EXPECTED: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ domination.
Need I say more? The two pulled a Grammy sweep in all the major rap categories, including “Best Rap Song,” “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Album.” Subsequently, controversy arose surrounding whether Macklemore truly falls into a rap or pop music category, and if race played a factor among Grammy voters.
1. UNEXPECTED: A chilling collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons.
It’s hard to fathom that the two would actually be harmonious, but it was pretty phenomenal. A light display flashed between blue and red in a synced juxtaposition of the two artists, who were dressed in crisp white outfits. Some critics hated it, but it was arguably the most climactic moment of the entire show. Decide for yourself: