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Best of the 2014 Grammy performances

by BRIANNA SICILIANO Photo/Video Editor

The 56th annual Grammy Award show had a little something for every viewer, no matter what kind of music you are into. With about 20 performances, music lovers of every genre were satisfied.

Unlike previous years, this show was more about performances than awards. The producers handed out a few awards before the cameras were on, leaving more time to satisfy their audience.

Beyoncé and her husband opened the show with a bang. After Beyoncé clarified how much of a hot momma she is, Jay Z joined the stage to terrify the network censors and heat up the performance.

Although Lorde’s act was not as entertaining and eventful as the others, her hit-song “Royals” was beautifully sung. The only question that many people were asking: What was she doing with her body?

“I seriously have no idea what Lorde was doing…she looked like she was being possessed,” said an anonymous student.

One of the best acts of the night was performed by P!nk, who was later joined by Nate Ruess. P!nk’s song “Try” was a dangerous and astonishing performance. Although she has done something similar to this before, this act seemed a lot more touching than before. Soon after she finished the song, Ruess (and his mustache) showed up for “Just Give Me a Reason.”

Daft Punk’s infectious “Get Lucky,” was performed by the robot-clad French duo, vocalist Pharrell Williams, and the legendary Stevie Wonder, along with disco-era guitarist Nile Rodgers, and a solid backup band. Along with performing their hit song, the group added touches of “Harder Better Faster” and Chic’s “Le Freak” into the mix. The entire audience was bobbing along to the exciting act.

Taylor Swift’s pop-country ballad “All Too Well” was not the best female country song of the night — Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” from her Country Album “Same Trailer Different Park,” seemed to win over the country crowd — but Swift’s hair-tossing and stare-the-audience-into-giving-her-a-standing-ovation moment made the performance one to remember.

Katy Perry and Juicy J performed their latest song “Dark Horse.” This performance became very heated…literally. The most memorable part of their act would have to be Perry’s light-up breast plate.

“My favorite performances had to be Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. They are legends,” said junior Dina Vento.

Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, who performed a mash-up of “Radioactive” and “m.A.A.d city” practically blew the roof off of the Staples Center. Not only was this performance one of the finest moments of the night, but it was one of the fiercest Grammy moments in recent memory.

Almost no one anticipated the mass wedding that took place near the end of the Grammys. Toward the end of “Same Love” (performed by Mackelmore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert), 33 couples (gay and straight) were legally married by officiant Queen Latifah. Along with the performance of “Same Love,” Madonna and a gospel choir preformed the song “Open Your Heart.” What other act had couples wedded during their act?

Out of every performance of the night, what was your favorite?

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