Not this. E-V-E-R-Y performance proved that each performing artist was worth a paid admission ticket and the energy of the night was unstoppable--even by musicians who were virtually unknown by the public before their nomination.
For those of you who missed it, I recommend looking up performances--although the biggest downer about the Grammy's is that they're on CBS, which is the ultimate killjoy station for watching programming online. For some reason they vigilantly block all posting of performances until the videos become irrelevant and no one's really looking for them anymore.
Then they let people watch them.
Note to CBS: you're weird.
But here's a few I was able to track down:
Eminem, Rihanna, Dr. Dre, and Skylar Grey (who was not only PERFECT in the medley and held her own with Eminem, but is wearing my boots!):
Sign me up as a Skylar Grey "shipper." One piece of trivia: she wrote the chorus that Rhianna sings in Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie." Here's her own acoustic version of the song that she released as a part 2, and a quick article.
And here's the man who "out-gaga-ed" Gaga. Cee Lo with some muppets and Gwenyth Paltrow. This song also wins "Most Censored."
Those are two performances, although I can recommend watching ANY you happen to find on line (before they're taken down). CNN has a 2-minute montage here.
The woman who beat out Just Bieber as "Best New Artist" is also worth noting. Here's a non-Grammy performance from Esperanza Spalding:
And, as a shout out to the two artists who decided to give actual professional performances at last year's Grammys, here's Pink, Glitter in the Air, and Beyonce's medley (odd in spots... I mean, I love Alanis too, but really? But she definitely commits to the performance and puts on a show so I gotta give her props for that).
Last of all, this girl didn't perform last night, but you can't help but wonder if she might in upcoming years. Fast forward to :45 to hear what this 9 year old has in her arsenal. Yes, she's a bit overstyled, but what 9 year old isn't?
You ask me? This girl has a future! I'd be her publicist :)