“Have you ever held your breath and asked yourself/ Will it ever get better than tonight?”
Despite what the beautifully dressed, off key and exuberantly delusional Taylor Swift would like you to believe, when you’re 80 and you think back to the 2010 Grammy Awards, you will think back, not to her tedious pubescent musing on the cynically titled CD “Fearless,” but to that lyric from the authentically fearless “Funhouse” CD and you will definitely think Pink.
She tore the roof off of the place last night at the Grammys, singing “Glitter in the Air.” It was a performance that will go down in Grammy history as iconic. Click here if you missed it.
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She appeared resplendently clad as if an all white Byzantine Madonna, later stripping down to a sheer glittery white catsuit and floated alternately angelically, aerobically and Busby Berkeley-like above the crowd, all the while throwing down the gauntlet to every singer and “performance artist” by excelling at both.
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She was a much needed leave-you-breathless-breath-of-jaw-dropping-bravura in a high stakes game of showmanship that favored the histrionic (Earth Song Michael Jackson tribute) , mawkish ( Andrea Bocelli and Mary J Blige), soporific (Dave Mathews Band), gratuitous (Bon Jovi) , sophomoric (Taylor Swift, embarrassingly out of tune), profane (Eminem et al) and the merely interesting on paper (Lady Gaga and Elton John). Only the muscular performance by the night’s big winner, Beyonce, and the sweetly rendered harmonies of Lady Antebellum, whose comparatively very low key performance has reportedly immediately spiked sales of “Need you Now,” came even remotely close to matching the thrill of Pink.
It was definitely ladies night during the televised portion of the ceremony which may have left many of the guys singing the blues but also of note this year was the surprising number of guys who rated on the red carpet by trading the black tux for the grey suit or dinner jacket. Among those who favored the chic alternative of various shades, patterns and textures of grey instead of black included Dave Matthews, Mario Lopez, Lionel Richie, Josh Dumel, Carlos Santana, Russel Brand and “Jersey Shore” caricature Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
Below is a gallery of the ones who really pulled it off.
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John Legend wore his with a v-neck sweater and tie.
Keith Urban wore it showcasing his signature “heavage.”
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Rapper Common looked so dapper in plaid with a red pindot evening scarf and country singer Billy Currington rocked the 3 piece charcoal number.
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Grammy winner David Guetta went for an artful military vibe while Justin Guarini looked smashing in a grey tuxedo over a graphic t shirt.
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Critical darlings and Grammy winners Kings of Leon split the difference.
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Gradually, so did the guys from Green Day.
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The Jonas Brothers looked better than ever but it’s Joe’s grey dinner jacket that nails the look.
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Linkin Park manged to navigate the fine line between corporate and cool.
To recap: Men in grey were rocking the red carpet and Pink was flying high while “Glitter was in the air.” Oh, and hey Taylor, sweetie, before you take yourself too seriously, do you happen to remember the 1983 Album of the Year? No? It was Toto IV by Toto.
Color me Barbara, but I think I’ve said enough, no?