Grammy Awards 2014: Watch The Performances

Jan 26th, 2014 // 13 Comments
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The 2014 Grammy Awards began with a self-contained advertisement for the Awards themselves, which were touted as a platform for performances that “people will be talking about for years.” So did this year live up to the high standards? Eh, maybe a couple of them? Pink‘s trapeze act was expected, but that made it no less impressive (let’s ignore the second half with Nate Ruess for now). Daft Punk and Pharrell‘s “Get Lucky” rendition was pretty tame at first, but once Stevie got comfortable and dug in, and the Robots appeared behind the faux studio, it became perhaps the highlight of the night. They were just totally committed to that ’70s studio cheese vibe, resulting in a well-executed, hard-to-dislike performance.

Meanwhile, rap fans were bracing for the worst all night, knowing Kendrick Lamar would be paired with Imagine Dragons. But you know what? Their “Radioactive”/”m.A.A.d city” mashup was rad! K-Dot didn’t necessarily need the added rock heft, but he was never in danger of getting buried by the thunder, and instead it only made him more menacing and dialed in. And you gotta give it to ID’s singer, that is a great rock howl.

As for Beyonce, she gave us a promising start, with a Flashdance-y rendition of “Drunk In Love,” rocking wet hair (presumably from riding that surfboart) and a bootylicious body suit. Hubby Jay Z joined her near the end of the song on his suit and bow tie shit once again, and they held hands and embraced for some classy steamy Grammy goodness.

Check out all of the performances below. (There were so, so many.)

Beyonce & Jay Z — “Drunk In Love”

Lorde — “Royals”

Hunter Hayes — “Invisible”

Katy Perry & Juicy J — “Dark Horse”

Robin Thicke & Chicago — Medley

Keith Urban & Gary Clark Jr — “Cop Car”

John Legend — “All Of Me”

Taylor Swift — “All Too Well”

Imagine Dragons & Kendrick Lamar — “Radioactive”/”m.A.A.d city”

Ringo Starr — “Photograph”

Kacey Musgraves — “Follow Your Arrow”

Pink & Nate Ruess — “Try”/”Just Give Me A Reason”

Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr — “Queenie Eye”

Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell & Nile Rodgers — “Get Lucky”

Sara Bareilles & Carole King — “Beautiful”/”Brave”

Metallica & Lang Lang — “One”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Trombone Shorty & Madonna — “Same Love”/”Open Your Heart”

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard & Blake Shelton

Billie Joe Armstrong & Miranda Lambert — “When Will I Be Loved”

Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl & Lindsey Buckingham

Get an eyeful of even more pop music coverage, from artist interviews to exclusive performances, on Idolator’s YouTube channel.

  1. Viewer 01251967

    Horrible, horrible performances and an awful selection of performances and no art that was original or even good. Yep, we won’t forget it for years. They say the brain can’t remember pain, I hope that is true.

    • well no one is making you watch, don’t be such a drama queen and instead of watching something you don’t even like, go grab a book and feed your brain :)

    • Wallflower

      Are you kidding me? This Grammy Awards at least was about the music and people that can play and write their own material. It was not like previous years where it was just about flash except for maybe Pink and her trapeze act and I am not praising a Chatty Katy performance here either or Imagine Dragons and KL. This was a true collection of performances of real artists and real songs all night and very refreshing to see. Carol King(100 #1 hits in 4 years, 67-71), NIN, Grohl, QOTSA, Lyndsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Ringo(sucked, off-key), Billy&Miranda, Urban&Clark Jr, Don Was, Willie Kris Merle and Blake, JayZ&Beyonce, Nile Rodgers Stevie Nathan East Pharrell and Daft Punk, Metalica, Lorde and then Chicago with Robin Thicke doing a medley that kicked. Not to mention the all star cast of backing musicians the whole night. You must be at one with god in heaven and the deceased greats like Hendrix, Coltrane or Zappa and Miles to deny these players abilities that are on all of your albums at home or in most of the songs you have listened to over the years. Completely flabbergasted with your ignorance. I do not know what generation you come from but I am a younger/older composer(40) and although I do not like all the music/songs performed it was real people playing music for once. If you are old you must forget your roots or know nothing about the music of the past 50 years, because these are the people that made it performing, producing and writing it on the records you own. If you are young you simply do not know some of the best performers in the world and they also performed or produced the albums and songs you listen to. Shut it and do some research to gain some respect for yourself and appreciation for the music in your collection. Unless you listen to Mozart and Bach overtures, the original RCA, Polygram recordings or are strictly an Indie junkie you have missed a large part of life and the combined works on the records you own in your collection. Just because you cannot name these people in your mind does not invalidate their contribution to the industry and I would start reading some album credits to gain an understanding. The Grammys is about the music industry and everyone here has multiple hits or musical contributions for being talented and we love them for it. You seem to know nothing about the music even you yourself consume.

    • Wallflower

      Are you kidding me? This Grammy Awards at least was about the music and people that can play and write their own material. It was not like previous years where it was just about flash except for maybe Pink and her trapeze act and I am not praising a Chatty Katy performance here either or Imagine Dragons and KL. This was a true collection of performances of real artists and real songs all night and very refreshing to see. Carol King(100 #1 hits in 4 years, 67-71), NIN, Grohl, QOTSA, Lyndsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Ringo(sucked, off-key), Billy&Miranda, Urban&Clark Jr, Don Was, Willie Kris Merle and Blake, JayZ&Beyonce, Nile Rodgers Stevie Nathan East Pharrell and Daft Punk, Metalica, Lorde and then Chicago with Robin Thicke doing a medley that kicked. Not to mention the all star cast of backing musicians the whole night. You must be at one with god in heaven and the deceased greats like Hendrix, Coltrane or Zappa and Miles to deny these players abilities that are on all of your albums at home or in most of the songs you have listened to over the years. Completely flabbergasted with your ignorance. I do not know what generation you come from but I am a younger/older composer(40) and although I do not like all the music/songs performed it was real people playing music for once. If you are old you must forget your roots or know nothing about the music of the past 50 years, because these are the people that made it performing, producing and writing it on the records you own. If you are young you simply do not know some of the best performers in the world and they also performed or produced the albums and songs you listen to. Shut it and do some research to gain some respect for yourself and appreciation for the music in your collection. Unless you listen to Mozart and Bach overtures, the original RCA, Polygram recordings or are strictly an Indie junkie you have missed a large part of life and the combined works on the records you own in your collection. Just because you cannot name these people in your mind does not invalidate their contribution to the industry and I would start reading some album credits to gain an understanding. The Grammys is about the music industry and everyone here has multiple hits or musical contributions for being talented and we love them for it. You seem to know nothing about the music that even you yourself consume as a listener.

  2. Mike

    I thought Taylor Swift was the best. Kept it simple on the piano and sometimes less is more with a performance!

  3. ajb

    I was left very unimpressed with Beyonce who brought her chair. Also, what the heck was going on with the wardrobe of Miss Perry? Did she make those clothes herself? I did kinda like the performance of Sara Bareilles and Carole King.

  4. Madonna is the best (as always!). She brought some love to the happy couples inside and outside the place – and that night will be remembered by lot of them.
    It’s strange You (Idolator Stuff) have kept silence about it (which deserves words said and maintained) instead highlighting the overwhelmed performance by the million-dollar couple Bey-Jay.

  5. Prof59

    I never heard of Kacey Musgraves, but I am in love.

  6. Bullanguero

    My problems with the grammys have always been the same…
    I think Kendrick Lamar should’ve at least won one award in the rap category sure Macklemore has more hype but hype and success dont always win grammys (i.e. the year 50 cent lost to evanescence for best new artists) Kendrcks album deserved more…
    and in the rock category I was scratching my head… so if you put a bunch of old musicians together (grohl ,novesselic ,maccartney) equals a grammy weather ppl have heard of the album or not?…Based on hype and music quality (a balance that is necessary to win a grammy(?)) Black sabbath shouldve won… Grammys are weird indeed.
    The country category was more like a beauty pageant. Whose prettier?Kacey Musgraves or Taylor Swift? I dont know much of the country genre so thats all im gong to say .
    As for best Rock album…Led Zeppelin you know I like Zeppelin and the beatles and stuff but its time they start awarding newer artists . I mean Queens of the stone age and KOL are being shafted(this is coming from someone who doesnt like them …QOTSA are ok). they been active for a long time now and Led Zeppelin havent played a show in 5 or so years.
    at least Black Sabbath put out an album!
    As for the live performances…I have high standards for live performances so might come across as a troll…Beyonce? Meh….dont like RnB that focuses more on glitter and glam then the music…
    Lorde was ok…She needs more work with the Live interpretations of her songs shes new tho …Ill giver her a freee pass..Kendrick Lamar and ID…Dont like ID im glad Kendrick Lamar hogged the stage i was dissapointed on how the song was more Kendrick then ID poor guys what happened during the creative process? but it was still Great! the only thing that ruined it was Taylor Swift Dancing around it looked pretty dorky . Why didnt she go to the stage where the crowd was if she wanted to get down to the song?
    Paul Maccartney ..yawn… I like the beatles man but I dont know its time to pass the torch .STOP SAYING YES TO THE GRAMMYS PAUL!! Let Bono make a fool of himself…Hes got a hot wife tho mmmmmm….
    Daft Punk..I liked it not so much tho but it was fun…Stevie Wonder is Phenomenal even tho he annoys me every time he sings “higher ground”…and my favorite performance was… Queens Of the Stone age I was about to leave my parents house to go home till i heard the initial lick from “my god is the sun”
    as i was leaving towards the door i decided to sit and watch! I was thnking Finally a decent performance…

    Conclusion…
    Grammys up to their old tricks again shafting new talent and awarding the biggest hype or the most overwhelming hype that has some intergrty(?) Why do you win a grammy?
    who cares rock belongs to the Old guys despite not playing a show since 2007 Led zeppelin . Pop belongs to hotest artists who can lay an instrument (Bruno Mars Jt) or anyone who doesnt need a group of songwriters (Lorde)
    as for country look for the prettiest girl in the category (Problem?xD).
    happy grammys and good luck finding something decent to listen to…

  7. Amanda Darby

    Imagine Dragons & Kendrick Lamar should Record that song I would love to have it on my i pod

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  9. daniway

    So pissed off I can’t find a decent video of NIN’s performance!!!

  10. NINA

    Two words: John Legend. One man with nothing but a piano and amazing vocals. Perfect performance. Beyonce who? Overhyped garbage of performance

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