Rating the Performances at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

by Jessy Krupa

13 February 2012

Photo: Jennifer Hudson performs a Whitney Houston tribute during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12, 2012. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT) 

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6. Foo Fighters - “Walk”

Rock bands belong in outdoor tents, surrounded by happy fans who probably didn’t think that they would get a chance to see their favorites perform live. Sometimes you don’t need pyrotechnics and flashy on-stage antics to make a memorable moment.

 

7. Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt - “Sunday Kind of Love”

Etta James was another legend who passed away this year, and this short but sweet tribute by two famous fans was another highlight.

 

8. Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson - “Don’t You Wanna Stay?”

Even though Kelly had some microphone problems at the start of the set, this traditional duet was about substance over style.

 

9. Taylor Swift - “Mean”

Recreating the rural 1930s look of its music video, Swift’s “Mean” entertained her fans and didn’t give her critics much to complain about.

 

10. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band - “We Take Care of Our Own”

The debut single of the Band’s 17th album, assisted by stringed instrumentation, opened the show on an upbeat note.

 

11. Rihanna - “We Found Love” and Coldplay - “Princess of China”/”Paradise”

There was much talk about this supposed duet between two very different acts, but other than a few lines from Rihanna crossing into the start of Coldplay’s piece, they were mostly separated.

 

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