Not that I play any piano or sing, but still, it would have been nice to perform something like that myself.
The concept was simple, yet its execution was flamboyant. Lady Gaga is churned out by a big “Fame Factory,” which spits her out wearing a green, sparkly outfit that everyone on the forum I was on immediately dubbed ‘Gaga-Tinkerbell’ outfit. After performing “Pokerface,” she gets dumped into a giant ‘Rejected’ bin, only to emerge behind her piano and accompanied by none other than Elton John for an amazing duet of “Speechless” and “Your Song.”
I've always loved Elton John, and it comes as no surprise that he performed with Lady Gaga. Honestly, we could say that he finally performed with Lady Gaga. As for her, however odd she might seem, there are two things about her that I find strangely compelling. The first is her confidence. She does what she wants, however extravagant it might be. And the second is her singing, especially when she accompanies herself on the piano.
It could be argued that the choice of song wasn’t the best, but it must also be pointed out that, in an era of young starlets wanting to live the dream of performing on stage without having the talent to do so well, Lady Gaga is actually one of the artists who has a voice and can use it well. It’s sad that people are so focused on her outfits that they rarely comment on that.
But perhaps that’s exactly what Lady Gaga is aiming for. What a social commentary that would be.
Pink: "Have You Ever" and "Glitter in the Air"
Pink is another artist I have always liked, and that I continue to like throughout the years. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that she can sing; perhaps it has to do with the fact that she came out of the bubble-gum pop mould she was initially cast in to become her own person. It probably has something to do with the fact that her lyrics are heartfelt and go beyond the stereotypical mushy-type lyrics.
One thing is certain: her performance at last night’s Grammy’s has raised the bar like nothing else has in a long time. In a number fit for a Cirque du Soleil act, Pink sang "Glitter in the Air" while hanging from white silk material. Her relatively simple attire – if you can call a flesh-coloured bodysuit that – as well as the lack of special effects put the spotlight where it deserved to be: on the high-flying, graceful aerial act graced with a perfectly sung tune, even during the longest spin sequence in which Pink’s voice didn’t falter once.