And while audience members did get drenched from the water cascading off Pink’s spinning form, I have yet to find one negative comment – and as she did get a standing ovation, I highly doubt we will be hearing any anytime soon.
Béyoncé: "If I Was a Boy" and "You Oughta Know"
Yet another artist whose voice matches her popularity is Beyoncé. Yet another artist who was able to break out of the bubble-gum pop mould and grow with every year, she walked from the Grammy Awards with six awards (out of ten nominations), which is a record for most Grammy Awards won in one night by a female artist.
Her performance was also relatively simple, making full use of the expansive stage but refraining from extra effects. Of course there was the presence of about 20 to 30 backup dancers, dressed as members of a Beyoncé-assigned SWAT team, that filled up the expansive space, but it was, again, a performance focused on the song rather than on the showcase value. Although I have to admit that I was puzzled at her running up the aisle for a mere couple of seconds of singing on the centre stage before she ran back to the main stage.
She sang her song "If I Were a Boy," a great choice to showcase her amazing vocals. But while the medley with Alanis Morissette’s "You Oughta Know" made sense lyrically, it really didn’t do much (if anything) for Beyoncé’s voice; it really took away from what would have been another noteworthy Grammy 2010 performance. If only the melody had been reworked to suit her vocals.
Black Eyed Peas: "Imma Be" and "I Gotta Feeling"
The Black Eyed Peas won three awards last night, but if the response to their performance is any indication, they should have won a lot more. Their "Imma Be"/"I Gotta Feeling" medley seemed to have brought the entire crowd to its feet, and you could see the energy level rising ten-fold as the opening notes of "I Gotta Feeling" played.
It was a great performance, typical of the Black Eyed Peas, whose group features some great talent. The only disappointing part was the fact that we barely got to see the images flashing on the screens behind them, which were sent in from fans around the world.