The 2013 Grammy Awards fiesta started with flashy, feel-good performances by Taylor Swift, Elton John with Ed Sheeran and FUN.
Swift sang "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" in a playful Alice in Wonderland-meets-Cirque du Soleil setting while FUN performed while getting pelted with raindrops. The highlight of the early part of the show, came from R&B singer Miguel who gave a fearless, falsetto-splattered rendition of his hit "Adorn" alongside rapper Wiz Khalifa.
Later on, during an acceptance speech, Kelly Clarkson said, "Miguel, I don't know who you are, but we need to sing together. That was the sexist thing I've ever seen."
Justin Timberlake also excited the audience with a retro-powered performance that featured a guest rap from Jay-Z. An all-star tribute to Bob Marley -- featuring Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Sting and several of Marley's musical offspring -- brought the crowd at the Los Angeles Staples Center to its feet.
As the ceremony unfolded, though, there was mostly disappointing news for Virginia artists.
Richmond's Lamb of God, competing in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category, was edged out by Halestorm, who won for the track "Love Bites (So Do I)."
Petersburg's Trey Songz was nominated for Best R&B Song for his tune "Heart Attack," but the statue went to Miguel for "Adorn."
Virginia Beach rapper Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton was nominated in the Best Rap Song category for his contributions to the Kanye West tune "Mercy." That award went instead to Jay-Z and Kanye West for a tune called "N****s in Paris."
In a dramatic moment, Frank Ocean took the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album -- a category in which Chris Brown was also nominated. After the announcement, the camera captured Brown looking gracious -- clapping and nodding. Later in the evening, though, he looked as though he was eager for the show to end.
Brown, who grew up in Tappahannock, was involved in a parking lot altercation with Ocean last month outside a recording studio in West Hollywood. Ocean decided not to press charges.
On the bright side, Virginia can take some pride in Ocean's Best Urban Contemporary Album win. The disc includes production from Virginia Beach's Pharrell Williams.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun