The Highs, Lows, and Whoas of the 2017 Grammys

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The Grammys are large, they contain multitudes. One show, stretching across what seemed like an endless number of hours, brought us great joy — in the form of Beyoncé leaning backward in a chair and Bruno Mars strutting onstage in a purple suit — and more than a few letdowns, mixed with some genuine confusion. No awards show, especially one honoring music, should have as many technical difficulties as we (and James Hetfield) had to endure on Sunday night. And as much fun as James Corden is while he’s carpooling with the stars, his “who, me?” schtick struggled to fill a room as big as Staples Center. Now that it’s behind us, let’s break down what worked, what didn’t, and what was just baffling. HIGH: David Bowie sweeping. Over the course of his entire lifetime, Bowie won just a single Grammy for a music video (and not even “Ziggy Stardust”); tonight he won five posthumous awards, picking up his first-ever Grammy for recognition of his music and finally getting the sweep he’d so long been denied. LOW: Our general boredom. An hours-long awards show shouldn’t be filled with a bunch of down-tempo performances, especially when they all seemed to fill up the first half. The Grammys have the most live-entertainment firepower available to them of all the awards shows. If they can’t translate that into an engaging start-to-finish production, it’s time to change some things. RELATED LOW: Ed Sheeran’s endless performance of his nondescript new single. Case in point. HIGH: Beyoncé hypnotizing everyone. Words won’t do justice to what Beyoncé did, so we submit: Watch Beyonce’s Performance LOW: Lemonade only won two awards. Adding insult to injury, Beyoncé lost to Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary for Best Music Film. Dark times, indeed. Watch Beyonce’s Speech WHOA: Adele dedicating her Album of the Year win to Beyoncé. Because when Kanye’s M.I.A., someone’s gotta do the honors. HIGH: Blue Ivy everything. Blue Ivy stopped by your little awards show to cheer on her mom. In between entertaining an audience with Nick Jonas and salvaging James Corden’s “Sweet Caroline” bit, the eldest Carter progeny reminded us that she was Destiny’s original Child. HIGH: Wondering, briefly, if Corden getting stuck wasn’t a gag. In retrospect, Corden’s bumbled-monologue bit foreshadowed a night full of technical difficulties and flubs. But when the show started, the possibility of Corden’s adorable ineptitude being genuine felt like a welcome breath of a reality. Watch WHOA: Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment. We knew no Corden-hosted event would be...

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