Monday, February 14, 2011

MUST READ: The 2011 Grammy Awards with Cleats & Couture's New Fashion Correspondent Rob

Being that this is the week the first draft of my appellate brief is due in my Legal Writing class, I unfortunately didn''t think I had enough time to sit and live blog about the Grammys. BUT I do have the juiciest moments laid out for you, as well as the nominees and winners of the major Grammy Awards (since there were over 100 in total, I only listed the ones everyone is interested in). And of course, don't forget the red carpet fashion! New Cleats & Couture fashion correspondent (sounds fancy, doesn't it) Rob will be duking it out with me in ranking the best and worst dressed celebrities, so don't forget to vote at the bottom of this post and let us know whose picks you agree with!

Welcome to the 53rd Grammy Awards!

Rock-Out Performances

 Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, and Martina McBride sing the introductory tribute to legend Aretha Franklin. Jennifer looked absolutely out of this world, and Christina did her best to redeem herself from her Super Bowl flub. Her and Jennifer definitely stole the show - all in all, a great opening.

Lady Gaga's first performance of "Born This Way" -- she comes out of the egg she's been in since the beginning of the show (but doesn't hatch, disappointment). Aside from the fact that she felt the need to sit in an egg for hours, her performance was knock-out status. Does not mean I approve of her incubation on the red carpet (cough, Rob).

Miranda Lambert sings "The House That Built Me", which is up for two awards. I don't particularly like the song, but I think she looked great and did a great job performing it. Although the pleather dress didn't strike me as awesome.

Bruno Mars, B.o.B, and Janelle Monae perform together with 14 nominations between the three of them. I am in love with Bruno Mars' voice and B.o.B's style.

Justin Bieber and Usher perform together onstage. Don't care what ANYONE says about Justin Bieber, his hair, or his pre-pubescence, he's an unreal singer and performer. Evidence in the video of him singing an Usher song for Usher when the two met. Kid belted the song out like it was his own. However, adding Jaden Smith to his performance made him look real young. Cute to see her proud parents though. And there is just nothing left to say about the talent that Usher constantly exudes

 Lady Antebellum performing some of their hits -- I have a hard time believing a country performance can be bad after my experience with live country music. I'd say 98% of the time, it's a √+. However, enough of "Need You Now" already.

Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow perform "Forget You" together, with muppets. I'm thoroughly entertained by all of the feathers and creatures on stage. I cannot stop looking at Cee-Lo's outfit; I feel like Gaga should be on stage instead of Gwyneth due to all of the chaos, but she's absolutely rocking out. So proud of her.

Katy Perry always looks like a cupcake or some sort of baked good on stage. Always. Don't particularly care for her first song, but her vocals are undeniable. Teenage Dream is much more enjoyable and always fun to listen to.

Rihanna, Eminem, and Dr. Dre perform onstage. Literally, I'm in love with every performance Eminem and Rihanna do together. I can't remember the last time I even only liked one of Enimen's performances. He is unreal everytime he steps on stage. Only like Rihanna's dress and hair because they go with the theme of the performance, but all in all, A-MA-ZING.

Mick Jagger and Barbara Streisand performed. They were good, but bored me a little...

Drake and Rihanna. Too much hotness on one stage. DAMN. Great performance by Drake, and great second preference by Rihanna. Girl's got moves.

WTF Moments

Miley Cyrus
sporting some side-boob on the red carpet. We get it, you're a grown-up now.

Someone needs to remind John Mayer (and his stylist) that he isn't Johnny Depp.

Don't know if anyone caught it, but Christina fell during her performance.

For anyone counting at home, it's 9pm/8 central, and there have been four performances and one award announced since the start of the show an hour ago.

Hayley Williams from Paramore is wearing a weird see-through black dress with a pink fur tutu skirt around the edge. True definition of WTF. Was she trying to match her hair?

Bob Dylan's performance. I'm the biggest Bob Dylan supporter out there, but good GOD he sounded awful. His redeeming moment was the few notes he played on the harmonica.

Miley Cyrus's awkward walk and stance while presenting the Best Country Album award. Seriously, what is she doing?

Who is Esperanza Spalding and how did she beat out Justin Bieber for Best New Artist?

Arcade Fire winning Album of the Year, knocking out Eminem and Lady Gaga? Honestly?

2011 Grammy Nominees and Winners
(my votes in purple, winners in bold!)

Album of the Year
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Recovery – Eminem
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Song of the Year
“Beg, Steal or Borrom” – Ray LaMontagne
“Forget You” – Cee Lo
“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
“Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Need You Know” – Lady Antebellum

Record of the Year
“Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Nothin’ On You” – Bruno Mars
“Forget You” – Cee Lo
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
 “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Sons

Esperanza Spalding

Best Country Album
Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley
You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band
The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson 
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Revolution – Miranda Lambert

Best Rap Album
The Adventures Of Bobby Ray – B.o.B
Thank Me Later – Drake
Recovery – Eminem
The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
How I Got Over – The Roots

Best Rock Album
Emotion & Commotion - Jeff Beck
The Resistance - Muse
Backspacer - Pearl Jam
Mojo - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Le Noise - Neil Young

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Graffiti – Chris Brown
Untitled – R. Kelly
Transition – Ryan Leslie
The ArchAndroid – Janelle Monáe
Raymond V Raymond – Usher

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
“Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version)” – Glee Cast
“Misery” – Maroon 5
“The Only Exception” – Paramore
“Babyfather” – Sade
“Hey, Soul Sister (Live)” – Train

 Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
“Airplanes II” – B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams
“Imagine” – Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare

“If It Wasn’t For Bad” – Elton John & Leon Russell
“Telephone” – Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
“California Gurls” – Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Dance Recording
“Rocket” – Goldfrapp
“In For The Kill” – La Roux
“Dance In The Dark” – Lady Gaga
“Only Girl (In The World)” – Rihanna

“Dancing On My Own” – Robyn

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
“Ready To Start” – Arcade Fire
“I Put A Spell On You” – Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
“Tighten Up” – The Black Keys

“Radioactive” – Kings Of Leon
“Resistance” – Muse

Best Pop Vocal Album
My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
I Dreamed A Dream – Susan Boyle
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga

Battle Studies – John Mayer
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
"King Of Anything" - Sara Bareilles
"Halo (Live)" - Beyonce
"Chasing Pirates" - Norah Jones
"Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga

"Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

"Haven't Met You Yet" - Michael Buble
"This Is It" - Michael Jackson
"Whataya Want From Me" - Adam Lambert
"Just The Way You Are" - Bruno Mars

"Half Of My Heart" - John Mayer

Best Rap Solo Performance

"Over" - Drake
"Not Afraid" - Eminem

"How Low" - Ludacris
"I'm Back" - T.I.
"Power" - Kanye West

Best Rap / Sung Collaboration

"Nothin' On You" - B.o.B. & Bruno Mars
"Deuces" - Chris Brown, Tyga, & Kevin McCall
"Love The Way You Lie" - Eminem & Rihanna
"Empire State of Mind" - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

"Wake Up Everybody" - John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common

Best Rap Song

Empire State of Mind

Love The Way You Lie
Not Afraid
Nothin' On You
On to the Next One
(love both of these songs too much to pick just one!)

Best Female Country Vocal Perforamnce

"Satisfied" - Jewel
"The House That Built Me" - Miranda Lambert

"Swingin'" - LeAnn Rimes
"Temporary Home" - Carrie Underwood
"I'd Love To Be Your Last" - Gretchen Wilson

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

"Macon" - Jamey Johnson
"Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)" - Toby Keith
"Turning Home" - David Nail
"'Til Summer Comes Around" - Keith Urban

"Gettin' You Home" - Chris Young

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

"Free" - Zac Brown Band
"Elizabeth" - Dailey & Vincent
"Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum

"Little White Church" - Little Big Town
"Where Rainbows Never Die" - The SteelDrivers

Best Country Song

The Breath You Take
The House That Built Me
I'd Love To Be Your Last
If I Die Young
Need You Now

Best & Worst Dressed

(picks by Jamie & fashion correspondent Rob! The choice on the left is mine and the choice on the right is Rob's, with commentary underneath from both of us!)

 Jamie: Jennifer Hudson looked absolutely out of this world in her Versace gown and her Louboutin strappy stilettos. Girl gets more stunning with every award show, I don't think it's any question who best dressed should go to.

Rob: Lady Gaga She is everything.


Jamie: Can't remember the last time I was in love with something Jennifer Lopez wore, but I definitely am with her Emilio Pucci mini dress and very glittery peep-toe Louboutins.

Rob: Nicki Minaj – Her custom Givenchy gown is art. It’s also right on trend with the animal print. Kudos to Nicki for carrying the look through from head to toe. Only she could pull this off.


Jamie: At first glance, I wasn't sure if I liked this Ashi Studio dress, but upon further inspection, I think Eva Longoria looks like a knock-out in it, and paired it with great shoes, might I add.

Rob: Jennifer Lopez – a showstopper in her long-sleeved Pucci minidress accessorized with killer Louboutins and wavy locks.


Jamie: If I had to guess, I'd say more people than not don't like Julianne Hough in this Malandrino gown. But personally, I think she is one of the most well-dressed and styled girls at the show. The dress is fun, young, and vibrant, just like her. 

Rob: Florence Welch – She gets an A+ for matching dress to personality (a skill lacking elsewhere on the carpet). I love her in this intricately-detailed, whimisical Givenchy creation.


Jamie: I honestly don't think many people could pull this off, and I didn't think it would be Kelly Osbourne who would, but she wore this Tadashi Shoji flawlessly. Somehow, this shade of lavender and the ruffles (two things I didn't think I'd like) came together as a perfect dress for her.

Rob: Jennifer Hudson – Who wasn’t rooting for Jennifer to wow on the red carpet after her dramatic weight loss? She delivered in Versace with a sparkly fitted bodice.

Jamie: Obviously Justin Bieber's girlfriend has to look hot, and Selena Gomez has rocked pretty much every red carpet she's been on recently. She told reporters that she felt "like an award" in her gorgeous J. Mendel floor-length gown.

Rob: Lea Michele – In her second year departing from tried and true favorite Oscar de la Renta (this time in favor of Pucci), Lea solidified her ingénue status. The neckline, lace detail, and high slit all work for her.


Jamie: I'm not going to lie, I'm not digging her hair cut, but Dianna Agron did choose a great dress (designed by Vivienne Westwood).

Rob: Keri Hilson – Love everything about her architectural Basil Soda, her hair, and her accessory choices.

Jamie: I get that her dress did not translate well to TV (mainly because she was standing and walking so awkwardly), but Miley Cyrus's Roberto Cavalli gown is extremely pretty.

Rob: Julianne Hough – equal parts flirty & sophisticated in her plunging patterned Malandrino.

Jamie: I think this Givenchy gown really suits Florence Welch, and the back (which you obviously can't seen from this picture) is a low-cut BRIGHT orange that really looks great.

Rob: Kathy Griffin – fit and fab at fifty(!) in a stand-out Oscar de la Renta.

Jamie: As space-age as the top of this dress is, without it, Keri Hilson looks gorgeous.

Rob: LeAnn Rimes – As much as I hate this homewrecker, she turned it out in Reem Acra. I think she pulled off the look that Kim Kardashian was going for (see below).

Jamie: One thing that's great about country star Miranda Lambert is that she has never been the stick-thin girl or tried to be here. She embraces her curves & looks great doing it.

Rob: Monica – Somehow the combination of structured + power shoulder + floor length + train works for her.

Jamie: I've jumped on the "annoyed with LeAnn Rimes" bandwagon after she broke up a marriage... but she does look better in this Reem Acra gown than I've seen her recently.

Rob: Jewel - Looking great at five months pregnant in pale yellow Pamella Roland.

Unlike Rob and pretty much the rest of the free world, I'm not the world's biggest Lea Michele fan, and it takes a lot for her to wow me, hence her falling right in the middle of the pack in her Emilio Pucci gown (who seemed to be all over this red carpet).

Rob: Rihanna – Kudos for being avant garde in this Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture gown, but it might just fall on the wrong side of the just enough/too much line.

Jamie: Country legend Martina McBride could do without the over-sized sash and sleeve, but they aren't bad enough to ruin her ensemble, especially because she has great shoes.

Rob: Selma Blair – She pulls off the two-toned Lanvin.

Jamie: I'm probably going to get slammed for not putting her lower, but I actually like Ciara's gown a lot more than I like many of the other ones. The color is really pretty, and when you look at the top of it close up, the intricate detail of this Emilio Pucci (again!)

Rob: Diana Agron – I love that she went a little edgy for the Grammys in her Vivienne Westwood, but I think it might be just a tad too long.

Jamie: I think Kim Kardashian is gorgeous, but the color, style, and cut of her Kaufman Franco gown pretty much don't flatter her in any way. She even told red carpet reporters that her whole butt didn't fit into the dress after they tailored it... (but I do happen to love her nude peep-toe Christian Louboutin pumps!)

Rob: Kelly Osbourne – The silhouette of this Tadashi Shoji flatters Kelly’s svelte new figure, but I wish the color was a bit edgier to match her personality.

Jamie: Since when does Jewel come to award shows anymore? Regardless, her Pamella Roland dress didn't strike me as great or horrible, just kind of there.

Rob: Eva Longoria – in Ashi Studio. I like the top. I like the bottom. I just think this is too much volume for such a small girl.

Jamie: When did Kathy Griffin turn stick-thin and get herself off the D-List? Had there been more dresses that were amazing, this would have been towards the bottom of my list, but her dress even manages to escape the bottom ten. Scary.

Rob: Selena Gomez – There’s nothing wrong with Selena Gomez’s sinky J. Mendel, per se. It’s just out of place on an 18 year old.

Jamie: Snooki, what are you doing at the Grammys? And what is with your space outfit?

Rob: Margaret Cho – Props to nominee Margaret, who usually makes a spectacle of herself but toned it down this year in a leather belted gray chiffon number.

Jamie: We're starting to get into the bad and the weird. Natasha Bedingfield looks like she's wearing an elaborate prom dress (although I happen to like that shade of blue).

Rob: Nicole Kidman – I would like this Jean Paul Gaultier better if the flower detail at the top wasn’t there? As is, I think it looks a bit like drapes/Sunday Rose’s latest art project.

Jamie: Dear Jordin Sparks, the Halle Berry look barely worked for Halle Berry. I see that you're channeling her, but you're not her. So don't. Love, Jamie.

Rob: Miley Cyrus – Age appropriate (for once) and the animal print is on trend, but something about the fit of this Roberto Cavalli looks sloppy to me. Or maybe it’s her insistence on wearing every bracelet she owns.

Jamie: Ciara's space-detail was subtle, Snooki's was less subtle, but Monica has taken this extraterrestrial fashion thing to a whole new level.

Rob: Crystal Bowersox- Sure, she looks sloppy, but I do give her credit for at least trying in this one-shouldered emerald green Alberto Makali. But she does look uncomfortable.

Jamie: I've always thought Crystal Bowersox was strange, and this pretty much puts the nail in that coffin. I like the shade of green, but that's about all I like about this look. Rumor has it she didn't even have shoes on underneath her gown.

Rob: Miranda Lambert – Boring shape, ill-fitting, plus she commits a pet peeve of mine in her Georges Chakra: I can see protruding belly. You’re a miilionaire. Get a pair of Spanx

Jamie: Margaret Cho, what is this? Other than a poorly put-together toga with a belt?

Rob: Natasha Bedingfield – This looks out of place on the Grammy red carpet and the color is a bad fit for her pale skin.

Jamie: Alright, I realize Selma Blair is pregnant, but that is no excuse to just wear frocks to award shows. You will end up on the worst-dressed list.

Rob: Kim Kardashian – This draped metallic Kaufman Franco number is on trend, but that’s only 1/2 the battle. It did nothing for her (let’s just say I thought it was Khloe at first).

Jamie: Remember when I said we were getting into the bad and the weird? Here's the weird. Katy Perry wore a giant Swarovski crystal bra (lately, when has Katy Perry not had glitter on her ta-tas?) and angel wings with a custom-made Armani gown. Also, she brought her Grammie as her date to the Grammys.

Rob: Snooki I love me some Snooks, but this is not flattering. I imagine not much is when you’re 4’10” with meat on your bones, but she could have done better than this.

Jamie: So many things I could say about Rihanna. She looks like the abominable snowman, she looks like a Christmas tree wrapped in tinsle, or she looks like a PETA attack waiting to happen. This Jean-Paul Gautier was fresh off the runway, but I can't imagine that there was a fear of anyone else wearing it first. However, this doesn't negate how amazing she looked during her performances the rest of the night.

Rob: Ciara Proportions are all wrong on this barely-there Pucci dress & heavy shoes.

Jamie: This is probably killing Rob, but I'm sorry. I realize Nicki Minaj is channeling her inner Lady Gaga, but this is just too much. She looks like she is wearing a giant Hostess cupcake on top of her head, & it is really hard for me to take her seriously in that outfit.

Rob: Jordin Sparks – Take off that unnecessary train & this Zang Toi might be a winner.

Jamie: If you are put behind Nicki Minaj and Rihanna's outfits at the Grammys, you know you screwed up. Nicole Kidman literally looks like she took incredibly heinous living room carpet and had someone turn it into a gown. Probably one of the worst things I've ever seen her wear. Jean-Paul Gautier needed to keep his disasters on the runway.

Rob: Martina McBride – Catherine Malandrino’s inner monologue: “I’ll jazz up this plain black mini by putting a piece of fabric on one shoulder…and…wait for it…another piece on the bottom of the opposite side. Huh? Am I good or what?”

Jamie: I'm sorry, I can't put someone who is incubating anywhere other than the bottom of this list. Lady Gaga's performance was absolutely incredible (and tame by her standards), but she paraded around in an egg for the entirety of the pre-show and until she got onstage to perform. She is going to have a real difficult time outdoing herself in the future.

Rob: Katy Perry – Nothing redeeming about this winged Armani creation. She’s another one who seems to cheapen everything she puts on.


  1. Sorry - just had to correct you, its Pamella (2 L's) Roland. But great post!

  2. Thank you! messed me up on that one!


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