The biggest wins of the night included the rehabed Amy Winehouse and the innovator Kanye West. Unable to travel to Los Angeles after Visa drama and travel difficulties, Winehouse did a live performance from London. It served as a reminder for why she was a big winner on five of her six nominations.
Another performance that drew tears from the audience was that of West, who did his hit "Stronger" and a heart felt a cappella tribute to his recently deceased mother with "Hey Mama." West received four Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album for Graduation.
The 50th aniversary show was focused on history and memorable performances. Alicia Keys started the show with a simulated duet with Frank Sinatra, while Beyonce and Tina Turner energized everyone with their rendition of "Proud Mary." Rhianna, who became a first time winner for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with “Umbrella," also performed with 1980’s band The Time.
Throughout the show there were also the boring or plain random moments, like Kid Rock’s awkward performance. Overall the show was entertaining and, shocking. The biggest award, Best Album of the Year, was unexpectedly awarded to 67-year-old jazz pianist Herbie Hancock “River: The Joni Letters.” His album, a tribute to singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, was the first jazz album to win since 1965.
The difference between the Grammys and other shows is that musical peers decide who will receive the coveted golden award. With new developments in the music industry it is good to know artists will still receive the same judgment, ensuring more Gammys for another 50 years.