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The 2014 Grammy’s: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • January 27, 2014
  • 3 min read

When it comes to the Grammy’s good years have been few and far between. However, 2014 proved to be their strongest year yet with some of the most incredible live acts taking the stage for what may have been the greatest Grammy Awards ever. Although, we can’t ignore some questionable artists, looks and performances…right?

Beyonce and Jay-Z opened the Grammys with a proved to be a steamy performance between the couple on B’s single “Drunk In Love.” However, the performance was riddled with bleeps and censors, think they could have made an FCC-friendly version?

Katy Perry scared the children away with her creepy performance of “Dark Horse” with Juicy J. The performance was filled with eerie trees, dancing horses, gyrating dancers and FIRE (of course)! Perry did a great job vocally and looked like a modern day Elvira in her gothic garb.

Taylor Swift may have looked stunning but her “stunned” look when she thought she won the Grammy for “Red” was priceless. Swift even got up from her seat to accept the award but sat right back down when she realized it was “Random Access Memories.” Shows the attention span of some people!

Daft Punk swept 5 grammy’s from all the categories they were nominated for including the biggest honor, album of the year. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers spoke on behalf of the silent robots who made the best costume change of the night. The French pop duo even got the likes of Stevie Wonder to collaborate with them; talk about a little help from their friends. The duo proves to be one of the biggest musical acts today years after their 1992 debut on the music scene. Bravo Daft Punk!

When we think about music legends there’s always one band that comes to mind; The Beatles. Now, when you have two living legends take the stage for a performance honoring their incredible solo careers and their time in that group, you kind of trump all other acts. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr performed together for the first time since 2009 highlighting McCartney’s new songs, a Starr solo and some Beatle’s classics.

I spoke too soon though. What could actually trump the Beatles? How about Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah & MADONNA officiating the marriages of 33 couples live at the grammy’s? And couples that are both gay, straight, black, white, etc? All while a song about equality for gay couples, “Same Love,” is sung to a packed room and millions of viewers around the world; oh and Madonna sings your wedding song “Open Your Heart” at the end? Yeah, I don’t think anything can really top that. Check it out above.

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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