LOS ANGELES - The 62nd Grammy Awards, which were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, was decidedly a west coast affair. But there was still plenty of room in the ceremony for some flair from the eastern seaboard, which largely came courtesy of the performance by Aerosmith.
Aerosmith, formed in Boston back in the 1970s, was well-prepared to represent the city at this year's celebration of the best in music. However, some legal controversies ended up miring the performance ahead of its bow at the Grammys.
Last week, we wrote about Joey Kramer, the drummer for Aerosmith, who was barred by a judge from performing with the band at the Grammys due to an ankle injury. It was too bad that he was unable to partake, but it was still great to see Aerosmith rocking out after all these years. Even though Kramer wasn't there, Tom Hamilton and Bradley Whitford were. And of course, no Aerosmith performance would be complete without Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. They had remarkable energy for performers who are 71 and 69-years-old, respectively.
They were joined by Run-DMC in what proved to be a welcome reunion at the Grammys. The awards show always skews younger, but Aerosmith and Run-DMC, performing "Walk This Way" and "Livin' on the Edge," showed that the old guard can still hang in the music crowd.
As for the ceremony, as a whole, it seemed to go off without a hitch, thanks to the deft hosting abilities of Alicia Keys. It began on a somber note with Keys paying tribute to Kobe Bryant, who died yesterday and who played innumerable games in the Staples Center over his career.
But the show kicked into high gear, with plenty of big performances from stars like Lil Nas X (who included a tribute to Bryant in his set), Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and the Jonas Brothers.
Eilish was the big winner of the night. The 18-year-old won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist. Forget about the triple crown! Eilish was dominant like few artists have been before last night. Her song, "Bad Guy," is what propelled her to the position she held on the stage.
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