Dear Grammys, We Can Be Friends Again
Hey there, Grammys -- remember when we broke up with you last year? Well, it seems we've made a mistake. We take it all back. We are back on professionally.
So LL Cool J hosted again last night, same as last year, and it turns out he's still boring. But here's the thing: We can still forgive your indiscretions from last year, even though you're insistent on putting that pretty, pretty man onstage to host when he should really just be sitting down because his hosting skills are a total yawn. Want to know why? Two words: Imagine Kendrick.
Yep, Imagine Kendrick. The Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar collab was, in very technical terms, fucking awesome. That one performance redeemed you so hard, and seriously, we kind of wanted to jump your awards show bones for it.
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons were too damn different to collide styles, at least in our brains. The collab made no sense, in theory. It shouldn't have worked, really. But when Imagine Dragons and Kendrick collided on that stage in the midst of some fuckin' insane bass drumming and chaos, something about it set the whole damn world on fire and made me love both them both that much more.
And our disdain for you went that way as well. Sure, we were mad as hell at the whole "cutting off the only performance worth a shit" thing from last year, but this made up for it. Think of it as the Grinch heart growing by way of Kendrick beating the hell out of a drum while the lyrics of "Radioactive" rung out. Basically, it was awesome and we kind of wanted to drunk dial you after we started to see how much you'd grown.
But the thing is, it wasn't just Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar that blew shit up. You somehow managed to throw in a few more really decent performances as well. Remember that whole Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performance where all the folks -- gay, straight, or otherwise -- got married alongside each other by Queen Latifah during "Same Love?" Well, that was also amazing. Macklemore was preaching up there. Every word was solid, and he meant them all. That's some valid stuff right there.
And really. How sweet is it to see a bunch of couples, all of whom are so different on the exterior, proclaiming their love for each other while Macklemore proclaims that we're really all the same in love? It's cool, Grammys. It was cool that you did that, and we've gained a new respect for you from that. Love is love.