Fitz and the Tantrums. Echo. February 19, 2010

2010 Grammys

This year's Grammy Awards telecast was, in a word, weird. This year represented the aftermath of a tumultuous year for the music industry and a slew of tragedies...combined with the return of glamrock punk and futuristic electronica brought on by a new decade.

Feelings evoked that of George Orwell's 1984...where 2010 marked the end of the (music) world as we know it...or rather, the record industry. It was one of the most technically elaborate shows I've seen...but even that was marked by tragedy when they announced a stage hand died the night before the show.

Most of the music performance's backdrops had images of war and destruction. Andrea Bocelli and Mary J Blige sang an original song for Haiti with footage of the earthquake's devastation. A Michael Jackson 3-D tribute played "What About Us," along with images of a rainforest being leveled. Beyonce's entrance was accompanied by an 100-man bomb squad. Bon Jovi's politically charged performance with images of Ghandi, MLK Jr. and Kennedy was surrounded by flames. During Lady Gaga and Elton John's piano duet, they played alongside a gritty oiltank that read "REJECTED;" sut and dirt covered their faces and clothing as arms and legs jutted out from the piano top. The 2010 Grammy's were a juxtaposition of glamour and destruction...literally. I mean, Pink actually spewed water all over the nominees priceless couture during her acrobatic performance.

But don't worry - innocence and wholesomeness won out in the end when Taylor Swift accepted Album of the Year.

Highlights: Eminem/Lil' Wayne/Drake/Travis Barker performance, Dave Matthews Band and the Michael Jackson 3-D tribute with Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Smokey Robinson, Usher and Carrie Underwood.

Low highlights: Taylor Swift's voice during her duet with Stevie Nicks...and Jamie Foxx

Phoenix won for best Alternative Music Album

MJ Tribute

J Lo

Elton John & Lady GaGa