As usual, this year’s Grammys were a mixed bag, with some memorable highlights and a few very low lows. And we’re not just talking about the outfits.
The performances, too, came off with a range of success, and so in order to help you make sense of it all, we’re power-ranking them. Who came off the best and who just didn’t cut it?
We rank them from best to worst below!
1. Bruno Mars & friends
We can always count on Bruno Mars for a jolt of energy, and he brought it with his performance of "Locked Out of Heaven." Of course, it didn't hurt when that launched into a Bob Marley tribute featuring some very special guests.
2. Justin Timberlake
Never underestimate the power of the Timberlake ― he even had the power to zap all the color from the room and turn it sepia-toned! (See? We told you he was going old-school.) The somewhat underwhelming sounds more energetic with a live performance (an assist from Jay-Z never hurts) and JT benefits from the heavy anticipation of his return to music. Even if we're still not sold on "Pusher Love Girl."
Rihanna looked and sounded beautiful. Her performance of "Stay" would have ranked even higher if this song about a woman desperately clinging to her lover didn't give us the ick after seeing her cuddled up with Chris Brown all night.
4. Taylor Swift
Okay, so we would have preferred to hear Taylor sing a new sing instead of another circus-themed “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” but she does get some power from slipping into a Brit accent in a sly Harry Styles diss. (Though the accent could use some help from a dialect coach.)
5. Kelly Clarkson
Can't deny that Kelly Clarkson sounded awesone during her renditions of "Tennessee Waltz" and "Natural Woman." Can't deny that we kind of wanted to take a nap during it, either.
6. Frank Ocean
We love us some Frank Ocean and congratulate him on his Grammy win, but this performance of "Forrest Gump" wasn't the greatest, either vocally or with the awkward "Look! he's running!" special effects. In fact, it kind of seemed like it'd all been put together by... well, Forrest Gump.
7. Carrie Underwood
Sorry, was Carrie Underwood singing at the Grammys? We were too distracted by all the "Bibbity Bobbity Boo" business on her dress to notice how she sounded. Let's hope this dress gets "Blown Away" in the future... by a tornado, by dynamite, by whatever will ensure it never returns to the Grammys again.
Which performer were you underwhelmed by?