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Of course we can make this list much longer, but that would just take far too much negative energy. Needless to say, there are some pretty awful things that happened at last night’s 2014 GRAMMY Awards, and we’re not just talking about Pharrell’s hat. Check out below, 4 things that sucked about the 2014 GRAMMYS. Do you agree? What do you think sucked about this year’s GRAMMYS? Let us know in a comment below.

1. Nobody Puts QOTSA in Corner — As the closing slot of the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the evening’s best performance was rudely cut short by the closing credits and a commercial break. Coming together for an incredible collaborative performance, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor/NIN, and Fleetwood Mac’s Lyndsey Buckingham lit that GRAMMY stage on fire, finally giving rock fans what they had been waiting for; and then the GRAMMYS messed it all up by pulling the plug on the broadcast while the all-star finale was still on stage performing. Rightfully so, Trent was not happy about it and per usual, he took his unhappiness to Twitter.

2. No Full Tribute to Lou Reed — Words can’t describe how much the iconic Lou Reed has done for music, and the many genres that have spawned because of this style and words. With his death being one of the most heartfelt musician deaths of 2013, the GRAMMYS gave him all but a 30-second tribute coming from Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars. Lou Reed also received another two-second tribute in the general GRAMMY tribute to all those in the music industry that passed in 2013. Nod of the hat to Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett for wearing a Lou Reed t-shirt during their performance.

3. Kendrick Lamar Got ROBBED — If any artist got more screwed at the GRAMMYS, it was Kendrick Lamar. Nominated for eight GRAMMYS including “Album of the Year,” “Best New Artist”, “Best Rap Performance,” “Best Rap Song,” “Best Rap Album” and more. Kendrick did not win one of these awards. It’s even more ludicrous that he did not win any of the rap categories in which he was nominated for all. Instead, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took the GRAMMYS for all the rap categories and then some. Sure these guys are great at what they do and definitely deserve a win, but when it comes to rap — I mean real-ass-hard rap, Kendrick should have been the winner. According to Ghostface’s standards (which are pretty supreme), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are what you would call “soft rappers”. So soft that they didn’t even make it on Ghost’s 2013 list of “soft rappers”.

4. Awkward Crowd Reactions — It’s such a shame that this pop-infested crowd did not know how to react to some real country music. No, it wasn’t pop-country, it definitely wasn’t pop-rap and it surely wasn’t pop-rock. It was Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton performing some of the best country classics. Willie and Kris even performed the “The Highwayman”, which they used to perform with both Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Sure, these dudes are old and maybe one or two were a little stage shy to that immense celebrity-filled GRAMMY audience, but good lord — could the audience have made these country greats’ performance more uncomfortable? Giving off the most confused and awkward crowd reactions were Mark Anthony, Katy Perry, just about every lame chick in the crowd, and that dude sitting next to Nate Ruess of Fun, who actually pulled his phone out during the set as he chatted to Nate. Kudos to Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons and Steven Tyler for actually singing along and enjoying the great display of music happening before them.

Words: Sandra Burciaga


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