Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean Shine in Grammy Performances
The Band Perry and Blake Shelton give a rousing tribute to Glen Campbell.
Though sorrow over the death of legendary pop singer Whitney Houston hung heavily on the Grammy audience throughout the ceremony on Sunday (Feb. 12), the 54th Annual Grammy awards boasted several stunning performances, including those by British pop singer Adele, a reunited Beach Boys, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Glen Campbell, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson.
Dressed elegantly in a gold-and-black, one-shoulder floor-length gown, Carrie sang an elegant duet of "It Had to Be You" with Tony Bennett, which was included on his recent album Duets II. The album won a golden gramophone for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album earlier in the evening. Watch Carrie and Tony's performance of "It Had to Be You" here.
Taylor, meanwhile, accompanied herself on banjo against a derelict cabin backdrop as her band of musicians perfectly portrayed their theatrical roles. At one point she changed up the lyrics, driving her point home to her critics. Someday I'll be singing this at the Grammys, she sang triumphantly. Watch Taylor's performance of "Mean" here.
"There is nothing like two great voices blending," Reba McEntire said, introducing Jason and Kelly to perform their popular ballad "Don't You Wanna Stay." Jason, dressed in a sharp pinstripe suit and his ever-present cowboy hat, sang powerfully, accompanied by Kelly's soaring vocals on the sultry ballad. Despite some microphone troubles for Jason at the song's end, the pair garnered a standing ovation from the Grammy crowd. Watch their performance of "Don't You Wanna Stay" here.
The Band Perry, who were nominated for the Best New Artist award (the trophy went to Bon Iver), performed a Grammy tribute with Blake to country legend Glen Campbell. The sibling trio performed a fiddle-and-mandolin-laden version of "Gentle on My Mind" spearheaded by Kimberly Perry's irrepressible and soulful vocals. Donning a classy suit, Blake Shelton sang Glen's 1977 hit "Southern Nights." Blake's muscular twang proved a perfect fit with the lyrics. Blake then introduced Glen for a rendition of his signature 1975 hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy." The 75-year-old Glen worked the Grammy stage with considerable confidence, turning the audience into his own personal choir, as cameras panned to artists such as Miranda Lambert and Paul McCartney singing along. Check out the tribute here.