by Melissa Brunner
Sunday night's Grammy awards seemed to be a mix of emotions - and mixed emotions.
Certainly, the timing of the ceremony - 24 hours after the death of Whitney Houston - meant it would include some moving tributes to the pop diva. At some points, it was like witnessing a group therapy session. And who wasn't blown away by Jennifer Hudson's rendition of "I Will Always Love You?", made even more poignant as you felt the lyrics take on new meaning. The timing made the focus on Houston inevitable, but I was glad to see the producers include all the photos of those in the memorial on the screen behind Hudson during the song.
And how could you not love Adele? Just imagine the threat of having the very thing you love to do most in the world being taken from you. Five months after throat surgery, she was back better than ever... and embarrassed by her nose running during her final acceptance speech!
If anyone was a lightning rod, though, it was Chris Brown. Three years after assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna (oh, and there are again rumors they might be back together), Brown had a prominent role in the night's festivities, taking part in two performances and then winning an award. The question is whether the Grammys should have embraced him so wholeheartedly. One person I know expressed disgust over his appearance on Twitter, then received a slew of replies calling her every name in the book. Here's a link to an Associated Press article posted on the Wall Street Journal website, with concerns from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and even some fellow musicians not quite willing to forgive and forget - http://online.wsj.com/article/AP4cf8a91551a24604adc159a9495efc46.html.
Where do you fall on the debate? And what did you think of the tone of the night? Share your highlights, lowlights and overall opinions!
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