My Top Picks for GRAMMY Performances 2014

Last year I gave my list of favorite 2013 GRAMMY performances.

You can read that here if you would like to relive last year’s performances:

Now, as a fellow musician, I have nothing but love and respect for everyone on this list. I also have lots of love and respect for the performers that I did NOT place on this list. I know that I’m probably going to have a few people who say, “Huh?” when they read this list, but the beauty about being an human being, is we are all entitled to our own thoughts and opinions.

And being that we are all human beings, I hope we can all appreciate that. 🙂

And now I present to you, my top 10 2014 GRAMMY performances in descending order

10. Lorde


I’ve been a fan of Lorde for quite some time. I remember discovering her EP and going, “HOW THE FUCK DOES NO ONE KNOW ABOUT THIS GIRL!?”

Flash forward to today and she’s a super star.

Now I will be honest: I thought her vocal performance was a tad weak, at least compared to other live performances of hers I’ve seen. However, I can’t even fathom what it would be like to be a 17-year-old performing at the GRAMMYS. Her stage performance was demonic and dark and twisted, and I LOVED IT.

The black tipped fingers sealed the deal.

I’m excited to see what’s in store for this young lady.

9. Beyonce and Jay-Z 


I mean… It’s Queen Bey. The VOICE. The BODY. That OUTFIT!

I don’t know that this one needs a lot of explanation.

When Jay grabbed DAT ASS. COME ON! This couple is pure sex people!

8. Taylor Swift


Now I’m not the biggest Tay Tay fan. Not that I dislike her, but I’ve never been super crazy in love with her.

However, I thought her song and performance was just so REAL.

It was the first time I didn’t roll my eyes that she was singing a song about an ex. I felt for once that she was more than just a young girl trying to get back at an ex boyfriend in a song. She sounded like a WOMAN who was mourning love lost.

Awwwww Tay Tay you’re growing up! We’re all rooting for you! 🙂

7. Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar


First of all, can we ALL just take a moment to talk about the amount of percussion present in this performance?

I loved it.

Oh, and also, did I mention that Imagine Dragons are BERKLEE alum??? Yep. Reppin’ my alma mater like BOSSES! 🙂

When you watch the video, please note minutes 4.00 to about 4:35 where shit just gets CRAZY: Kendrick Lamar is rapping like a mad man, and then there is this smoke and color explosion where everyone on stage seems to get drenched in some kind of pink and red chalk-like substance. That BY THE WAY, Imagine Dragons proudly wore even as they sat back in their audience seats.

This performance was just bat-shit nuts.

6.Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, Lindsay Buckingham


Now, I realize that rock music may not be what sells, especially at the GRAMMYS, but COME ON motherfuckers!!! Don’t you cut Trent Reznor off mid-performance! The man has a freaking Oscar for Christ sake!

I will also never tire of seeing Dave Grohl beat the shit outta some drums. Dave Grohl: You do no wrong in my book. Ever.

And Lindsay Buckingham!? Come on GRAMMY people!!! How you gonna cut him off????

NIN, Queens, Dave and Lindsay: I respect you too much. You deserved better than to be cut short by some bullshit credits. We all know awards shows run long. This is not a secret. I love you all.

5. Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rogers


Get Lucky was absolutely the song of the 2013 summer. That bass line is DIRRRRRRRRRRTY! I don’t care that Pharrell looked like a park ranger, the Arby’s logo, or the Harry Potter sorting hat.

And didn’t everyone just LOVE when they started singing “FREAK OUT” and then “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” DAFT PUNK YOU SILLY CREATURES! I LOVE YOU!

Don’t even get me started on Stevie. Everything he touches turns to gold.

Paul McCartney and Steven Tyler even felt the LIFE of this performance. When the camera cut to them dancing in the audience, it gave me warm fuzzies inside.

I’m so happy because I’ve been a Daft Punk fan for years and they truly deserve all the good juju that is coming their way.

Bravo, sirs. BRAVO!

4. Carole King and Sara Bareilles 


I cried during this one.

How beautiful.

Brave is one of those songs that NEVER ceases to get stuck in my head. And for Sara to perform it with QUEEN SONGWRITER Carole King??

No words.

My favorite was the “fan girl” Sara became after the performance was over. It shows you that no matter how much success you attain in your career, there is always room to be humble.

I’m also happy to see Sara get the recognition she deserves. Especially for a song that has such a strong and important message.


3. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr


This performance was very difficult for me NOT to put it at #1, because you ALL know how much I love The Beatles. Seeing Ringo and Paul together just tore my soul apart in the BEST possible way.

If you don’t like The Beatles, you have no soul.

I repeat: If you don’t like The Beatles, you have NO soul.

The Beatles completely changed the music industry in the 60s, and they are still absolutely relevant today in 2014.

And they will be relevant forever.

NO ONE can write a song like Paul McCartney.

Let’s also please take a moment for Paul’s psychedelic piano. Amazing.

Ringo, I have much love for you too darling! Please just understand that my love affair with Paul McCartney started from the moment my dad played me my first Beatles album, which was before I was even capable of forming memories.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a good video, so I have this smaller clip.

We all bow down to the Fab Four. RIP George and John.

2. P!nk featuring Nate Ruess


Now this bitch is “fucking perfect to me.”

See what I did there. 🙂

P!nk is just hands down one of the best pop stars out there. She is a nasty songwriter, a killer performer, a fucking acrobat, and she seems so down-to-earth while completely maintaining a bad-ass/I-don’t-give-a-fuck persona.

The passion she gives while performing is just phenomenal.

I was lucky enough to see her at the Barclay’s Center in 2013 and it just left me speechless.

I honestly could not believe her vocal control when she was basically just flying though the air and dancing the entire show. Girl has some CHOPS. I feel like P!nk’s voice is one of the underrated pop voices today, but I dare any other singer today to challenge her with the kind of vocal endurance she has.

Just incredible.

When she finally came down from twirling in the air she did this:


And then this:


Then she joined the very talented Nate Ruess of Fun for an amazing rendition of Just Give me a Reason.


She is the kind of artist I want to be.

Thank you P!nk.

The first video isn’t too great, but I couldn’t find anything better.

1. Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah, Madonna, and the 33 beautiful newly married couples








“A certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all/But it is a damn good place to start”

“Whatever God you believe in/we come from the same one”

THIS is what music is about. THIS is what is going to change the world.

Everyone who looks at this and has something hateful and judgmental to say, just think about how silly you will look when 20 years from now we’re all looking back on the Human Rights Movement, just like we look back on the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s.

Artists like these are the ones who change the world.

Now I know I left out some good ones: John Legend, that adorable country singer Kacey Musgraves, the Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard & Blake Shelton EXTRAVAGANZA, but I had to narrow it down to a solid 10.

I hope you enjoyed the music! I know I did.

I’m gonna keep on making my music until it’s me up on stage someday.

Until then: I salute all the music makers out there, whether they are GRAMMY winners, or in their basement making music that no one may ever hear.


Shannon Allen


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