Instant Grammy Review: Rihanna and Coldplay, "We Found Love"' / "Princess of China" / "Paradise"
Posted by Rolling in the Grammyson 02/12/2012 at 9:23 PM
You know how the Grammys are going to spotlight dance and electronica for the first time ever, introducing audiences nationwide to that crazy computer music (hi, Dave Grohl) in what’s probably going to be another synthesizer medley? Problem is, they realized that Rihanna was also slated to perform a big collaboration with Calvin Harris, a noted performer of dance and electronic music, and that her other performance was from a Coldplay album, Mylo Xyloto, that could be described as electronic-influenced without anyone laughing in your face. What to do?
Well, you could turn as much of “We Found Love” as possible into a heartfelt piano ballad that Rihanna sings while lying down on the stage, and that would work well enough. (ayShe either sang live or did an excellent job of making it look that way.) You could get Chris Martin to score “Princess of China” more for acoustic guitar and less for Sigur Ros, but just as much for falsetto. (That part didn’t work as well; Rihanna was tentative on her duet–understandable, considering she’s probably found a way to work 27 hours a day at this point, but still off–and we have little polite to say about Martin’s wayfaring high votes.) But you’re still dealing with Calvin Harris and Mylo Xyloto, so naturally you’ll have to stage, respectively, laser-aerobics and about fifteen pans to the stage and their glowworm lighters swaying in para-para-parallel.
None of this really said whether these performances were good. They were decent. They weren’t home runs, but they all connected with the ball. That said: After all these megaperformances, that Whitney Houston tribute had better be hulking.
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