Women rise to the occasion at the Grammy Awards

Last night’s Grammy Awards were one of the best in a long time. The performances were plentiful and exciting, and a lot of artists who deserved to win did.

Winners included Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Allison Krauss, among others.

British singer Adele won several awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Katy Perry performed her single “I Kissed a Girl” and it was pretty awful, and I don’t just mean the fact that she was introduced by Craig Ferguson as being “beautifully bicurious” or that she has brought light to the “long ignored fact that lesbians are totally awesome.” Her vocals were off, and she didn’t even try to utilize her upper range that the song calls for. She was winded and didn’t move without hesitation. It was just awkward all around, and even the faux-lesbianism the dancers tried to evoke failed.

My favorite performance was by the completely ready-to-pop M.I.A., who was later joined by Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West, T.I. and Jay-Z for “Swagger Like Us.” It was the hottest hip-hop collaboration on the Grammy stage in a long time, and also proves that artists of today are more willing to work together than against each other, no matter where they hail from (and in M.I.A.’s case, that’s Sri Lanka).

Other notable performances included Radiohead, a duet between Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, Estelle and Kanye West’s “American Boy,” and Sugarland doing “Chasing Pavements” with Adele.

Did you watch the Grammys? What was your favorite performance?