Mass marriage. Odd musical pairings. Pharrell's hat. The 56th
Why have rap categories if Macklemore is just going to win them?
Because the arc of justice is long, but it bends toward
-- August Brown
Why is the broadcast delayed three hours for the West Coast even though the show takes place in Los Angeles?
Because Recording Academy President Neil Portnow is a silver-bearded wizard from the future who bends space and time so the East Coast can see inside
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Who were really under those helmets?
Our best guesses: John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, because after those latest poll numbers, they need the adoration (legislation can wait). A reunited Captain & Tennille. Kanye and his bruised ego. Those wacky, genre-jumping chameleons Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Two French guys who don't want to reveal their age.
-- Lorraine Ali
Poor Pink. Since descending from the rafters at the Grammys back in 2010, she may be held captive by a rogue touring company of
-- Chris Barton
Perry emerged from a crystal ball of smoke like the dark queen she's never been, and her performance of "Dark Horse," heretofore known as "The Grammy Nightmare Before Christmas," set aflame her ra-ra image. Gone were the knee-high socks and giant fruit costumes of yore, and in their place were decrepit trees, writhing spirits and a witch's broom. Finally, an unveiling of the dark magic that gave rise to the ubiquitousness of "Roar."
-- Todd Martens
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What did Blue Ivy drink from her new gold sippy cup on Monday morning?
When Jay Z accepted his Grammy for rap/sung collaboration, he addressed his daughter at home by telling her that “Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you” -- his phonograph-horned Grammy trophy. The million-dollar question? What would the daughter of Beyoncé and Jay Z drink from that golden horn? Fresh-squeezed nectar from Perry's enchanted forest? A shot of Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani, the world's most expensive water? Or just some Ocean Spray?
-- Randall Roberts
Why is LL Cool J still hosting?
The one Grammy-winning music personality no one was talking about Monday morning? Its host, LL Cool J. The rapper-turned-star of “
What was up with the headgear?
Pharrell Williams drew loads of social-media attention with a hat that many compared to the Arby's logo. (Others said he was borrowing a look from Smokey the Bear.) But the producer was just one of several stars who covered their heads Sunday. Madonna went through two toppers: a wide-brimmed black number on the red carpet, followed by a white cowboy hat for her performance with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. LL Cool J, Nile Rodgers and jazz singer Gregory Porter all donned flat caps. And Yoko Ono decorated her top hat with black netting -- a very goth Grammy granny.
-- Mikael Wood