Whatever happened to the splashy awards-show production number?
Once upon a time — say two or three years ago — high-concept spectacle was the default mode for a live television event like the Grammy Awards. You get the chance to play that stage, on what we're constantly reminded is "music's biggest night," you elevate your presentation (and therefore wow an audience of tens of millions into submission).
Yet apart from a few exceptions, the 57th Grammys, broadcast on CBS Sunday night from Staples Center, felt defined by rawer, less elaborately conceived moments.
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