Just in time for Valentine’s Day, new John Legend for the upcoming About Last Night soundtrack. This will also be just in time for post Valentine’s Day activities if you catch my drift. Ladies, let Legend serenade you here.
I was waiting for video of this to hit the interwebs as this past Sunday, CBS aired a Beatles 50th Anniversary special. I tried to catch it the other night purely because I knew Alicia Keys & John Legend would be performing together, amongst other superstars Maroon 5, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons, Dave Grohl, Pharrell, and Ringo Starr & Paul McCartney themselves.
It turns out that the two played a unique duet of The Beatles‘ classic “Let It Be”, sitting across from each other on individual pianos. As Keys and Legend preface in the beginning, this is a song that McCartney wrote before The Beatles broke up and in memory of his mother who comforted him with the words of the title. The song, is as a result, one that transcends generations and indeed a comforting song that our younger generation can relate to just as much (and learn that backstory).
Up above, Alicia Keys & John Legend bridge the song from the 60s to a familiar duo of voices to R&B fans of the new century. Legend’s signature vocals dominate the chorus and give it some “Ordinary People”-esque energy. I particularly like Alicia with her impromptu ad-libs in the last rendition of the chorus, which gave the performance the great finish it deserved. McCartney definitely approved. I think you will too.
Let’s face it: there was more cool shit that happened on Grammy Day that didn’tnecessarily happen at the Grammys. 1. Whatever Kanye West was up to. 2. The other cool things I saw on Instagram tonight.
Some of it did though. First above: Macklemore, winner of Best Rap Album Grammy, texts Kendrick Lamar that he robbed him of Best Rap Album Grammy, sans emojis unfortunately. Social media tends to agree (about the robbery, not the emojis), amidst many unfair shade tweets against Macklemore.
Anyway, there are lots of Grammy footnotes and other hilarious, random stuff below so let’s get on with it…
@PharrellHat becomes the newest, most hilarious inanimate object Twitter
Kobe Bryant, 50 Cent, and Meryl Streep are friends.
(Kendrick Lamar went on to perform a fan’s appreciation concert at House of Blues in L.A. for his post-Grammy festivities. According to the Twitterverse, he’s brought fans on stage with him and even battle rapped one (this one part is probably not fan appreciation though.)
The 2014 Grammys are ongoing and here are the performances in case you missed him. Bey & Jay kicked off the show hot and heavy with “Drunk In Love” kicking off the post above. Also below: Kendrick Lamar & Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk, Pharrell, & Nile Rodgers with Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and damn near everybody… (no Kanye tho :-/) Enjoy!
Kendrick Lamar & Imagine Dragons “m.A.A.d. City / Radioactive”
I love the concept of the VEVO Go Show. It’s simple: take a performer and have him perform to an unsuspecting crowd.
That way you get reactions like those in the NYC upscale bar The Standard, who were all of a sudden treated to a live piano performance of John Legend and “All Of Me”. Those reactions were priceless and the atmosphere was perfect for Legend to just walk up there and serenade everyone. Stay tuned through til the end of the beautiful visuals, where Legend also talks about capturing and converting the crowd.