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Feb 12 / Amy

Going to the Grammy’s…Grammy’s… (Part II)

To continue on from Part I

Day 2:

Having fallen asleep around 8-8:15 pm on Saturday night, imagine my excitement when I awoke from my slumber at 7 am. That’s a lot of sleep! No kiddo to wake us up meant we got to stay in bed late…because 7 am PST is 10 am EST. Woke up feeling very refreshed…and hungry.

We called down for room service and ordered something to the room. When our breakfast arrived they asked if we wanted to eat in the room, or out on the balcony. Since it looked beautiful outside, we opted for the balcony, and I’m so glad that we did!

What a view!

What a view!

Josh had eggs, bacon, and toast. I went with the Smoked Salmon bagel and cream cheese. Ohhhhhhh, how I love smoked salmon and cream cheese. Yum!

The weather was gorgeous and the food was delicious. We opened our second bottle of champagne from our delivery on Saturday and I had mimosas with my yummy bagel. We sat out there for a good while before we moved back into the room.

I had a hair appointment at The Bellezza Salon in the hotel at 10 am, so I freshened up and put a base layer of foundation on, since our brunch with the Hilton crew was at noon, I wanted to make sure I would be able to get ready quickly once my hair was done.

I arrived on time and shortly thereafter Maria came to take me back to her chair. I showed her a picture of my dress and a couple hairstyles that I liked, and she got to work. In 35 minutes, my hair was finished in a cute up-do! I was really anticipating it to take longer, but she was a pro! I paid and went back up to the room to start on the rest of my makeup. I was really glad I didn’t have to rush, an hour and 30 minutes to get ready was more than enough!

Back view of my hair

Back view of my hair

I applied my make-up, had Josh tell me if my eye shadow job looked scary or not (more than once) and when I finally felt like everything was just the way I wanted it, I slipped on THE DRESS. Oh, how I love this dress. I have to thank my 409’ers and a few other special ladies that helped me narrow down my dress selection over the past several weeks. I appreciate the help, especially once I slipped this on all done up.

I walked out of the bathroom and into the main part of the room and Josh’s eyes lit up. He liked the dress a lot too. :)

He looked so handsome in his suit, my heart skipped a beat!

We took a selfie in front of our mirror and then made our way up to the Hilton Pre-Grammy’s brunch.

We walked in, and the first thing they had us do was take pictures on their red carpet.

So fancy!

So fancy!

The weather was beautiful outside, and definitely warm! The view from the top was spectacular so we took a few minutes to appreciate that before walking around. We met several nice people, some who worked for Hilton and some who were valued Hilton guests from the LA area who were asked to attend the awards as well.

We mingled, enjoyed the great food and drinks that they had for us, and made our way down to the lobby where limos were waiting to drive us to Staples Center for the Grammy Awards. How fancy! But how else would one expect to arrive at the red carpet?

Here we go!

Here we go!

WHA?!?!

We thought we might go in a separate entrance…but no, we actually walked down the red carpet where the famous folks did – just on the other side of a wall/divider in the middle, haha!

When we walked in, the very first person we noticed was Neil Patrick Harris. AH! I was so excited, I completely missed that Madonna was on the floor right next to him!

NPH and Madonna

NPH and Madonna

A few steps later, Sam Smith was being interviewed.

Sam Smith!

Sam Smith!

A few more steps, a few more musicians. It was crazy to see the setup for all the TV and radio shows waiting to talk to the celebs attending.

While I wish we could have stood and watched all of this go down for much longer, security constantly prompted us to keep moving. “Take a quick pic like the paparazzi and keep moving.” I wanted to say that generally paparazzi plant themselves and take LOTS of pics, but I didn’t want to argue with someone that could have me thrown out.

So we kept moving.

We made it to the end where all the folks with cameras were setup. They were yelling out commands to the person being photographed. So insane!

And just when we thought we’d finished seeing everything, there was Kelly Osbourne with the Glam Cam. We slowly walked by to take a look (and a pic).

Its Kelly!

Kelly!

And shortly after we passed the Glam Cam, we were out in front of the Staples Center ready to walk in for the show. And I was ready to take my shoes off. Tell me, what was I thinking when I bought 4 and 3/4 in heels? Nothing intelligent, that’s for sure.

We made our way to our section, but they weren’t letting us go in yet. Which meant more standing in the painful shoes.

While we were out in the main area watching people filter in, Jane Lynch walked by! Didn’t get the camera out in time to take a picture though.

Around 4 pm, they allowed us to head down to our seats. My feet were sooooooooooo happy. We were four rows from the floor, and not too many sections away from the main stage. We were excited!

View from our seats

View from our seats

And then I realized that I needed to go to the ladies room before everything got started.

Ugh.

Walked up the stairs and handled that before going to find some water bottles to keep us hydrated during the show.

We kept our eyes open, watching the celebrities down below walk around. I decided I wanted to be a seat filler for future Grammy Awards. If anyone knows how to make that happen, please let me know, ASAP. I want in on that crazy experience!

Before the show, they came out and explained what we were going to do with the light-up AC/DC devil horns, which was neat. I wasn’t about to mess up my hair, so I decided I’d just hold them up during the song. 😉

LL Cool J came out and hyped the crowd up, but we really didn’t see a lot of him after that. There were a few sightings, but introductions and award nomination readings were done by other people. I wonder how much he got paid for that gig. I hosted Mercer Idol one season, I’m sure I could do the same job LL did – and for a lot cheaper! :)

LLcoolJ

The evening was long, but a lot of fun. There were a LOT of performances, which was great for us since it was like one big, fancy concert with a bunch of great musicians. At one point, Josh leaned over to me and asked when the last time they gave out an award was. It was definitely hard to recall!

I have to say that my top 3 (of the 23) performances were:

1. Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige
I had GOOSEBUMPS at the end of the song. And not because I’m always cold…their duet was THAT good. I’m glad I recorded a few minutes of it on my phone, I can listen whenever I want! And it wasn’t until recently that I saw people discussing ‘Stay With Me’ ripping off Tom Petty’s ‘Won’t Back Down’. I can see it. But I also love Tom Petty, so if he did, he picked a good one. :)

2. Ed Sheeran with Questlove and John Mayer
I’m not a huge John Mayer fan, so I was really glad that the primary focus on this song was Ed. He’s really talented, and now I’m going to go buy his CD/songs off iTunes.

3. Madonna
It’s Madonna, what can I say. The visuals were awesome, the dancing was great. I don’t really remember the song, but I remember thinking the performance was pretty damn cool.

My least favorite 3 (of the other 20, in no particular order) performances were:
Miranda Lambert: Not a huge fan of her song Little Red Wagon. Would have preferred something different. I like her, just not that song.
Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine: I felt like this fell flat. I loved Gwen in No Doubt, and I love Maroon 5 – but this duet was not a good one to me.
Paul McCartney, Kanye, Rihanna: Seriously, Paul played guitar and sang in the background? A musical legend, and THAT’s the only thing he does? Aside from not liking Kanye (as a person, I can agree that his music/producing is good), the song is catchy, but I felt the performance was a bit “blah”. I guess I expected more.

Speaking of Kanye, don’t get me started on him starting to walk up on stage. I’m glad he had the sense about himself to stop before he made a large scene, but still. It’s not the Kanye awards. If he wants to give out his own awards to artist, fine. But that’s not what this was, so he should have stayed in his seat. If I were Beyonce, I’d feel pretty embarrassed having him around!

I could comment on probably every performance, there were a lot of really great ones! I’ve heard it looked a lot different on TV though, and was hard to watch. That stinks!

Josh and I had a FABULOUS time and I completely wish it were an annual trip for us, haha! While we were sitting in our seats, Ne-yo walked up our aisle, along with Weird Al, Childish Gambino, and probably some others that I missed because I was too busy looking everywhere trying to take it all in!

After the Grammy’s were over, we went to the after party at the convention center. It was massive! There was a stage at the end of the room where Jesse J would get up an perform. There were dinner and dessert buffet tables all over and open bars for your beverage consumption. They had entertainment hanging doing aerial tricks, spinning on rings, etc. There was always something to look at!

We didn’t see any super famous folks, but we did see Peter from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Totally snapped a pic!

Peter!

Peter!

My two pics with famous people are both from different Bravo series, haha!

We called it a night at 11 pm, because we’re an old married couple – and by that point, Josh’s feet hurt too. :) [I told him he shouldn’t complain!] Grabbed a ride back to the hotel and crashed, knowing that our flight back to Atlanta was at 7:30 am (ooof – we needed some rest).
And that ladies and gentleman, is a long recap of our day at the Grammy’s! If you made it through all of this, you deserve a prize.

That being said, I’m doing a giveaway! Because I loved the music from the Grammy’s so much this year, I’m giving away TWO of the 2015 Grammy Nominees CDs to folks who read my blog. Unfortunately, contest is only open to US residents, 18 years of age or older (and you have to have an Amazon account – if you don’t have one, sign up real quick here).

 

Win one of two CDs - not these though, these are ours!

Win one of two CDs – not these though, these are ours!

If you want to enter the giveaway (done through Amazon), click on this link (and if you want, share this blog post on Facebook and/or Twitter). Good luck! [Note: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of 2/19/15 11:59PM, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules.]

 

Who were some of your favorite artists to perform this year?  Which ones did you like most/least? Who wore the best dress in your opinion?  I’d love to hear from those that watched on TV, since I missed all the extra commentary!  Share your thoughts in the comments!!

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  1. Nancy / Feb 13 2015

    Glad it was everything you hoped it would be, plus more!!! Enjoyed the read as well. :)

    • Amy / Feb 13 2015

      Thanks Nancy!!

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