GRAMMY 2013 wrap-up


So the big question on this day after might be: was it worth all the hype? Did you catch all/part/some of the Grammys last night? I caught a bit of the show, but did some more watching this morning online. If you missed it, here’s a rundown of the big winners last night (and a few random thoughts, ideas and even some freebies thrown in for fun).

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “Babel” from Mumford & Sons (watch their Grammy performance above)
I’m a fan. So are most youth leaders I’ve talked to this year. Get our re:tuned discussion starter for “I Will Wait”.

RECORD OF THE YEAR: “Somebody That I Used to Know” from Gotye featuring Kimbra
It was one of the hottest songs of the year … the covers and mashups on YouTube were endless. And just in case you still struggle with how to pronounce the Australian singer’s name … here you go. You’re welcome. Download our re:tuned discussion starter for “Somebody That I Used To Know”.

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SONG OF THE YEAR: “We Are Young” by fun.
This band also won Best New Artist this year. Their song “Some Nights was on my “Coffee Shop Playlist” not long ago.

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)” by Adele
We’ll have to see if Adele wins the Academy Award (for “Skyfall”) later this month too … that’d be a pretty awesome start to the year for her.

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM: “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson (watch her Grammy performance above)
In my subjective opinion, this may have been the best vocal performance of the night. Get our re:tuned discussion starter for the song “Stronger.”

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE: “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys (watch their Grammy performance above)
The addition of Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was kind of cool — one of the fun things about the Grammys is the unexpected musical pairings we get to see and hear. Get our re:tuned discussion starter for “Lonely Boy”.

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO: “We Found Love” by Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
I honestly can’t say much I haven’t already said … read the blog post about “We Found Love”, and the post “We’ve come a long way from ‘Friday Night Videos‘.”

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM: “Gravity” by Lecrae
My response to this one? WOOHOO!!! We first featured Lecrae in Youth Leaders Only in 2006, and we’re excited to see him honored for his talent … not because he needs the hardware, but because of the platform it provides for his message. Watch the video for “Tell The World” from Gravity and get our exclusive Bible study for the song.

“Eye On It” was another chart topper this year, landing atop the Billboard chart in September (the first time a Christian album did that since 1997).  Watch the video for “Forgiveness” from the album “Eye On It” and get our free Bible study.

TobyMac and Lecrae are both featured on this year’s brand new ConGRADulations! Class of 2013 gift for seniors

You can find a complete list of the 2013 Grammy winners here. How about you … did you have a favorite moment or song from the broadcast? Any big surprises or let-downs from the show? Feel free to share in the comments.

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