By Bryan Hood | Last night’s Grammys were like every other edition of the music industry’s main awards show – entirely predictable. All you had to do was push your imagination aside and you could picture exactly what the way-too-long ceremony was going to be like. Bands and albums that shouldn’t be recognized will win big and the night will be littered with flat, uninspired renditions of nominated acts’ big hits. This was the case last night for the most part, though there were some actual capitol “G” great performances. We saw Justin Timberlake’s spirited medley of “Suit & Tie” and another new song off of the upcoming “20/20 Vision,” as well as The Black Keys rollicking, jam-packed performance with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. But to us, the performance that really stole the night was Frank Ocean’s understated rendition of “Channel Ocean” track “Forrest Gump.” There’s a pressure during high profile events for performers to really go for it, but Ocean kept it simple, playing the song just as it appears on the record, with no one on stage but himself. The Grammys usually make us think about all that’s wrong with the music industry, and here was Ocean reminding us of why exactly we keep listening.
Image: Frank Ocean performing “Forrest Gump” at the 2013 Grammys/Daily Motion