It's all I can muster.
As the afternoon wore on, we started getting a little squirmy...3 hours with no intermission is a long time to sit, and everyone was starting to get a little peckish. The ceremony ran a little long, and we stayed, like good do-bees, until the very end. Then KPW ditched her rockin' heels and we ran over to the Staples Center, hoping to grab a bite before the next ceremony.
No such luck.
We checked the camera (boo) and headed up to our seats. There were loads of people alllll gussied up (I saw a non-ironic Vegas Showgirl headdress. Amazing.) in all kinds of finery. The stage was organized into two discrete sections separated by a large hallway/runway. As Gaga was performing on stage right, they were setting up stage left for the next performer. And as the commercials ran for the TV audience they broadcasted highlights from past ceremonies on the video wall at the rear of the stage. I commandeered KPW's binoculars and spent a large part of the evening scanning the floor for famous people and good dresses...you could see Lady Gaga's spiky silver dress unaided - pity to whoever sat behind her! It was interesting to see where they seated people...nominated folks were often on the aisle, but in different sections from their competitors.
Good stuff? Gaga. Beyonce. Pink - phenominal! I liked Dave Matthews and Jeff Beck, too. And while I know very little about rap, I am a fan of Eminem - he's pretty freakin' charismatic.
Fails? Mos Def & Placido's intro - could anyone understand what they were saying? Taylor Swift's transposed duet with Stevie Nicks...it wasn't the original key, and she didn't quite make it up to the top. Jamie Foxx's relative (sister? cousin?) dancing onstage. That was weird. And while I loooooove MJ, the tribute was not my thing.
Also, blood sugar fail and tiny chair fail. By the end of the night, with all of the people and stimulus and lights and music, I was totally overwhelmed and uncomfortable and HUN.GRY. A quiet dinner nearby restored my humanity, but it was seriously touch-and-go for a while.
Was in bed late, awake for the flight home early...still reeling from the whole experience, honestly. But it was pretty amazing, and I'm so grateful to have had a chance to go.
- Good traveling companions (KPW and I fell right back into tour mode - the guys were in awe!)
- Catching up with friends.
- People watching!
- Killer shoes.