Grammy Awards: Eminem & Rihanna bring the drama, while Dre delivers another tease
Rihanna and Eminem are strong enough performers that they turn "Love the Way You Lie" into riveting drama every time they perform it. The song doesn't make any effort to hide its emotions, as its lyrics telegraph excactly what everyone should be feeling. None of that matters, however, with Rihanna's pained vocals and Emimen's rush of a perfect delivery.
Everyone, however, was waiting for Dr. Dre, and everyone knew it was coming once Skylar Gray (UPDATED: Not Rihanna, as I stated while I was live blogging -- thank you for the kind words, commenters) started singing the refrain, "I need a doctor," yet Dr. Dre was out for all of 30 or 40 seconds? I wasn't keeping watch, but the Grammy commercials announcing his appearance seemed longer. He laid down a verse, exchanged nods with Eminem, and left the stage.
The good news: Adam Levine was barely noticeable.
-- Todd Martens