For those who missed the 2010 Grammy Awards, it is fortunate that we live in the age of the computer, video streaming, downloads, and YouTube, because missing Pink’s “Glitter In The Air” performance would have been a virtual crime and a cruel shame. Pink’s performance, to put it bluntly, was simply beautiful, from the lifting vocals to the downplayed white-cowled singer that emerged from her constraints as if reborn to fly above the audience. It was artistic triumph. It was a graceful weaving of song and staged theatrics. Again, it was beautiful. And although there were no awards given Sunday evening for Best Live Performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards, there is no doubt that Pink walked away the winner of that unofficial competition. (…)
But Pink’s “Glitter In The Air” began subdued as she walked out onto the Grammy Awards stage, white-robed and singing about that exciting anticipatory moment before an act, that moment caught just between commitment and the desire. About three quarters into the song, Pink symbolically shed her white cloak, stood “naked” before the crowd in a beribboned flesh-colored body suit (which has caused more than a few prurient ‘naked’ comments in itself), then walked to a waiting white loop of cloth and let it lift her up. Fully committed, she spun dizzyingly high above the crowd, three golden “angels” frozen, spinning in place above her, a woman giddy in the first moments of love. Then Pink descended and re-ascended, this time wet, her spinning showering the audience as she sang the song’s final lines about those first moments of love that you wished would remain “endless.”
Elegant. Graceful. Stylishly brilliant. The song built in power throughout, Pink’s voice effortlessly lifting, just as she herself was being lifted. In every aspect, the performance was a work of art and simply beautiful.
Pink’s artistry even impressed Alice Cooper, who has been capturing audiences’ attention for decades. “I thought she stole the show tonight,” he said. “I would do that maybe if I were on fire. That’s the only way to make that better.”
Since the Grammy Awards are often just as much about presentation as they are about the music they celebrate, Pink’s performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards was a standout among great and not-so-great live numbers. And while many recount those amazing (and disappointing) performances and watch them again (or for the first time) on video, there seems to be no dispute that Pink’s brilliant rendition of “Glitter In The Air” was by far THE PERFORMANCE of the night.