Grammy Awards 2013 - the whole enchilada

Grammys 2013

We went to The 55th Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013.

It was the first time we'd be going to the whole enchilada.

See, being Grammy Awards veterans (ahem ;) ) let us tell you how it works.

There are 3 Main Events you can attend at The Grammys.  They are:

  • the Pre-Telecast Ceremony
  • the Telecast Ceremony (this is the event that the general public knows as "The Grammys")
  • the Afterparty

We'd been to the Pre-Telecast and Telecast in previous years.  But this would be our first time going to the Afterparty as well.  Or what the tickets called The 2013 Grammy Celebration.  The tickets for it really were beautiful.

Afterparty tickets
Afterparty tickets

But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Let's just take you through the day.  Because yes, it did start during the DAY.

Take a look at our tickets for the first two events - the Pre-Telecast and Telecast Ceremonies.  You'll see on the tickets that the doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets
Tickets

Once doors open, the guests are treated to a buffet table of hors d'oeuvres (or what we call pupus in Hawaii, and yes, I had to look-up how to spell hors dee-vors).  And then, after multiple announcements over the PA --- "Ladies and gentleman, please make your way into theatre and be seated, the show is about to begin!" --- we finally got our seats inside.

This was our view.

Pre-Telecast screen & crowd
Pre-Telecast screen & crowd

And this is how we looked, looking at the view.

Pre-Telecast
Pre-Telecast

We personally enjoy the Pre-Telecast a lot because even though the artists there might not necessarily be the most in, hip, hottest flavor-of-the-month or the biggest ticket superstars like at the Telecast Ceremony, there's a more down-to-earth, community feeling about it. Acceptance speeches and the stories in them are more personal and relatable.  It's really cool.  Here are some moments we captured...

Country

Little Big Town, winning Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song "Pontoon."

Hard Rock/Metal

Halestorm, winning Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for "Love Bites (So Do I)."

We don't listen to a whole lot of hard rock/metal (we listen to more country than metal), but that's one of the great things about the Pre-Telecast: you get exposed to so many genres and artists you wouldn't otherwise know much about.  And of course, there are the names you're more apt to recognize...

Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
The Civil Wars with T-Bone Burnett and Taylor Swift
The Civil Wars with T-Bone Burnett and Taylor Swift

Security at this year's Grammys seemed WAAAY tighter than in previous years.

In previous years, you could roam the grounds relatively freely, and see all the media trucks and cameras, the press people doing their thing, the limos, the red carpet area.

This year - they kept us attendees on a conveyor belt of sorts, blocked in with barricades, going from venue to venue.

From the Pre-Telecast to the Telecast, from the Telecast to the Afterparty.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves again.  Let's first go inside The Staples Center, get our seats, and see what happens minutes before The Grammys broadcast live, to the East Coast on CBS.  This is Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich addressing the crowd.

...and with that, the show began!

It was a great time with a great crowd.

People asking each other to take their pictures.  People strategizing about how early to leave so they don't get caught in the traffic jam getting out of the place afterwards.

We didn't have to worry about that so much, because we stayed for the Afterparty.

Here's what it looked like getting to the Afterparty.  See what we mean about a conveyor belt?  Human cattle prodded through the chute.  Oh the glamour.

Grammys 2013 Afterparty

Anyway, once we got to the Afterparty...here are a few pics of that crazy event.

Grammys 2013 AfterParty
Grammys 2013 AfterParty

The B-52s performed, we danced, we sang "roam if you want, roam around the woooorld."

And then we went home pretty tired, but also pretty happy.