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2016 Grammys Performances Pinoy Variety Shows Should Do A Version Of

Calling ASAP and co.!
by John Paulo Aguilera | Feb 18, 2016
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The 58th Annual Grammy Awards may be over and done with, but some of that night's performances will have a more lasting impact.

In this annual ceremony honoring the best musical acts, the well-rehearsed production numbers are the most awaited parts other than the award-giving itself. This year, most of the performances merited the mandatory round of applause, but there were a handful that deserved more than a standing ovation.

We listed five of the most noteworthy numbers below and, for good measure, try to answer the question, "What if these were done in Philippine variety shows?"


Alabama Shakes - "Don't Wanna Fight"

The blues-rock soul group showed off its melodic versatility, led by a caped and raspy Britanny Howard on vocals and guitars. No wonder they took home the Best Alternative Music Album (for Sound & Color) and Best Rock Performance (for "Don't Wanna Fight") awards.

If we're talking about rocking out with rough vocals, The Voice of the Philippines champ Mitoy Yonting is a great choice to pull it off—and where else, but on the ASAP stage. The question is, does he have mad guitar skills (and where the hell is he)?


Justin Bieber x Diplo x Skrillex - "Love Yourself" and "Where Are Ü Now"

The Biebs continues his comeback campaign with a stripped-down rendition of "Love Yourself," before killing it with a Skrillex- and Diplo-backed "Where Are Ü Now." The live shredding and pounding of the two DJs turned out to be the perfect anthem for Bieber's first Grammy win (Best Dance Recording for "Where Are Ü Now").

Often compared to the 21-year-old pop star, Daniel Padilla could work on a nu-metal version of his song "Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat." We know girls would really love that.

Hamilton cast

The groundbreaking hip-hop musical had the distinction of being the Grammy's first-ever live performance from Broadway (Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City). The deafening screams upon star-slash-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's entry exemplified the acclaim the show has received for its gripping yet amusing way of retelling American history.

Sunday Pinasaya could take hints from this rap-laden set, they have the kind of singers (Julie Anne San Jose) and actors (Jerald Napoles, Joey Paras, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola) who could pull it off.


Lady Gaga - David Bowie medley

If you thought dressing up as the late Starman was enough, the equally eccentric Lady Gaga took her homage to the former up a notch with a loaded potpourri of his eternal hits. The reactions may have been as mixed as all the hues present in this psychedelic number, but we're sure Bowie is smiling up there.

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You now have your Magpasikat performance for the next It's Showtime anniversary, Vhong Navarro—although yours will be Michael Jackson's legendary discography. Plus points if you have Billy Crawford or Jhong Hilario—even Eric "Eruption" Tai—as teammate(s).


Kendrick Lamar - "Blacker the Berry" and "Aight"

Handcuffs. Chains. Prisoner's shirt. Backing musicians "in jail." The rapper straight out of Compton cemented his name in Grammy performance history with a riveting, politically-charged set of "Blacker the Berry" and "Aight." At the end of the day, all those ornate theatrics didn't overwhelm the statement Lamar, who won Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly, wanted to make.

Somebody invite spoken word poet Juan Miguel Severo to write an ode to the millenials' concept of love. Or maybe Boy Abunda could spew his own bars, making rhymes out of his thoughts on Manny Pacquiao's controversial statement on same-sex marriage.