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Are you kidding? The lineup included Bruno Mars, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, the Foo Fighters, Rihanna and Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood.

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Seeing Glen Campbell perform with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton as McCartney danced in the audience was worth the price of admission.

As was Adele demonstrating that her voice is back. And accepting her awards.

Not everything worked, of course. Fewer weak Beach Boys covers by Maroon Five and Foster the People, more actual Beach Boys, please.

Following Hudson’s stunning performance with a second appearance by Chris Brown was a misstep. (Apparently, he’s now completely forgiven for beating up Rihanna, who also performed.) And Nicki Minaj’s bizarre production number left viewers going, "What was that?"

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Whatever it was, it was bad.

As is the case with most awards show, the biggest problem with the Grammys was that they refused to end. Three-and-a-half hours was ridiculous.

Cut the big speech by the head of the academy, kill the Minaj bit and you could be out of there in three hours, tops.

Scott D. Pierce’s column appears Mondays and Fridays in The Mix. Email him at spierce@sltrib.com.

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