The 2013 Grammys: 9 Movie-Inspired Moments

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Taylor Swfit Is Jigsaw's Latest Victim
Taylor Swfit Is Jigsaw's Latest Victim
CBS; Lionsgate
The Grammys are supposed to be the music industry's biggest night, but at the 2013 broadcast, all we could think about were movies. Blame it on extravagant production value — intentional or not, the night's biggest acts appeared to be taking cues from the big screen. First example: Ms. Taylor Swift, who opened the show with a hybrid of 'Saw' and Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland'… and creeped us out.
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'I Want You Microphone. Forever. Every Day.'
'I Want You Microphone. Forever. Every Day.'
CBS; New Line Cinema
Capitalizing on the release of 'Safe Haven,' this week's latest incarnation of the Nicholas Sparks' romance, Best New Artist winners fun. took their live rendition of "Carry On" to the next level by staging it in pouring rain. What we didn't realize until the end is the whole thing was the distant memory of Nate Ruess.
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What If Country Music Could Live Forever?
What If Country Music Could Live Forever?
CBS; Warner Bros. Pictures
Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley's medley performances of 'Over You' and 'Home' gave the Grammys a necessary Southern twang, but it was only when the camera pulled back to reveal the tree from 'The Fountain' that the duet transcended time and space.
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'Next Up, MumfAARRRGH & Sons!'
'Next Up, MumfAARRRGH & Sons!'
CBS; Buena Vista Pictures/Walt Disney Pictures
Johnny Depp is taking a cue from Daniel Day-Lewis for "Pirates of the Caribbean 5." This time around, he's just going to dress and act like Captain Jack both on and off camera.
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That's a Lot of Soul, Kemosabe
That's a Lot of Soul, Kemosabe
CBS; Walt Disney Pictures
Speaking of Depp, famed New Orleans pianist Dr. John joined The Black Keys' for their performance and appeared decked out in extravagant Native American regalia. Take it as a tease for the even bigger, wilder interpretation of the style Depp will be sporting in the upcoming 'Lone Ranger.'
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Steamboat JT
Steamboat JT
CBS; Walt Disney Pictures
Only a modern crooner like Timberlake could pull off the type of throwback that sends our TV sets back in time 75 years. The golden era-inspired performance of 'Suit & Tie' literally tinted our screens to help transform the Grammy stage, but ultimately, it reminded us of all those crazy Mickey Mouse cartoons. That's a testament to Timberlake's flexibility.
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An On-Stage Biopic Pitch?
An On-Stage Biopic Pitch?
CBS; 20th Century Fox
White is one of the few musicians who can do pretty much anything and come out looking cool. So imagine how we felt when the Grammy cameras punched in close to the former White Stripes frontman's duet with Ruby Amanfu and evoked memories of Johnny Cash and June Carter. The soulful tune played a major part of our musical flashback — memories of 'Walk the Line' only bolstered it.
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Carrie Underwood: Anime Star
Carrie Underwood: Anime Star
CBS; Sony Pictures Classics
Carrie Underwood doesn't strike us as a huge fan of Japanese animation, but we couldn't help but connect the grand finale of her graphically-enhanced dress — a burst of butterflies that spread across the room — to Satoshi Kon's 2006 film 'Paprika.' The inspiration for 'Inception,' the movie is all about dreams. Whereas Underwood's stunt was more of a nightmare.
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Pretty Literal
Pretty Literal
CBS; Paramount Pictures
Ocean, only 25-years-old, is lauded for his artistry in the world of hip-hop. Like all great poets, his works are filled with allusions to other art. Since he was only born in 1987, it's fitting his frame of reference includes the 1994, Tom Hanks-led Best Picture winner.

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