Grammy's Live Thread

What else would I watch tonight but the Grammy's?

They begin now on the East coast and an hour later here and on the west coast. Here's the list of nominees.

Kid Rock is going to perform my vote for feel-good song of the year -- "All Summer Long." (No, that's not a real category, it's up for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His album, Rock 'n Roll Jesus is up for Best Rock Album.) The Eagles "Long Road Out of Eden" is up for a few awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album. The title song "Long Road Out of Eden" is up for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, while "Waiting in the Weeds" is up for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. And the album's "I Dreamed There Was No War" is up for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.


Bruce Springsteen's "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" from his Magic album is up for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.

I'm also rooting for Death Cab for Cuties' album "No Stairs" as Best Alternative Music Album. I got to hang out with Chris Walla at the DNC when we did a CNN show together and I really like him.

There's a lot of awards in the country, rap, jazz, latin, gospel and r&b categories. And a few for zydeco, reggae, classical and blues. In the best spoken word category (that President Obama won last year) Al Gore is up for Inconvenient Truth. Also in the category: Stephen Colbert for "I am America (and so are you.)"

One other category to note: Best Long Form Music Video -- Tom Petty's "Running Down a Dream" and the Who's "Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who" are included.

Who's performing? U2, Kid Rock, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney (with special guest drummer Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters), Katy Perry, Radiohead, T.I. and Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, and Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye and Estelle West.

Also: Sugarland; Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus; Terence Blanchard, Neil Diamond, Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint and Stevie Wonder. There will be a tribute to Bo Diddley featuring Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer and Keith Urban.

Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West will perform their hit single "Swagga Like Us."

There's going to be a tribute to the Four Tops, by original group member Duke Fakir and Jamie Foxx and NeYo. Here's an interesting tidbit(pdf): the after-party, catered by Wolfgang Puck, will "pay homage" to the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock festival with a 1960s flower power theme.

Not by a tv? It will be streaming at Grammy.com, as will the pre-telecast ceremony.

109 categories in all. What's not to watch? Updates to come in a hour once the show begins here. Hope you'll join in -- if you're on the East Coast, try to keep the winner spoilers to a minimum but do tout us to any great performances or other memorable or terrible moments.

Update: 7:21 pm: I missed U2 but I'm not a huge fan of their's anyway. Lame opening monologue. Whitney Houston is back, first presenter, she looks great. best R&B award goes to, who else, Jennifer Hudson. Al Green, Justin Timberlake and Keith Urban were ok. I was wondering what was up with the slow Coldplay song, thinking this is why they've never grabbed me when Chris Martin jumped to life. Much better performance now. 60 minutes interviewed him earlier tonight, he seemed quite likable. He said their modus operandi is enthusiasm -- he isn't the most talented at singing or writing so its enthusias that counts.

Keith Urban is presenting, he's so good looking. Glad they gave him a part other than playing guitar with no mike for Al Greene.

One other note: the first two commercials were for an anti-aging cream and a heart attack drug. Do they not know who the audience is?

Back soon, Carrie Underwood singing does nothing for me.

Update 9:00pm. I'm surprised how good Paul McCartney is -- maybe it's his song choice but he's singing like he did in 1964 again and he doesn't look much different. That's it for me.

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    Great performance by (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by DFLer on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:31:17 PM EST
    Al Green and Justin Timberlake. Justin held his own, for sure.

    What the hell are they wearing? award, so far, for the women: Carrie Underwood and Jen Hudson

    Underwood looks (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:30:05 PM EST
    just trashy. Don't care for her singing either.

    Carrie Underwood always looks trashy (none / 0) (#12)
    by AX10 on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:52:16 PM EST
    and is not the best singer I have heard.
    I am not a fan, if you didn't notice.

    Trashy? She had on a beautiful gown and her (none / 0) (#15)
    by Angel on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 08:33:21 AM EST
    hair looked nice.  That's trashy?  She has a beautiful voice.  I think you just don't like country music.

    Tried to figure out why you would say that (none / 0) (#19)
    by Inspector Gadget on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 12:33:20 PM EST
    so went looking at all the red carpet photos this morning. Underwood certainly stands out, but that's more because she's the least trashy looking of them all.

    She has a beautiful voice, though I will say the words to some of her recordings are what prevent me from being a fan.


    Whitney looked great! (none / 0) (#1)
    by NJDem on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:12:11 PM EST

    Awesome (none / 0) (#2)
    by andgarden on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:13:46 PM EST
    I have a soft spot for her.

    So do I (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by NJDem on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:21:08 PM EST
    To me, she's always been a Jersey girl keepin' it real--glad her life is back on track.  I would love to ho hear her belt out I Have Nothing (which I'll now have in my head the rest of the night...)

    Keep Bobby away (2.00 / 1) (#7)
    by cotton candy on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:03:24 PM EST
    so long as he stays away, Whitney will be okay.

    I'm sure these stars all feel (none / 0) (#3)
    by SOS on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:20:13 PM EST
    a debt of gratitude for their fans they feel they may never be able to repay.

    One for Plante and Krause! Yea! (none / 0) (#6)
    by DFLer on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:00:24 PM EST
    for "collaboration" album.

    What great singers they both are.

    careful with the early spoilers please (none / 0) (#9)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:31:19 PM EST
    2/3 of us are an hour behind you. See my post. Tout us to things to watch for and your reactions, but not the winners until the rest of can catch up.

    Sheryl Crow's Spray Tan (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:33:07 PM EST
    was so obvious next to her pale co-presenter. Did anyone think Sugarland wouldn't win? Some of this is just too predictable.

    Coldplay... (none / 0) (#11)
    by rdandrea on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:47:42 PM EST
    ...should have thanked Joe Satriani for their Grammy.

    Not a great show (none / 0) (#13)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 10:00:38 PM EST
    I didn't even think Kid Rock was great, I could see him being the next Marjoe though with all his evangelical references -- Amen, Testify, Rock n roll Jesus....

    Someone did not get the memo (none / 0) (#14)
    by scribe on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 07:20:26 AM EST
    about the "peace, love and non-violence" afterparty theme.  According to this report (and, I guess others, too) , on the way home Chris Brown and his girlfriend Rhianna got into a fight, which culminated in her going to the hospital and his getting arrested.

    I think the incident happened yesterday morning (none / 0) (#20)
    by Angel on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 01:02:35 PM EST
    after the couple had been out at a party.  Neither made it to the Grammy's.  

    Whitney was lit!! (none / 0) (#16)
    by SoCalDem on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 09:33:18 AM EST
    You guys amaze me, whitney houston is a full grown woman, with free will and self determination. So her being a crack head is all Bobby's fault. What ever happened to personal responsibility? Then you want to trash Carrie Underwood, what did she do to deserve that trashing, come from the south and sing country music.

    Yep, she was lit. What a waste. (none / 0) (#17)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 12:19:43 PM EST
    J, I think they did know their audience. (none / 0) (#18)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 12:23:42 PM EST
    One other note: the first two commercials were for an anti-aging cream and a heart attack drug. Do they not know who the audience is?
    Plant and Krauss? Krauss, ok, but Plant?! omg that album is awful.

    Wrigley's has suspended Chris Brown's (none / 0) (#21)
    by Angel on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 04:02:07 PM EST
    campaign because of his arrest.  Another alleged example of bad behaviour by someone being paid to endorse and represent a company and their product.  Wonder when the calls to boycott Wrigleys will come.  We were asked to boycott Kelloggs because they are dropping Michael Phelps from their endorsement roster due to his apparent bong hit.