Sunday, February 08, 2009

Liveblogging the Grammys part 4

10:28: I know the Grammys are "dress-down," but Sam Jackson, could you at least make a fucking effort to look decent?!

10:31: I guess that T.I. is so huge because he makes super-pop songs, but for the most part I just don't get him. He can do better, but insists on pandering. I guess the $$'s worth it.

10:41 Four Tops medley = yawn.

10:47 You know what? I really don't care what anyone thinks: I can't stand Neil Diamond. And "Sweet Caroline"? *barf*
And could he be more Vegas-y? What the fuck does Rick Rubin see in this hack?

Have I mentioned that Justice won a Grammy for their remix of MGMT's "Electric Feel"? That's pretty cool.

10:53: Wow, in the deathroll, they actually referred to Larry Norman as the "father of Christian rock." That's pretty cool, too.

10:54: Fucking John Mayer. Shut up and let the men play/sing. Fucking tool.

11:10: Fucking That said, WEEZY BABY! It should - but won't - be Album of the Year, but Rap Album is a nice consolation prize, and Tha Carter III deserves it.

11:19: YES. Alison Krauss looks like a siren, like a goddess, Robert Plant looks like the legend he is, and T-Bone Burnett plays guitar like a fever dream. Who ever could have fathomed that Raising Sand would become the semi-phenom it has? And ain't it grand?

11:23: The fact that Green Day get to hand out Album of the Year makes me sick. Yes, respect for their respect of Pansy Division, blah blah blah, but they still utterly suck and I hate them.

This is Krauss's second Album of the Year Grammy; she also got one as part of the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack - which is also where T-Bone's previous one comes from. Is theirs the most exciting album of the past year? No. But it's a damned fine one.

11:27: Bedtime.

Liveblogging the Grammys part 3

9:38: Did Morgan Freeman really just intro Kenny Chesney, and refer to him as "my friend"!?! Celebrities are weird.

9:41: Another Plant/Krauss Grammy, this one for Record of the Year. Yay. (Even though I really wanted M.I.A. to win this.) I believe Alison Krauss now has 583 Grammys.

9:49: M.I.A.! Kanye! Jay-Z! Weezy! T.I.! But this black-and-white gambit is just silly.

Oh, shit, M.I.A. just brushed the dirt of Jigga's shoulder!

I'm so worried that all this performing is gonna make M.I.A.'s water break, f'reals. Though it would make for amazing television.

9:57: It's McCartney playing "I Saw Her Standing There," with Dave Grohl on drums, and I have absolutely nothing to say about it.

10:02: There's been quite a few good performances, but good Lord - another hour and a half?!

10:06: Fucking John Mayer.

10:07: L.L., you're a legend, but you really will show up anywhere and do anything you're told, won't you?

10:13: While I'm not sure why Adele needed an assist from Sugarland, damn: Jennifer Nettles can sing anything, can't she?

10:19: There's something "utterly brilliant" about Paltrow introducing Radiohead with those words, instead of her husband's shit band. And their performance with the USC Marching Trojans now links them eternally with Fleetwood Mac!

Liveblogging the Grammys part 2

8:55: Miley (Cyrus) is no great singer, but she's alright, and Taylor (Swift) sounded better than I expected on their duet of "Fifteen." What Taylor IS, is a good songwriter.

8:58: YAY another Plant/Krauss Grammy! How the hell was T-Bone Burnett not nommed for Producer of the Year?! (Granted, he'll get one when they win Album of the Year, but still.)

9:03: J-Hud's performance was "inspirational." And really, really boring.

9:09: It would be wonderful if someone would stab Jason Mraz to death.

9:10: It's like the Jonas Brothers live on the Sunset Strip, with Stevie Wonder channelling Roger Troutman (RIP)! Bizarre. Bongos? A horn section? And Stevie singing a JoBro song?! This is delightfully weird.

Funny to see one of the boys mucking up the lyrics, clearly due to nerves. That's called playing on national TV with a legend, boys. (Mind you, I'll totally defend the Brothers. Ask me about A Little Bit Longer sometime.)

9:14: Goddammit, if that douchebag had died in that plane crash, Blink-182 couldn't get back together.

9:15: Fucking Coldplay.

9:23: "Hot N Cold" is okay, but I LOATHE "I Kissed A Girl." And Katy Perry's gonna be gone before you know it, I still attest.

9:27: Between his growing-out hair and flashy blazer, Kanyeezey's looking awfully 1984. And I like it. Love "American Boy." Like Estelle quite a bit. Wish she's gotten a full-on performance, with a band and such.

Weird to see a new artist presenting Best New Artist. Will it be Adele? Duffy? JoBro?
YAY, it's Adele! I fear this will be a curse on her U.S. success, but I'm still glad for her.

Liveblogging the Grammys part 1

8:00: U2 open with "Get On Your Boots," which sounds better live than the single version. Very nice. Also nice to see Bono back at his actual day job.

8:05: OMG IT'S WHITNEY!!!! She looks amazing. Sure, she sounds a little loopy, but she looks incredible, and accounts from last night's Clive Davis Grammy whoop-de-do are that she's sounding fine as ever.

8:07: OMG Whitney just gave my girl J-Hud a Grammy. Wow.

8:09: I hate you, Duane Johnson. Stop trying to be funny.

8:11: There's an awful lot of talking on this show.

8:16: Okay, the Al Green/J-Tim duet on "Let's Stay Together" was actually pretty good, though having Keith Urban there to play a few hot licks felt slightly like pandering. And Boyz II Men were, what? Take 6? On backing vocals?

8:21: I really, really wish Coldplay would just stop.

8:23: I had a feeling Jay-Z would pop up here - the Grammys love nothing more than "crazy" collabos, and this one's already been recorded, so why not? (Answer: cuz it's dull.)

I'm fascinated to see M.I.A. perform, BTW, as today is her actual due date (thanx P-Fork!). And I wonder if she'll lace "Swagger Like Us" with vocals too?

8:26: Is Chris Martin wearing pants from the Michael Jackson "Circa '83" collection?! Were they purchased at the Neverland garage sale? How I dearly hope they get shut out of the big categories tonight...

8:27: I heart you, Keith Urban. I heart you even more, Carrie Underwood, even though your outfit is rather ill-advised. (Looked great on the red carpet, though.) Love that with this perf of "Last Name" she nicely proves that country music can rock as much as anything else. This is one simply superb single, and I'm very happy she won another Grammy - her 4th! - for it. (Best Female Country Vocal.) Also on the country tip, King George (Strait) FINALLY won a Grammy after all these years. About damned time, right? One more Underwood note: how cool is it that she's got a female lead guitarist, who can kinda shred?

8:32: Sheryl Crow + Leann Rimes presenting must = Best New Artist.
Um, or not. They're presenting Country Duo/Group. Hmm.
Yay, Sugarland! "Stay" is the definition of a career record. The guy in Sugarland looks even cuter with a full beard. And I love how country Jennifer Nettles is.

8:42: Fucking Coldplay.

8:44: Interesting to see Kid Rock doing a more "respectable" song, "Amen," rather than something (ahem) trashy like "All Summer Long." While I'm not a huge fan, I love what a bizarre genre polyglot he's become.

Oh, wait, here's "Summer" after all. I still don't entirely get how this made top 5 on the country chart last year, but it makes me happy that it did.

Wait, is this a third song? This medley thing is weird.

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