THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT
We’re done here, folks. Thanks to everyone who spent the night with us here, talking and joking about the Grammys. If you’re showing up late to the party, you can read everything below. Newest updates are at the top. If you’re looking for a recap of what was unquestionably Adele’s night read this news story.
- The big winner was Adele — winning three of the four major awards and six total.
- The “who?” of the night: Bon Iver, who won best new artist.
- The loser of the night: Anybody who cringes every time they see Chris Brown. He got WAY too much screen time.
11:29: Pretty cool moment here at the end with McCartney, Springsteen, Grohl and Joe Walsh doing a “jam session”performance to close things out.
11:27: OK, this is more of the Paul McCartney that I want to see. Not that lounge singer earlier. But why, oh why, does LL Cool J keep acting like he was the fifth Beatle?
11:25: You just kinda have to love Adele, don’t you? A real artist, a real person — not all manufactured and phony like many of the “aritsts” we’ve seen on this show tonight. And I think that’s the beauty of her and her music. She appeals to pop music fans, casual listeners and even music snobs like me.
11:20: Album of the year time!
11:11: Second big one for Adele. She takes record of the year. No surprise, as Lady Antebellum said while handing it to her. Now let’s see if Adele can nab album of the year too. At this point, it would be a huge upset if she didn’t.
11:10: Oh geez, Nicki Minaj, going the offend-the-religious-people route, huh? Can’t you be more original?
11:07: Wife: “I hope Lady Gaga hates her.” I know I do.
11:02: *yawn* Good thing
hip-hop Lady Gaga Nicki Minaj is coming up to awaken my hate.
10:58: Oh yeah, America, THAT was dubstep. I know you’ve been wondering.
10:55: OK, Grammys, we’ve hit that part of the night where I’m getting tired of you. And you’re not going to wake me up with dubstep. Sorry.
10:53: Wife: “I don’t understand this.” Me: “It’s them trying to appeal to the electronic music crowd.” It certainly didn’t need Chris Brown, though. Lil Wayne would have been more than enough.
10:51: More Chris Brown?!? *yawn*
10:49: Heather in the comments: “JHud lost her season of “American Idol,” right? “American Idol” = as relevant as the Grammys.” Word!
10:46: Jennifer Hudson is out for the Whitney Houston tribute. It’s a great fit, I think. She’s got the big voice to pull this off. I still maintain this would have been even more powerful at the start of the show. But then you all wouldn’t have stayed glued to the TV waiting for it all night, right?
10:40: From John in the comments: “Sorry, I know Nicki Minaj is a rap artist (oh my!) & not some hipster, indie artist that is gonna be the “big surprise” of the night. Nicki Minaj is the most creative, talented artist to hit the music scene in the mainstream or underground. What an upset, but not in a good way.”
10:33: Bon Iver wins best new artist. Hipsters rule at the Grammys again! My wife says his acceptance speech made him look not-so-good. What do you guys think? Also: Anybody out there see Bon Iver at The Cellar Door in Visalia a few years back for $5? You win at music.
10:31: Best new artist time! It’s the award I’m most curious about tonight. The Band Perry? Nicki Minaj? Skrillex? Bon Iver? J. Cole is the dark horse, I gotta say, as much as I like him.
10:22: Glen Campbell looks and sounds pretty good considering everything we’ve heard about his health. Good job, Rhinestone Cowboy!
10:19: Lucky for us, we’ve got KMPH asking the questions that really matter tonight. Pssst, guys British actors do it too.
10:12: Hmmm. We’ve got three big awards to go, the Glen Campbell tribute, Nicki Minaj’s performance, the Whitney Houston tribute and who knows what else. They’re not wrapping this up by 11, are they?
10:10: Adele sounds great — doesn’t even sound like she just had surgery on her vocal chords. A rousing and successful comeback for the night’s biggest star. A well-earned standing ovation for her.
10:05: Here comes Adele.
9:58: Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” wins for best country album. They’re coming to Fresno in April, which is now a Grammy victory tour.
9:57: I was happily wrong about that. Only two Katy Perry songs. That’s only one too many.
9:55: Here’s Katy Perry with what’s probably a medley of every No. 1 song of the past year. Because they’ve all been hers, right?
9:51: And the Adele takeover begins. She wins song of the year for “Rolling in the Deep.” I thought this was the one where there was a chance for an upset. We’re gonna see a lot more Adele in this final hour, methinks.
9:50: Yay, NPH. Let him host next year!
9:43: I like how un-pop Taylor Swift’s performance is. The banjo, the hoe-down feel of it, the modest look. It was nice and unpretentious. Way to not Chris Brown it up, Taylor.
9:39: Ohhh, hey, good spot for The Civil Wars. Surprised to see them. The song they’re playing a little bit of is “Barton Hollow.” I recommend it. Good stuff.
9:38: Trophy time. Best R & B album. Chris Brown. Fame. For shame.
9:35: Lounge singer Paul McCartney?
9:30: I think the tribute vs. their-own-stuff debate is an interesting one. Obviously, the Grammys think these odd collabos and tributes are going to get people to watch. But is it too much sometimes? I think about not only about the Beach Boys performance we just saw, but also the incident with Bon Iver this year. As you might have heard, Bon Iver turned down a performance spot because the Grammys wanted the band to do a tribute/collabo thing and the band wanted to play its own music. Seems like a fair demand, no? Especially when you consider Bon Iver got nominated for song of the year, record of the year and best new artist. But do people just want to see music they already know? Or should the Grammys be helping people discover new songs? Just something to ponder.
9:27: Thanks to that Bing commercial, I bet a lot of people in middle America got to see more of Wiz Khalifa than they ever wanted.
9:26: I’m a little behind, sorry. Internet has been stalling on me.
9:22: Opposing views from the comments. Blair says, “I am tired of “tributes.” Leave the Beach Boys songs to the Beach Boys. Quit butchering good music!!!!!!!!” But Kathy says, “Love, love, love the Beach Boys! Glad they’re getting some attention.”
9:19: I’m good with the idea of this Beach Boys tribute, but surf-pop isn’t Adam Levine’s best genre. Sorry, had to put on my reality-show judge hat there for a second. The Foster the People song sounds better, but Mark Foster looks terrified. Or is just me?
9:16: Best moment of the night so far: Dave Grohl getting cut off by an LMFAO song to introduce Ryan Seacrest. Grohl keeps talking. There’s a bunch of muffled noise. Then Grohl shouts out “Long live rock ‘n’ roll!’ Dig!
9:15: The Foo Fighters win for best rock performance … I was hoping for a Decemberists upset, but Foo Fighters deserve something this year. I like how they made Dave Grohl put on a jacket over the Slayer shirt. At least I’m assuming they made him. I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t want Slayer front and center.
9:13: Right, Grammys?!? Because NCIS and Super Bowl winners are a natural pairing. Hey, at least they’re giving out another award.
9:07: What do we say about Coldplay that we don’t say all the time already? They were … fiiiiiiiiine, just not particularly thrilling or interesting.
9:03: Comment lulz from Samuel: “We found Dove in a Soapless place!!”
9:00: In its red carpet slideshow, The Full Moxie said Rihanna looked like Goldie Hawn. That’s pretty good. I’d also say she’s got a Debbie Gibson thing going on.
8:59: Rihanna and Coldplay are up for one of those only-on-the-Grammy duets. Or, as they’re known in my head: Things I never wanted to see anyway.
8:55: Bad commercial, Me-N-Ed’s.
8:54: Good commercial, Target.
8:53: Lots of commercials, Grammys. I wonder what the people inside the actual ceremony have been doing for the last 10 minutes. Hopefully laughing at Nicki Minaj and playing hide-and-seek with LL’s lip balm.
8:47: Things I like: (1) Jack Black saying Bon Iver correctly. (2) Foo Fighters not playing inside with everybody else. Fight the power, dudes. (3) Dave Grohl’s Slayer T-shirt. (4) No “Needs more Slayer” comments. (5) We didn’t have to see LL Cool J lick his lips for a while.
8:45: Siri, call me “Bored with the Grammys,” all right?
8:42: My wife, the resident country expert in the house, says she really likes this song, but Kelly Clarkson needs to get off the stage. No sugar coating it, folks.
8:38: Best rap performance is our second award of the night. It certainly shouldn’t go to Nicki Minaj and her Little Red Riding Hood outfit. Ohhh, “Otis” wins from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne.” And, they’re not there to accept. Really, Kanye? You win a Grammy and you’re not there? You couldn’t even get Taylor Swift to go up there and accept for you?
8:32: I’ll use the commercial break for a commercial of my own: My radio show, Ozmosis, is still on tonight. 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1. Or online at newrock1041.fm. I promise you it will be at least 1,000x better than that Chris Brown performance.
8:30: From John in the comments: ” Can we take a minute to talk about how FLAWLESS Alicia Keys & Bonnie Rait(sp?) sound?! Beautiful.” Thanks, John.
8:28: Not even pretending like Chris Brown ISN’T lip syncing, huh? Sigh. Get this guy off my TV and put him on “So You Think You Can Dance” or something.
8:25: First award of the night is pop solo vocal performance of the night and it goes to Adele for “Someone Like You.” A worthy win, no doubt. I thought this song had a chance in record of the year and song of the year. A short and sweet speech from Adele. No worries, we’ll hear much more from her as the night goes on.
8:21: Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys are out to do an Etta James tribute. A good match, I think.
8:17: From the comments: HarmsWayChad says, “Damn Bruno is killing it, love the style…..thats the type of soul/funk i love!” Me too. Bruno’s performance could be a lot more stale. I’m glad he doesn’t just come out doing the typical Chris Brown/Usher R & B star stuff. He has his own flavor, which I appreciate. That song was “Runaway Baby,” btw — perhaps my favorite from his album.
8:14: No, Bruno Mars, you are NOT James Brown. You couldn’t even sniff James Brown’s shoes yet. And yes, that’s a joke about cocaine.
8:12: Bruno Mars going all “La Bamba” on us. Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuno!
8:10: LL Cool J just called Paul McCartney an “OG” and Taylor Swift an “around the way girl.” And hip-hop just wept for him. It’s probably too late to have him replaced with Ricky Gervais, isn’t it?
8:07: Host LL Cool J starts the show with a prayer for Whitney Houston. Paul McCartney makes a duck face. Lada Gaga holds a scepter. Welcome to the Grammys, y’all. Like LL says, we’re gonna make memories to last a lifetime tonight.
8:03: Springsteen is doing fine, but I were running this thing, I would have sent out Jennifer Hudson to sing “I Will Always Love You” to start the show.
8:01: So … Bruce Springsteen started this with “Are you alive out there?” Not for long, Boss. Not for long.
7:58 p.m.: Who’s ready for this thing to start? Meeeee. Coincidentally, who’s also ready for this thing to me over. Meeeeeeeeeee. The “60 Minutes” piece on Adele was nicely done. Sets the scene for what oughta be her night.
Here’s one bit of pre-game business: Check out some red carpet photos from our friends at The Full Moxie. Fergie looks like a serpent ready to eat my head off my body. I think that’s a fitting way to start these next three-or-so hours.
- We’re staring the live blog at 8 p.m., which is when they start for us West Coasters. If you’ve been following the live results online, please don’t spoil it for the rest of us.
- That said, the Grammys REALLY need to go live. Here’s what I wrote to start last year’s live blog. Still true today: The Grammys really need to start showing this live for the West Coast. Other award shows have started doing it — heck, the Twitter/Facebook age pretty much demands it. It’s not like the rest of the networks even care about the Grammys. They’ve got new primetime offerings tonight, instead of punting the night as a loss to “music’s biggest night.” Putting the awards on at 5 or 6 p.m. would give the Grammys a more captive audience.”
- It’ll be interesting to see how the Grammy rating compare to something like the return of “The Walking Dead.” Though, the Grammys did get a big gift from Whitney Houston. R.I.P. Whitney, of course — but her death is going to get a lot of people to tune in to see how she’s remembered.
- Speaking of Whitney: This was totally poised to be the Adele show, but now Whitney will probably end up being just as big a story.
- Here’s (my pre-Whitney’s death) roundup of major storylines for tonight. Included: Adele, Bon Iver, Kanye and who the heck is going to win best new artist.
- Predictions: I’m going Adele in record of the year, song of the year and album of the year, then The Band Perry to win best new artist. We’ll revisit that in about five hours. Feel free to add yours in the comments.
- Here’s a list of major nominees.