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Grammys 2012: The Live Blog

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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.

IN SHORT:

- 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.

11:21: ADELE!

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.

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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.

OPENING THOUGHTS
- 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.

Responses to "Grammys 2012: The Live Blog"

Michael says:

What’s the over/under on mentions of Whitney?

Fher1286 says:

I won’t spoil anything, but if you make a drinking game out of how many times LL Cool J licks his lips, you’ll be dead after 20 minutes.

Mike Oz says:

11, I’m saying

Heather says:

I didn’t realize the Grammy’s weren’t live until I started seeing results on Twitter. SO LAME.

Michael says:

No one cares about us on the left coast.

Michael says:

Previously on the Grammy’s….

Kathy Mahan says:

Loved the 60 Minutes piece on Adele. She’s FAD!

Juan says:

I kept waiting for Bruce to get wacked by the old Soprano character lol

HarmsWayChad says:

Hey to all of you who have watched it already hush up!

Heather says:

Starting with a prayer? Jesus.

HarmsWayChad says:

Whoa they mentioned Taylor Swift and Kayne didnt interrupt!

Michael says:

Hey if it works for a NASCAR race…

Kathy Mahan says:

Anyone remember seeing Bruno Mars at the Save Mart? He was really great live!

HarmsWayChad says:

Damn Bruno is killing it, love the style…..thats the type of soul/funk i love!

Heather says:

I dunno who this Bruno Mars is, but I like the cut of his jib.

Eff Chris Brown.

HarmsWayChad says:

you are right he could never be James Brown but he does have a great style

kevikev says:

Nothing like watching something that’s “previously recorded”

Michael says:

Hey who wants to win a colonoscopy?

Michael says:

And already on our third performance. There are awards to be given out tonight right?

HarmsWayChad says:

Thanks for the shout out for sure Mike……Bruno put some soul on the stage and its appreciated and I have to say Raitt and Keys really laid down a good performance

John Dinsdale says:

Bruno is a hell of a performer! Gives his best effort at every performance I’ve seen. & can we take a minute to talk about how FLAWLESS Alicia Keys & Bonnie Rait(sp?) sound?! Beautiful.

Michael says:

Man Chris Brown is really hitting it.

HarmsWayChad says:

Yeah Chris Brown way to give a typical performance…..lipsync city…….the only thing impressive is the stage……

John Dinsdale says:

Agreed. Chris had an excuse to lip sync at the AMA’s ’cause of how amazing the performance was but that can’t be the excuse everytime. Might I mention Chris is an incredible dancer but what does he do that progresses dance? He does nothing innovative like an MJ or Usher might do. #copycatsstepaside

HarmsWayChad says:

Way to plug Ozmosis!

HarmsWayChad says:

I am sorry but best Rap is no longer best Rap its just best collaboration!

HarmsWayChad says:

Typical country performance……..what I want to see is Chris Gaines and Garth Brooks on stage at the same time!!!

HarmsWayChad says:

Foo Fighters have continually have been consistent and have brought great music every album!

Michael says:

This thing has to be almost over right? At least three hours have passed since this has started.

HarmsWayChad says:

damn you beat me to the awful Me n Eds Commercial! As I was getting a plate of Me N Eds Pizza!!!

Samuel says:

We found Dove in a Soapless place!!

HarmsWayChad says:

I am going to stop commenting due the the fact I am the only one commenting………………..

Michael says:

Whoa. Rhianna’s hair looks like Ozzy’s circa Blizzard of Ozz.

Heather says:

I miss the colonoscopy commercial.

Michael says:

And this is an unusal duet. But nothing beats the pairing of Madonna and Gorillaz back in 2006.

John Dinsdale says:

Two artist known for their big lights & fancy performances decide to do an acoustic song when neithe of them are really “known” for their singing. C’mon Coldplay & Rihanna.

This “Paradise” song seems like their most memorable song since “Clocks” (I didn’t buy “Viva La Vida”. Far too gimmicky, good song nonetheless) though. I’m a fan.

Expected much more from this “collaboration” though..

Heather says:

This awards show is shockingly devoid of awards.

FresnoGirl says:

Nice Chipotle commercial.

Mike Oz says:

That’s the Grammys for ya.

Michael says:

Hey Butch Vig! Can’t wait to hear the new Garbage album that comes out in May.

John Dinsdale says:

Radiohead should have taken that award for Best Rock Performance Vocal. Luckily I like the Foo Fighters though. I just didn’t want to see Mumford & Sons win.

Kathy Mahan says:

Love, love, love the Beach Boys! Glad they’re getting some attention.

Blair says:

I am tired of “tributes.” Leave the Beach Boys songs to the Beach Boys. Quit butchering good music!!!!!!!!

Kathy Mahan says:

I just looked at the full moxy slideshow … Fergie, oh my!

FresnoGirl says:

Maroon 5 + Beach Boys song = C
Foster the People + Beach Boys song = C+
Beach Boys w/Brian Wilson + their own songs = A++++

Kathy Mahan says:

oops, meant full moxie. sheesh!

Michelle L says:

Loved the Beach Boys!! So happy to see them all together! But where was the honorary beach boy — John Stamos?

John Dinsdale says:

Good job Beach Boys.. You put to sleep everyone who didn’t fall asleep after Kelly Clarkson & Jason Aldean.

Kathy Mahan says:

Paul … this is painful!

Marty says:

Some interesting looks to comment on tonight. Kathy?

medihack says:

I just saw a web clip of Nicki Minaj doing some sort of “The Exorcist” number at the Grammys.

My reaction: What in the wild world of sports was that about?

Seriously, you shouldn’t start a musical number with a person covering their ears and screaming in pain.

The number, in a word, was awful. It came off as an unintended parody of some sort. Sort of reminded me of the musical numbers from “Showgirls.”

Daniel says:

Why is Johhny Depp singing

Michelle L says:

THE CIVIL WARS! Love Love Love. Wish they played longer, but I suppose it’s better than nothing. A wonderful surprise!

John Dinsdale says:

Yeah Mike, but Bon Iver needs to take in to consideration his place. He’s new to the awards show & everyone needs to put in their time to get their own time.

Also! Excited to see Stevie! Liked Paul’s song, although I laughed at Mike’s lounge singer comment.

Lastly, enough Taylor Swift. Her songs aren’t even good anymore. It’s all in the name at this point.

Samuel says:

Civil Wars? A very nice surprise!

Heather says:

Who’s that blond girl photobombing that pretty blue microphone?

(Why I gotta be so mean? Sad face.)

Heather says:

The Grammys have 10 minutes to produce Adele before I turn over to AMC’s “Comic Book Men.”

Kathy Mahan says:

Indeed! Can’t wait to see the Fashion Police critiques.

Michael says:

The mics buzzing while Katy Perry singing is the best I’ve ever heard from her.

Marty says:

Is that Katy Perry in the blue hair and whatever costume?

John Dinsdale says:

So now I see why the whole marriage thing didn’t last……

marty says:

Don’t give up, Heather!

Kathy Mahan says:

Adele = AMAZING!

Michael says:

Wait, Adele gets like 1 song where Katy Perry gets 2? This is why you suck Grammy’s.

thejbird03@yahoo.com says:

The awards show can stop now… Adele gave the perfect performance. 2011 was only the beginning. 2012 will be her year too!!

Juan says:

Was it just me or did Adele sound, different?
They said that she was learning how to sing differently…she sounded good, just not like herself….I really hope it’s just me, I think her voice is/was absolutely amazing…before. Here’s to hoping she can get back there!

Jody says:

Well, gawd love him, ol’ Glenn can do more than play golf. I grew up in a home that loved his stuff. I watched the “Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour” as a kid. I’m … I’m a fan.

marty says:

I swear Tony Bennett stopped aging decades ago.

marty says:

Justin/Bon Iver is one tall dude.

marty says:

Bon Iver has been in Fresno at least once. Opened for the Indigo Girls a few years ago.

John Dinsdale says:

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.

Jody says:

Thank you, Grammy guy, for bringing an already overlong show to a grinding halt (a show that, BTW) I switched away from to watch “Walkiing Dead”…)

Michael says:

Um didn’t Etta James pass away in January? I didn’t see her mentioned in the memoriam.

Heather says:

JHud lost her season of “American Idol,” right?

“American Idol” = as relevant as the Grammys.

marty says:

I got soooo tired of that song when it was on the radio all the time, but feel differently tonight of course, as Jennifer Hudson sings it. Tragic.

marty says:

Apparently she came in 7th. Wha???

marty says:

Agree with you Mike about putting JHud at the beginning of the show. I guess it was just such a mad scramble to put it together, I dunno.

Kris_gee says:

Has anyone commented on this super awkward announce-perform-intro-the-artist style that’s going on?

Michael says:

Am I tripping on acid? WTF is going on with Minaj’s performance?

Michael says:

I think I’m having a seizure…

Samuel says:

“I feel like I’m losing my place in heaven watching this” – My wife

Lisa Maria Boyles says:

Wow, I was at that Indigo Girls show. Don’t really remember Bon Iver.

Samuel says:

The Mumford Family has been robbed every time since their New Artist nomination last year.

Michael says:

THERE’S MORE??????????

John Dinsdale says:

Minus the floating part at the end Nicki Minaj killed that performance. Say what you will but there is nothing like her. There’s a million Bon Iver’s & Mumford & Sons. C’mon, that puts me to sleep already. I can tune in to American Idol & see the next guy/girl doing the same thing but there’s only one Nicki. Besides that, she has talent to back it up. Listen to “Monster” or “Did It On ‘Em.” Try listening to the words, yo’. ;)

Mike Oz says:

Sorry. You’re obviously a fan. But when I hear/see Nicki — and trust I’ve heard her songs, way too much, mind you — all I see is Lil Kim mixed with Lady Gaga. She can do a bunch of weird voices, but how’s that working out for Eminem these days?

Heather says:

Why was Lady Gaga at the Grammys? Did she do anything? Win anything? I didn’t watch the whole thing.

John Dinsdale says:

Haha, yes. I am a little biased but I am the only one sticking up for
her in here so I have to put on a good fight! I do wish she’d cut it with the attire, takes away from her talent & people don’t take her seriously. I find it hard to think she’s anything like Lil’ Kim after she obviously won their little feud. I’ll give you the whole religious controversy gimmick, too.

Also, big shout out to Adele. Completely deserves everything she’s reciving tonight.

Well, that’s it for me! I’d say this was a somewhat exciting yet mediocre Grammy awards. Regardless, I enjoyed myself.. & this live blog!

Night folks!

Daniel says:

Why is Johhny Depp singing

Mike Oz says:

She was nominated for album of the year.

Heather says:

Ah. It’s weird she didn’t perform or present.

Good job on the live bloggin’!