Sunday, February 10, 2008

Live-blogging the Grammy Awards - 2008

It's almost show time and we're surrounded by snacks - as ready as we're ever going to be so bring it on!

Bring on Amy Winehouse - via satellite or anything.

We're especially looking forward to seeing Tina Turner back in action - even if she does have to drag Beyonce along with her.

Word on the hideously boring and unending red carpet run down is that the two divas will be introduced by a third who give them a run for their money - Cher!

We're also looking forward to seeing what Kanye West has in store for us.

And we're off . . .

8:00 p.m. - A historical discussion of the award that is the Grammy by Frank Sinatra which turns into a duet with one of those dead/alive duets with Alicia Keys. It works but we still think it's kind of creepy.

8:04 p.m. - Alicia opens with a speech about celebrating the past and looking towards the future. "Here's to the next 50 years!" She throws it to Carrie Underwood.

8:05 p.m. - Carrie Underwood performs "Before He Cheats" in a black vinyl dress that looks like a Cat Woman cast-off. In the background, a group of guys use all kinds of metal pipes to beat on pieces of automotive junk.

8:09 p.m. - Prince struts out into stage decked out in red. He's handing out the best Female R&B performance. It goes to Alicia Keys for "No One".


8:11 p.m. - Keys is heavy on thanking her P.R. people. Good move!

8:18 p.m. - The original members of the TIme perform for the first time in 15 years. They're joined Rhianna who performs a medly of (big shock) "Umbrella" and "Don't Stop The Music". Not sure about the gold lame-clad back-up dancers.

8:23 p.m. - Tom Hanks is introduced to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to The Band. I love those guys and they're so deserving but couldn't they find anyone else beside Hanks to pay tribute!

8:25 p.m. - Hanks is now paying tribute to "the power of The Beatles". Ringo and Yoko are in the audience. He introduces the members of Cirque du Soleil who perform their "A Day in the LIfe" number from their Vegas show Love.

8:30 p.m. - "Let it Be" is sung while scenes fromAcross The Universe play in the background.

8:34 p.m. -Cyndi Lauper and Miley Cyrus handle the presenting duties for Best New Artist. Amy Winehouse is Cyndi's favorite according to Miley. Yes! . . . From us and Cyndi - it goes to Amy Winehouse.


8:35 p.m. - Jason Bateman, the cad of Juno, introduced the Foo Fighters. Zep's John Paul Jones will conducting the orchestra playing along with the guys.

8:37 p.m. - Bateman goes on to explain some very complicated Grammy competition for unknown musicians. He begs people to stay with him at one point.

8:45 p.m. - Kanye West in black with funky white electro glasses heats it up with "Stronger". His set reminds me of Tron. Probably not what he was going for.

8:50 p.m. - Kanye sings "Hey Mama" in tribute to his recently-deceased mother, Donda West. Very heartfelt. Stark. Lovely.

8:52 p.m. - Fergie sings "Finally" while John Legend accompanies her on the piano.

8:55 p.m. - They present the Best Compilation Soundtrack. It goes to The Beatles Love put together by Sir George Martin. He's there and brings Ringo Starr up to accept with him. I love Ringo who introduces himself with, "I'm Ringo.".


9:03 p.m. - Cher introduces Beyonce and hopefully Tina Turner will be coming on soon.

9:04 p.m. - Beyonce ratles off a name of famous women in R&B. It reminds us how much Beyonce doesn't belong on that list!

9:05 p.m. - The wannabe Queen B intros the real "queen" - Tina Turner. She's wrapped in a silver jumps suit and still looks amazing. She sells "What's Love Got To Do With It" like it's the 1980s all over again. Beyonce, we hope you're taking notes.

9:07 p.m. - Tina delivers a fierce "You Better Be Good to Me". Can you hear this Ike?

9:10 p.m. - Tina and Beyonce kick out "Proud Mary". Tina just rolled right over Beyonce like she was that old river.

9:12 p.m. - In the audience, John Fogerty still looks pissed that his song was hijacked by Ms. Tina.

9:13 p.m. - Nelly Furtado walks out with original Grammy host Andy Williams. They present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Burt Bacharach.

9:14 p.m. - Williams and Furtado present Song of the Year to Amy Winehouse for "Rehab". This moment made my life - getting to see Andy Williams give an award to Amy Winehouse. Ha!!!


9:20 p.m. - Jason Bateman announces the winner of the convoluted My Grammy Moment thing. It's Anne Marie Calhoun. She gets to play in the orchestra for the Foo Fighters. I guess I should be excited?

9:21 p.m. - Foo Fighters perform "The Pretneder" wiht a little help from an orchestra led by John Paul Jones. I guess that Led Zeppelin band thing didn't work out for him.

9:32 p.m. - George Lopez comes out. When did he get so cranky? He intros Brad Paisley. Paisley = popcorn refill. Please stand by.

9:38 p.m. - Chris Brown and Akon give thanks to the winner of the first Grammy for Rap Album - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Oh, the times they have a changed! The group presents the award for this year to Kanye for Graduation. You have to give it to the guy who buzzes "Mama" onto his head.

They try to play him off but Kanye is having none of it! He says Amy Winehouse, if she wins, deserves to win Album of the Year, (that was nice) but then so does he! Now, there's the Kanye we know and love.


9:42 p.m. - Ludacris presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to Cab Calloway. How many of these are they going to give out?

9:44 p.m. - BeBe Winans and Aretha Franklin, with a lot of back-up help, give a soul-stirring performance. Good night for R&B!

9:56 p.m. - Carole King and Dierks Bentley give a Lifetime Achievement Award to bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs.

9:57 p.m. -King intros Feist who has her guitar strapped on for a stripped down "1234". We like it! She has a brass section too. Nice!!!

10:00 p.m. - Grammy winner Keely Smith is scared by joined by Kid Rock for some of "That Old Black Magic".

10:03 p.m. - Kid Rock reads off the nominees for Best Rock Album. It goes to Foo Fighters for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace


10:11 p.m. - Before introing Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder gives props to industry icon and his "mentor" Berry Gordy.

10:12 p.m. - Alicia Keys performs "No One". While it's nice to see her up from behind the piano she looks a little awkward getting around the stage. Um . . . can we a get a piano, please! John Mayer joins her and adds a little wah wah on the guitar. Why??

10:17 p.m. - Ringo Starr (Beatle) and Dave Stewart (Eurythmic) rattle off the nominees for best Country Album because they always loved country music - "it's three chords and the truth". The Grammy goes to Vince Gill for These Days.


10:19 p.m. - Vince Gill - "I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye?" I think I love you!

10:25 p.m. - Joe Mantenga from Criminal Minds awards (guess what) Lifetime Achievement honors to drummer Max Roach and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

10:26 p.m. - Herbie Hancock and some other people whose names I didn't catch perform "Rhapsody in Blue".

10:33 - Juanes and Taylor Swift are on hand to present the Grammy for Best Rap Song Collabortion - a category they probably know a lot about. Grammy goes to Rhianna featuring Jay-Z for "Umbrella" I would never have guessed.


10:40 - Cuba Gooding Jr. is coming to us live from Riverside Studios in London. Could it be? It is -AMY WINEHOUSE!! Killer versions of "You Know I'm No Good" and "Rehab". That's the way to play it Amy!!

10:49 p.m. - Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole read off the nominees for Record of the Year. And its . . . Amy Winehouse for "Rehab".


10:50 - Live from London a very emotional Winehosue is hugged by the Dap Kings and her father. She thanks Island Records and her Mom and Dad and . . . her "Blake incarcerated" . I know . . . baby steps.

10:57 p.m. - Recording Academy President Neil Portnow talks about all those good Grammy programs like Music Cares. To show off the good they do, they bring on piano virtuoso Eldar who appeared on the show when he was a kid.

11:01 - Video montage of the artists who have passed away this year. There are always way too many lost. Applause broke through for soft rocker Dan Fogelberg who died this past December and Luciano Pavarotti.

11:04 p.m. - Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban sing to the high heavens (and probably beyond) in honor of Pavarotti.

11:12 p.m. - Bonnie Raitt is in the house to welcome Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and John Fogerty to the stage.

11:14 p.m. - Jerry Lee is still a "killer" when it comes to "Great Balls of Fire"

11:17 p.m. - Little Richard - "Good Golly Miss Molly" is just well . . .good golly! Fogerty is jamming along.

11:24 p.m. - is singing mish mash of tunes in a "Happy 50th" celebration of the Grammys. Come on, we still have awards to give out and time is a wastin'. We could really skip this!

11:27 p.m. - Usher and Quincey Jones give a shout out to Producer of the Year/ Amy Winehouse Cohort - Mark Ronson.

11:28 p.m. - Usher and Quincy Jones present the Album of the Year Award to Herbie Hancock for River: The Joni Letters a jazzed up tribute to Joni Mitchell. A shocker? Not really, this is the kind of album that was practically made to sneak in. It has the perfect pedigree. Joni Mitchell has always been loved by Grammy voters and Herbie Hancock is an artist favorite.

Watch your back, Herbie. Kanye is comin' for you!


And there it is . . . on to the next 50 years!

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