Well, we kick the show off in style with the man himself, Prince, rocking out. The guy hasn't aged a day since Purple Rain. That sort of freaks me out. I was really hoping he'd perform with Outkast....but Beyonce isn't a bad choice of duet.
And...Beyonce wins the first award. Big freaking surprise, right? I expect her to clean up tonight.
And the would has a collective "WTF" moment was Sting, Vince Gill, Dave Matthews and Pharrell do the Beatles' "When I saw her standing there." But the whole random-pairing game doesn't suck here...this sounds really good. Gill, Matthews and Sting harmonize well together...and Pharell plays drums better than Ringo (which doesn't take much).
While I knew No Doubt would win best pop performance, they don't deserve it. They had an off year, and if we're talking pop, "Stacy's Mom" is as pop as it gets. Boo.
Christina Aguilera, ho-hum. At least she isn't flashing anyone or making out with Madonna.
BB King just hit the stage with Aerosmith. I'll bet he is seriously all about "best rap album." Poor guy. They drag the King out there for THIS?
But, there must be a God tonight...50 Cent didn't win. Although everyone else nominated are far better, he's the "pop favorite." Grammy voters are so out of touch, I figure they vote this category based on Entertainment Weekly's
covers. Thank God Outkast won, they deserve it.
I'm surprised the White Stripes turned out. I guess I thought they'd want the indie cred of standing the Grammys up. The bass line on "7 Nation Army" is entirely too fast. It sounds too rushed.
Nice to see CBS plugging away at us. I don't watch CSI or Joan of Arcadia...and it won't happen now. But Martina McBride is incredible...I'm glad she did "Concrete Angels" over her other hits.
As per usual, the Academy nominated a bunch of older guys and a random newcomer for rock performance. And somehow, Justin Timberlake is now rock. Weird. I guess the voters think he has to fit there since he's white and all.
Oh! He did not just go there! JT apologizing for the boob incident? This is very mature of him...and he seems to be responding well to all of the talk. Good job, Justin.
Patti Labelle in a tribute to Luther Vandross, what a good idea. Its too bad CBS had to keep Janet Jackson from joining in on the tribute. Alicia Keys is such a natural fit to sing Vandross songs...those two need to duet when/if he's back in the biz. They should have had Labelle sing with her, it would have been much stronger.
Richard Marx and Celine Dion on "Dancing with my father." These two belong together in the lame hall of fame. Oh! Her mic doesn't work! Are we really so lucky? No...I guess not...they had to fix it. Boy, what an embarrassment. Even now it sounds bad, and you could hear the backup channel from the directing booth. Bad form.
It was great to have Vandross beamed in. I'm shocked he didn't get a standing O.
Uh-oh, it's Madonna. What's her game? She better not kiss anyone. Introducing Sting and....Sean Paul? Huh? Sting again? Couldn't they get a better selection of aging rockers to mix into this crowd? This is a bit excessive, even if it is "Roxanne."
This duet thing is so messed up. It's like watching a car accident....I can't turn away from the carnage. This isn't even really a duet...just Paul singing to a similar tune, with Sting's lyrics randomly inserted. Yuck.
Hilary Duff looks a bit trashy. And she thinks it’s a pep rally....funny. The category for female pop vocal was rather weak...I mean, Kelly Clarkson? Christina deserved it for "Beautiful." It's the only song of any remote depth on there.
Ok, so I didn’t plan to comment on commercials…but watching the “Survivor” commercial makes me want to laugh. Is it wrong for me to hope the “shocking moment” is one of them getting eaten?
Back to the show. Oh! Justin meets jazz. “Senorita” sounds great with a jazz feel. Timberlake should do more work like this, instead of pandering to teens all of the time. This is really clicking well with his style. Art Sandoval! Seriously, this is cool. Is JT really playing keyboards? Hm. I’m way impressed.
The Academy is only now giving the Beatles the Presidents award? Oh gee, why isn’t Ringo or Paul here to accept? Are they too busy to make an appearance? I think it’s great they got the wives to come. Mrs. Harrison’s wife has made a fantastic speech…but Yoko? How is she getting cheers? She allegedly was the downfall of the band and they cheer her? Funny. And, as per usual, you can’t understand a word she says. Ringo “I’ve been on television a long time” Starr! Yeah, he’s the conductor on “Thomas the Tank Engine,” that works. Paul needs to just not sing right now….I hate to say it about a legend, but c’mon, this is cheesy.
As glad as I am that the Black Eyed Peas are performing…they have much better songs than “Where is the Love?” I guess they just wanted it for the theme and Justin Timberlake cameo.
What’s up with the female country vocal nominees? None of them are the current country girls. I love Dolly, Patty, June Carter and stuff, but it’s a lot of older nominees, as per usual. Obviously June’s going to win….but I have no clue why she was nominated.
Beyonce and interpretive dance? How odd. The choice of numbers tonight are pretty bland, this isn’t exactly the most energizing night.
Evanescence? Best New Artist, who are they kidding? Of course, Fountains of Wayne is not new at all…and even though 50 Cent isn’t the height of talent, but he is a much better pick than a band as without talent as Evanescence. Let’s hope the “Best New Artist curse” keeps up and dooms these wannabe Goths to a sophomore slump.
OK, how are all of the members of Earth, Wind and fire still alive? I love the idea of Outkast joining them…they seem to really dig the song. And I love their added bass line. Can I say it? Andre 3000 is such a pimp. Seriously. And who is this Robin and some band? I feel shut out of the loop now.
What is up with Sam Jackson? Is he the black music representative tonight? Weird. George Clinton is showing his age tonight. He doesn’t seem to be feeling it right now. But I love that Outkast and George Clinton are on the same stage. This is phenomenal, it's too bad it doesn’t sound better. Maybe it’s too much of a good thing.
Oh lord, they did NOT just have these legendary people sing a verse from “Get Low”. That song is such crap and these guys are much better than a song by 'lil Jon. Jesus.
Ah, I along with the rest of the country…realized that they missed Dave Grohl just now. And Chick Corea? I wouldn’t have thunk it, but it seems to be working well. OF course, it is sad to see a legend playing backup to a Nirvana leftover….
Coldplay….I can deal with “Clocks” as record of the year….I mean, they DO sound like U2.
Sarah McLaughlin isn’t fit to play harmonica for Allison Kraus. How is the legendary Kraus get stuck on violin duty. Twice now, a legend has become the backup tonight.
Album of the year will so obviously go to Zevon…if only because he’s, well…dead. That’s how the Grammys like it. But it was a good album and an award way overdue for Zevon.
Man, it’s always a bummer to see the dead person reel at these shows. I always find out ten people I had forgotten about had died. You have to live the death over and over again…*sigh*
Wow, this show has waaaay too many tributes to dead people. I don’t even know we are in the program anymore. I haven’t seen a live singer for a while.
How out of touch do you have to be to think “Dance With My Father” was the best song this year. It was written with Richard Marks….I mean, for real.
Outkast again! I knew they’d have to do “Hay Ya!”. It’s waay to popular to be ignored here. At last, redemption! But hey…are those Andre’s nipples? Scandal! Oh, awesome…a drum line too. This is what I wanted the halftime show to be last week. Perfect.
Album of the year…oh, this just got ridiculous…I’m so scared Evanescence will win this award…and that I wrong in every shade. Oh, thank God…Outkast again. All is okay with the world.