2008 Grammy Live Blog

Okay, y’all. Thanks for a fun night, especially in the comments. Let’s do this again when the ACM’s roll around!

11:30 Let me just say that Grammy voters never cease to amaze me. I’m tremendously impressed.

11:28 Album of the Year: Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters


11:27 Quincy’s won 27 Grammy awards. Alison Krauss is thinking, “Give me six years, and I will own you.”

11:26 Usher & Quincy Jones presenting Album?

11:24 Will.i.am. Seems to be singing Record of the Year winners.

11:20 So, will there be another surprise performance? Or are we just waiting on Album? I don’t think there’s time for much else.

11:17 This is history, and important history at that. I’m blown away.

11:12 Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and John Fogerty. Pretty damn formidable combo.

11:11 Nineteen minutes and only one award left. What’s the big performance that’s still waiting in the wings?

11:07 This has felt like a very “adult” Grammy show, just like the old days. Don’t ya think?

11:03 I counted two: Porter Wagoner and Hank Thompson. And I agree with ending with Luciano Pavarotti.

11:01 Count the country acts in the memoriam clip.

10:57 Grammy Promo Clip Reel. Snack break!

10:51 Good Lord, this is good TV.

10:50 Record of the Year: Amy Winehouse, “Rehab.”

10:48 Very strange to segue from Amy Winehouse to Doris Day. Just sayin’.

10:47 I’m guessing Tony’s giving Record again, like he did last year.

10:44 She knows she’s good, but she’s not cocky about it. I like it. I predict her sales will explode tonight.

10:43 Is it just me, or is the easily the coolest performance of the night?

10:41 Here comes Amy Winehouse. Good luck!

10:35 Jay-Z is slaying tonight. Vince Gill’s got competition.

10:34 Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, “Umbrella.” ella. ella. ella.

10:33 Taylor Swift needs to stop wearing prom dresses everywhere she goes.

10:33 And they get a standing O. Good for them.

10:28 This is why we need the Grammys. This kind of music wouldn’t get a primetime showcase without them. Not all the good music is on the radio, folks.

10:26 I’m curious to hear Herbie Hancock.

10:20 God, I love him. Graceful as ever.

10:19 Best Country Album: Vince Gill, These Days. Scream your heart out, Leeann!

10:18 Best Country Album winner gets to be handed a trophy by Ringo Starr. How cool!

10:18 That little guy who sang “Let it Be” could jump through Alicia’s earrings.

10:17 Love John Mayer, though. Last year he was nominated against the Dixie Chicks and freely admitted that he voted for them instead of himself. Good taste.

10:16 Alecia Keys and John Mayer – Grammy All-Stars Edition!

10:15 I like her better behind the piano. She doesn’t need to do the diva thing.

10:12 Here comes Alicia Keys. You can actually believe the hype on this one.

10:11 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder. You know Alison Krauss is thinking, “Give me three more years.”

10:09 The LifeWater commercial featuring “Thriller” reminded me that Michael Jackson was supposed to be appearing on the show. Any chance that glorious trainwreck still might happen?

10:03 Best Rock Album: Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. I thought it would be Springsteen. I think that makes Kanye West and Amy Winehouse in a tie for biggest winners of the night so far at four, with Springsteen ending with three.

10:02 I’m proposing a moratorium on sunglasses indoors.

10:01 She can still sing. He still can’t.

10:00 Good retro, winner from the first Grammy. With Kid Rock! Oh dear.

9:59 Not very feisty for a girl who calls herself Feist.

9:57 Oh look. The Canadian Taylor Swift.

9:56 Earl Scruggs Shout-Out. Cool!

9:51 They just showed a pic of Ashley Cleveland winning her Grammy. Little known fact: she was part of Twang Night’s with Pam Tillis at the Bluebird Cafe back in the late eighties. Now they each have one Grammy.

9:47 I don’t remember the Gospel field ever being showcased before on Grammy night. Is this a first?

9:46 Jesus brought the sunshine. Then Aretha blocked it. I’m sorry. That was awful. God forgive me.

9:44 Oops. Thought I’d hit the remote and switched over to Goddesses.

9:43 BeBe Winans and Aretha Franklin. The rafters are gonna ring.

9:41 Kanye just shamed the music players. Good for him. Let the man talk about his mom.

9:40 Why is he wearing those glasses again?

9:39 Best Rap Album: Kanye West, Graduation. Four awards tonight, his biggest night to date. He’s now won ten Grammys in four years. Wow.

9:38 Jeannie C. Riley wore that dress in white to the 1968 CMA Awards.

9:37 He did decently well, particularly with his guitar-playing. What a great lead-in to the award for….Best Rap Album.

9:34 Brad Paisley gets his shot on the Grammy stage, and he sings “Ticks.” Come on, really? “Letter to Me” could’ve sold him a boatload of records tonight.

9:32 George Lopez just said that this is “the only country where a black man and a white women could run for the president of the United States.” In what other country could anyone run for the president of the United States?”

9:27 Grammy is hyping the Amy Winehouse performance as much as they did Elton John & Eminem. Enough already.

9:24 I’d rather hear Bruce Springsteen. Or Green Day. Or U2. I guess I like more mainstream rock or something.

9:22 Foo Fighters. No matter how good the band gets, they’ll always be Dave Grohl’s Wings.

9:14 Song of the Year: Amy Winehouse, “Rehab.” Uh-oh. She might be sweeping. Kanye West is gonna be soooo pissed.

9:13 Burt Bacharach is the greatest living composer? Only if you don’t count those who wear blonde wigs.

9:13 Andy Williams never was, and never will be, the O.G. Come on now.

9:11 Good. I got my toot-toot-toots. That’ll do.

9:10 I better get some toot-toot-toots soon.

9:09 I knew those dancers were there for “Proud Mary.”

9:07 Oh, good. The Solid Gold dancers I ordered have arrived.

9:05 Two and half decades later, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” is still awesome.

9:04 Beyonce looks hot, but I’m willing to bet Tina’s got better legs.

9:03 Cher: “I started singing when Lincoln was president.” Funny!

8:56 Ringo! George Martin! His son that produced the Kim Richey album! Cool!

8:55 Best Soundtrack Album: Beatles, Love

8:53 The night’s first big shocker: Fergie can really sing.

8:51 It’s easy to forget, with his huge ego, that West has the talent to back it up. All he needed was a mic.

8:49 His second song is breaking my heart.

8:47 The glasses are creeping me out. It’s like watching the lead singer of Gnarls Barkley perform without glasses.

8:46 Tonight, the role of Max Headroom will be played by Kanye West.

8:45 I recognize this but I can’t place it.

8:39 Jason Bateman was only slightly less obnoxious on Valerie. Only slightly.

8:38 Nice musicianship there, but let’s be honest. Martie Maguire would wipe the floor with all of you.

8:37 If “My Grammy Moment” has already gone from Justin Timberlake to the Foo Fighters, maybe we’ll get a country one in the next couple of years.

8:34 Best New Artist: Amy Winehouse. As it should be.

8:34 I love me some Cyndi Lauper, even if she’s still talking in Madonna’s “Who’s that Girl” voice.

8:31 Hey, I actually like the little guy. And the big woman who just surfaced next to him. “Let it Be” works brilliantly as a gospel number.

8:30 Who’s the little guy?

8:27 Let me add that I don’t get Cirque du Soleil at all, but if we’re going to watch them, I’d rather have The Beatles on the stereo than Celine Dion at the mic.

8:26 Very cool song choice. “A Day in the Life” is one of those rare Beatles classics that isn’t overplayed.

8:25 How sad that an audience cut shows Yoko and Ringo, though kudos to them for being there.

8:24 I smell a Beatles tribute.

8:23 A shout-out to The Band. Awesome.

8:23 This sounds like Michael Jackson’s old song.

8:22 Sing “Umbrella” live!

8:21 Wait for it…wait for it…

8:20 Guess what Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban can do that Rihanna can’t?

8:19 Okay, damn, “Umbrella” is catchy. ella. ella. ella.

8:18 Apparently I’m so ignorant of hip-hop music that I assumed Flavor Flav was a member of The Time because he wore a clock around his neck. I’m very, very sad that this reunion does not feature Flavor Flav.

8:17 Jimmy Jam is the chairman. Terry Lewis must be dying with envy.

8:10 It’s weird to see someone thanking God while wearing that outfit. I mean, I’m sure a lot of audience members are thanking God, but still.

8:09 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Alicia Keys, “No One.” Saw that one coming. Darn good song, too. “Supawoman” is even better.

8:09 That was pretty cool, gotta admit. I’m sure Prince wished he was performing with Carrie instead of presenting on his own.

8:06 First Frank Sinatra, now Carrie Underwood dressed as Nancy Sinatra. What’s up with the arrangement? She looks great, sounds good, but I’m very confused by the whole visual thing and the twang-free remix.

8:05 Carrie Underwood already, and performing “Before He Cheats.” It doesn’t sound like that, though.

8:04 Keys is giving an interesting history about the start of the Grammys. Sinatra did support it in the beginning, but that had a lot to do with rebuffing rock and roll upstarts.

8:03 Sorry I was a little late, folks. Already getting my “nostalgia” wish granted, though!

8:02 Has any Grammy “new girl of the year” better lived up to her early promise than Alicia Keys?

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208 Responses to 2008 Grammy Live Blog

  1. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I loved the first performance.The beginning of Carrie’s song worried me…oh, now, the end of it is worrying me too. What’s with all of the drums. My husband says that the performance looks like they’re doing a play or something. Over all, an entertaining performance, but the actual song is better.

  2. ^ i agree it was definetly different, but interesting for sure

  3. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Funny, Kevin (8:10 comment.!

  4. Oh, I’m having fun. Hey, this is our first live blog together. Fun times!

  5. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I haven’t had so much fun watching the Grammys.:) It’s fun having you here, Gaby!

  6. I still don’t undestand why The Time is within 5 miles of this broadcast, even with jimmy Jam as Chairman of NARAS.

  7. thanks guys glad to play along…but seriously if i never hear “umbrella” again i will live a happy life

  8. gaby

    all i have to say is

    ella ella ella

  9. JarheaddadNo Gravatar

    OK, I’m sooooo lost! What’s next? Vanilla Ice?

    Ice Ice Baby! :-o

    Tom Hanks and The Band? Now that’s cool!

  10. eh eh eh….. true though totally busted on the lip sync

  11. sgt. pepper here we come

  12. LeeannNo Gravatar

    You smelled right, Kevin.

  13. It’s actually a Cirque Du Soleil tribute. :)

  14. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Probably one of those overplayed songs, but I like “Let It Be”…though I always think of “Letter B” from Seasame Street.

  15. The Carrie performance was a bit strange and I guess we can always be glad they didn’t let Rascal Flatts sing “Revolution” as as tribute to The Beatles.

  16. JarheaddadNo Gravatar

    OK, I get it now. It’s perfomance art night on the Grammys. I may not be real fast but I am slow!

  17. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I feel like I’m in church

  18. leeann lol…

    brady true on the “revolution”

  19. A gospel choir always makes the perofrmance seem more important.

  20. Leeann,

    I wish my church sounded like this. I grimace when I see the band is doing the mass I’m attending.

  21. Ah yes – throw in some peace signs – I’m all for peace, but typical Grammy grandstanding… and right into two completely disparate performers – Lauper and Cyrus.

    Will taylor win it?

  22. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Shock! Amy isn’t there?!:)

  23. i think amy really deserved it, very very talented girl

  24. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Well…my church doesn’t sound like that either, I’ll sadly admit. But it would be cool if they did.

  25. Winehouse really did make a great album. No disrespect to Taylor Swift, but she couldn’t really match Winehouse, though they both sing their personal truths. Swift has teardrops on her guitar, and Amy’s in rehab.

  26. God i hate all these promotional stunts – it screws with the flow of the entire show.

  27. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Clever, Kevin.:)

  28. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Finally…a commercial…Amigo’s been begging to go out.

  29. Oh, and welcome Brady. Missed ya there!

  30. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Ditto about Marty McGuire!

  31. Kanye gets TWO songs and Vince Gill gets nothing – Luke Lewis ought to slap L.A. Reid upside the head.

  32. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Can’t help but touched by this performance, given the circumstances of late.

  33. Kanye deserves it. This is his night. Don’t be a hater. :)

  34. Thanks Kevin.

    Kanye’s glasses remind me of the weird little dude played by Elijah Wood in Sin City.

  35. poor kanye…i am truly touched…he looks like hes trying not to cry

  36. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I felt the same way, Peter. However, I can’t begrudge this song.

  37. I don’t begrudge him the sentiment.

    What’s with all the somber songs?

  38. fergie, you are not christina/mariah/whitney….stop

  39. LeeannNo Gravatar

    She can sure belt it out.

  40. I don’t get Vince being offended by a short performance slot, when he showed up for the 2007 CMA’s. That year he was nominated for Album of the Year, and inducted into the Hall of Fame, and all they offered him was introducing the Eagles. And he did it. How can he be offended by the Grammys?

  41. it sounded a little forced to me, i like when she does the more non singing stuff

  42. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I am going to miss seeing Vince on here though.

  43. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I’m not too familiar with Fergie, so I don’t have much to compare this performance to.

  44. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I feel like it’s theatre night at the Grammys tonight.

  45. did beyonce forget her pants

  46. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I heard this whole thing is supposed to be like 11 minutes altogether. Surely, they could’ve squeezed Vince in somewhere.

  47. kevin you are right “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” still awesome

  48. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I enjoyed “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, but I can live without this one.

  49. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I do love “Proud Mary” though

  50. Yay “Proud Mary”

  51. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I still Like her and Ike’s version better…or CCR.

  52. LeeannNo Gravatar

    You got it, Kevin.

  53. thankfully the grammies is about singing and not a dance competition, and that stage looks awefully slippery

  54. “are about singing” not is

  55. still think BHC shoulda won, but i can take “Rehab” over “Umbrella”

  56. Y’all think Amy might sweep?

    If she does, she becomes the first artist since Christopher Cross to win all four general races and the first female artist to win the big three since…the Dixie Chicks last year.

    More significantly, she’d set the record for most wins by a female artist in one night.

    She has four so far tonight, with two to go.

    Current record is five, shared by Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, Norah Jones and Dixie Chicks.

  57. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I hope she can sober up to enjoy this success.

  58. she could definetly sweep….its looking like they want her to have it all….but i really can’t complain…i would love to see vince win though

    i adore dave grohl

  59. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Okay, I’m ready for this song to end now.

  60. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Although, the horns are kind of fun.

  61. ^ yeah it could have ended like 2 mins ago

  62. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I’d love to see Vince win Too! I wish he would.

  63. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Kevin, you must be squirming during this one.:)

  64. just curious why “Ticks”?

  65. he still kicks major a$$ on guitar though

  66. As long as Taylor Swift doesn’t show up for a tick checkup, I’m good.

  67. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I heard on Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton, that the Grammy people requested that he sing this one. In fact, he was surprised.

  68. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I also heard that Vince doesn’t like “ticks.”

  69. ^ yeah he said they requested it….not sure why though “letter to me” would have been amazing

  70. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Okay, Caneye, you’ve surely had enough time on the Grammys tonight.

  71. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Whoa, he totally just told off the Grammy folks!

  72. LeeannNo Gravatar

    …and they listened.:)

  73. Glad he did. There was no reason to play him off like that. Especially when the play-off music is so crappy. :)

  74. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Mom aside, Kanye West’s ego is bigger than Siberia. What a boor.

  75. church time… i wish mine was this cool

  76. LeeannNo Gravatar

    True enough, Cathy.

  77. LeeannNo Gravatar


  78. someone needs to fire Aretha’s stylist

  79. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Thanks, Kevin. Recent lurker. I don’t think I’ve ever posted before, though. I like whoever is on stage, chior and all. I love country but this is great….oh wait! Aretha, is that you?! fabulous

  80. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I liked when we were at church earlier better than this time around.:)

  81. There’s too much going on, methinks. No clear climax.

    KathyP, thanks for delurking!

  82. LeeannNo Gravatar

    What will Taylor be singing tonight?

  83. Something off-key, I imagine.

  84. taylor isn’t singing (thankfully) just presenting

  85. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Oooh, a Celine Dion commercial for you,kevin!:)

  86. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Okay, that makes sense. I hadn’t heard that she’d be singing tonight. Haha about off key…she always sounds super nervous when she sings on awards shows. I wonder if that’s Rascal Flatts problem?:)

  87. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yea! Earl Scruggs!

  88. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yeah, bluegrass rocks…or…is at least awesome.

  89. LeeannNo Gravatar

    What’s up with these lyrics? Sounds kinda fun though.

  90. I think the problem with Swift and Rascal Flatts is that studio technology has outpaced live microphone technology. They need pitch correction to sound good.

  91. KathyPNo Gravatar

    What the hell is that Canadian thing on stage? With part of her high school band playing backup? I almost wish Taylor Swift WAS performing. then again…not.

  92. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Damn, Keely Smith looks great!

  93. Wow that was just awful – how could they put Kid Rock up there singing?

  94. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Why are they presenting best country album?

  95. amy better be unbelievable, cause the hype is getting old

  96. What’s left?



    Country Album.

    Anything else?

  97. LeeannNo Gravatar

    The stuff I’d like to Vince win, but know he can’t.

  98. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Is anyone watching this “Thriller” commercial? Life Water. Hilarious. Would have made a good Super Bowl commercial. That is still a great song.

  99. FYI – It was a Super Bowl commercial

  100. So much for sunglasses indoors, eh? ;)

  101. I love Alicia, but I am about done with this song….they play it at work allllll the time

  102. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I’m not really into this song either. I loved her with Frank though.

  103. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I like this part better, though I’m sure it’s cheesy

  104. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Well, good, It’s good they like country music

  105. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Kevin – I have no doubt that Alison will catch Steve’s butt and go full speed ahead after that. She has plenty of ‘prime’ left in her. I can’t believe how much I love her new single Gone Gone Gone with Plant.

  106. Ringo presenting this category – great!

  107. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yay!! I screamed it and my husband laughed!

  108. loved the john mayer part

    YAY yay Vince!

  109. VINCE! he’s still got a chance for the big prize.

    Like I said NARAS look like asses.

  110. KathyPNo Gravatar

    “Have you had that happen yet, Kanye? ” OMG! The best Grammy moment in years.

  111. LeeannNo Gravatar

    funny, Vince. Canye might kick your ass though.:)

  112. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Again, yay Vince!!

  113. Vince Gill is so the Man!

  114. I actually got up and clapped for that line!

    “Have you had that happen yet, Kanye? ”

    Awesome :)

  115. LynnNo Gravatar

    I think reading the Grammy blogs has to be better than watching the actual show. I’ve got a few going. So…Carrie Underwood in vinyl performing with the Blue Man Group? I have to admit, I’m curious. :)

    40 min. to go out here on the west coast.

  116. lynn i have rewatched it several times, and I have to admit after my initial shock of the “stomp” vibe she sang the hell out of it

  117. Gaby,

    I agree. She did sing the hell out of it. Girl’s got pipes.

  118. LynnNo Gravatar

    My favorite quote from the LA Times blog:

    “Brad Paisley, singing “Ticks.” Look at you, Nashville, delivering the most sexually-explicit song of this year’s Grammy Awards.”

  119. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Lynn, we’re the best live blog though.:)

  120. KathyPNo Gravatar

    “Rhapsody in Blue” what an elegant piece of music. Played by 2 masters. Listen up, you young kids out there. This is about as good as it can get.

  121. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yeah, Carrie didn’t let country music down. She sang on pitch and everything!

  122. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I like it now, though!

  123. LynnNo Gravatar

    Vince schooled Kanye. I’m dying to see that! Too bad Vince didn’t perform. Anyone have some good recommendations off his album?

  124. I guess the LA Times didn’t catch “Umbrella.”

  125. the outfit could have used a whip though…im just sayin

  126. LynnNo Gravatar

    No worries Leeann, you are my favorite blog! :) I only read the others because you get a completely different perspective.

  127. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I wonder what that em&mem song sounds like when Taylor does it live? ugh.

  128. my brain just cried “ella ella ella”

  129. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Where should I start, Lynn?

  130. Leeann,

    Don’t look now, but you were just referred to as Country Universe! I might as well just retire now and give you the keys!

  131. Leeann – The way these Grammys are going you might just see Taylor performing it WITH Eminem. It’s all about the spectacle!

  132. LeeannNo Gravatar

    No way!! It was like the “royal” you!

  133. Peter,

    Sounds more like an AMA performance to me.

  134. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Winehouse needs more food and less drugs and tattoos. What a voice, but she is so hard to look at.

  135. LynnNo Gravatar

    Sorry Kevin, didn’t mean it that way! “Country Universe” is my favorite blog would be a better way to put it! :)

    I”m bummed Amy Winehouse isn’t performing live. There’s just no way she can have the same impact via satellite and she is really talented. Fill me in.

    As far as Vince…top 5.

  136. amy is doing alright, but she looks really uncomfortable

  137. Lynn,

    Are you kidding? I LOVED that. Leeann is Country Universe now, and I’m thrilled to see her acknowledged as such!

  138. probably would have been cooler live

  139. LeeannNo Gravatar

    It’s funny that she’s singing this song right now.

  140. she’s great no question, but i just wasn’t feeling it, she is always much better performing to a huge crowd instead of a camera

  141. i smell the sweep coming

  142. I think it’s gonna happen.

  143. LeeannNo Gravatar

    shot out to the writers guild.

  144. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I meant shout.

  145. KathyPNo Gravatar

    OH, God, I love a good piano. I’ve got short, stubby fingers and couldn’t play if my life depended on it. I’m so envious.

  146. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Are we over time now? Or does this go until 11:30.

  147. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I thought Justin Timberlake sounded like Dan Fogelberg on the Reba song.

  148. i adore this song, serioulsy its one of my favorites

  149. It’s supposed to go till 11:30. Last year it ended at 11:28, thanks to a shell-shocked Dixie Chicks keeping their speech brief. They’ve only got one award left, so I imagine it’ll end on time this year, too.

  150. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I wish I had watched the Grammys last year to see the Dixie Chicks win those awards!

  151. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Kevin – the last few years, I channel surfed during the show – if I watched at all. I’m really enjoying it this year. Good balance of all genres of music.

  152. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Too bad I have to go to work tomorrow. My boss probably won’t like it if I fall asleep on account of the grammys

  153. LeeannNo Gravatar

    This should be fun!

  154. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Go John Fogerty

  155. LynnNo Gravatar

    Okay, I finally caught up with the Grammys and Carrie Underwood’s performance. Umm..she scares me. Besides that, what do you think Nashville’s reaction to that will be? A good representation of Nashville and country music? There wasn’t an element of country in that performance.

  156. I doubt anything will ever top last year’s Grammys for me b/c of the Chicks sweep. But this is a darn great show, nonetheless. Imagine if the CMA’s ever tried to embrace so much history on one night.

  157. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Jerry Lee looks a little rocky. Saw him at the Ryman 2 years ago, he could still move then.

  158. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Well…I heard some steel guitar. It sounded more country in the middle…between the drums.

  159. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I wonder why they’re going back and forth like that with John.

  160. yeah lynn i have several theories on why Carrie’s was presented that way, but i won’t get into it here,

    great trio of performers for that last bit

  161. LeeannNo Gravatar

    That was a fun way to end the performances, assuming that was the last one of the night.

  162. I think Carrie called on her inner Idol for that performance. She can shine even when taken out of her genre comfort zone. The talent still pulls her through.

  163. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Will you get into it on your blog then, Gaby? That would be cool.

  164. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Don’t worry, be happy…

  165. yeah i am hopefylly gonna get around to it, finally put something substantial on there…lol

    the will i am thing was really not necessary

  166. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I know what you mean, Gaby.:)

  167. wow that is surprising

  168. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Well, well, not Vince.

  169. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Herbie! OMG, what a night of surprises. Brilliant. good music lives, after all.

  170. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I’m disappointed, but I’m sure there are those who’re rather happy.

  171. LeeannNo Gravatar

    They cut it off for local news.

  172. ^ that sucks he’s still thanking people on my tv

  173. I think if Vince was going to lose to somebody though, at least it was to another veteran.

  174. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I wondered if that was the case.

  175. Kevin thanks so much for doing this, I actually had fun watching an awards show for once!

  176. I’m kind of in shock.

  177. Gaby, thanks for participating. I can’t believe there are almost 200 comments on this thread!

  178. LeeannNo Gravatar

    What a great show…made even better by this fun live blog. Thanks, Kevin!

  179. LynnNo Gravatar

    Wow. Shocker! I read all the predictions for Album of the Year that I could find and NO ONE predicted Herbie!!! I haven’t listened to the album, but I love Joni Mitchell.

  180. LeeannNo Gravatar

    My sentiment exactly, Gaby! I’m glad you were here!

  181. LeeannNo Gravatar

    I’m definitely here for the ACMs!

  182. Lynn,

    You’re right. Nobody called this one! Everybody was saying Winehouse or West. This will go down as one of the biggest upsets in Grammy history.

  183. KathyPNo Gravatar

    Kevin, thanks for blogging the awards. It made watching all he more enjoyable. Now I’ve got to go download Hancock’s album for my ipod. Night..

  184. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Oh yeah, Kevin, I think Vince should’ve been offended by the CMAs too.

  185. Leeann,

    I think the CMA’s could learn quite a bit from this year’s Grammys. Showcase the history, while also the best of the new. Makes for a great show. Imagine pairing up legends with new stars on a country show?

  186. LeeannNo Gravatar

    Yeah, I agree, Kevin. I also agree with your comment regarding Vince losing to another legend. I guess I’m just a bit Vince obsessed. I won’t deny it.

  187. I understand it. I would’ve felt the same way if Gnarls Barkley or the Chili Peppers had won Album in 2007.

  188. LynnNo Gravatar

    Can you imagine if you had bet on Herbie Hancock in Vegas? Those three people must be rolling in it right now. Darn! ;)

  189. I thought it was a great Grammy year. I wish there had been more classic rock/modern R&B collaborations like this one:

    Squeeze Box
    Dr BLT cover of The Who

  190. Paul W DennisNo Gravatar

    I didn’t pick Hancock’s album to win the big award but (on another thread on this site) I did call it the best non-Country album nominated since Norah Jones in 2003. Needless to say, I’m pleased that Hancock, a brialliant musician, won.

    And because it was Hancock who won, that dipstick Kanye West couldn’t pull out the race card and claim discrimination

  191. I am so glad Willie and Ray won for their duet.

    (I can’t get that Rehab song out of my mind; catchy song.)

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