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?