February 8, 2009
11:28 Kevin: Goodnight all. See ya at the ACM Live Blog!
11:26 Dan: You know what is a surprise? Krauss and Plant both giving completely lucid-sounding speeches. Love ‘em both, but those are two of the loopiest public speakers I’ve ever heard.
11:25 Kevin: So Alison Krauss now has 26 Grammy awards, and has been thanked by Robert Plant for teaching him how to sing better. Wow.
11:24 Album of the Year: Raising Sand, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. Woah, no way.
11:23 Kevin: I want the new Green Day album more than anything else in 2009.
11:21 Kevin: Fun Fact – Robert Plant turned down millions of dollars to do a Led Zeppelin reunion tour because he wanted to tour with Alison instead. I wonder if Zed Heads have taken to calling her Yoko?
11:22 Dan: Ah yes, the hand-clap section of the song.
11:20 Kevin: Hey, T-Bone. How about you don’t play the guitar so loud?
11:20 Dan: Awww yeah, “Gone Gone Gone”! But it feels unnaturally fast.
11:19 Kevin: I’m trying to remember when Alison Krauss became gorgeous. Lonely Runs Both Ways?
11:19 Dan: Plant & Krauss doing “Rich Woman.” Groovy stuff.
11:18 Dan: The guys in my room just said some unrepeatable things about Zooey Deschanel.
11:14 Kevin: Can they just toss Plant and Krauss the Album Grammy while they sing? I want to go to bed.
11:12 Dan: I’m with Kevin on that one, though Nettles’ was good stuff, too.
11:11 Kevin: I think Lil Wayne just gave my favorite acceptance speech of the night. Short but sweet.
11:10 Best Rap Album: Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne. As it should be.
11:10 Kevin: Apparently Obama was elected president. Who knew?
11:06 Dan: This is why I like the Grammys: amid all the Katy Perry fruit-dancing, you can still find some real soul in the final stretch. This fusion of rap and jazz feels so organic; what a wonderful tribute to the city.
11:02 Dan: New Orleans tribute with Lil Wayne and Robin Thicke, both of whom I quite like. Cool.
11:00 Dan: My Blink 182-loving roommate is already re-watching the clip of them presenting that award on YouTube. Crazy.
10:56 Kevin: Random Keith Urban is always welcome.
10:56 Dan: Alright, that was pretty cool. Some nice soloing there.
10:55 Dan: Bo Diddley tribute. Keith Urban, John Mayer, and…is that Buddy Guy?
10:54 Dan: Ooo, and Delaney Bramlett!
10:53 Kevin: I really wish they would add an “In Memoriam” to the CMA Awards.
10:52 Dan: In Memoriam. Really cool clips of Jerry Reed, Eddy Arnold and Eartha Kit so far.
10:51 Kevin: Neil Diamond is one of the all-time greats. Love that song, too.
10:50 Dan: Is it just me, or is no one excited about this performance? It’s kind of like Macca doing a Beatles song earlier. We know it already, man.
10:48 Dan: Neil Diamond. Really can’t decide how I feel about him.
10:44 Dan: Gotta say, I’m having trouble imagining a scenario where Plant/Krauss don’t win for album, too. Kinda takes the fun out of it, though I’ll still be happy for them and all.
10:39 Dan: I friggin’ love Motown stuff. This is an awesome tribute.
10:37 Dan: Oh, there’s the relevance. Never mind.
10:37 Kevin: I am so tired of hearing “Yes we can” appropriated for everything.
10:35 Dan: I’m not making a political statement here, but how was that Obama bit relevant to the Music Cares foundation?
10:34 Kevin: Is it just me, or does the last hour always drag?
10:30 Dan: One of the guys in my room just said, “Dude, Justin Timberlake is such a pimp.” You gotta hand it to him for managing to craft a reputation like that coming out of maybe the wimpiest boy band in history.
10:28 Dan: Samuel L. Jackson.
10:26 Missed this one: “Chris Martin gets a tingly feeling every time he talks about Radiohead, and the same goes for his wife apparently.” – Blake, from the comments.
10:24 Dan: Shampoo commercials have gotten weird.
10:21 Dan: Radiohead’s not really my style, but this is a solid performance and I like that marching band they’ve got.
10:20 Dan: Dude, Gwenyth Paltrow is such a hipster with all her deadpan indie gushing for Radiohead.
10:18 Dan: These commercials have me wondering why Survivor still exists. Sorry if any of y’all are fans.
10:15 Dan: And if you throw in the love for Plant and Coldplay, it’s an even better night for ‘em.
10:15 Kevin: Adele did well. Two Grammys for her, and one for Duffy. Not a bad night for the Brits.
10:13 Dan: OK, the Adele/Sugarland combination didn’t make sense, but at least they sounded nice. Jennifer Nettles could totally sing Adele-ish music if she wanted to.
10:11 Dan: Adele sounds like she’s holding back. Let’s hope she builds it up.
10:11 Kevin: To my ears, Jennifer Nettles has sounded better than anyone else tonight. Even J Hud.
10:10 Dan: Man, I hate when producers make country acts truncate their story songs. Now the song doesn’t make as much emotional sense.
10:08 Dan: Heck yes, “Stay.” I’m kind of bummed they’re not singing together with Adele on something, though.
10:06 Kevin: I think Jason Mraz does a better John Mayer than John Mayer. But I guess that Grammy prefers John Mayer 1.0
10:07 Best Male Pop Vocal: “Say” – John Mayer
10:05 Dan: Why is Best Male Pop Vocal coming after Record of the Year? I think I’m rooting for Ne-Yo.
10:02 From the comments: “Blake, you’re a young Paul W. Dennis. So much knowledge.:)” – Leeann. Woah now!
9:59 Dan: Solid performance, but pretty by-the-numbers. Let’s get some Sugarland/Adele in the house, already!
9:57 Kevin: If Taylor Swift comes out and dances with Paul McCartney, I’m calling it a night.
9:55 Dan: Dude, I don’t know about y’all, but I can’t really get excited about Paul McCartney at the Grammys anymore. Bet Dave Grohl’s loving this, though.
9:54 Kevin: I remember Martina McBride singing “Independence Day” on the CMA Awards while very preganant. She wasn’t quite as mobile as M.I.A. Then again, she was singing live.
9:53 Dan: How is her unborn child going to feel when he or she sees this for the first time?
9:52 Dan: Gotta say I’m a big fan of M.I.A.’s audacity. She looks completely absurd, and I love it.
9:51 Kevin: Swagga Like Us! Swagga Like Us!
9:45 Dan: Queen Latifah manages to make everything sound cool. Not that M.I.A. needs the help.
9:44 Dan: Anyone else feel like this has been kind of an uneventful show so far? Can’t say anything has really surprised me. I’d call JHud’s performance and Sugarland’s acceptance speech the highlights, and those were pretty low-key.
9:44 Kevin: Old voters rule.
9:43 Kevin: Gotta say I saw the Plant/Krauss sweep coming. It’s like the Dixie Chicks all over again, though I doubt anyone will be blaming politics in the morning.
9:42 Kevin: I remember Natalie Cole whuppin’ R.E.M. and not enjoying it
9:42 Record of the Year: “Please Read the Letter”, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. The old voters have done it again!
9:41 Dan: Record of the Year. Oh man oh man.
9:39 Dan: I will say that this Kenny Chesney song has really grown on me, despite some weird parts in the verses. Probably one of his strongest singles, and this is a nice performance.
9:33 Blake: (Chris D. from the comments: You people all need to give Duffy a listen, I will say that till I am blue in the fingers from typing!!) Don’t allow this to happen to such young fingers. Give Rockferry (Best Pop Vocal Album) a shot.
9:31 Best New Artist, Adele. That kid is going places.
9:28 Blake: Kanye needs the afro to hide his big head.
9:27: Lynn: I love that Katy Perry used to be a Christian pop singer. Kinda like Jessica Simpson…
9:26 Blake: If she’s so smitten with the ladies, why is she dancing around a giant banana?
9:24 Blake: Hello, Katy Perry, our favorite teen trisexual. Country music has ripped off ’80s arena rock tricks and suburbia storylines from the mainstream, but I’m guessing that we’ll leave experimental lesbianism to the pop world.
9:16 Blake: British Justin Timberlake, right down to the outlandish Michael Jackson-esque jacket, accepts another Coldplay award. The Metallica album was pretty good, too.
9:15 Best Rock Album: Coldplay, Viva La Vida
9:14 Dan: My roommate is freaking out. Biggest Blink fan ever, right next to me.
9:13 From the comments:
Sheldon: oooooo-eeeeeee, the Jonas Brothers!! Good to see country music ain’t the only genre to throw the keys to the bus to the young ‘uns…drive on boys, drive on.
Cowboy Bleau:Gotta say though, their teaming with Wonder really brings this song to a new level…i’m actually enjoying it.
In all honesty I think ‘d have more respect for the Jonas Brothers if they weren’t so teen oriented.
9:12 Kevin: I can’t tell one from the other.
9:10 Dan: Wow, is there any way that Jonas bro is not lip-synching?
9:10 Kevin: This is my first exposure to the Jonas Brothers. Not really my type of pop music, but they’re singing live and they sound good. Doesn’t hurt to have Stevie Wonder backing you up.
9:09: Blake: Jason Mraz and Kristian Bush must have the same fashion adviser.
9:07 Dan: Well I’m glad we agree on someone’s singing, Kevin! That Miley/Taylor dissent was getting a little intense for me.
9:04 Kevin: It’s not just you, Dan.
9:03 Dan: Is it just me, or has Hudson actually learned to incorporate a little bit of restraint into her belting? She’s really impressing me.
9:02: Blake: She’s won a Grammy, an Oscar, sang the fire out of the National Anthem at last week’s Super Bowl, and she’s giving a fairly good account of herself tonight. But the most miraculous moment of her career so far remains being the only black person in the whole 2 1/2 torturefest called Sex and the City: The Movie.
9:02 Kevin: Gotta give it up to American Idol. It found some darn good vocal talent.
8:59 Kevin: That makes three awards tonight and four overall (they won this category last year) for Plant & Krauss.
Total Plant Grammys: 5. Total Krauss Grammys: 24.
8:58 Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Please Read the Letter”
8:56 Kevin: Wow. I think Miley sounds much better than her.
8:55 Dan: I will say this: Miley makes Taylor sound really good live by comparison.
8:54 Kevin: Miley’s a good singer. I’m not sure if I should be surprised by that.
8:53 Dan: I’m not gonna lie; I really, really like this Taylor Swift song. Hope they can do it some understated justice.
8:53 Kevin: Oh, if only Taylor Swift could match that stage presence and songwriting talent with actual vocal chops.
8:45 Blake: When “Bawtidaba” was released ten years ago, did anyone think that Kid Rock would have such a long shelf life?
8:45 Kevin: I could do without ever hearing “All Summer Long” again.
8:43 Kevin: Thoughts about what I missed earlier:
I liked Carrie Underwood’s performance. I thought she interacted wonderfully with the guitarist and she sounded strong. As always, band was too loud, but that’s a tough song to sing without running out of breath. Cool performance, and she gets double props for showing up at the pre-telecast and collecting her Grammy.
Jennifer Nettles is as charmingly frazzled as Underwood is charmingly poised. I still favor the nineties women, but these two ladies are a few steps above the Gretchen Wilson/Martina McBride days of yore.
I can’t tell the difference between sober Whitney and not sober Whitney.
8:42 Song of the Year: Coldplay, “Viva La Vida.” KC: Cool to see a band win this. (Cooler when it was the Chicks, but this is a good song, too.
8:41 Kevin: This must be Duffy, winner of Best Pop Vocal Album.
8:40 Kevin: Hey, y’all. Kevin here. Big props to Blake for kickin’ this off strong.
8:34 Blake: Jennifer and her fedora-ed friend are freakin’ out! “Stay” also won Best Country Song earlier this evening. Leann Rimes and Sheryl Crow could join Jennifer in one hell of a country trio.
8:30 Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Sugarland, “Stay”
8:29 Blake: Miranda Lambert is back in Oklahoma, polishing her shotgun, finished a fifth of Jack and shaking her head. This is a tacky, out-of-control performance from Little Miss Sunshine.
8:25 Blake: &*%$ yeah. “Viva La Vida.” You go, Chris. Be a king. Rule the world!
8:24 Blake: Chris Martin is much more appealing when he’s trying to be a rock god. The plaintive balladry doesn’t work for me. Neither does Jay-Z’s superflous rhyme.
8:21 Blake: Simon Baker. My mom says he’s dreamy. (Hi, mom!) I’m not sure how she feels about Coldplay, but I’m a fan.
8:18 Blake: Is Justin sleeping with a NARAS committee member? I never thought the sole star of N*Sync would become such a staple with the recording academy.
8:16 Blake: Keith Urban, R & B king. Nothing like an unnecessary (and short) guitar solo to showcase his supreme talent.
8:14 Blake: Justin’s high pitch demonstrates that he’s also struggling with the transition from boys to men.
8:12 Blake: I’ve heard the Justin Timberlake “When I was a little boy in Memphis” shtick a few times too many. Also, Boyz II Men seems to have lost one member of their quartet in the transition from boys to men.
8:08 Blake: Spare a prayer for the terrific Jennifer Hudson. Her album was a worthy winner, and the honor surely serves as comfort during a difficult time in her life. She now owns a Grammy to go with her 2007 Oscar.
8:06 Blake: I eat my words. Clive Davis receives a well-deserved, ill-timed shoutout. What category is she presenting again?
8:05 Blake: Welcome back, Whitney. Leave the crazy at home.
8:02 Blake: Grammy gods U2 lead the proceedings with a performance of their brand-new single, “Get on Your Boots,” a preview of their upcoming disc, No Line on the Horizon. That living, breathing embodiment of peace Bono is so much better tortured than trying to inspire.