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Ty Murray, Lawrence Taylor, David Allen Greir, Steve Wozniak, Chuck Wicks, Gilles Marini, Steve-O ( really? Are we being punked?), Jewel, Belinda Carlisle, Denise Richards, Shawn Johnson ( gymnast may have a slight advantage), Lil Kim ( I’m not kidding… those outfits… Oh, God…), and Nancy O’Dell.

Umm… interesting crew, yes?

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Complete Grammys Winners List

Record of the Year

  • “Chasing Pavements” – Adele
    • Eg White, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Steve Price, engineers/mixers
  • Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
    • Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael Brauer & Rik Simpson, engineers/mixers
  • “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis
    • Ryan Tedder & Jesse McCartney, producer; Craig Durrance, Phil Tan & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers
  • Paper Planes” – M.I.A.
    • Diplo, producer; Switch, engineer/mixer
  • “Please Read the Letter” – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
    • T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer

Album of the Year

  • Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay
    • Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael H. Brauer, Markus Dravs, John O’Mahoney, Rik Simpson & Andy Wallace, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
  • Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne
    • Babyface, Brisco, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Kidd Kidd, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, D. Smith, Static Major, T-Pain & Bobby Valentino, featured artists; The Alchemist, Bangladesh, David Banner, Vaushaun “Maestro” Brooks, Cool & Dre, Andrews “Drew” Correa, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Jim Jonsin, Mousa, Pro Jay, Rodnae, Skillz & Play, D. Smith, Swizz Beatz, Robin Thicke, T-Pain & Kanye West, producers; Angel Aponte, Joshua Berkman, Andrew Dawson, Joe G, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Fabian Marasciullo, Miguel Scott, Robin Thicke, Julian Vasquez & Gina Victoria, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
  • Year of the Gentleman – Ne-Yo
    • Chuck Harmony, Ne-Yo, Polow da Don, Stargate, Stereotypes, Syience, Shea Taylor & Shomari “Sho” Wilson, producers; Kirven Arrington, Jeff Chestek, Kevin “KD” Davis, Mikkel Eriksen, Jaymz Hardy Martin III, Geno Regist, Phil Tan & Tony Terrebonne, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers Jr., mastering engineer
  • Raising Sand – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    • T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
  • In Rainbows – Radiohead
    • Nigel Godrich, producer; Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Hugo Nicolson & Richard Woodcraft, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Song of the Year

  • “American Boy” – Estelle featuring Kanye West
    • Estelle, Keith Harris, John Legend, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, Kweli Washington, Kanye West & will.i.am, songwriters
  • “Chasing Pavements” – Adele
    • Adele & Eg White, songwriters
  • “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
    • Jason Mraz, songwriter
  • “Love Song” – Sara Bareilles
    • Sara Bareilles, songwriter
  • Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
    • Coldplay, songwriters

Best New Artist

  • Adele
  • Duffy
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Jazmine Sullivan

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

  • “Chasing Pavements” – Adele
  • “Love Song” – Sara Bareilles
  • “Mercy” – Duffy
  • “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis
  • “I Kissed a Girl” – Katy Perry
  • So What” – P!nk

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

  • “All Summer Long” – Kid Rock
  • Say” – John Mayer
  • That Was Me” – Paul McCartney
  • “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
  • “Closer” – Ne-Yo
  • “Wichita Lineman” – James Taylor

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • “Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
  • Waiting in the Weeds” – Eagles
  • “Going On” – Gnarls Barkley
  • “Won’t Go Home Without You” – Maroon 5
  • “Apologize” – OneRepublic

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

  • Lesson Learned” – Alicia Keys featuring John Mayer
  • “4 Minutes” – Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
  • Rich Woman” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • “If I Never See Your Face Again” – Maroon 5 featuring Rihanna
  • “No Air” – Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown


  • Rich Woman” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

  • Love Appetite” – Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere
  • I Dreamed There Was No War” – Eagles
  • Fortune Teller” – Fourplay
  • Steppin’ Out” – Stanley Jordan
  • “Blast!” – Marcus Miller


  • I Dreamed There Was No War” – Eagles

Best Pop Instrumental Album

  • Sax for Stax – Gerald Albright
  • Greatest Hits Rerecorded Volume One – Larry Carlton
  • Jingle All the WayBéla Fleck & The Flecktones
  • The Spice of Life – Earl Klugh
  • A Night Before Christmas – Spyro Gyra


  • Jingle All the WayBéla Fleck & The Flecktones

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Detours – Sheryl Crow
  • Rockferry – Duffy
  • Long Road Out of Eden – Eagles
  • Spirit – Leona Lewis
  • Covers – James Taylor


  • Rockferry – Duffy

Best Dance Recording

  • “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk
    • Daft Punk, producers/mixers
  • “Ready for the Floor” – Hot Chip
    • Hot Chip, producers; Dan Carey, mixer
  • “Just Dance” – Lady GaGa featuring Colby O’Donis
    • RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, mixer
  • “Give It 2 Me” – Madonna
    • Madonna & The Neptunes, producers; Andrew Coleman & Spike Stent, mixers
  • “Disturbia” – Rihanna
    • Brian Kennedy, producer; Phil Tan, mixer
  • “Black and Gold” – Sam Sparro
    • Jesse Rogg & Sam Sparro, producers; Jeremy Wheatley, mixer


  • “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk

Best Electronic/Dance Album

  • New York City – Brazilian Girls
  • Alive 2007 – Daft Punk
  • Bring Ya to the Brink – Cyndi Lauper
  • X – Kylie Minogue
  • Last Night – Moby
  • Robyn – Robyn


  • Alive 2007 – Daft Punk

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • Still Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
  • The Sinatra Project – Michael Feinstein
  • Noël – Josh Groban
  • In the Swing of Christmas – Barry Manilow
  • Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall – Rufus Wainwright


  • Still Unforgettable – Natalie Cole

Rock field

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

  • “Gravity” – John Mayer
  • “I Saw Her Standing There” – Paul McCartney
  • “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” – Bruce Springsteen
  • “Rise” – Eddie Vedder
  • “No Hidden Path” – Neil Young


  • “Gravity” – John Mayer

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • Rock N Roll Train” – AC/DC
  • “Violet Hill” – Coldplay
  • Long Road Out of Eden” – Eagles
  • “Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon
  • “House of Cards” – Radiohead

Best Hard Rock Performance

  • “Inside the Fire” – Disturbed
  • Visions” – Judas Priest
  • “Wax Simulacra” – The Mars Volta
  • “Saints of Los Angeles” – Mötley Crüe
  • Lords of Salem” – Rob Zombie


  • “Wax Simulacra” – The Mars Volta

Best Metal Performance

  • “Heroes of Our Time” – DragonForce
  • Nostradamus” – Judas Priest
  • “My Apocalypse” – Metallica
  • “Under My Thumb” – Ministry
  • “Psychosocial” – Slipknot


  • “My Apocalypse” – Metallica

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

  • “Castellorizon” – David Gilmour
  • Suicide & Redemption” – Metallica
  • “34 Ghosts IV”[2] – Nine Inch Nails
  • “Hope” – Rush
  • Peaches En Regalia” – Zappa Plays Zappa

Best Rock Song

  • “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” – Bruce Springsteen
    • Bruce Springsteen, songwriter
  • “House of Cards” – Radiohead
    • Radiohead, songwriters
  • “I Will Possess Your Heart” – Death Cab for Cutie
    • Death Cab for Cutie, songwriters
  • “Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon
    • Kings of Leon, songwriters
  • “Violet Hill” – Coldplay
    • Coldplay, songwriters


  • “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” – Bruce Springsteen

Best Rock Album

  • Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay
  • Rock N Roll Jesus – Kid Rock
  • Only by the Night – Kings of Leon
  • Death Magnetic – Metallica
  • Consolers of the Lonely – The Raconteurs


  • “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” – Coldplay

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Modern Guilt – Beck
  • Narrow Stairs – Death Cab for Cutie
  • The Odd Couple – Gnarls Barkley
  • Evil Urges – My Morning Jacket
  • In Rainbows – Radiohead

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

  • “Me, Myself and I” – Beyoncé Knowles
  • “Heaven Sent” – Keyshia Cole
  • “Spotlight” – Jennifer Hudson
  • “Superwoman” – Alicia Keys
  • “Need U Bad” – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

  • You’re the Only One” – Eric Benét
  • “Take You Down” – Chris Brown
  • “Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo
  • Can’t Help But Wait” – Trey Songz
  • “Here I Stand” – Usher

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • “Ribbon in the Sky” – Boyz II Men
  • “Words” – Anthony David featuring India.Arie
  • “Stay with Me (By the Sea)” – Al Green featuring John Legend
  • “I’m His Only Woman” – Jennifer Hudson featuring Fantasia
  • “Never Give You Up” – Raphael Saadiq featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

  • “A Change Is Gonna Come” – Wayne Brady
  • You’ve Got the Love I Need” – Al Green featuring Anthony Hamilton
  • Baby I Know” – (Linda Jones) with Helen Bruner & Terry Jones
  • “Love That Girl” – Raphael Saadiq
  • In Love with Another Man” – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

  • “Say Goodbye to Love” – Kenna
  • Wanna Be” – Maiysha
  • “Be OK” – Chrisette Michele featuring will.i.am
  • “Many Moons” – Janelle Monáe
  • Lovin You (Music)” – Wayna featuring Kokayi

Best R&B Song

  • “Bust Your Windows” – Jazmine Sullivan
    • Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Deandre Way, songwriter)
  • “Customer” – Raheem DeVaughn
    • Carvin & Ivan, Raheem DeVaughn, K. Oliver & J. Smith, songwriters
  • “Heaven Sent” – Keyshia Cole
    • Keyshia Cole, Jason Farmer & Alex Francis, songwriters
  • “Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo
    • Ne-Yo & StarGate, songwriters
  • “Spotlight” – Jennifer Hudson
    • Ne-Yo & StarGate, songwriters

Best R&B Album

  • Love & Life – Eric Benét
  • Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA – Boyz II Men
  • Lay It Down – Al Green
  • Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson
  • The Way I See It – Raphael Saadiq

Best Contemporary R&B Album

  • Growing Pains – Mary J. Blige
  • Back of My Lac’ – J. Holiday
  • First Love – Karina
  • Year of the Gentleman – Ne-Yo
  • Fearless – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Solo Performance

  • “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…” – Jay-Z
  • “A Milli” – Lil Wayne
  • “Paris, Tokyo” – Lupe Fiasco
  • “N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave and the Master)” – Nas
  • “Sexual Eruption” – Snoop Dogg

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

  • “Royal Flush” – Big Boi featuring André 3000 & Raekwon
  • “Swagga Like Us” – Jay-Z & T.I. featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne
  • “Mr. Carter” – Lil Wayne featuring Jay-Z
  • “Wish You Would” – Ludacris featuring T.I.
  • “Put On” – Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • “American Boy” – Estelle featuring Kanye West
  • “Low” – Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
  • “Green Light” – John Legend featuring Andre 3000
  • “Got Money” – Lil Wayne featuring T-Pain
  • “Superstar” – Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos

Best Rap Song

  • Lollipop” – Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
    • D. Harrison, Lil Wayne, J. Scheffer, Static Major & R. Zamor, songwriters
  • “Low” – Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
    • Flo Rida, M. Humphrey & T-Pain, songwriters
  • “Sexual Eruption” – Snoop Dogg
    • S. Lovejoy, Snoop Dogg & Shawty Redd, songwriters
  • “Superstar” – Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos
    • Lupe Fiasco & Soundtrakk, songwriters
  • “Swagga Like Us” – T.I. & Jay-Z featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne
    • T.I., Lil Wayne, Jay-Z & Kanye West, songwriters (Diplo, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, M.I.A., Paul Simonon & Joe Strummer, songwriters)

Best Rap Album

  • American Gangster – Jay-Z
  • Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne
  • Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool – Lupe Fiasco
  • Untitled album – Nas
  • Paper Trail – T.I.


  • Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

  • For These Times” – Martina McBride
  • What I Cannot Change” – LeAnn Rimes
  • “Last Name” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Last Call” – Lee Ann Womack
  • “This Is Me You’re Talking To” – Trisha Yearwood

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

  • “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins
  • “In Color” – Jamey Johnson
  • “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” – James Otto
  • “Letter to Me” – Brad Paisley
  • “Troubadour” – George Strait

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • “God Must Be Busy” – Brooks & Dunn
  • “Love Don’t Live Here” – Lady Antebellum
  • “Every Day” – Rascal Flatts
  • Blue Side of the Mountain” – The SteelDrivers

Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

  • “Shiftwork” – Kenny Chesney & George Strait
  • “Killing the Blues” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • House of Cash” – George Strait & Patty Loveless
  • “Life in a Northern Town” – Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town
  • Let the Wind Chase You” – Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban

Best Country Instrumental Performance

  • Sumatra” – Cherryholmes
  • Two Small Cars in Rome” – Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green
  • “Sleigh Ride” – Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
  • Is This America? (Katrina 2005)” – Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
  • Cluster Pluck” – Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner

Best Country Song

  • Dig Two Graves” – Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis)
  • “I Saw God Today” – Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait)
  • “In Color” – Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
  • “Stay” – Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)
  • “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)

Best Country Album

  • That Lonesome Song – Jamey Johnson
  • Sleepless Nights – Patty Loveless
  • Troubadour – George Strait
  • Around the Bend – Randy Travis
  • Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love – Trisha Yearwood

Best Bluegrass Album

  • Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe – Cherryholmes
  • Del McCoury Band — Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Del McCoury Band
  • The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman – Earl Scruggs with Family & Friends
  • Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • Wheels – Dan Tyminski

Best New Age Album

  • Meditations – William Ackerman
  • Pathfinder – Will Clipman
  • Peace Time – Jack DeJohnette
  • Ambrosia – Peter Kater
  • The Scent of Light – Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

  • Randy in Brazil – Randy Brecker
  • Floating Point – John McLaughlin
  • Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley – Various Artists
  • Miles From India – Various Artists
  • Lifecycle – Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern

Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • Imagina: Songs Of Brasil – Karrin Allyson
  • Breakfast On The Morning Tram – Stacey Kent
  • If Less Is More…Nothing Is EverythingKate McGarry
  • Loverly – Cassandra Wilson
  • Distances – Norma Winstone

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

  • Be-Bop – Terence Blanchard (Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)
  • Seven Steps To Heaven – Till Brönner (Track from: The Standard (Take 6))
  • Waltz For Debby – Gary Burton & Chick Corea (Track from: The New Crystal Silence)
  • Son of Thirteen – Pat Metheny (Track from: Day Trip)
  • Be-Bop – James Moody (Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of Instrumental tracks.)

  • The New Crystal Silence – Chick Corea & Gary Burton
  • History, Mystery – Bill Frisell
  • Brad Mehldau Trio: Live – Brad Mehldau Trio
  • Day Trip – Pat Metheny With Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez
  • Standards – Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine Trio

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • Appearing NightlyCarla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band
  • Act Your Age – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
  • Symphonica – Joe Lovano With WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra
  • Blauklang – Vince Mendoza
  • Monday Night Live at the Village VanguardThe Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Afro Bop Alliance – Caribbean Jazz Project
  • The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter – Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Band
  • Song For Chico – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Nouveau Latino – Nestor Torres
  • Marooned/AisladoPapo Vázquez The Mighty Pirates

Best Gospel Performance

  • “I Understand” – Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, BeBe Winans, Mariah Carey & Hezekiah Walker’s Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir
  • “East to West” – Casting Crowns
  • “Get Up” – Mary Mary
  • “Shall We Gather at the River” – Take 6
  • “Waging War” – CeCe Winans

Best Gospel Song

  • “Cover Me” – 21:03 with Fred Hammond, Smokie Norful & J. Moss
    • James L. Moss, songwriter
  • “Get Up” – Mary Mary
    • Warryn Campbell, Eric Dawkins & Mary Mary, songwriters
  • “Give Me Your Eyes” – Brandon Heath
    • Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters
  • “Help Me Believe” – Kirk Franklin
    • Kirk Franklin, songwriter
  • “You Reign” – MercyMe
    • Steven Curtis Chapman & MercyMe, songwriters

Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album

  • Hello – After Edmund
  • Our World Redeemed – Flame
  • We Need Each Other – Sanctus Real
  • Rock What You Got – Superchick
  • Alive and Transported – TobyMac

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

  • This Moment – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • What If We – Brandon Heath
  • Opposite Way – Leeland
  • Hello Love – Chris Tomlin
  • Thy Kingdom Come – CeCe Winans

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album

  • Room for More – Booth Brothers
  • Lovin’ Life – Gaither Vocal Band
  • Steps to Heaven – Charlie Louvin
  • Hymned Again – Bart Millard
  • Ephesians One – Karen Peck & New River

Best Traditional Gospel Album

  • Down in New Orleans – The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • I’ll Say YesThe Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
  • Take It Back – Dorinda Clark Cole
  • Deitrick Haddon Presents . . . Together In Worship – Voices Of Unity
  • Bishop Charles E. Blake Presents… No Limit – The West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

  • ReflectionsJason Champion
  • The Fight of My Life – Kirk Franklin
  • The Sound – Mary Mary
  • Donald Lawrence Introduces: Family PrayerThe Murrills
  • Stand OutTye Tribbett & G.A.

Best Latin Pop Album

  • Cara B – Jorge Drexler
  • Palabras del Silencio – Luis Fonsi
  • La Vida… Es un Ratico – Juanes
  • Cómplices – Luis Miguel
  • Tarde O Temprano – Tommy Torres

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

  • Sonidos GoldGrupo Fantasma
  • 45 – Jaguares
  • La Verdad – Locos por Juana
  • Tijuana Sound Machine – Nortec Collective
  • Mediocre – Ximena Sariñana

Best Latin Urban Album

  • La Novela – Akwid
  • La Sinfonia – La Sinfonía
  • The Royalty/La RealezaR.K.M. & Ken-Y
  • En lo Claro – Voltio
  • Los ExtraterrestresWisin y Yandel

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • Cuba: Un Viaje Musical — A Musical JourneyAlbita, Rey Ruiz & Donato Poveda
  • Renacer – DLG
  • Señor Bachata – José Feliciano
  • Frutero Moderno – Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta
  • Back On The Streets… Taste Of Spanish Harlem Vol. 2 – New Swing Sextet

Best Regional Mexican Album

  • Amor, Dolor y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera – Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
  • Desde México: “Cumbia Cusinela” – Huichol Musical
  • Vámonos Pa’l Río – Los Pikadientes de Caborca
  • Canciones de Amor – Mariachi Divas
  • A Puro Dolor – Nadia

Best Tejano Album

  • Music Lessons – Chente Barrera y Taconazo
  • Friends & Legends – Joe Posada
  • Viva La Revolucion – Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
  • All That Jazz… – Tortilla Factory
  • Heir To The Throne – Albert Zamora

Best Norteño Album

  • Me Enamore de Un Angel – Los Palominos
  • Raíces – Los Tigres del Norte
  • Corridos: Defendiendo El Honor – Pesado
  • Six Pack – Siggno
  • CuidadoSolido

Best Banda Album

  • Tu Inspiracion – Alacranes Musical
  • Que Bonito… ¡Es Lo Bonito! – Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
  • Vive Y Dejame VivirCuisillos
  • Tiro de Gracia – Lupillo Rivera
  • No Es De Madera – Joan Sebastian

Best Traditional Blues Album

  • The Blues Rolls On – Elvin Bishop
  • Skin Deep – Buddy Guy
  • All Odds Against MeJohn Lee Hooker Jr.
  • One Kind FavorB.B. King
  • Pinetop Perkins & FriendsPinetop Perkins & Friends

Best Contemporary Blues Album

  • Peace, Love & BBQ – Marcia Ball
  • A Fire – Solomon Burke
  • City That Care Forgot – Dr. John And The Lower 911
  • Maestro – Taj Mahal
  • Simply Grand – Irma Thomas

Best Traditional Folk Album

  • Coal – Kathy Mattea
  • Comedians & Angels – Tom Paxton
  • Bring Me Home – Peggy Seeger
  • At 89 – Pete Seeger
  • Strangers in Another Country – Rosalie Sorrels

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

  • Day After Tomorrow – Joan Baez
  • I, Flathead – Ry Cooder
  • Sex & Gasoline – Rodney Crowell
  • All I Intended to Be – Emmylou Harris
  • Raising Sand by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Best Native American Music Album

  • Songs from the Black Hills – Bryan Akipa
  • Spo’Mo’Kin’Nan – Black Lodge
  • Red RockNorthern Cree
  • Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs – Various Artists (Tom Wasinger, producer)
  • FaithKevin Yazzie

Best Hawaiian Music Album

  • Ikena – Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho
  • AumakuaAmy Hanaiali’i
  • Force of NatureLed Kaapana & Mike Kaawa
  • Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Masters Series Vol. II – Various Artists (Chris Lau & Milton Lau, producers)
  • The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Various Artists (Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Dennis Kamakahi, Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers)

Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album

  • Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet
  • From Now On – Michael Doucet
  • Homage Au Passé – Pine Leaf Boys
  • Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
  • Cedric WatsonCedric Watson

Best Reggae Album

  • Jah Is Real – Burning Spear
  • Let’s Get PhysicalElephant Man
  • Vibes – Heavy D
  • Repentance – Lee “Scratch” Perry
  • Intoxication – Shaggy
  • AmazingSly & Robbie

Best Traditional World Music Album

  • Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey – Debashish Bhattacharya
  • The Mandé Variations – Toumani Diabaté
  • Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Dancing in the Light – Lakshmi Shankar

Best Contemporary World Music Album

  • Shake Away – Lila Downs
  • Banda Larga Cordel – Gilberto Gil
  • Global Drum Project – Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo
  • Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take) – Youssou N’Dour
  • Live at the Nelson Mandela Theater – Soweto Gospel Choir

Best Polka Album

  • El Maestro del Acordeón y Sus Polkas – Paulino Bernal
  • SpeechlessLynnMarie & Charlie Kelley As The Boxhounds
  • Back to Back Hall of Fame PolkasWalter Ostanek & His Band, Jerry Darlak & The Touch And Bob Kravos & His Band
  • Hungry for MorePolka Family Band
  • Let the Whole World SingJimmy Sturr and His Orchestra

Best Musical Album For Children

  • Beethoven’s Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies – Beethoven’s Wig
  • Big Round World – Trout Fishing in America
  • Here Come the 123s – They Might Be Giants
  • Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That CouldBrady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
  • The Shoe Bird – Gerard Schwarz Conducting the Seattle Symphony

Best Spoken Word Album for Children

  • Around the CampfireBuck Howdy With BB
  • The Big One-Oh – Dean Pitchford
  • Brown Bear and Friends – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • The Cricket in Times Square – Tony Shalhoub
  • Yes To Running! Bill Harley Live – Bill Harley

Best Spoken Word Album

  • An Inconvenient Truth – Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon & Blair Underwood
  • Born Standing Up – Steve Martin
  • I Am America (And So Can You!) – Stephen Colbert (& Various Artists)
  • Life Beyond Measure – Sidney Poitier
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris

Best Comedy Album

  • Anticipation – Lewis Black
  • Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords
  • For Your Consideration – Kathy Griffin
  • It’s Bad for Ya – George Carlin
  • Songs of the Bushmen – Harry Shearer

Best Musical Show Album

  • Gypsy – 2008 Broadway Cast with Patti LuPone & Others
    • Robert Sher, producer (Jule Styne, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist)
  • In the Heights – Original Broadway Cast with Lin-Manuel Miranda & Others
    • Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andrés Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss & Bill Sherman, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist
  • The Little Mermaid – Original Broadway Cast with Sierra Boggess, Tituss Burgess & Others
    • Bruce Botnick, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken & Chris Montan, producers; Alan Menken, composer; Glenn Slater, lyricist (Howard Ashman, lyricist)
  • South Pacific – New Broadway Cast with Kelli O’Hara, Paulo Szot & Others
    • David Caddick, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist)
  • Young Frankenstein – Original Broadway Cast with Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster & Others
    • Doug Besterman, producer; Mel Brooks, composer/lyricist

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

  • American Gangster
  • August Rush
  • Juno
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

  • The Dark Knight
    • James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer, composers
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    • John Williams, composer
  • Iron Man
    • Ramin Djawadi, composer
  • There Will Be Blood
    • Jonny Greenwood, composer
  • WALL-E
    • Thomas Newman, composer

Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

  • Down to Earth (from WALL-E) – Peter Gabriel
    • Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters
  • Ever Ever After (from Enchanted) – Carrie Underwood
    • Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters
  • Say (from The Bucket List) – John Mayer
    • John Mayer, songwriter
  • That’s How You Know (from Enchanted) – Amy Adams
    • Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters
  • Walk Hard (from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) – John C. Reilly
    • Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan & John C. Reilly, songwriters

Best Instrumental Composition

  • “The Adventures of Mutt” (From Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) – John Williams
    • John Williams, composer
  • “Alegria” – Chick Corea & Gary Burton
    • Chick Corea, composer
  • “Claire’s Closet” – Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern
    • Russell Ferrante, composer
  • “Danzón De Etiqueta” – Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin
    • Dave Grusin, composer
  • “Hit The Ground Running” – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
    • Gordon Goodwin, composer

Best Instrumental Arrangement

  • “Define Dancing” (From WALL-E) – Thomas Newman
    • Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers
  • “Down in the Valley” – Frank Macchia featuring The Prague Orchestra
    • Frank Macchia, arranger
  • “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” – Joe Lovano with WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra
    • Michael Abene, arranger
  • “St. Louis Blues” – The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
    • Bob Brookmeyer, arranger
  • “Yesterdays” – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band featuring Art Tatum
    • Gordon Goodwin, arranger

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

  • “Alfie” – Traincha & The Metropole Orchestra
    • Vince Mendoza, arranger
  • “Grace” – Take 6
    • Cedric Dent, arranger
  • “Here’s That Rainy Day” – Natalie Cole
    • Nan Schwartz, arranger
  • “Johnny One Note” – John Pizzarelli
    • Don Sebesky, arranger
  • “Lazy Afternoon” – Danilo Perez
    • Claus Ogerman, arranger

Best Recording Package

  • Death Magnetic – Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffatt & David Turner, art directors (Metallica)
  • Hawk Nelson…Is My Friend! – Don Clark, art director (Hawk Nelson)
  • Nouns – No Age & Brian Roettinger, art directors (No Age)
  • Radio Retaliation – Neal Ashby, Matthew Curry & Patrick Donohue, art directors (Thievery Corporation)
  • Summer Rains – Amanda Barrett, Abby DeWald, Renee Jablow & Rick Whitmore, art directors (The Ditty Bops)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

  • Ghosts I–IV – Jeff Anderson, Trent Reznor & Rob Sheridan, art directors (Nine Inch Nails)
  • In Rainbows – Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell & Xian Munro, art directors (Radiohead)
  • Poems & Songs – Qing-Yang Xiao, art director (Wu Sheng)
  • Pretty. Odd. – Alex Kirzhner & Panic At The Disco, art directors (Panic At The Disco)
  • @#%&*! Smilers – Aimee Mann & Gail Marowitz, art directors (Aimee Mann)

Best Album Notes

  • Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music – Documented By Art Rosenbaum; Art Rosenbaum, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • Debate ’08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph – Patrick Feaster & David Giovannoni, album notes writers (William Jennings Bryan & William Howard Taft)
  • Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition – Francis Davis, album notes writer (Miles Davis)
  • Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul – David Ritz & Jerry Wexler, album notes writers (Aretha Franklin)
  • The Unsung Father Of Country Music: 1925-1934 – Henry “Hank” Sapoznik, album notes writer (Ernest V. Stoneman)

Best Historical Album

  • Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music – Documented By Art Rosenbaum; Steven Lance Ledbetter & Art Rosenbaum, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Classic Columbia, OKeh And Vocalion Lester Young With Count Basie (1936-1940) – Scott Wenzel, compilation producer; Malcolm Addey, Michael Brooks, Matt Cavaluzzo, Andreas Meyer & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Lester Young With Count Basie)
  • Debate ’08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph – David Giovannoni, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (William Jennings Bryan & William Howard Taft)
  • Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette – Ken Flaherty, Jr., compilation producer; Marcos Sueiro Bal, Ken Flaherty, Jr., Kurt Nauck & Glenn Sage, mastering engineers (Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette)
  • To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story – Richard Seidel, compilation producer; Mark G. Wilder, mastering engineer (Nina Simone)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • Consolers of the Lonely – The Raconteurs
    • Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell & Jack White III, engineers
  • Just A Little Lovin’ – Shelby Lynne
    • Al Schmitt, engineer
  • Lay It Down – Al Green
    • Jimmy Douglass, Russell “The Dragon” Elevado & John Smeltz, engineers
  • Still Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
    • Steve Genewick, Al Schmitt & Bill Schnee, engineers
  • We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. – Jason Mraz
    • Dyre Gormsen & Tony Maserati, engineers

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

  • Danger Mouse
    • Attack & Release (The Black Keys)
    • Modern Guilt (Beck)
    • The Odd Couple (Gnarls Barkley)
  • Nigel Godrich
    • In Rainbows (Radiohead)
  • Johnny K
    • Big Bad World (Plain White T’s)
    • The Illusion of Progress (Staind)
    • Light from Above (Black Tide)
    • 3 Doors Down (3 Doors Down)
  • Rick Rubin
    • Death Magnetic (Metallica)
    • Home Before Dark (Neil Diamond)
    • Mercy (Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy) (Ours)
    • Seeing Things (Jakob Dylan)
    • Weezer (Red Album) (Weezer)
  • will.i.am
    • “American Boy” (Estelle featuring Kanye West)
    • Encanto (Sergio Mendes)
    • Funky Bahia” (Sergio Mendes featuring will.i.am & Siedah Garrett)
    • “In the Ayer” (Flo Rida featuring will.i.am)
    • “Pick It Up” (Fergie)
    • “Picture Perfect” (Chris Brown featuring will.i.am)
    • “What’s Your Name” (Usher featuring will.i.am)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

  • “Closer” (StoneBridge Radio Edit)
    • StoneBridge, remixer (Ne-Yo)
  • “Electric Feel” (Justice Remix)
    • Justice, remixers (MGMT)
  • “4 Minutes” (Junkie XL Remix)
    • Junkie XL, remixer (Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
  • “Just Fine” (Moto Blanco Remix)
    • Moto Blanco, remixers (Mary J. Blige)
  • The Longest Road” (Deadmau5 Remix)
    • Deadmau5, remixer (Morgan Page featuring Lissie)

Best Short Form Music Video

  • “Honey” – Erykah Badu
    • Erykah Badu & Mr. Roboto, video directors; Megan Gutman, video producer
  • “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” – Gnarls Barkley
    • Chris Milk, video director; Anne Johnson, video producer
  • “Another Way to Die” – Alicia Keys & Jack White
    • PR Brown & MK12, video directors; Mick Ebeling, Sheira Rees-Davies & Jane Tredget, video producers
  • “House of Cards” – Radiohead
    • James Frost, video director; Dawn Fanning, video producer
  • “Pork and Beans” – Weezer
    • Mathew Cullen, video director; Bernard Rahill, video producer

[edit] Best Long Form Music Video

  • “Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles” – John Mayer
    • Danny Clinch, video director; Lindha Narvaez, video producer
  • Runnin’ Down a Dream” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    • Peter Bogdanovich, video director; Skot Bright, video producer
  • “Good Girl Gone Bad Live” – Rihanna
    • Paul Caslin, video director; John Paveley, Ruth Paveley & Rupert Style, video producers
  • Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story” – Various Artists
    • Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Mark Crosby, Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video producers
  • “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who” – The Who
    • Paul Crowder & Murray Lerner, video directors; Murray Lerner, Robert Rosenberg & Nigel Sinclair, video producers

H/T- Wikipedia. Thanks dudes.

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BAFTA Winners

“Slumdog Millionaire”

“Man On Wire” – Simon Chinn / James Marsh

Mickey Rourke – “The Wrestler”

Kate Winslet – “The Reader”

Heath Ledger – “The Dark Knight”

Penélope Cruz – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

“Slumdog Millionaire” – Danny Boyle

“In Bruges” – Martin Mcdonagh

“Slumdog Millionaire” – Simon Beaufoy

“I’ve Loved You So Long” – Yves Marmion / Philippe Claudel

Steve Mcqueen, director/writer – “Hunger”

“Wall-E” – Andrew Stanton

“Slumdog Millionaire” – A. R. Rahman

“Slumdog Millionaire” – Anthony Dod Mantle

“Slumdog Millionaire” – Chris Dickens

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Donald Graham Burt / Victor J. Zolfo

“The Duchess” – Michael O’connor

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Jean Black / Colleen Callaghan

“Slumdog Millionaire” – Glenn Freemantle / Resul Pookutty / Richard Pryke / Tom Sayers / Ian Tapp

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Eric Barba / Craig Barron / Nathan Mcguinness / Edson Williams

“Wallace And Gromit: A Matter of Loaf And Death” – Steve Pegram / Nick Park / Bob Baker

“September” – Stewart Le Maréchal / Esther May Campbell

Terry Gilliam

Pinewood Studios / Shepperton Studios

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Grammy Live Blog Part Eleven

Apparently awards mean little anymore. They’ve given out like five in the past three hours.

Four Tops tie with the Swagga dudes for fourth, but Adele keeps that bronze spot.

Seriously, if your gonna promote the hell out of your shows, CBS, gimme Sheldon/Jim Parsons.

Yes, Neil Diamond, whom I don’t despise as long as he sings songs he wrote before 1972. And ” Sweet Caroline” is one of those songs. Everyone, sing along- ” Sweet Caroliiiiine- BAH BAH BAH- good times never seemed so good!” The Grammy audience dutifully sing along ( who could resist, honestly). Does he deserve entrance in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame? I wouldn’t argue if he was. After all, Madonna got in. And he’s equally amazing on stage, an expert showman.

Encore: the annual death meter. Who wins the applause race? It appears close between Levi Stubbs and the man Bo Diddley. We then segue to Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Keith Urban doing the song ” Bo Diddley” itself. That is cooler than cool ( John Mayer, like you better as the blue eyed blues man, just so you know, you got the chops).

Gary Sinise now ( CBS promo heavy or what?), who talks about New Orleans and pays tribute to it with Allen Toussaint, Robin Thicke, and LIL WAYNE. Weezy, youze iz awzome. There has been a lot of hip hop on tonight’s show, more than I can recall in the past. Am I alone in that? Toussaint still amazes as a pianist, and he never gets mentioned with tthe greats. Why is that? Oooh, Terence Blanchard, and some hip hop girls. Love this performance as well.  Are the performances this year all around stronger, too?

T-Pain has a Grammy? Okay…

will.i.am. and T-Pain congratualte the new President, then present Rap Album to Lil Wayne, who deserves it and gives the best speech ever as it took six seconds.

Zooey Deschanel ( soon to be Mrs. Ben Gibbard) comes out to give us Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.  They knock the bluegrass blues out of the park, finishing it up with some ” Gone Gone Gone”, the Everly Brothers cover that garnered their album so much attention in the first place.  T-Bone Bunrett even popped in to play some guitar.  Loved every second and sorry, Adele, you are now third.

New Green Day soon- Rick Rubin was producer of the year ( that is more than deserved), and Green Day present Album of the Year to – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Okay, I can’t fault the Grammys this year, as it is an amazing album, but I have to say, it does say something about the MOR status of the Grammys when ground breaking work by Radiohead and Lil Wayne or even popular work like Coldplay ( Ne-Yo never had a shot).

Play them off, lets end this show.

Stevie Wonder plays us out of a pretty good show musically.

So, Al Green’s ” Let’s Stay Together” wins the night in my opinion, followed by Jennifer Hudson’s gut wrenching number, then Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ exquisite medley.

Complete winners list shall be posted when I finish compiling it.

See you all on February 22 for the Oscars.

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Grammy Live Blog Part Ten

Ah, now Sugarland and Adele come and knock the HipHop Summit out of the Bronze position, but not as good as J-Hud breaking my heart or Al Green being Al Green, even with Justin Timberlake trading off vocals. Sorry, Kanye, I’ll make it up to you another Grammys.

By the way, I’m way too pumped now for TBBT- thanks CBS, good promo.

Gwyneth Paltrow brings out Radiohead. With astonishing ” 15 Step” on the table, and the USC Marching Band ( famed for their work on Fleetwood Mac’s ” Tusk”). The vocal mix is buried under the band. ( I am sure Thom wanted it that way).  But still, really good. I love me my Radiohead. What can I say, they really can’t do any wrong in my book.

Sam Jackson now joins the festivites to announce T.I. and Justin Timberlake,  both whom I like ( I think T.I. is the best rapper out there, even better than Weezy, yes). ” Dead And Gone” was amazing, guys.

President speech, everyone go have a drink.

I hate it when the President talks about compensation. I have no problem with that, but begging for a Secretary for the Arts is uncool( granted, we Canucks have a Minister of Heritage, so I guess that’s the same thing). But out then come SMOKEY! ( Motown geek girl I am, that makes me a little giddy). The Four Tops are his assignment, with Levi Stubbs now gone, so we get a new foursome singing ” Reach Out”, with Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo, Duke Fakir, and the Smokey man himself.  I’m a little misty eyd again. I love the Four tops so much ( they were a fave of my mom’s- lots of good memories). They throw in some ” Standing In The Shadows Of Love ” as well. Awesomeness. Oh, hell ya, ” I Can’t help Myself”, too? I’m being spoiled here.

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Grammy Live Blog Part Nine

Okay, ” Swagga Like Us” is now in bronze medal position behind Golden Al and Silver Jenny.

Jack Black and Charlie Hayden, with Jack kissing ass to the F.I.L. ( didn’t know that, how’d I miss it?) Another Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, then we get best male pop vocal winner John Mayer comes up. The guy has won more Grammys than Elvis, go figure that one out. ( I have nothing against him, but whatever).

L.L. Cool J and Jay Mohr ( CBS star- do we get Jim Parsons? Sorry). announce Sugarland and Adele. They do the mash up thing, and it’s surprisingly  pretty, the Sugarland song ( I don’t listen to a ton of country, my previous experience with this song was Mark Day on Canadian Idol, which is the worst thing to happen to a Sugarland song ever).  Then Adele comes out and sings “Chasing Pavements”, one of the best songs of last year and sings with that soulfully amazing voice of hers. It’s effortless. I worship at the shrine of Brit Neo-Jazz-Soul voices. Nice support, Jennifer Nettles.

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Grammy Live Blog Part Eight

Still Al and Jennifer leading the performance sweepstakes. It’s gotta get better.

Was M.I.A. in labor, or just screwing with us? Today is her due date.

Queen Latifah, one of the better singers of the world ( seriously), say Dean Martin won a Lifetime Achievement Award,  and now we get the HipHop summit, as M.I.A. starts off with the little bit from ” Paper Planes” which plays as the boys start ” Swagga Like Us”. Awesomeness. Coolness. Brilliant. I’m loving every second of it.

Kate Beckinsale gives us speil and out comes Macca, who benefits from being the only living Beatle of genius, and he’s got Dave Grohl on drums, and launches into ” I Saw Her Standing There”, a Beatles song I really don’t enjoy all that much ( so rare as to be mind blowing  that I actually typed that). I know he’s a F-ing Beatle, but come on, all those songs, you go with that?

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Grammy Live Blog Part 7

Heh, the Bonus Jonas ( I’m paying attention to the ads- Big Bang Theory looks awesome tomorrow night, which airs after 2 1/2 Men due to the Presidential press conference. In a Craig Ferguson promo, Craig called himself the fourth Joni. Hee.)

Morgan Freeman, still recovering from his car crash last year, bringing out Kenny Chesney. ( really? They’re friends? Never woulda thought it.) This is the part where I go to the bathroom, apparently, as I hate Kenny Chesney.

Momentary note- I’ll post the BAFTA winners after the Grammys, but safe to say, Slumdog Millionaire picked up seven awards, so look for it to dominate in two weeks at the Oscars.

Back to a very boring song sung by a guy I can’t stand. I’m bored. I’m not kidding, I just checked my email. Oy.

DIDDY, Herbie Hancock, and Natalie Cole trot out to present for Record of the Year, ninety minutes in ( are you kidding me?).  It goes to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, who I adore, but sorry, M.I.A. deserved it more for her mind blowing, influential jam. Jeez.

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Grammy Live Blog Part 6

It’s still Rev. Al and J. Hud for the win.

Craig Ferguson, who was on my husbands list at one point, cracking me up. He’s presenting Katy Perry, who launches into ” I Kissed A Girl”. She decends in a banana. Her live vocal is obviously live as it sucks donkey balls,  but she’s a charming stage presence. It was also quite- energetic ( spazzy?)

Kanye…Kanye… wearing a disco ball for a coat, launches into Estelle’s “American Boy”, a charming seventies sounding throwback. Estelle appears to be wearing some weird glitter oragami project. My daughter commented that Kanye’s hair is an afro mullet.  Good performance, should garner some praise, and they present Best New Artist, which Kanye snidely remarks he never won, and it goes to Adele ( FUCK YEAH! I love her.) At least it didn’t go to the Joni. She’s charming and sweet and humble. I adore her.

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Grammy’s Live Blog Part 5

Al Green and Jennifer Hudson are running away with the show so far, in my humble and correct opinion.

Emily Proctor from CSI: Miami joins Jason Mraz introduce the Joni ( the Jonus Brothers) with Stevie Wonder ( sure? WTF moment, right?) singing ” Burnin’ Up” ( according to my daughter, confirmed by the lyrics). And truthfully, it’s really entertaining and surprisingly good. I hate it when they do that. They then launch into ” Superstition”, the Stevie classic, and that is beyond awesome, even with the Joni ( Jonases) singing along. Those boys are quite the showmen.

BLINK 182!!!!! WTF? I heard nothing about that. Fuck me gently with a chainsaw, they’re getting back together ( guilty pleasure alert!!!). They present Rock Album, which goes to Coldplay ( really? Pop more like it). Chris acknowledges they aren’t the most rocking, mentions Paul again, and whatever. Got a feeling that Coldplay will steal that Best Album award away from Radiohead.

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Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus together? Ew. My daughter is in heaven, though, she adores them both. Neither girl is great vocally live, as they both have rather thin voices, but they seem to be accrediting themselve pretty well, considering. My daughter just reminded me she’s only four years from fifteen. Argh! Not bad, girls. Then they award the best Pop Collab with Vocal to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, which was definitely deserved.

J. Hud, sounding amazing, now.  The girl has pipes. I adore her, have since the Idol days. She looks amazing as well.  Damn, girl. I’m getting a little misty at the moment. Sniff. She’s knocked it out of the park, and expect her to be a major story tomorrow.

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Grammy’s Live Blog Part 3

So, okay, still thinking that Al Green is winning the night, as whatever, Coldplay didn’t blow me away ( they rarely do in the live situation, go figure).

Rev. Al and Duffy? Sure, make more sense than most pairings. Oooh, get the rev. to sing, that’s my girl, Duffy. No, don’t you start, too, girl. Not on ” Bridge over Troubled Water”. Song of the year so early? Why? The award goes to Coldplay, unsurprisingly. Hey, boys, I made the Sgt. Pepper’s comments on the previous thread, are you reading me on the Blackberry?

Kid Rock, whom I adore despite my better judgement, starts off with a totally awesome song that I like despite the fact it mocks some of my basic beliefs. ” Amen” indeed. Now we get ” All Summer Long”, which you recall was on my year end songs list, then he launches into ” Rock & Roll Jesus” and a good time was had by all.

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Grammy’s Live Blog Part Two

So far, only one award went out, and it was to my fave Jennifer Hudson. But as usual, CBS trots out their TV stars to shill and announce, and Simon Baker ( The Mentalist) announces Coldplay, who decide to do “Lost”, their current single, instead of ” Viva La Vida” or ” violet Hill”, both up for nominations.  I disliked ” Lost” when I first heard it as it seemed like every other Coldplay ballad. Hey, Jay-Z! Awesome rhymes, Hova, better than the song deserves, dude. I’m also over the damn poor mans Sgt. Peppers look- oh look, now break out ” Viva La Vida”. Smart move, I like this song, though ” Violet Hill” remains my fave of the three singles from this record. They sound much better here than they did on SNL earlier this year. Chris Martin sounds suprisingly good tonight, he rarely does ( remember the AMAs- that was heinous).

I heard his head hit the stage, did you?

Keith Urban again, still awesome eye candy, saying Gene Autry won an achievement award, and then announces Carrie Underwood, who does ” Last Name”  while wearing something that resembles a bedsheet belted with a shoulder belt from a glittery Mercedes matched with crappy beach hair and is she tangerine? Carrie, what happened to you? She also sounds a bit off tonight. A bit exhausted. I wish, however, that all exhausted stars sound as good as she does ( Jessica Simpson, I’m looking at you.)

Brenda Lee is a Lifetime Achievement award winner, and Sheryl Crow and Leann Rimes present the country duo  or group award to Sugarland ( they kinda are the dominating duo right now). Jennifer Nettles thanks Paul McCartney just cause he’s Paul McCartney. Cute. Did Christian forget the names of his kids for a second?

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Grammy Awards Live Blog Part One


Needing a big kiss, apparently.

I’m not overly impressed with the new single, but the boys always manage to rock the grammys when they show up. And the lyrics popping up on the rainbow colors- fine. It’s a little more off kilter melodically than most U2 songs, moe like the song is a mash up of Achtung Baby! and Zooropa. Oy.

Get Whitney! Whitney, whose performance at the Clive Davis bash  is all the buzz right now, but she still looks and sounds spacey to me. R&B album… goes to… Whitney’s going on about Clive… shut her up… I want the winner…I know he’s a legend..J-Hud!!!! ( I wanted her to win but pegged it to Al Green). J-Hud looks amazing and is very humble in her speech.

The Rock ( I know, Dwayne Johnson) is charming and funny-ish quoting Katy Perry’s hit ” I Kissed A Girl”, then listing the performances we are to expect. Why? Then J.T. ( ” I think I love you”) starts a tribute to Al Green ( one of my favorites as well) that surprisingly lacks humor, then we get Rev. Al and BoyzIIMen and J.T. – ” Let’s Stay Together”, one of the greatest songs in history. The others can go away, I just want the Reverend, damn it. Fuck, that note- the Reverend still has it.

Keith Urban- pretty eye candy moment.

Commercial break, and I can safely say that so far, the Rev. Al is gonna be hard to top. It’s REv. Al, ladies and gentlemen!

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Grammy Awards Live Blog Pre-Show Talk

Yes, I am here, ready to snark about songs and winner and outfits and everything. I am sure that this thing will be riddled with spelling errors and half finished thoughts, and ther will be moments where you might have to wait for me due to bathroom breaks and kids bedtimes. Comments should be open through the night, and I will be checking in on occasion. Just so you know.

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The Writer’s Guild Of America handed out their awards last night. Simon Beaufoy won again for Slumdog Millionaire, Dustin Lance Black picked up the Original Screenplay honor for Milk,  and 30 Rock and Mad Men won for television. Other winner include In Treatment as best new series, Recount and John Adams for television movies/mini series, and the writers of SNL for varitey series.

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What another craptastic year in music. That’s the point, I guess. But some happy things happened in the nominees this year. Yes, there is a token old timer, but that old timer is Robert ” I’m the lead singer of fucking Led Zeppelin” Plant with Alison Krauss, and that album is so freakin’ awesome. There’s a favored rapper, but it’s the twisted and gifted Lil Wayne.  There are the young chanteuses with golden voices, but they’re both British and one ( Adele) has barely made a dent on the charts.  And there are the giants- Radiohead and Coldplay. Overall, the list this year is better than most.

Now for the play by play…

Album of the Year
Coldplay, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
Ne-Yo, Year of the Gentleman
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand
Radiohead, In Rainbows

All five of these are on my year end list ( guess where they are, you get a ” Lollipop”. Heh.) But despite it’s groundbreaking release, I think Radiohead is the underdog. They get nominated often, but the don’t win in the big one ( remember OK Computer?)  Lil Wayne- one of the best albums of the year, but seriously, do you see it winning with the panel form the Jurassic era running the show? Ne-Yo is a mere tot, and his album is the weakest of the five. It comes down to Coldplay and Plant and Krauss. I’m giving it to Plant and Krauss. Because they are freaking awesome! And T-Bone Burnett produced this gem of covers.

Best New Artist
Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

Who will win? Don’t be surprised if the Jonas Brothers did, because despite myself, I give begrudging respect to fifteen year old Nick, who writes those songs, and his clear gift for melody. Who should win? Adele. That girl sings from her toes, and that voice is so freakin’ soulful, she makes Amy Winehouse sound like she’s the lead singer from Bread.

Record of the Year
Adele, “Chasing Pavements”
Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”
Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Please Read the Letter”

When you see my year end lists, three of these songs are in my top twenty five. Clearly this one is one of them.

Song of the Year
Estelle (featuring Kanye West), “American Boy”
Adele, “Chasing Pavements”
Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”
Sara Bareilles, “Love Song”
Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”

Yeah, I know. Mraz is more interesting, Adele’s  is the best of the lot, Bareilles’ was everywhere, and Estelle’s should break her here ( seriously, she’s another Brit beauty with a voice like a sodding angel). But Coldplay’s anthemic piano pop is what Grammy voters eat up. And they’re Coldplay- the biggest band on the planet when U2 is on vaycay.

Best Alternative Music Album
Beck, Modern Guilt
Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs
Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple
My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
Radiohead, In Rainbows

Um… duh, yeah. Jeez. MMJ is a close second.

It’s a pretty safe bet that if they’re nominated in the big categories, they should win the subs- Coldplay in rock and pop, Lil Wayne in Rap, and so on.

Question- why is Beyonce nominated for ” Me Myself and I”? Wasn’t that on her first solo album back five years ago? Did I miss something?

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