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.