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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 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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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

U2!

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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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
Adele
Duffy
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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Announcement!

I shall be live blogging the Grammy awards starting Sunday at6 pm Mountain ( 8 pm Eastern, etc, etc…). Look for updates every commercial break.

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  • At least Bikini Girl left AI, but still- sucks is an understatement.
  • Apatow to make short film for Oscar show. Male frontal nudity on ABC, y’all.
  • James Franco wins Harvard’s prestigious Hasty Pudding Award. He’ll make a pretty drag queen, I must say.
  • Speaking of pretty girls, Jude Law to play transsexual model in Sally Potter’s upcoming film. Leaked pic has him looking like a more tragic early 90s Winona Ryder.
  • Big Love for Big Love at HBO, picked up for fourth season.
  • M.I.A., Goddess, has announced she will attempt to perform Sunday at the Grammys- her due date. Oscars- still up in the air.
  • Punk fans around the world mourn the loss of Lux Interior, the leader of The Cramps, who were the ultimate psychobilly purveyors of the 70s through the millennium. He was 62 ( or 60, depending on the source), and had died of a long time heart affliction. He will be missed.
  • This could get me in huge trouble with Twilight fans, but- I’m sorry, Stephen King is right, Stephanie Meyer’s is not a great writer. Where he’s wrong is that she is a perfectly adequate writer with an inability to build a story successfully, which plagues many writers of popular fiction ( as opposed to the heady lit elite types like a Cheever or an Irving or an Updike- although they can fall prey on occasion as well). I know this because it’s my own issue when I write, I just haven’t been lucky enough to catch an agent or a publisher willing to look the other way ( plus I don’t write about vampires or wizards). The fact is, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is much better written as it was meticulously planned out , every plot point, over years before she committed a word to paper, leaving a clear channel for her to tell a very complex story about good and evil. While I found Twilight an amusing diversion, each preceding novel of the Meyer’s series seemed to lose the plot a bit until Breaking Dawn, which was so bizarre and out of character as to make the whole series seem ridiculous. Her prose is clunky, her dialog cliched, her story fantastical even in the realm of fantasy fiction ( believe and stick to your own mythology- never waiver). So please keep the blood spatter to a minimum, Twilight fans. It’s innocuous enough as a series that I don’t hate it, but I really can’t call it great literature. Stephen King is fundamentally right ( all though, I admit, tact is not his strong suit).

I’ll await my death over by the water cooler. Have a wonderful day.

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Coldplay, Radiohead, U2, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Kid Rock, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Hudson, the Jonas Brothers, Lil’ Wayne, Paul McCartney ( with Dave Grohl on drums!), Katy Perry, T.I. with Justin Timberlake, and Carrie Underwood are all scheduled to play the big show, with a special performance by Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, T.I., and Kanye Wesy of ” Swagga Like Us”. Coolness.

Neil Diamond is receiving the MusiCares humanitarian honor.

The Grammys air on CBS Sunday, February 8th.

UPDATE:  Added On Tuesday/Wednesday were Adele, Estelle, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Sugarland, and a Four Tops tribute with Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo, and original Top Duke Fakir.

UPDATE # 2:  Added on Friday were Robin Thicke, Neil Diamond, M.I.A. ( unless labor interferes), Terence Blanchard, Smokey Robinson, Allen Toussaint, Stevie Wonder, and a Bo Diddley Tribute with Buddy Guy, BB King, John Mayer, and Keith Urban.

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  • NBC rejects a PETA ad set to air during the Superbowl. Because vegans can’t possibly be football fans, you know.
  • The couple in Once had a fairy tale year last year. They fell in love, were in the best movie of 207, and won an Oscar for writing one of my favorite songs. Sadly, they have ended their two year relationship.
  • A woman has octuplets in California. And the eighth one was a surprise. I’m just thinking she’s nuts to attempt to try and breastfeed them all ( note- lactation supporters do not gang up on me- I breast fed my own kids, but seriously, all eight? No.)
  • Matt Damon states the obvious, Bill Kristol is an idiot, James Bond is a misogynist sociopath. Wait, say what on that last one?
  • Three arrested in the Bahamas for extortion after they try to scam $25 million from the Travoltas to prevent pictures of Jett’s lifeless body from making rounds. I am never going to the Bahamas.
  • Wikipedia contemplates rule changes after obits appear for Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd.
  • Donny Osmond lets slip he’ll be on Dancing With The Stars. Expect a Foxtrot to ” One Bad Apple”, a waltz  to ” Puppy Love”, and a rhumba to ” Any Dream Will Do”.
  • Project Runway filming at Bryant Park despite having no airdate for season six.
  • Mike White ( writer, Chuck And Buck, actor, School Of Rock, famed apatow crowd reject) to appear on The Amazing Race with his gay activist dad. This will be interesting…
  • Natascha McElhone ( Californication, The Truman Show) lost her husband to a heart attack only a few months ago while pregnant with their third child. This weekend, she finally brought him out into public, and his name is Rex.
  • Government decides to postpone mandatory conversion to digital from analog till this summer, angering fans who have put off sweeps viewing till March, and PBS, who will lose $22 million dollars due to the delay.
  • Rick Warren’s magazine Purpose Driven Connection debuts with an interview with President Obama. I guess they both meant it when they talked about post-partisanism.
  • M.I.A. is thrilled with her Oscar nom, but the real question is- will she be able to perform? She’s due to give birth on February 8- Grammy night ( which will explain her absence), and the Oscars are only a mere two weeks later.
  • Geeks, rejoice! Red Dwarf is returning.
  • Daniel Radcliffe invites the Obama girls to visit Hogwarts with him.
  • ABC has approved pilots of V ( yes, based on the early 80s sci-fi mini series classic), Lost In The 80s ( The Wonder Years meets Fast times At Ridgemont High meets The Ice Storm– I so wanna see it now…)
  • Marvel is being sued for $750 million because they ain’t sharing the Spidey pie.

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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
Adele
Duffy
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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Partial List of Grammy Nominees

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

Best New Artist
Adele
Duffy
Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Big Boi (featuring Raekwon and Andrew 3000), “Royal Flush”
Jay-Z and T.I. (featuring Lil Wayne and Kanye West), “Swagger Like Us”
Lil Wayne (featuring Jay-Z), “Mr. Carter”
Ludacris (featuring T.I.), “Wish You Would”
Young Jeezy (featuring Kanye West), “Put On”

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”

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”

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”
The Eagles, “Waiting in the Weeds”
Gnarls Barkley, “Going On”
Maroon 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You”
OneRepublic, “Apologize”

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

Best Rap Album
Jay-Z, American Gangster
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco, The Cool
Nas, Nas T.I. Paper Trail

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Danger Mouse
Nigel Godrich
Johnny Karkazis
Rick Rubin
Will.I.Am

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Adele, “Chasing Pavements”
Sara Bareilles, “Love Song”
Duffy, “Mercy”
Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl”
Pink, “So What”

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Kid Rock, “All Summer Long”
John Mayer, “Say”
Paul McCartney, “That Was Me”
Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”
Ne-Yo, “Closer”
James Taylor, “Wichita Lineman”

Best Dance Recording
Daft Punk, “Harder Better Faster Stronger”
Hot Chip, “Ready for The Floor”
Lady Gaga and Colby O’Donis, “Just Dance”
Madonna, “Give It 2 Me”
Rihanna, “Disturbia”
Sam Sparro,”Black & Gold”

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Brazilian Girls, New York City,
Daft Punk, Alive 2007,
Cyndi Lauper, Bring Ya to The Brink
Kylie Minogue, X
Moby, Last Night
Robyn, Robyn

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
AC/DC, “Rock N Roll Train”
Coldplay, “Violet Hill”
The Eagles, “Long Road Out of Eden”
Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire”
Radiohead, “House of Cards”

Best Hard Rock Performance
Disturbed, “Inside the Fire”
Judas Priest, “Visions”
The Mars Volta, “Wax Simulacra”
Mötley Crüe, “Saints of Los Angeles”
Rob Zombie, “Lords of Salem”

Best Metal Performance
DragonForce, “Heroes of Our Time”
Judas Priest, “Nostradamus”
Metallica, “My Apocalypse”
Ministry, “Under My Thumb”
Slipknot, “Psychosocial”

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

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Beyoncé, “Me, Myself and I” Keyshia Cole, “Heaven Sent”
Jennifer Hudson, “Spotlight”
Alicia Keys, “Superwoman”
Jazmine Sullivan, “Need U Bad”

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Eric Benét, “You’re the Only One”
Chris Brown, “Take You Down”
Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent”
Trey Songz, “Can’t Help But Wait”
Usher, “Here I Stand”

Best Rap Solo Performance
Jay-Z, “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is … )”
Lil Wayne, “A Milli”
Lupe Fiasco, “Paris, Tokyo”
Nas, “N.i.*.*.e.r. (The Slave and the Master)”
Snoop Dogg, “Sexual Eruption”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Estelle (featuring Kanye West), “American Boy”
Flo Rida (featuring T-Pain), “Low”
John Legend & Andre 3000, “Green Light”
Lil Wayne featuring T-Pain, “Got Money”
Lupe Fiasco (featuring Matthew Santos), “Superstar”

Best Rap Song
Lil Wayne, “Lollipop”
Flo Rida (featuring T-Pain), “Low”
Snoop Dogg, “Sexual Eruption”
Lupe Fiasco (featuring Matthew Santos), “Superstar”
Jay-Z & T.I. (featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne), “Swagger Like Us”

I’ll be back later with some commentary.

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Curious to see how this works… it’s not like it can be worse than those morning pressers where “stars” mumble out the names of artists they’d never listen to.

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First…

To all Cougars, and you all know who you are.

Please, chill out about the news about DC and the Grammys. I agree with his people not submitting LO and TOML for consideration. TOML is not a song I want him associated with for longer than necessary, and LO would be lost in the eligibility shuffle ( cut off was September 30). Trust me when I say he is doing the right thing, please?

Thank you for not stroking out before I told you all this.

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