Sunday, February 12, 2012

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards

IN about 15 minutes, the 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air LIVE on CBS, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles (home of the L.A. Lakers), hosted by LL Cool J. The glitz and the glamour of the recording industry's most important night of the year has taken a backseat this year with the death of singer Whitney Houston yesterday.


8PM Sharp- The Show kicks off with the Boss as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band begins the Grammys with that famous Jersey sound.

8:05PM- Grammy Host LL Cool J comes to the stage for the first time tonight. "How do we speak to this time? To this day? There is no way around this. We've had a death in our family. [...] Tonight, we begin with a prayer for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston."

8:07PM- "There are moments on this show that we will remember for the rest of our lives."- LL Cool J

8:08PM- A clip of the late Whitney Houston from a past Grammy show is played, followed by a standing ovation.

8:08PM- "The Grammys were one of Whitney's greatest joys."- LL Cool J

8:09PM- "We're going to make new Grammy history tonight on this stage."- LL Cool J

8:11PM- One of the biggest names in music, Bruno Mars, a nominee again this year takes the stage.

8:15PM- First Commercial Break

8:20PM- Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys will present the first category of the night, but first they will perform "A Sunday Kind of Love", as a tribute to the late Etta James, who passed away last month.

8:23PM- The first category of tonight- Pop Solo Performance- Adele, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, and Pink are the nominees.

8:24PM- "Someone Like You" by Adele wins the Grammy for Pop Solo Performance.

8:25PM- Adele thanks her doctors in her acceptance speech, which probably won't be her last acceptance speech of the night.

8:26PM- Chris Brown performs on the Grammy stage, nominated thrice tonight.

8:30PM- Another Commercial Break

8:35PM- Fergie and Marc Anthony present the Rap Performance Category.

8:35PM- Nominees are Chris Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z & Kanye West, Nicki Minaj & Drake, and Wiz Khalifa

8:36PM- "Otis" by Jay-Z and Kanye West, whom are both M.I.A. on Grammy night, win the Grammy for Rap Performance

8:37PM- "No show in music history has brought people together like this one."- Reba McEntire, introducing Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

8:38PM- Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson perform their Grammy-nominated, "Don't You Want to Stay"

8:41PM- Commercial Break

8:46PM- Jack Black introduces the Grammy-nominated Foo Fighters.

8:47PM- The Foo Fighters are performing their nominated "Walk" right now on stage.

8:51PM- Commercial Break

8:56PM- Rihanna and Coldplay unite on the Grammy Stage, for "A Grammy Moment". First, Rihanna performs some Madonna song.

9PM sharp- Next, Coldplay takes the stage.

9:03PM- Coldplay performs "Paradise".

9:07PM- Commercial Break

9:11PM- NCIS co-star Pauley Perrette and New York Giants Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz present the third category of the night- Rock Performance.

9:12PM- Victor Cruz does his trademark "salsa" dance. Anyway- Coldplay, The Decemberists, The Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, and Radiohead are the nominees.

9:13PM- "Walk" wins the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by the Foo Fighters.

9:14PM- "This record was a special record for our band. [...] We made this record in my garage with some records and a tape machine."- Dave Grohl, accepting the Grammy for "Walk"

9:15PM- "The human element of making music is the most important."- Grohl

9:16PM- American Idol host Ryan Seacrest comes onto the stage to introduce The Beach Boys reunion. "Wouldn't it be nice to reunite the band that brought us that California harmony?"

9:17PM- Maroon 5 performs "Surfer Girl" to kick off the Beach Boys Reunion/50th Anniversary tribute performance.

9:19PM- Foster the People performs "Wouldn't It Be Nice?"

9:22PM- The Beach Boys, reunited on the Grammy stage perform their 1966 hit "Good Vibrations".

9:25PM- Commercial Break

9:30PM- Trustees Awards went to jazz artist/producer Dave Bartholomew, the late Steve Jobs, and Rudy Van Gelder

9:31PM- Stevie Wonder introduces our next performer, Sir Paul McCartney.

9:32PM- Sir Paul McCartney performs a new song, "My Valentine", with Joe Walsh on the guitar

9:36PM- Taraji P. Henson and Common salute Gil Scot Heron ("Thanks to Gil Scot-Heron, the revolution is being televised."- TPH) before presenting the Grammy for R&B Album- Nominees are Chris Brown, El Debarge, R Kelly, Kelly Price, and Ledisi

9:37PM- "Fame" wins the Grammy for R&B Album of the Year for Chris Brown.

9:38PM- The Civil Wars are in the center isle of the Grammy stage performing right now. Taylor Swift is coming up next.

9:40PM- Taylor Swift, who had a big night not too long ago at the Grammys, is performing right now her nominated song "Mean".

9:45PM- Commercial Break

9:50PM- Neil Patrick Harris presents the fifth Grammy of the night- Song of the Year. Nominees are: "All of the Lights", "The Cave", "Grenade", "Holocene", and "Rolling in the Deep".

9:51PM- We could have had it all, because "Rolling In the Deep" wins for Song of the Year, composed by Paul Epworth and of course, Adele Adkins, or Adele for short.

9:52PM- Kate Beckinsale joins LL Cool J as she introduces Katy (with a Y) Perry (also with a Y).

9:53PM- Katy Perry performs on the Grammy stage...and then the lights go out at the Grammys...

9:57PM- Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley present the Country Album Grammy, of whom the 6 (yes, six) nominees are...Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Miranda's hubby Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Taylor Swift.

9:58PM- Lady Antebellum comes back for seconds as "Own the Night" wins the Grammy for Best Country Album.

9:59PM- Commercial Break

10:05PM- Gwyneth Paltrow introduces Adele.

10:06PM- Adele sings the Song of the Year winner "Rolling in the Deep", from the Pop Album winner "21".

10:10PM- Adele gets a standing ovation.

10:11PM- Commercial Break

10:16PM- Taylor Swift introduces the salute to country music legend Glen Campbell, better known as the "Rhinestone Cowboy".

10:17PM- The Band Perry (Best New Artist nominees) perform Glen's 1968 hit "Gentle on My Mind", which was also covered by Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra, and served as the them to Glen's TV show, the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which aired on CBS from 1969 to 1972.

10:19PM- Blake Shelton (also one-fourth of the judging panel on the hit show The Voice) performs Glen's 1977 hit "Southern Nights".

10:21PM- Glen Campbell himself comes onto the stage and sings his 1975 hit "Rhinestone Cowboy".

10:23PM- The Band Perry and Shelton join in on this song.

10:24PM- Glen Campbell, The Allman Brothers Band, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Memphis Horns, George Jones, and Diana Ross are all this year's Lifetime Achievement Recipients at the Grammy Awards.

10:25PM- Commercial Break

10:30PM- Carrie Underwood comes onto the stage and introduces Tony Bennett, winner of 16 Grammys, including one tonight.

10:31PM- Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett sing "It Had to Be You" (made most famous in the 1977 film Annie Hall) on the Grammy stage before Presenting the Best New Artist Grammy.

10:33PM- The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Skrillex are the Best New Artist nominees.

10:34PM- Bon Iver wins the Grammy for Best New Artist.

10:35PM- Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy comes to the stage.

10:38PM- "There should be no debate on how creators should be fairly compensated...let's work together. Let's work together."- Neil Portnow

10:39PM- Portnow acknowledges Whitney Houston (and former Grammy producer John Puccette)

10:40PM- In Memoriam Segment: Amy Winehouse, Nick Ashford, Phoebe Snow, Jerry Leiber, Steve Jobs, Sylvia Robinson, Heavy D, Jimmy Castor, Roger Williams, George Shearing, Ray Bryan, Gil Cates, Fred Steiner, Dobie Gray, Larry Butler, Harlet Allen, Liz Anderson, Barbara Orbison, Johnny Otis, Benny Spellman, Roger Nichols, Joe Arroyo, Facundo Cabral, Marv Tarplin, Esther Gordy Edwards, Carl Gardner, Jerry Ragovoy, Gene McDaniels, Joe Morello, Gil Bernard, Ralph Macdonald, Andrew Gold, Bert Hansch, Gerard Smith, Doyle Bramhall Sr., Honeyboy Edwards, Camilla Williams, Milton Babbitt, David Madon, Andy Kazdin, Bill Johnson, Jessy Dixon, Don Butler, Clarence Clemons, and Whitney Houston were among the members of the recoding community who died this past year.

10:43PM- Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson sings "I Will Always Love You", originally written (and performed) by Dolly Parton, but made Whitney Houston's own after the 1992 film The Bodyguard.

10:46PM- Commercial Break

10:51PM- The "One Night Only" Dance Music Grammy Party from Nokia LIVE! in Los Angeles starts off with Chris Brown, with DJ David Guetta at the turntable.

10:54PM- The Foo Fighters perform once again.

10:59PM- Commercial Break

11:04PM- Drake introduces Nicki Minaj.

11:05PM- Now showing...A Nicki Minaj video, which is very spooky

11:06PM- Nicki Minaj performs on the stage

11:10PM- Lady Antebellum, last year's Record of the Year winners, present this year...guess what, yup, you guessed it...Record of the Year- "Rolling in the Deep", "Holocene", "Grenade", "The Cave", and "Firework" are the nominees.

11:11PM- We could have had it all..."Rolling in the Deep" wins the Grammy for Record of the Year...and we played it to the beat...Adele returns to the stage for the fourth time tonight.

11:12PM- Commercial Break

11:18PM- Diana Ross presents the final award of the night, the coveted Album of the Year. Adele? Foo Fighters? Lady Gaga? Rihanna? Bruno Mars? Who will get it?

11:19PM- "21", "Wasting Life", "Born This Way", "Loud", "Grenade"...

11:20PM- "21" wins the Grammy for Album of the Year, thus completing the trifecta for this soulful singer from England.

11:21PM- "Mum, Gold is Good!"- Adele, accepting the Album of the Year Grammy; The record is inspired by relationships

11:23PM- Sir Paul McCartney closes out the Grammy show with another number.

11:28PM- It is amazing that Sir Paul McCartney has still got it. He turns 70 this summer, and he's been in the business going on 50 years. Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, and the Boss (Bruce Springsteen, in case you were wondering) join Sir Paul on the Stage

11:29PM- "The Love You Save...Is Equal To The Love You Make". Happy Valentine's Day, y'all, and Congratulations to ALL of the Grammy winners, including the 70 other categories that weren't cool or important enough to be included in the telecast.

11:31PM- Speaking of Sir Paul McCartney, could "My Valentine" be a nominee next year? ("Born This Way", which debuted at last year's Grammys, was an Album of the Year loser tonight)

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