I’ll be live blogging the Grammy Awards 2014 right here.
- Check out THIS LINK to see the winners so far.
- Check out THIS LINK for the Red Carpet and list of performers and presenters.
TWENTY AMAZING PERFORMANCES! And a few awards will be handed out. The show opens with Beyonce and Jay Z performing “Drunk In Love.” Bey is using a chair as a prop. Use your imagination. Slick hair and stage smoke. The bleep machine is already working hard. Jay wearing a lot more clothes. Just an observation. Kinda chemistry free, too.
Host, LL Cool J takes the stage. Daft punk and their helmets in the audience. Lulzy. Now, a little speech about how awesome and incredible, and life transforming, music is. LL admits there are people who don’t know he’s a musician. Heh. Taylor Swift is wearing an outfit made of chain mail. Keith Urban gets a shout out. Hai! Pink! PAUL AND RINGO SITTING TOGETHER. AHHHHHH. Yoko is in the house too.
Anna Kendrick and Pharrell Williams present the first award. Oh noes. They are attempting comedy. Whyyyyy. They present Best New Artist to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. So not surprised. They cleaned up in the Rap category presented during the Pre-Ceremony.
Seventeen year old wunderkind and it girl, Lorde, sings her hit “Royals.” The kids are alright, people. They really are.
Country heartthrob, Hunter Hayes sits at the piano to sing his new “important” song. Oh. It’s an anti-bullying song called “We’re Not Invisible.” I never noticed that he cannot sing AT ALL. Warbly, slightly off-pitch vibrato is annoying. Now he’s left the piano to EMOTE BIG TIME, clutching the mic stand, and then gesticulating wildly.
Juanes and Anna Faris hand out the Best Pop Duo or Group Performance to Daft Punk! OMG those head masks are absolutely. HILARIOUS. Pharrell speaks for himself, and the Dafts.
Philomena star, Steve Coogan fan boys over the Beatles a bit and introduces Katy Perry with Juicy J. who is doing her best Stevie Nicks impersonation. Dressed in black, she sings, “Dark Horse”. She’s singing along with a track. Which helps with her live singing. A little. OH LOOK IT’S HELL FIRE ON STAGE. Her fundie parents must be so pleased with the satanic imagery. Ha ha, Steve Coogan “The producers had the choice between reuniting some of the Beatles or all of the Jonas Brothers.”
Robin Thicke joins Chicago for a really odd collaboration. LL says their first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was so influential that it was just inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The first couple of albums were good. Before they turned into hacks. #sorry #notsorry. The medley their singing tonight is pretty good though. It’s sad when Peter Cetera sounds better than Robin Thicke, though. What’s up with Robin Thicke and live singing? Oh noes. Now it’s time for “Blurred Lines.” The old dudes are about to get down.
Keith Urban and Gary Clarke Jr join forces to sing Keith’s song “Cop Car.” Ohh. The guitar playing from both of them is real nice. REAL REAL NICE.
Pauley Perrette is the “Social Media” correspondent, or something. She’s a witness to Taylor Swift sending a tweet out to her fans. Ooooo.
John Legend is next. He sings “All of Me.” He CAN sing live. In case you were wondering, This song is so purty. GORGEOUS.
R&B legend, Charlie Wilson and Kevin Hart present Best Rock Song to “Cut Me Some Slack” by Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear. WHOOO The Beatles and Nirvana!
Taylor Swift’s gives her chain mail gown a feminine touch by topping it with a flowy gown thingy. She sings the piano driven ballad, “All Too Well.” Her live singing has improved. She doesn’t go off pitch until the emotion kicks in and she begins swinging her head wildly, like a crazy person. It manages to be a very effective performance, nevertheless.
Bruno Mars is introduced as “Super Bowl performer.” Really? That’s how you’d describe him? And the SB isn’t even on your network. Yay. He’s introducing Pink, who is once again desending from the rafters on a harness. She sings “Try” FLAWLESSLY while working the harness. She’s hanging upside down, allowing the crowd to spin her. She’s amazing. Now, she’s spinning sideways, then on her back, way above the crowd. AND STILL SINGING LIVE.. . She’s helped down by a dancer. Now, on the floor, she performs an incredible and difficult contemporary routine. AND SHE CONTINUES TO SING LIVE. She’s fucking superhuman. Nate Ruess joins in on the other side of the stage, singing “Just Give Me a Reason” backed by a band. ANTICLIMACTIC. Why isn’t he tumbling in the air? BORING. And I like Nate.
Arianna Grande and Miguel hand out Best Pop Solo Performance to newbie, Lorde, for “Royals.” She shouts out to her competitors, before becoming really really shy. She giggles, and leaves the stage with a “thank you very much.”
Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath are on stage. I cannot understand a word Ozzy is saying. They introduce Ringo Starr, who sings his hit, “Photograph.” Vintage photographs of the Beatles scroll on the video screen behind the band. Ringo never really could sing. But his vocals haven’t deteriorated over the years. He looks fabulous, too. Oh. So The Voice, alum Judith Hill is singing backups here. Still singing backup.
Jamie Foxx tries a British accent in honor of the Fab 4 and it’s horrible. Please stop. He presents Best Rap Collaboration to Justin Timberlake and Jay Z for “Holy Grail.” Jay Z thanks God for Blue Ivy. “Daddy’s got a gold sippy cup for you.” Hm.
It’s the 30 year anniversary of Def Jam Recordings, created in a New York University dorm room.
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons sing together for the FIRST TIME EVER, and for some reason, LL believes we should be real excited about that. So, this is a mashup between “m.A.A.D. City” and “Radioactive.” The bleeping is fast and furious. Also, these two songs mushed together? Not really working for me. Actually “Radioactive” on its own doesn’t really work for me, so… When Kendrick takes the stage, things improved immeasurably. Compton, California meets Provo, Utah! Erp.
Kacey Musgraves is next, singing “Follow Your Arrow.” The twang is an abrupt transition from what went on before. But I’ll take it! Yay Pot smoking and same sex kissing!
Now it’s time to name check the trustees award winners, Rick Hall, Jim Marshall, and Ennio Morricone.
Julia Roberts is here! She takes the stage to talk about the Beatles, who were awarded the lifetime achievement award. The Beatles Grammy special will air at the exact same time and day that the band debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Cool.
She introduces Paul McCartney, who sings his solo effort “Queenie Eye.” It’s very “Penny Lane” melodic. Paul is playing the multi-colored piano from Magical Mystery Tour! AND OMG RINGO ON DRUMS!!!! YOKO ONO AND SEAN LENNON ROCKING OUT IN THE AUDIENCE!!!!!! EPIC hardly covers it.
Next, its Marc Anthony and Gloria Estefan announcing the Producer of the Year, Pharrell Williams. They present Best Pop Vocal Album to Bruno Mars for “Unorthodox JukeBox.” He dedicates the award to his late mother.
Jeremy Renner introduces Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. OLD SCHOOL BABY. They sing The Highwayman. Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton joins them on stage to sing “Okie from Muskogee”. ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER. Aren’t they going to kick Blake’s ass? After all, he dissed the old guys at one point, right? Blakes PR team must have put this performance together. “Mama Don’t Let Your Boys Grow Up to be Cowboys” is next.
Zac Brown and Martina McBride are next. They mention losing George Jones and Ray Price. They hand out the Best Country Album award to “Same Trailer, Different Park” by Kacey Musgraves! She’s shocked, and happy!
Neil Patrick Harris introduces Daft Punk. It’s their second TV appearance, ever! They’ll be joined on stage by Nile Rogers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder. They start off with “Get Lucky.” FUNKY FUNKY FUNKY. I am digging the groove, people. FREAK OUT!!!! AHHHHH!!!!
Cyndi Lauper introduces, Grammy Musicares Person of the Year, Carole King. She joins forces with Sara Bareilles to sing “Beautiful” and “Brave.” Thematically and musically, this works. Nice. After, they take the stage together to present Song of the Year to “Royals” by Lorde. That’s two Grammys for the young singer/songwriter.
Jared Leto takes the stage next and recites “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.” Let’s take a moment to celebrate the late Lou Reed. RIP. Jared introduces Metallica. It’s a once in a lifetime performance as the “Cultural Ambassador to China,” classical piano player, Lang Lang, joins them on stage to perform the band’s classic hit “One.” Well, this is…interesting. You wouldn’t think a mashup of metal and classical would work, but the performances share drama and an over the top quality that make it work.
Smokey Robinson and Steven Tyler are next. Steven launches into a rendition of “You Really Got a Hold on Me.” The audience joins in. Smokey sings “Dude Looks Like a Lady.” Heh. They present Record of the Year to Daft Punk, “Get Lucky.” Again, Pharrell does all the talking for The ROBOTS.
It’s time for the big Grammy gimmick. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will sing “Same Love” with Mary Lambert while Queen Latifah officiates 33 marriages between couples of all sexualities, ages and races. There were reportedly 34. I guess one dropped out. After Queen completes the ceremony, Madonna takes the stage , dressed in white, wearing a cowboy hat and sporting a cane. She sings a slowed up version of her hit “Open Your Heart.” It’s the first dance for the couples who twirl where they are gathered in the audience. Mary and Madonna sing the last verse as the couples parade through the aisles. Peeps in the audience, wiping tears from their eyes. INCLUDING KEITH URBAN. That was a little odd, but sweet. Everyone’s heart was in the right place. You know…this would have been a perfect opportunity for Queen Latifah to make a little announcement. Oh well. Ironic.
The Grammy dude invites Ryan Seacrest and John Legend take the stage to present Educator of the Year award to Kent Knappenberger. Whoa. That beard. Are we sure he’s not related to the Duck Dynasty guys?
It’s time for In Memoriam. Chinese pianist Lang Lang plays s a tribute to Van Cliburn. Next, a montage of the musicians, singers, writers and industry folk who died this year. Oh dear. Cory Monteith’s name…spelled wrong.
Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong sing “When Will I Be Loved” as a tribute to Phil Everly. I like this arrangement. They really sound good together!
Alicia Keys, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison are next. Ha ha, Alicia mispeaks and says “John Legend” instead of “John Lennon.” They hand out the final award of the night. Album of the Year goes to “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk. HOORAY FOR THE ROBOTS. This time, producer, Paul Williams speaks for them. Such a weird weird weird combo. Paul shouts out to Macklemore and the marriages during his thank yous. HA HA HA. For a hot minute, Taylor Swift thought she won (So did the dude sitting next to her. Dad?):
Nine Inch Nails, Lindsay Buckingham, Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age are the final performance. Rock and Roll to end a long, long night. I APPROVE. Sadly, they performance was cut off by CBS, which decided to roll the credits mid-song. NIN’s Trent Reznor was NOT pleased.
Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) January 27, 2014
Album Of The Year
“The Blessed Unrest” — Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk – WINNER
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” — Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” — Taylor Swift
Record Of The Year
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams – WINNER
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
Song Of The Year
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde) – WINNER
“Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – WINNER
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Brave” — Sara Bareilles
“Royals” — Lorde – WINNER
“When I Was Your Man” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Mirrors” — Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams – WINNER
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
“Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Pop Vocal Album
“Paradise” — Lana Del Rey
“Pure Heroine” — Lorde
“Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars – WINNER
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke
“The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” — Justin Timberlake
Best Rock Song
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round” — Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear) – WINNER
“Doom And Gloom” — Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (The Rolling Stones)
“God Is Dead?” — Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath)
“Panic Station” — Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Power Trip” — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake – WINNER
“Now Or Never” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Best Country Album
Night Train — Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom — Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves – WINNER
Based On A True Story — Blake Shelton
Red — Taylor Swift