Grammy Awards 2012 – Live Blog and Winners List

Are you ready for tonight’s Grammy Award telecast? Most of the awards were handed out this afternoon in a pre-grammy telecast.

Click to see today’s Grammy winners!

The remaining 9 Grammy awards will be handed out tonight in between some awesome performances. Watch out for Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett. Jennifer Hudson will be singing a tribute to the great Whitney Houston, who passed away yesterday afternoon.

Plus, Adele will sing for the first time since her throat surgery.  The Beach Boys reunite for a performance, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band will take the stage for what’s sure to be a fabulous performance.  Have to admit I’m a little curious to see the unlikely duo, Rihanna and Coldplay perform. Broooooce.

Watch for videos later!

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band hit the stage first with his band and a full orchestra. “We Take Care of Our Own”  Shot of  Paul McCartney and his wife rocking out to Bruce!  Pretty much what you’d expect from Bruce. FIERCE.

Host LL Cool J. takes the stage. “We’ve had a death in our family. The only thing that feels right is to start with a prayer for a our fallen sister, Whitney Houston.”  He prays to the “Heavenly Father”  “We feel truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit.  It’s to to celebrate and remember, he says. He introduces a clip of Whitney singing “I Will Always Love You” from a past Grammy telecast. Standing ovation from the audience.

“Whitney, we will always love you.”  LL welcomes back Adele who is making a comeback after throat surgery.  The theme is “making Grammy memories” as he name checks some of the artists who will perform.  He’s striking a tone that’s both somber and celebratory.

Bruno Mars sings Runaway.  He makes me want to see him live.  James Brown, Jackie Wilson with a modern twist…Yes yes yes. This is pretty great.  He shouts out to Whitney. Everyone will, I’m sure.

Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt perform “A Sunday Kind of Love” in tribute to Etta James. They are celebrating women tonight, including Whitney Houston.  I’ve loved Bonnie Raitt since I discovered her as a young college co-ed. SERIOUSLY LOVE HER.  “We Love You Etta” says Bonnie. That was WAY TOO SHORT

Alicia and Bonnie hand out the award for Best Pop Solo Performance to Adele for “Someone Like You”.  “I’m probably going to get emotional. My life changed when I wrote this song.” Since it’s a vocal performance, she thanks her doctors.

Here comes Chris Brown singing “Beautiful People”. Hm. Yeah. He’s talented. But I. Just. Can’t. Even. Sorry.

Fergie and Marc Anthony present Best Rap Performance to Jay-Z & Kanye West for Otis. Love that.  Fergie is wearing some weird crotchet thing. You need to put some clothes on girl.

Reba McEntire introduces Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean to sing “Don’t You Wanna Stay”!  YAY REBA! Jason’s mic cuts out at the end, but otherwise, a stellar performance.

Jack Black in Tenacious D mode, introduces the Foo Fighters who perform “Walk”. They have won 4 Grammy awards already.  The Foos play a very satisfying brand of straight-ahead rock. It’s nice to see them survive in a climate that hasn’t been to kind to rockers in the past few years.

Coldplay and Rihanna – Rihanna takes the stage first to sing “We Found Love” (my FAVORITE pop song right now). Chris Martin joins her on stage, guitar in hand, to duet on his song “Princess of China”.  After,  Martin is back at his piano to sing “Paradise”. He’s not a good live performer. Think I’ll stick to his records.  The duet with Rihanna was…interesting.

Some CBS chick and 2 football players  present the award for Best Rock Performance to Walk by the Foo Fighters – This is their 5th Grammy tonight.  Dave Grohl reveals they made the album in his garage with a tape machine. They thank their producer, who Dave worked with in Nirvana. “It’s not about not about being perfect…it’s about what goes on in here (points to heart) and here (points to head).

Ryan Seacrest takes the stage.  He introduces  Maroon 5 who are singing “Surfer Girl”. Nice falsetto Adam! Aw.  Adam and the band are wearing early-Beach Boys style striped shirts. I may get verklempt before this Beach Boys reunion is over.  Although I will miss saying “F*ck Mike Love”.

Foster the People sing MY FAVORITE BEACH BOYS SONG OF ALL TIME “Wouldn’t it Be Nice”. SNIFF.  Everybody is wearing stripes! Loving it so much.  The performance is so earnest, even if not vocally perfect.

The Beach Boys take the stage to sing “Good Vibrations”,  Reaction shot from Glen Campbell who toured with them as a guitarist back in the 60s.  Ha ha. Gaga looks bewildered.  Foster the People and Adam Levine on stage with the band.  I may begin crying. No lie.

Stevie Wonder takes the stage “We all love you Whitney Houston” . AH! He begins playing “Love me Do” on the harmonica. LOVES IT.  He’s introducing Paul McCartney.

Paul McCartney with Diana Krall and Joe Walsh  to sing “My Valentine”.  Paul is crooning! Very romantic. Joe Walsh plays a very tasty guitar solo.  Full orchestra too. Classy.  Love Paul’s white tux.

Little nod to the late Gil Scott-Heron. Best R&B Album goes to Chris Brown.

The Civil Wars thank all their opening acts, including that very promising kid from Liverpool.  They sing a bit of “Barton Hollow” to get us ready for the main event, Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift sings “Mean”, her anti-bullying anthem. She’s playing banjo and I’ll give her credit for staying on key.  Taylor’s dressed like she just stepped out of the hollow. She’s getting a standing o and she’s got that “MEEEE YOU’RE CLAPPING FOR LITTLE OLE MEEE” look on her face.

Neil Patrick Harris presents Song of the Year to Adele for Rolling in the Deep

Katy Perry sings E.T./This is the Part of Me – Katy doppelganger takes the stage first during ET. The music dramatically stops and the real Katy appears to perform her new single.

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley presents best country album to Lady Antebellum for “Own The Night”.   Miranda sounded slightly disappointed – her husband Blake Shelton was a nominee in the category.   We were deprived of another Taylor Swift “OMG OMG MEEE? LITTLE OLD MEEEE” moment.  I’m. So. Sad.

Gwyneth Paltrow introduces Adele who sings “Rolling in the Deep”.  She gets a standing ovation from the crowd for a remarkable performance. I’m real sick of this song, though.

Taylor Swift introduces Glen Campbell, The Band Perry and Blake Shelton. The Band Perry performs “Gentle on My Mind”.  Hm. PITCHY. Blake Shelton sings “Southern Nights”.  Glen Campbell takes the stage to sing “Rhinestone Cowboy”. Everybody is on stage singing. Paul McCartney is in the audience rocking out.

Carrie Underwood introduces Tony Bennett.  She says he’s her favorite new artist, because every year he brings something new. The room gives him a standing ovation before they sing “It Had to Be You”.

Carrie and Tony present Best New Artist to Bon Iver.   Bon Iver dude is super nervous accepting his award.

After the montage of artists who have passed this year (Whitney is the last) Jennifer Hudson in a spotlight sings “I Will Love You”.  “Whitney…we will always love you.”  That was beautiful.  Jen struck the perfect note. Heartfelt and simple.

David Guetta, Deadmau5 Foo Fighters and Chris Brown and Lil Wayne perform a tribute to Dance/electronica.  Not before LL Cool J honors Don Cornelius, the man behind Soul Train.  I wasn’t prepared for Deadmau5 and their rodent theme. They have very interesting fans. And I feel old.

Drake introduces Nicki Minaj who sings… “Roman Holiday”.   It’s a 50s movie gone very very very wrong. She’s trying WAY too hard here.

Lady Antebellum presents Record of the Year to  Adele for “Rolling in the Deep”. She thanks all the radio people for playing it, despite not being a pop record.

Diana Ross takes the stage to a standing ovation. She presents Album of the Year to Adele for 21 – Now Adele is crying, and hugging EVERYONE. “Mum! Girl did good!”   She says it’s been the most life changing year… She jokes about her runny nose.

Last performance of the night is Paul McCartney who sings  Abbey Road side 2 medley with an all-star band that includes Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl.  Holy Eff. What a fantastic end to a great night of music. One of the best Grammy shows ever.

Tonight’s Awards

Record of the Year:
“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele  – VIDEO
“Holocene” by Bon Iver,
“Grenade” by Bruno Mars,
“The Cave” by Mumford and Sons,
“Firework” by Katie Perry

Song of the Year
(I’ll pick up the songwriting credits later)
“All of the Lights” by Kanya West feat Rihanna, Kid Cuddi
“The Cave” by Mumford and Sons
“Grenade” by Bruno Mars
“Holocene” by Bon Iver
“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele – Winner

Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver – Winner
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj

Album of the Year
Adele – 21 – WINNER
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Bruno Mars – Doo Wops and Hooligans
Rihanna – Loud

Best Pop Solo Performance
Someone Like You – Adele – WINNER
Yoü And I – Lady Gaga
Grenade – Bruno Mars
Firework – Katy Perry
F***in’ Perfect – Pink

Best Rock Performance
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall – Coldplay
Down By The Water – The Decemberists
Walk – Foo Fighters – WINNER
The Cave – Mumford & Sons
Lotus Flower – Radiohead

Best R&B Album
F.A.M.E. – Chris Brown – WINNER
Second Chance – El DeBarge
Love Letter – R. Kelly
Pieces Of Me – Ledisi
Kelly – Kelly Price

Best Rap Performance
Look At Me Now – Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
Otis – Jay-Z & Kanye West – WINNER
The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco
Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj & Drake
Black And Yellow – Wiz Khalifa

Best Country Album
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
Chief- Eric Church
Own The Night – Lady Antebellum – Winner
Red River Blue – Blake Shelton
Here For A Good Time – George Strait
Speak Now – Taylor Swift

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