Congratulations to both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood! They each one a Grammy Award! Kelly won Best Pop Vocal Album for her Stronger album. And Carrie won Best Country Solo Performance for “Blown Away.” Earlier, the “Blown Away” songwriters won the Best Country Song award.
Both Carrie and Kelly performed magnificently during the telecast. Check out Kelly’s tribute to Patti Page and Carole King. Watch Carrie sing “Blown Away/Two Black Cadillacs”
I’ll be live blogging the Grammy Awards 2013 right here! Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5 and more will perform!
Taylor Swift opens the show with her hit song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and an Alice in Wonderland thing going on. She ad libs a line in a British accent. Hm. BACKING TRACKS FOR THE WIN.
Host LL Cool J takes the stage. LL is recycling the bit he was going to do last year…before he had to give up his part of the show to a Whitney Houston tribute. Hometown audience shout outs: Carrie Underwood, Adele, Gotye, Rihanna, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake.
Fun Fact: LL gave his Grammys to his grandma to take care of. “A Grammy is a dream come true.”
The next performers: Ed Sheeran and Elton John! What a perfect pairing. They do a duet of Ed’s hit “The A Team.
X Factor winner, Tate Stevens’, Pepsi “Holler if You’re With Me” commercial airs. CBS got that right out of the way.
Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez present the first award of the night. Jlo says, “As you can see, I read the memo” She’s referring to the CBS dress code. She’s got major leg going tonight. Best Pop Solo Performance goes to Adele for “Set Fire to the Rain.” She thanks all of the other nominees, and breezes off of the stage…
Neil Patrick Harris takes the stage introduces fun. They perform “Carry On”. Lead singer, Nate Ruess is slightly underpitch through the entire song, and it’s driving me a little crazy. It’s a rainstrom! Literally, it’s raining on stage and it’s very dramatic. The band is soaking wet. Nate is wearing capri thingies.
Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer take the stage “two guitar slinging Grammy winners.” John congratulates her for winning her 10th Grammy, earlier (She won Best Americana Album). They introduce Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, who duet on their hits, “Over You” and “Home.” Dierks fiddles with his ear piece. Are they having trouble hearing the feed? They are both kinda pitchy, dawg. “Home” is an improvement, but the whole performance is rough. Standing ovation from Blake Shelton in the audience.
Miguel and Wiz Kalifa take the stage. That was a little mini performance before they present Best Country Solo Performance to Carrie Underwood for “Blown Away”! Congrats Carrie! Carrie thanks the good Lord that she’s a part of country music. She tearfully thanks Simon Fuller, her family, her “amazing perfect husband.” “Blown Away” was awarded Best Song at the pre-Grammy telecast. Congrats all around.
Carrie Underwood Accepts Grammy For Best Country Solo Performance
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw present Song of the Year to Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, writers of the .fun song, “We Are Young”. LENA DUNHAM SHOUTOUT. She’s dating one of the boys in the band.
Johnny Depp takes the stage to introduce “the sublime” Mumford and Sons who sing “I Will Wait.” Taylor Swift rocking out!
It takes both Beyonce AND Ellen Degeneres to introduce the highly anticipated performance from Justin Timberlake, He performs “Suit and Tie” with a black and white big band behind him. Very elegant. Here comes Jay-Z to join him on stage. RAPPING. The new songs are REALLY good.
Kelly Rowland and NAS take the stage to present Best Urban Contemporary Album to Frank Ocean for Channel Orange. Hell yes. FRANK KICKS CHRIS BROWN’S ASS. As it should be.
Dave Grohl presents Best Rock Performance to The Black Keys for Lonely Boy.
Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 sing “Girl on Fire” and “Daylight.” Maroon 5 kick it off with “Daylight”. Eh. That was more like two stars kinda sorta sharing the stage to sing. I am also super, super sick of “Girl on Fire”.
Keith Urban presents Best Pop Vocal Album to Kelly Clarkson for her “Stronger” album! YAYYYYYY. Kelly Clarkson delivers AN ADORABLE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH. “Miguel, I don’t know who the hell you are, but we’ve got to sing together. ” Blake Shelton was grinning from ear to ear. She thanks her fiance, of course and declares several times “I DIDN’T THINK I WAS GOING TO WIN.”
Kelly Clarkson’s Adorable Acceptance Speech
Rihanna takes the stage to sing
I hope my boyfriend doesn’t beat the shit out of me tonight “Stay”. Mykko joins her on stage. This is actually really good–very emotional performance. He situation is so sad, I can’t even, really.
Carly Rae Jepsen and Ne-Yo take the stage to present Best Rap Song Collaboration to “No Church in the Wild” Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream. Jay-Z to The Dream “”I would like to thank the swap meet for his hat.”
Kat Dennings from Two Broke Girls introduces The Black Keys who perform “Lonely Boy” It’s down, and it’s dirty and it’s GOOD.
Kelly Clarkson takes the stage! She sings a tribute to Patti Page and Carole King. She begins with “Tennessee Waltz” and finishes with “Natural Woman.” She just freaking killed it. KILLED IT. One of the performances of the night WOW. Kelly rarely disappoints. She presents Best Country Album to Zac Brown Band for “Uncaged”.
Next, is a tribute to the great Bob Marley. Bruno Mars sings “Locked Out of Heaven.” STING joins him on stage. Fitting. No? Since the song is practically a rip off of a Police song. And that morphs effortlessly into “Walking on the Moon.” Wait…when does the Bob Marley tribute begin? Now, when Rihanna and Ziggy Marley join them on stage to sing “Could You Be Love.”
The Lumineers take the stage with that “Ho Hey” song HO HO HO HEY HEY. Erm. Camera guy? Seeking out Taylor Swift, who is consciously rocking out, at every opportunity, is beginning to bug.
Next, it’s the super-fabulous Jack White. Rootsy, Rootsy Punk Rock in 2013. RAW AND READY Y’ALL. One of the best performances of the night. So happy to see rock represented in such a fierce fashion.
Katy Perry, DID NOT GET THE CBS MEMO in her boob baring green dress! She presents Best New Artist to fun. Or FUN! as she screamed it. Oh. That’s kind of a surprise. I figured Frank Ocean would take that, even though he’s not really “new” per se . But I guess fun. isn’t either. So many “new artists” nominees aren’t really new. Has anybody ever dug up the rule for that category?
Hunter Hayes takes the stage, he sings a line from one of his songs, before he introduces the gal he’s been on tour with, Carrie Underwood. Carrie sings “Blown Away” wearing a gorgeous princess dress. The arrangement is acoustic, more or less, with guitar and strings. “Two Black Cadillacs” is next. Carrie sounds FANTASTIC tonight. She’s got a video deal happening on her big dress. Now. her dress lights up. It looks like a Rorschach test.
Prince takes the stage! Wait. Does he need that cane he’s carrying, or is it just a prop? He presents Record of the Year to Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Prince takes off his sunglasses for the occasion. Gotye is totally starstruck! Which is sweet. “Oh I like this song,” said Prince before he announced the award.
We’re back, and a tribute to Dave Brubeck by Chick Corea, is in full swing. “Take 5”.
After, Neil Portnoy from Grammy and Ryan Seacrest take the stage to talk about The Grammy Foundation. Fun Fact: Ryan is the chairman. Justin Timberlake takes the stage to introduce The Music Educator Award, which will be introduced next year. But now, you can nominate your favorite teacher. This is awkward. And boring
Next…it’s “In Memorium” which leads into a tribute to the late Levon Helm. Elton John, Zac Brown, T Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Mumford and Sons, Brittany Howard perform “The Weight” by The Band.
Juanes sings “Your Song” by Elton John before he introduces Frank Ocean who sings “Forrest Gump.” Graphics of small town life flash behind him. He stands behind a podium with running legs superimposed. This is odd. Frank is not a great live singer, although his songs are pretty damn genius.
Adele presents Album of the Year to Mumford and Sons for “Babel”. They weren’t expecting to win, with the Black Keys cleaning up. Mumford guy compliments to Adele and her Grammy outfit!
LL Cool J performs the finale with Chuck D, Tom Morello and Travis Barker. We aren’t gonna see the whole thing. Sads.
Best Pop Solo Performance
Set Fire to the Rain – Live – Adele – WINNER
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Wide Awake – Katy Perry
Where Have You Been – Rihanna
Country Solo Performance:
“Home” by Dierks Bently
“Springsteen” by Eric Church
Cost of Living by Ronnie Dunn
“Wanted” by Hunter Hayes
“Over” by Blake Shelton
“Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood – Winner
Song of the Year
The A Team – Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
Adorn – Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
Call Me Maybe – Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay (Carly Rae Jepsen)
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
We Are Young – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun.) – Winner
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Fortune — Chris Brown
Kaleidoscope Dream — Miguel
Channel Orange — Frank Ocean – WINNER
Best Rock Performance:
“Hold On” — Alabama Shakes
“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys – WINNER
“Charlie Brown” — Coldplay
“I Will Wait” — Mumford & Sons
“We Take Care Of Our Own” — Bruce Springsteen
Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger – WINNER!
Florence + The Machine – Deremonials
fun. – Some Nights
Maroon 5 – Overexposed
Pink – The Truth About Love
Best Rap/Song Collaboration:
“Wild Ones” — Flo Rida Featuring Sia
“No Church In The Wild” — Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream – WINNER
“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” — John Legend Featuring Ludacris
“Cherry Wine” — Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
“Talk That Talk” — Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
Best Country Album
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band – WINNER
Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes
Living For a Song – Jamey Johnson
For the Record – Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers
Best New Artist
fun. – Winner
Record of the Year
Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young by fun. feat Janelle Monae
Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye – WINNER
Think About You by Frank Ocean
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Again by Taylor Swift
Album of the Year
El Camino – Black Keyes
Some Nights – fun.
Babel – Mumford and Sons – WINNER
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss by Jack White