Grammy Pre-Telecast Ceremony Live Blog

Fantasia Barrino wins Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Bittersweet” – Fantasia’s manager accepted the award for her.  She’s working on the Mahalia Jackson movie.

The Grammy Pre-Telecast Ceremony begins at 4 pm ET. on  The Red Carpet begins at 3:30 pm ET.

  • Watch the Red Carpet & Pre-Grammy Telecast at

Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding will co-host the event.

  • See the WINNERS HERE

A bulk of the Grammy Awards will be given out at this Pre-Grammy Ceremony. Be on the look out for the following awards:

  • Adam Lambert nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Whataya Want From Me” *(“Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars took the Grammy)
  • Rob Cavallo and Dr. Luke for Producer of the Year (For Adam Lambert and others) *(Danger Mouse takes the Grammy)
  • Glee Cast for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for Glee: The Music Volume 1 *(Crazy Heart took the Grammy)
  • Fantasia for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Bittersweet” *WINNER!*
  • Fantasia’s “Bittersweet” for Best R&B Song (Charles Harmon & Claude Kelly, songwriters) *(“Shine” by John Legend and the Roots took the Grammy)

Fantasia for Best R&B album, Back to Me *(Wake Up by John Legend and the Roots took the Grammy)

See the entire list of nominations HERE.

I’ll live blog the big categories after the jump. Also, keep on the lookout for photos and videos from the red carpet!

  • The Larry Batiste Orchestra with Kirk Whalum open the awards with a jazz performance
  • Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding perform before taking the stage to co-host
  • Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” won for Short Form Music Video
  • The Doors for “When You’re Strange” – Music Video Long Form
  • Blake Lewis pal BT just took the stage to present some awards
  • The Black KeysBrothers won Best Recording Package
  • The White Stripes Under Great White Northern LightsBoxed Limited Editiion
  • Big Star – Keep an Eye on the Sky – Best Album Notes
  • The Beatles’ Original Studio RecordingsHistorical Album
  • Battle StudiesJohn MayerEngineered Album – Non Classical
  • RevolverDavid GuettaMadonna – Remixed Recording
  • Crazy Heart – T Bone Burnett & Others – Best Compilation Soundtrack Album (Not Glee)
  • Pete Seeger Children’s Musical Album (I was rooting for They Might Be Giants)
  • The Daily Show With John Stewart Presents EarthSpoken Word Album
  • American IdiotMusical Show Album
  • “Only Girl in the World” – Rihanna – Dance Recording
  • Kathy Griffin just took the stage to present a few awards, and she’s swearing up a storm. Lulz.
  • La RueElectronic/Dance album
  • Crazy LoveMichael BubleTraditional Pop Vocal Album
  • After the Latin categories, it’s time for Gospel
  • Hello HurricaneSwitchfootRock or Rap Gospel Album
  • Love God Love People by Israel Houghton – Pop Contemporary Gospel Album
  • Downtown ChurchPatty GriffinBest Traditional Gospel Album
  • Still – Bebe & CeCe Winans – R&B Gospel Album
  • Classical Music categories are next, presented by Laurie Anderson
  • Trombone Shorty performs
  • Sara Bareilles takes the stage
  • Stark Raving Black by Lewis Black – Comedy Album
  • The Stanley Clark BandStanley Clark BandContemporary Jazz Album
  • Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee DeeDee Dee BridgewaterBest Jazz Vocal Album
  • “A Change is Gonna Come” – Herbie Hancock – Best Improvised Jazz Solo
  • Moody 4BJames MoodyBest Jazz Instrumental Album
  • Here come the Country Categories
  • Patty LovelessBest Blue Grass Album
  • “Til Summer Comes Around” – Keith UrbanMale Country Vocal Performance
  • “Need You Now” – Lady AntebellumCountry performance by Duo Group
  • “As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band & Allen JacksonCountry Collaboration w Vocals
  • “Hummingbird” by Marty StuartCountry Instrumental Performance
  • Writers for “I Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum – Country Song
  • BrothersBlack KeysBest Alternative Music Album
  • Buddy Guy,   Cyndi Lauper, Maria Muldaur,   Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mavis Staples and Betty Wright SING SOME BLUES!
  • Joined at the Hip – Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ SmithBest Traditional Blues Album
  • Living ProofBuddy GuyContemporary Blues Album
  • “Not Afraid” – Eminem – Rap Performance
  • “On to the Next One” – JayZ and Swizz Beats – Rap Duo or Group Performance
  • “Empire State of Mind” Jay-Z and Alicia KeysRap/Song Collaboration
  • Songwriters for “Empire State of Mind” – Rap Song
  • “Bittersweet” – Fantasia – Female R&B Vocal Solo
  • “There Goes My Baby” – Usher – Male R&B Vocal Solo
  • “Soldier of Love” – Sade – R&B Duo Or Group with Vocals
  • “Hang On In There” by John Legend and the Roots – Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
  • “Fuck You” – Cee Lo Green – Urban/Alternative Performance
  • “Shine” by John Legend and the RootsR&B Song
  • Wake UpJohn Legend and the RootsR&B Album
  • Raymond vs RaymondUsher – Contemporary R&B Album
  • You Are Not AloneMavis StaplesAmericana Album
  • Genuine Negro JigCarolina Chocolate DropsTraditional Folk Album
  • God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise – Ray LaMontagne – Contemporary Folk Album
  • “Helter Skelter” by Paul McCartneySolo Rock Vocal Performance
  • “Tighten Up” – Black KeysRock Duo or Group With Vocals
  • “Them Crooked Vultures” – New FangHard Rock Performance
  • “El Dorado” – Iron MaidenMetal Performance
  • “Hammerhead” – Jeff BeckRock Instrumental Performance
  • “Angry World” – Neil Young (Songwriter) – Rock Song
  • “Imagine” – Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck, India.Arie, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare – Pop Collaboration w Vocals
  • “Nessum Dorma” – Jeff BeckPop Instrumental Performance
  • Take Your PickLarry Carlton & Tak MatsumotoPop Instrumental Album
  • “Bad Romance – Lady GagaFemale Pop Vocal
  • “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno MarsMale Pop Vocal
  • Danger MouseProducer of the Year
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