Update: Just added pictures of Blake Lewis (yes, he attended the Grammys) and Katharine McPhee (she attended the Motown records party)
Congrats to Jennifer Hudson, who was in tears when she accepted the Best R&B Album for her debut, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood, who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Last Night, ” in a pre-awards ceremony. Simon Cowell is pissed I’m sure–his protege Leona Lewis was shut out of her 3 nominations, for Record of the Year (Robert Plant and Allison Krauss) , Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Adele), and Best Pop Vocal Album (Duffy).
Both Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood performed–I’ve never seen Carrie rock out quite like that on “Last Name” and Jennifer performance of “You Pulled Me Through” was moving, despite problems with her ear piece.
Tonight’s performances were all about odd pairings–Stevie Wonder with the Jonas Brothers I could have done without, but I was really impressed with Adele and Sugarland–particularly Jennifer Nettles’ vocals. For once, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift did not make my ears bleed.
I loved Estelle and Kanye West singing “American Boy.” It’s always awesome to see my first musical crush, Paul McCartney perform (Dave Grohl on drums!). And I absolutely loved Coldplay, Radiohead, and John Mayer, BB King, Buddy Guy and Keith Urban’s tribute to Bo Diddley.
A total YAY for Robert Plant and Allison Krauss’s numerous awards (even though they shut out Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown). T-Bone Burnett rules, y’all. And finally, I totally dug the Four Tops medley featuring Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo, Smokey Robinson and Duke Fakir, the last surviving of the Four Tops.
Breaking: Rihanna and Chris Brown canceled their Grammy appearances supposedly due to a car accident. But, Chris Brown turned himself over to the LAPD in connection to a “felony battery” that occurred early Sunday morning. More details HERE.
Idol Nomination re-cap: Jennifer Hudson leads the pack with 4 nominations, for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, her song “Spotlight” is up for Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album for her debut, Jennifer Hudson, and Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals with Fantasia Barrino for the song “I’m Only His Woman” from Jennifer’s album.
Jordin Sparks is nominated with Chris Brown for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for their smash duet, “No Air.”
Carrie Underwood already won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her song “Last Name” in the pre-grammy award ceremony streamed on line earlier today. Also, the song “Ever Ever After” she recorded for the movie Enchanted, is up for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.
- Carrie Underwood WINS for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Last Name”
- Best R&B Song goes to “Miss Independent” by Ne Yo (Jennifer Hudson was nominated for “Spotlight”)
- Best Female R&B Vocal Performance goes to Alicia Keys for “Superwoman” (Jennifer Hudson was nominated for “Spotlight”)
- Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals goes to Al Green with John Legend for “Stay With Me (By The Sea), ” (Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia were nominated for “I’m Only His Woman”)
- Jennifer Hudson WINS!!!! Best R&B Album for her debut Jennifer Hudson
- Best Country Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals goes to Sugarland for “Stay”
- Song of the Year goes to Coldplay for “Viva La Vida” (yay!)
- Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals goes to Robert Plant and Allison Krause (Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown were nominated for “No Air”)
- Best Rock Album goes to Coldplay for Viva La Vida
- Best New Artist goes to Adele
- Record of the Year goes to Allison Krauss and Robert Plant for “Please Read the Letter”
- Best Male Pop Vocal goes to John Mayer for “Say”
- Best Rap Album goes to Lil Wayne for Tha Carter III
- Producer of the Year – Rick Rubin
- Album of the Year goes to Robert Plant and Allison Krauss for Raising Sand
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