10:29 - Time for bed. Good night!
10:25 - The finale, which I find to be very anticlimactic, includes a performance by LL Cool J, Travis Barker and some other people who I don't know. This doesn't really feel like a universal crowd pleaser to me. I think I'm showing my age- it just sounds like noise to me. #worstfinaleever.
10:15 - Adele presents the award for Album of the Year: Babel by Mumford & Sons. They must have said something naughty in their acceptance since it was all omitted.
10:10 - a guy with an accent whose introduction was cut off is performing "Our Song." Who is he? He introduces Frank Ocean performing "Forest Gump". Figured out the first dude was Juanes. Never heard of him.
9:57 - Elton John encourages us to remember those who died at Sandy Hook. All star ensemble perform The Band's "The Weight". Performers include Zac Brown Band, Mavis Staples, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), T-Bone Burnett and Mumford & Sons. Love the ensemble!
9:51 - Justin Timberlake makes another appearance to talk about the Grammy Foundation (too late in the show to hold people's interest on this topic- yawn). This moves into a remembrance of those who we have lost this year. My son (who swears he has no homework) claims not to have heard of most of these people. Honestly, if they're going to honor "music attorneys" they need to do this earlier in the evening.
9:39 - Prince presents the award for Record of the Year: "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye. Love him! I did think it would be fun to see Prince present the award to Taylor Swift. Gotye gives props to Prince.
9:34 - Hunter Hayes singing about one line of "Wanted", which my sensitive 17-year old son loves. Hunter is replaced by Carrie Underwood. I'm not overly fond of these heavy songs during this show, although she quickly moves to "Two Black Cadillacs", a more sinister song. Carrie's pewter colored dress is used as a backdrop to lots of lighting projections, so she's cemented to the floor or the whole thing will be amiss.
9:26 - Katy Perry presents the award for Best New Artist: fun. I thought Frank Ocean would win but think fun. is the most deserving.
9:18 - The Lumineers perform their hit "Ho Hey" before introducing Jack White's performance of "Love Interrupted." Jack looks like he's singing with Janet Jackson, although I doubt he is. This moves into a second Jack White song that I can't remember the name of. He sang the first song with his "girl band" and the second with his "boy band", which I learned when he was chatting up E! on the red carpet (slightly surprised he was granting E! a red carpet interview).
9:06 - Bruno Mars is introduced as the first in a series of tributes to Bob Marley, but he's singing his own song "Locked Out of Heaven." I don't get it. Sting joins him, also singing Bruno's song- awesome! Random thought: stop showing Taylor Swift during the other performances! After finishing that song, Sting moves on to "Walking on the Moon." My son is upsetting me by not really knowing who Sting is. Finally, the Bob Marley connection as Ziggy Marley and Rihanna come out for some real islance rhythm. Damien Marley also makes an appearance and the pace really picks up. Shot of Taylor Swift again- are there no others in attendance?
8:57 - Best Country Album: Zac Brown Band for "Uncaged".
8:53 - Kelly Clarkson honors the late Patti Paige and Carole King in song.
8:49 - Kat Dennings presents Dr. John and the Black Keys performing "Lonely Boy" together. My high school son is frightened of the man playing the keyboard (Dr. John).
8:40 - Carly Rae Jepson and Ne-Yo present the award for Best Rap Song Collaboration: "No Church in the Wild" by Jay-Z and Kanye West and Frank Ocean. No Kanye in attendance.
8:36 - Rare appearance by our host, mostly talking again about "your tweets." He introduces a performance by Rihanna, singing a nice quiet song with Mikky Ekko. Had to look up who that is.
8:27 - Keith Urban and a girl from Big Bang Theory present the award for Best Pop Vocal Album: "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson. Can't get used to the blond hair. She almost pushed Miranda Lambert over on her way up. Babbling during her acceptance speech, but she seems genuinely excited.
8:23 - Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 perform together. Kudos for the ACTUAL live performances tonight, even if you can hear a little twinge here and there. Alicia looks smoking hot as she sings "Girl on Fire." I do not believe she and Beyonce are relatively new mommies. I hate to be a buzzkill, but I can see the under curvature of Alicia's breast, which is supposed to not be allowed, per CBS's stupid rules.
8:19 - Dave Grohl and some girl from NCIS discuss some technical awards given earlier. They move on to the presentation of the award for Rock Performance: "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys. Awesome song! Shout out to Akron, OH and Nashville, TN.
8:11 - Kelly Rowland and Nas present the award in a new category: Best Urban Contemporary Album to Frank Ocean for Channel Orange.
8:03 - Ellen Degeneres and Beyonce introduces the most anticipated performance of the night: Justin Timberlake. Beyonce could barely spit out her portions and seemed to need assistance from Ellen to read her part. JT does kind of a big band kind of performance. This is a nice preview to his album to be released next month. Jay-Z joins him on stage, after which the rapping moves to a more orchestral portion of the performance. Hard to tell if this is all part of the same song? I'm digging the R&B feel- impressive for a white guy from Tennessee.
7:54 - A hippie named Johnny Depp introduces the performance by Mumford & Sons. These guys are awesome- good performances so far.
7:49 - LL is really pushing the Twitter (do I sound old when I refer to "the Twitter"?). Faith Hill and Tim McGraw present the award for Song of the Year: "We Are Young" by fun. Very sweet and humble acceptance speech until they started to get shooed off the stage.
7:39 - Flashback to LL on American Bandstand. Cut to Miguel and Wiz Khalifa performing together. Shoot- Wiz forgot to put on a shirt with his jacket. Surprised no one noticed before he took the stage. They then present the award for Best Country Solo Performance: "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood, who looks amazing as usual. Fun fact: her husband's team is playing the Blackhawks tonight!
7:32 - Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer (in royal blue velvet tux!) introduce the performance by Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert. I'm not much of a country gal, so I can't comment too much on the songs, but Miranda has some fabulous nails happening. Oops, looks like she forgot the words to Dierks' song at one point. It happens.
7:30 - Thirty minutes in and one award given. About the typical pace for this show.
7:21 - Neil Patrick Harris introduces a performance by fun. singing their new single "Carry On." They live up to their name- love that band! Strangely, their performance includes rain, which seems hazardous to those sitting near the stage.
7:18 - Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez make the first presentation of the night: Best Pop Solo Performance goes to Adele for "Set Fire to the Rain." I'm going to try not to say anything mean about Adele's dress tonight, but it won't be easy, especially after how unbelievable she looked last year. Very short and sweet acceptance speech.
7:10 - Ed Sheeran and Elton John perform Ed's hit "The A Team". Love the unexpected pairings during this show.
7:06 - LL Cool J, our host (a bit confusing to me), brings us back to the sadness a year ago (Whitney Houston's death) and explains why the Grammys are so important. I'm guessing everyone in attendance is pretty well aware that it's a big night.
7:00 - Taylor Swift opens the show doing a very strange rendition of "We Are Never Getting Back Together". I don't quite get it- sort of weird carnival thing? Huh.
6:55 - Watching red carpet coverage and so excited for the show to start!
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