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The Grammy Awards Didn’t Suck – Timberlake’s Return and Full Winners List


Shocking, I know! I enjoyed this year’s show so much more than last year’s, even though I had to hit mute a couple of times. Apparently some of those cute little gramophone trophies were given out over the course of the three and a half hour show, but there were some good performances too. One of them wasn’t from Taylor Swift, who had the honor of opening the show. The tired “Alice In Wonderland” circus themed didn’t make “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” any more of a good song.

Miguel brought some much needed R&B sexiness to the show with “Adorn” and he earned a fan in Kelly Clarkson who gave him a shout out when she won for “Best Pop Vocal Album.” It was too short though, and a bit awkward when he had to introduce the nominees for “Best Country Solo Performance.”

Of course everyone, except perhaps me, was waiting for the big return of Justin Timberlake. I’m not totally against this comeback, it’s just that after 7 years, he could be doing something better than “Suit & Tie.” Jay-Z joined him on stage in this sepia toned performance that I expected to switch to color when they landed on the Wicked Witch of The East. He also sang “Lover Pusher Girl,” another new song from his upcoming album.

Alicia, it’s time to extinguish “Girl On Fire.” No matter how many times you perform this and remix it, it’s still going to annoy us and I like you ok! Mrs. Keys-Beatz joined Maroon 5 for a collaboration that could have been better, but Adam Levine and Alicia sounded good together. It’s safe to say that Jay-Z was the winner of the night. When he hopped on stage to accept the award for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” a one Mr. Terius Nash, aka The-Dream, tried to do a bit too much with his speech and his outfit. Jay thanked the “swap meet” his hat came from.

There was also some rock from winners The Black Keys, who brought down the house with Dr. John and The Preservation Jazz Hall Band on “Lonely Boy.” Apparently that was Dr. John in the crazy looking headdress. I thought that furrie from ‘The Shining’ had gotten loose. The Lumineers shouted at everyone again, then Jack White took to the stage with both of his bands for “Love Interruption” and “Freedom at 21.”

I think White gained a lot of new fans with vaginas after this.




The big Bob Marley tribute could have been way bigger. His sons Damien and Ziggy joined Bruno MarsSting and Rihanna on only two of his songs, most of it felt like a Bruno gig, which wasn’t a bad thing. I couldn’t help but think how awesome Lauryn Hill could have been during this, hell even Wyclef Jean could have played guitar or something. As always Mars’ band got down and to echo something that was said on Twitter, if you don’t like Bruno Mars then something is wrong with your life.


Gotye and Kimbra won the coveted “Record of The Year” which was presented to them by the always amazing Prince, who strutted out on stage with a blinged out cane. Before announcing them as the winners he exclaimed “Oh, I like this song!” There’s no bigger award than having The Purple One say that he likes your music!

Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Kenny Garrett played a lovely tribute to Dave Brubeck with “Take Five.” Then another amazing group tribute to Levon Helm featuring Elton JohnZac BrownMumford & SonsT Bone BurnettBrittany Howard and the great Mavis Staples. “The Weight” by The Band has never felt more poignant, and it’ll be stuck in my head all day.

Frank Ocean made quite the splash at the show, picking up a couple of awards including “Urban Contemporary Album,” and presenting a visually stunning performance of “Forrest Gump.” I’m sure Chris Brown decided to be salty and not stand up or clap for him again.

I’m a little surprised at how quickly the show went by. LL Cool J was an ok enough host, but it was so funny to watch him try to make those damn hashtags happen. He closed out the show with Chuck DTom Morrello and Travis Barker, throwing in a little Beastie Boys. It was an awkward and abrupt end to show, but it was nice to see LL back in his, original, element.

Here’s the full list of Grammy winners:

Record of the Year: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra

Album of the Year: Babel, Mumford & Sons

Song of the Year: “We Are Young,” fun. featuring  Janelle Monáe

Best New Artist: fun.

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra

Best Pop Instrumental Album: Impressions, Chris Botti

Best Pop Vocal Album: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

Best Dance Recording: Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Bangarang, Skrillex

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney

Best Rock Performance: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestrom

Best Rock Song: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys

Best Rock Album: El Camino, The Black Keys

Best Alternative Music Album: Making Mirrors, Gotye

Best R&B Performance: “Climax,” Usher

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Love on Top,” Beyoncé

Best R&B Song: “Adorn,” Miguel

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Channel Orange, Frank Ocean

Best R&B Album: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment

Best Rap Performance: “N****s in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kayne West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “No Church In The Wild,” Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The Dream

Best Rap Song: “N****s in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kayne West

Best Rap Album: Take Care, Drake

Best Country Solo Performance: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Pontoon, Little Big Town

Best Country Song: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood

Best Country Album: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band

Best New Age Album: Echoes of Love, Omar Akram

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Hot House,” Gary Burton and Chick Corea

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Radio Music Society, Esperanza Spalding

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Unity Band, Pat Metheny Unity Band

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You), Arturo Sandoval

Best Latin Jazz Album: ¡Ritmo!, The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” Matt Redman

Best Gospel Song: “Go Get It,” Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman

Best Gospel Album: Gravity, Lecrae

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Eye on It, TobyMac

Best Latin Pop Album: MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition, Juanes

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Imaginaries, Quetzal

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Pecados Y Milagros, Lila Downs

Best Tropical Latin Album: Retro, Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña

Best Americana Album: Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt

Best Bluegrass Album: Nobody Knows You, Steep Canyon Rangers

Best Blues Album: Locked Down, Dr. John

Best Folk Album: “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile

Best Regional Roots Music Album: The Band Courtbouillon, Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy

Best Reggae Album: Rebirth, Jimmy Cliff

Best World Music AlbumThe Living Room Sessions Part 1, Ravi Shankar

Best Children’s Album: Can You Canoe?, The Okee Dokee Brothers

Best Spoken Word Album: Society’s Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian

Best Comedy Album: Blow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon

Best Musical Theater Album: Once: A New Musical, Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Midnight in Paris

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best Song Written For Visual Media: “Safe & Sound” (from The Hunger Games), T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars

Best Instrumental Composition: “Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea

Best Instrumental Arrangement: “How About You,” Gil Evans

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): “City Of Roses,” Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding

Best Recording Package: Biophilia, Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, Fritz Klaetke

Best Album Notes: Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles, Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)

Best Historical Album: The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson and Dennis Wolfe

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Richard King

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Dan Auerbach

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Promises (Skrillex & Nero remix),” Skrillex

Best Surround Sound Album: Modern Cool, Jim Anderson

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Life & Breath, Tom Caulfield & John Newton

Producer of the Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh

Best Orchestral Performance: Adams: “Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine,” Michael Tilson Thomas

Best Opera Recording: “Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen,” James Levine & Fabio Luisi

Best Choral Performance: “Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen,” Charles Bruffy

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Meanwhile,” Eighth Blackbird

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola,” Kim Kashkashian

Best Classical Vocal Solo: “Poèmes,” Renée Fleming

Best Classical Compendium: “Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis,” Antoni Wit

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile – Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays,” Stephen Hartke

Best Short Form Music Video: “We Found Love,” Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

Best Long Form Music Video: “Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons

Seth MacFarlane and Frank Ocean on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Frank, Seth and Fred

SNL‘ has started its 38th season, if you can believe it, kicking things off with ‘Family Guy‘ creator Seth MacFarlane and crooner Frank Ocean. I can’t say I was expecting much from this opener but I hope it isn’t a preview for the rest of the season.

There have been lots of changes. Popular cast members Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg are gone, and there are a couple of newbies ready to take their place. Of course they weren’t going to let the Freshmen roll with the Seniors right off the bat, but at least one of them is showing some promise.

In case you are lucky enough to not have to suffer through ad after political ad, yet, you might have missed that this is an election year. The cold open had Fred Armisen as who I think was supposed to be Julian Castro literally handing over the keys to the playing the President car to Jay Pharoah. His Obama impression is much better than Armisen’s, but I didn’t appreciate the pancake makeup they threw on him.

MacFarlane got through his monologue by giving us a look at what goes on in his head with all of those voices. Seth has a great singing voice so it was only natural that his first SNL monologue was with a song.

Funniest Sketches

Naturally most of the funnier sketches happen before the first musical performance. There was the “Obama Politcal Ad” where Kenan Thompson‘s J.J. talked about how Mitt Romney, played by Jason Sudiekis who decided to stick around for at least one more year, and Bain Capital had screwed him over. Kenan has been on the show for almost 10 seasons now, and for the longest even after he became a featured player it still felt like he was just a supporting one. With the recent cast changes I do hope he gets to do funnier characters like this.

The “Introduction To Puppetry” sketch started off kind of slow, but by the time they got to Bill Hader and his Vietnam vet puppet Tony I knew that this would be a solid sketch. Hader brings it as usual, and it ends with a puppet triple kiss that was way more gross than it should have been.

Weekend Update

There wasn’t much to WU this weekend. There was an appearance from Honey Boo Boo Child and her “Mama” played by Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan respectively.

Then Seth MacFarlane as Ryan Lochte gave his opinion on the new Fall shows. “If you hold your ear up to my ear you can hear the ocean.” There weren’t nearly enough “jeahs” or shrugs, but “It feels so weird to be dry” is exactly something that dolt would say.

Making her first appearance towards the end of the segment was newcomer Cecily Strong with a character called Mimi Morales who talks with Seth about the Dream Act and voting. She actually made me laugh and I wouldn’t mind seeing that character again.

Worst Sketches

Alright I don’t know who Psy is and nor do I care because I’m too old for this mess, but this guy is everywhere at the moment with his “Gangnam Style” which made it’s way into the “Lids” sketch. I honestly can’t even remember what this was supposed to be about. But the dancing, the dancing. Please make it stop.

Sigh, so remember the “Two A-Holes” skits that Jason and Kristen used to do? I think this is what they were going for “Blind Date” but it just wasn’t funny and went on for about 2 minutes too long.

Frank Ocean also made his ‘SNL‘ debut playing songs off his latest album Channel Orange. Now look kids, I’m just not that into Ocean, he seems cool otherwise, but I’m not a fan of his music. Both performances of “Thinking About You” and “Pyramids” featured John Mayer‘s gangly ass on guitar and Frank surrounded by a couple of arcade games. He actually played a bit of Donkey Kong during Mayer’s solo, proving that boys never grow up, I suppose.

So, we’ll give the SNL Premiere a meh–we’ll see.