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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

Sting and Trudie like tawdry sex. PICTURES from Harper’s Bazaar by Uncle Terry Richardson

Sting and Trudie in Uncle Terry's nasty studio

Photos: Pervy Uncle Terry Richardson for Harper’s BAZAAR

I admit it.  I think Sting is hot.  Always have (oh, except for his Raggedy Beard period), and always will.  In fact, the day I met my husband Stephen,  I was so immediately smitten–and the fact that he had a “Sting-ish  quality about him” didn’t hurt. (I actually did say that to him, by the way…)  I’ll get into that story another day.

ANYsteamy.  Sting, 59, and his wife Trudie Styler, 56, have given an interview and discuss their sex-life in rather interesting terms:

via: HarpersBazaar.com

“While Sting and Styler have been together a record amount of time in celebrity years–they were married in 1992–weeks can go by when they don’t see each other. “It’s important to have frank discussions about what the other wants,” Styler says. “To be in a relationship that is like a little lifetime, that’s a challenge.”

Sting has spent his storied career touring the world, currently on the last leg of his Symphonicity tour, in which he performs his hits with a full orchestra. Styler has produced a number of films and documentaries but is now returning to her first love, acting. She says, “It’s exciting. I’ve said, ‘Okay, producing: back burner. Actor and director: front.”

So, when they do reunite, it’s quite something. “We don’t get bored,” Styler says. “Being apart juices the relationship,” Sting explains. “When we see each other, it’s romance. I don’t think pedestrian sex is very interesting. There’s a playfulness we have; I like the theater of sex. I like to look good. I like her to dress up. I like to dress her up.” What’s the most romantic thing they’ve ever done for each other? “Romantic? We like tawdry.”

I see nothing wrong with Sting and Trudie’s interview at all.  I see a lot of RIGHT with it, in fact.  So there.